“The violence is increasing at an exponential rate,” said Claude, a well-heeled resident in the affluent 16th district. “The state is losing control, it is scary. They cannot let this happen. Maybe the army should intervene.”
Macron is a Davos Man. He is committed to Europe as an entity, to regulations that benefit the European establishment, and to a generally “globalist” agenda. Part of this agenda is imposing stiff fuel taxes on commuters and farmers.
For Davos Man such fuel taxes, in the name of the combating “climate change,” are obviously needed. The hoi polloi rely on their cars and trucks too much. The people in the hinterlands, basically French Trump country, are deplorable and wasteful. They should all live in the city and use mass transit. Everyone should be jammed into urban centers. That’s the way forward.
Of course those who despise the thought of urban life as soul sucking and unnatural, (Which it is. People are not meant to be packed on top of one another. We don’t care how nice the apartments are.) see things differently. In France les deplorables are tired of being dictated to by urbanite Davos Men.
So, in very French fashion, they took to the streets. But this is no French “protest season” protest. (Protests in France often happen in mid to late spring when the weather is nice and people want a day off from work to be outside.) The “yellow vests” are out there raising hell in the cold and rain.
Davos Man clings to his power however, as the people rise up in the USA, Britain, France, and elsewhere. His agenda must be implemented. Always must there be more economic and political power consolidated in the nodes Davos Man controls, Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels.
The people however have a different view of things.
The protests began as a backlash against Macron’s fuel tax hikes – necessary he says to combat climate change – but have mined a vein of deep dissatisfaction felt toward his liberal reforms, which many voters feel favor the wealthy and big business.