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Why Europe is Failing

Why Europe is Failing
December 21
19:27 2018

The populist right and left have united across Europe in a massive revolt against the corrupt neoliberal world order.

Working class Europeans of every political persuasion and age are in revolt. From France to Sweden, the U.K. to Germany, Belgium to the Netherlands, everyday people are taking to the streets to voice their discontent with the present neoliberal system – a corrupt system which has failed them. Similar protests have surfaced in Greece, Serbia, Croatia and to a lesser extent Hungary.

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You may be asking yourself just how the present system has failed ordinary people. The better question, and the question you should be asking, however, is how has the current system not failed ordinary people.

Let us begin in France, at the epicenter of this populist revolt against the static,out-of-touch, plutocratic, pro-globalization, pro-EU, banking, media and political elite. Five weeks ago, on November 17th, a hike in fuel taxes served as the catalyst which initially sparked what’s being called ‘Mouvement des gilents jaunes’ or the Yellow Vest Movement. This was the last straw for the tired, overworked, overtaxed, and struggling French working and middle classes.

In the five weeks since the initial protest,Macron, in an effort to quell the month-long revolt, suspended the proposed fuel tax hike, and announced increases in the minimum wage and a tax cut for most pensioners. Despite these concessions, today, thousands of Yellow Vest protestors, old and young, are still out protesting.

So, what exactly are they calling for?

Until just recently, the demands of the Yellow Vest Movement were not entirely clear. That changed three days ago when the Official Charter of the Yellow Vests: 25 Demands to End the Crisis was drafted. The 25 demands are organized into four categories: Economy/Work, Politics, Health and Environment, and Geopolitical.

Among the demands include ending banking monopolies and breaking up ‘too big to fail’ banks, leaving the European Union (Frexit), ending mass immigration, removing globalist ideology from all national educational institutions, breaking up media monopolies, weakening Big Pharma’s influence on healthcare, and banning GMOs.

Alain De Benoist, a prominent French philosopher, academic and political intellectual has described the Yellow Vest Movement as ‘populism in its purest form’. The symbol of the yellow vest embodies this expression of pure populism. But how?

In France, it is obligatory to carry a yellow vest in your car, so practically everyone owns one. There is perhaps no better uniform or article of clothing that can be used to symbolize the worker or proletariat, and thus the populist movement. Think about it. Who are the ones building our bridges,buildings and skyscrapers? Who are the ones fixing the roads we drive on? What about firefighters, airport workers or those who are fixing our telephone and electricity lines? Every one of these essential workers wears a high visibility yellow vest.

And just how have these essential yellow vest worn workers been treated by the ruling neoliberal globalist elite? Aside from being left behind economically, many have been written off as uneducated rednecks, racists,bigots, sexists, homophobic and deplorable. In truth, the neoliberal globalist elite, or the ‘new elite’, absolutely detest those who fall into this sector of society.

Russian philosopher,academic and political analyst, Aleksandr Dugin, echoes this sentiment. He writes, “According to these ‘new elites’, the people and society, in their current state, have no place in this world. Therefore, the typical representative of the ‘new elite’ Hillary Clinton, upset by the success of the right-wing populist Trump, openly insulted ordinary Americans – deplorable, which in meaning means “insignificance.” ‘Deplorable’ have chosen Trump – not because they loved him, but to respond to the ‘globalist witch’ Clinton. The populism of the “yellow vests” – can be viewed as a retaliatory uprising of the people against the elites, who have completely lost their connection with society. The elites have built their own world in which double standards, norms of political correctness, liberal demagogy reign.”

Without a doubt, the concerns which lie at the heart of the yellow vest protests transcend national boundaries. The yellow vests are now being used across Europe to symbolize the people’s discontent with the out-of-touch, corrupt, metropolitan elite.  It’s no surprise that similar protests have sprung up all over Europe.

Last week, in London, thousands of pro-Brexit protestors in yellow vests took to the street to express their dissatisfaction with their Prime Minister,Theresa May’s attempt to sabotage the Brexit deal. As it stands, the current ‘Brexit deal’ would mean Britain would remain in the single market and customs union. The country would also be required to obey all current and new EU laws, comply with budget commitments and comply with ECJ judicial oversight. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the current deal would  allow the continuation of free movement from other EU states into the country – something Britons clearly do not want. In short, May’s Brexit deal goes against everything Britons voted for in 2016.

Yellow Vest protests have also been seen in Stockholm, Sweden, where demonstrators gathered to peacefully protest the U.N. Migration Pact.

In Brussels, Belgium large amounts of yellow vest demonstrators gathered voice their discontent with current living conditions as well as the U.N. Migration Pact. Protestors have called for the resignation of the Prime Minister. Belgians pay the highest state taxes on diesel in the whole of Europe. Following Belgian yellow vest protestors taking to the streets, Belgian ministers announced fuel prices would not be index-linked from 2019. Despite this concession, and as they did in France, protests have continued.

