Riot police fire tear gas as 30000 protestors burn Paris
In scenes that could have been written by Hugo himself, thousands of protesters wearing yellow high-visibility jackets are marching in Paris, singing La Marseillaise and building barricades in a thick fog of tear gas. Thousands more have assembled peacefully in streets around the capital and elsewhere in the country, their distinctive attire earning them the nickname ‚Äėles Gilets Jaunes‚Äô, or the Yellow Jackets. Autoroutes are blocked, Metro stations closed. It‚Äôs one of the largest uprisings France has seen for years.
The movement is a loose one, describing itself as ‚Äúapolitical‚ÄĚ and having ‚Äúneither leader nor doctrine‚ÄĚ. Its social media posts rail variously against the establishment, taxes, housing benefits, labour laws and social security, but the sparks first flew outside outside the towns, on the B-roads and forecourts of rural and semi-rural France. People are angry about the cost of fuel, and...
Jim Lincoln wrote: Unfortunately, UPS, there is nothing to be thankful for Trump for American violence.
Fallacy of "Guilt By Association." The Progressive media, following the precedent of Stalin, who labeled any opposition to him, even from rival Marxist factions, as "rightists" or "fascists," does the same with Americans who oppose Progressive policies, whether principled Constitutionalists or neo-Nazis.
Another left wing policy is causing the uproar. The French President has added a heavy tax on fuel. Thus the increase in fuel cost was not market related but government regulation. The masses are protesting the rise in the cost of living associated with the fuel tax. Man made climate change more fake contrived news from the left.
Another reason to be thankful that Hillary is not President
Chris G P wrote: A great disaster befell France in the late 17th century.
Good analysis. Royal absolutism and secular tyranny don't mix with principled Protestantism. America and Britain were beneficiaries of the Edict, as they received many Huguenot refugees. Paul Revere's father was one example. Florida had a Huguenot settlement at Fort Caroline until the Spanish wiped it out ("Matanzas Inlet", q.v.).
BTW, I don't think many American schoolchildren learn that the Mayflower people avowed the French Reformed Church as their model. It might upset parents.
A great disaster befell France in the late 17th century.
The previous king, Henry IV, a hundred years earlier, had been a nominal Reformed Protestant, but had converted to Roman Catholicism when he inherited the throne. However, he never forgot the Protestants, and issued the Edict of Nantes, to tolerate and give them freedom of worship.
This was continued under his son, Louis XIII, somewhat reluctantly, but his grandson, Louis XIV, a dissolute King and an avowed Roman Catholic determined to revoke this Edict which he did. The Reformed Protestants or Huguenots, the most productive people in the French economy, were harassed, brutalised, persecuted, and finally forcibly expelled from France.
This was an absolute disaster, and the monarchy began a terrible decline until the secular communistic revolutionaries who were atheistic dethroned and executed Louis XVI, his wife, (‚Äúlet the people eat cake‚ÄĚ,), Marie Antoinette, and his young son, the Crown Prince or Dauphin.
France has never recovered from this violent Revolution, and unlike Britain, there was no Methodist revival to ameliorate it. Though the French Revolutionaries were eventually defeated, this secular militant spirit has continued in France ever since.
it was what is now called "the black regiment pastors".... presbytarian pastors that spoke at the pulpit about the injustices the people were experiencing.... the stark opposite of our non-profit entities outherwise known as "church" which will only speak about what is politially happening to their neighbor if it is political correct ideology such as calling people racist msysonginists. how far we've come from them.
Not so much an upper crust revolt as one of a people with a different faith background. The First Great Awakening had helped seal together the Colonies. The churches were leaders of their communities. Not do in France, then or now.
Yes, QC, I think you have a point about the Protestant tradition in the country compared to the Romish one in France. Also the American Revolution was an upper-crust revolt, which didn't like uncontrolled violence.
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Neil wrote: A plausible reason for why France has periodic protests like these is, it lacks civilian mediating institutions like foundations and NGOs who can make grievances heard via lobbying etc. Both the Bourbon monarchy and the Republic were suspicious of what they could not control, and suppressed formation of such institutions, so all that's left is the State and the individual, and bureaucracy is hard to fight. Thus, mass street protest seems the only outlet for pent-up frustrations. Semper Eadum.
Perhaps, but there is also a lack of local leadership like what helped channel our revolution here in the US and prevented it from becoming a mob rule situation as happened in France. They key missing component is a strong Protestant church presence which naturally organizes opposition to tyranny. Here in the US, the government has figured out how to limit the political opposition of the ways that Christians naturally organize. But returning to the French situation, still seems like the mobs are out and about.
A plausible reason for why France has periodic protests like these is, it lacks civilian mediating institutions like foundations and NGOs who can make grievances heard via lobbying etc. Both the Bourbon monarchy and the Republic were suspicious of what they could not control, and suppressed formation of such institutions, so all that's left is the State and the individual, and bureaucracy is hard to fight. Thus, mass street protest seems the only outlet for pent-up frustrations. Semper Eadum.
I thought this was big news until I googled "what are the French riots about". Apparently the French people look for stuff to riot about and have massive riots sometimes every year. It's been this way ever since their first revolution.
Good old Jimmy Carter. I thought we‚Äôd never have a worse president‚ÄĒand then Bill Clinton came along, and later Barack Obama, the worst and most wicked president in American history (and in spite of Cora‚Äôs posts about how smart Michelle is, Mrs. Obama is just as wicked as Barry). One more Democratic administration should pretty well complete the process of destroying the United States. You‚Äôll like that, won‚Äôt you Jiminy?
Perhaps the French can learn from the United States, don't mess with my gas supply
Meg Jacobs wrote: The greatest act of desperation came when truckers decided to protest. In early December [1973?] 1,800 independent truckers tied up the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Jersey, creating a 12-mile back up for seven hours. One hundred twelve miles of the Ohio Turnpike were also shut down. ‚ÄúWe figured if trucks could do without fuel, the country could d... well do without trucks,‚ÄĚ shouted one protester..... .... Carter did not give up. In mid-July, he once again asked Americans to cut back. ‚ÄúIn a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHuman identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns.‚ÄĚ He told Americans they had to drive less, carpool more, and use public transportation. ‚ÄúEvery act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense‚ÄĒI tell you it is an act of patriotism.‚ÄĚ
The speech didn‚Äôt work. Carter‚Äôs approval ratings continued to plummet....