The damage done by Macron to climate activism…//France 2019: Macron, Yellow Vests and class struggle – Counterfire

The left has tended to miss the sad part of this fascinating wave of strikes: the damage done by Macron to the climate activism movement by pitting ecological action against working class perspectives. The reaction was the complete rejection of the climate change aspect toward traditional working class protest.
The left needs to scramble to counterbalance their thinking and to include explicit analysis of the elite exploitation of climate change for austerity economics, and offer their own proposals (they in fact have already) to meet wage demnands in context of demanding equal measure against elites. To put working class activism in collision with climate activism would be a colossal tragedy…

Source: France 2019: Macron, Yellow Vests and class struggle – Counterfire

Macron invents ecological class warfare…//The Spontaneous Politics of the Masses: Slavoj Žižek and the Yellow Vests

We have endorsed the yellow vests here with enthusiasm even as we point to the attempt in the context of the neoliberal elite to turn ecological climate action into class warfare: the core of the dispute was a sort of ecological tax on the working class even as the elites got tax breaks, an initiative so gross that it prompted an appropriate working class revolt, with the ‘socialist’ bureaucracy unable to produce any leadership and Zizek sounding off in his now normal obscurity. This situation can be easily reconfigured if ecological and economic initiatives are blended in a coherent unity, a task probably impossible in the context of the neoliberal elite attempting to make climate action a class issue.

Source: The Spontaneous Politics of the Masses: Slavoj Žižek and the Yellow Vests