Although substantially smaller in scope, the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague, in the Netherlands, have also seen yellow vest protests spring up over general dissatisfaction toward the governments’ economic measures. People are simply struggling each month to make ends meet.

On Friday, the 15th of December, thousands of protest took to the streets of the Serbian capital of Belgrade to call for resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic. A substantial contingent of protestors were seen wearing yellow vests.

In the last few days, protests in the Hungarian capital of Budapest erupted over newly enacted labor laws that would allow employers to demand up to 400 hours of overtime from workers. Having been present at the demonstrations in Budapest, I can say that the political complexion of the mass of people protesting did not show much resemblance to protests in France, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. I only saw but a few demonstrators wearing yellow vests. Furthermore, and unlike the yellow vest protests in Western Europe, the aura of the protests in Hungary was seemingly more left wing, pro-EU,and pro-globalization.

Croatia and Canada have also seen there own smaller yellow vest demonstrations pop up in metropolitan areas.

While it is true that the people from different European nations were originally drawn to the streets for slightly different reasons, there does seem to be a common undercurrent that is driving the majority of these demonstrations – namely discontent over globalist neoliberal policies and governments.

Can this European Spring, which is only in its infancy, result in any lasting change, and if so, can the same spirit of revolution and change spread to other parts of the world? For more info, please check out Occidental Defense

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  1. Inquisitive
    Inquisitive December 22, 20:49

    Hmmm. Don’t know who wrote it as admin is their chosen ID so how can one address credibility question. In fact credibility is the big question. Thus, we have to question whether their agenda is honest reporting of facts or revisionist or their own interpretation of news stories reported by others or what…

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  2. tompro97
    tompro97 December 22, 22:14

    The Populist Revolution is on the rise – it will eventually end in a new world-wide wave of conservative values and demolition of the current communist movement.

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  3. Trumpster Deplorable
    Trumpster Deplorable December 22, 22:20

    Yes the boarders are open , wide open , yes they are . Nobody , I mean absolutely no one is going to stand in the way of the Democrats and Hollywood pukes and the Snowflakes to cross all boarders into Mexico and Canada , Never To Return , Ever !

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  4. Jerry
    Jerry December 22, 23:54

    I think you have your wires crossed. It is the hard right in this country that wants the rich to get richer and they want laws to make it so. Start with trickle down and the situation gets worse as we go.

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    • Ken
      Ken December 23, 02:15

      No buddy, the Democrats just want to give away money to the lazy, what better way to get votes. Furthermore they weaken the country with their open boarder police and their Fascist policy of wanting to abolish the 2nd Amendment. I love the Yellow Vest movement especially their views on mass migration. Screw liberal thinking as it is Communist thinking.

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    • DG
      DG December 23, 02:40

      Jerry, I was thinking similar thoughts as I read through this article. The “elites” that the author is railing against sound a whole lot more like the 1% in this country than the “liberal” mindset.

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    • WillyZ
      WillyZ December 23, 12:36

      Jerry, I couldn’t agree more with you.

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    • Tyler Durden
      Tyler Durden December 23, 15:27

      Neither the right or the left in the United States, in their current form, can to deliver to the people what they need. American rightists and leftists should look to National Populists parties of Europe (i.e. France’s National Front, Austria’s Freedom Party, and Switzerland’s Swiss People’s Party) These parties do not tolerant the liberal mindset, while at the same time they have no love for the 1%. We need a mix of National Conservatism, economic protectionism and dare I say socialism for the hard working people of the nation.

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  5. David
    David December 23, 01:29

    When it comes to popular Revolution – the masses versus the elite – the French know a thing or two from savage past experience. I hope this fightback against the arrogant elite ( the unelected bureaucrats who can safely ignore the mere public with the confidence their self-annointed plutocrat-pension schemes cannot be axed ( really guys ??? we’ll see about that !! ) need to be kicked back to remember who works for who !
    The EU has become a classic behemoth with its own mentality that even rewards itself for abject failure !
    Even dear old Theresa May is now discovering that “Ollies’ Charter” – her so-called Brexit Deal painstakingly drafted by Europhile civil-servants ( traitors ) in the UK, has been well & truly debunked as the non-deal treason it really represents. There could well be a General Election in early 2019 – if that’s what it takes to get rid of her !
    BREXIT with NO-DEAL must be Britains’ goal – saving £39 BILLION for starters !
    In Europe it is now Common Knowlege that the EU is a dangerous country-destroying monster that WILL be stopped by “The People” who unwillingly pay for it ! ( Up to now ! )

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  6. WillyZ
    WillyZ December 23, 12:36

    Ask this “poor” European middle-class whether they, if they knew the real facts, want to swap their destiny with the middle-class in Trump-land.

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