Opinion from TheSorrentino.com – Paris On ‘Lockdown’: Yellow vest anti-tax revolt spreads to Netherlands, Belgium


Paris is saturated with police right now in an effort to counter the weekend influx of yellow vest protesters. Skirmishes have flared up and teargas and water canons have been deployed. President Macron has hidden from the spotlight (mostly) with his deputies handling the public communication role for the time being. It has become a full blown crisis for the president. And it happened fast.

(From ITV)

Rows of riot police blocked the demonstrators’ passage down the Champs-Elysees toward the heart of presidential power, firing tear gas and pushing them back with shields.

A ring of steel surrounds the Elysee Palace itself as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the neighborhood.

It is interesting that the media is currently fretting over the fact that the yellow vests have no leaders. There is no one with whom to negotiate. How is the violence and unrest quelled if there is no one to take charge of the movement? What is Macron to do with such an amorphous opposition?

And the protests have spread. Now yellow vests are popping up in Holland, and Brussels the cradle of the European Union experiment.

(From The AP)

“Our children are hard-working people but they have to pay taxes everywhere…“The government is not there for the people.”

This is the nature of government. The welfare state has morphed (predictably) into a crony capitalist state where those in government and those attached to the government exploit the private productive class, the people who pay taxes.

People are tired. People in Europe are starting to see the government as many American taxpayers do, a black hole into which our taxes, our incomes, are tossed with very little return. Indeed the government often works against the interests of the citizenry which pays for the government in the first place.

For many years middle class people have been quiet. They have pushed on as they’ve been pushed around. As taxes have gone up the middle class grumbled but carried on as it always has. Now, however, people are starting to ask why they must pay so much, indeed lower their standard of living, just so the crony system headed by Davos Men can enrich itself. How does that make sense?

It doesn’t.

  • "Paris on lockdown as water cannons and tear gas fired on protesters as almost 1,100 arrested nationwide." John Irvine, ITV.com, 2018-12-08.
  • "Clashes as yellow vest protests grow in Belgium, Netherlands." Lorne Cook and Mike Corder, APNews.com, 2018-12-08.
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AC2NEWS.com and AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. He is also the founder of TheSorrentino.com. A political and communications consultant whose clients have spanned the political spectrum, his work has been featured at Chief Executive MagazineReason.com, NPR.com, Townhall, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has spoken at CPAC, The Commit Forum, The Atlas Summit, The US Chamber of Commerce, The National Press Club, and at other venues. Sorrentino is the Founder of Exelorix Consultants and a senior fellow at Future 500. He is also the author of the book Politicos, Predators, Payoffs, and Vegan Pizza. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.