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
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
“All the media ever reports is the violence, and we are forgetting the root of the problem,” said one demonstrator
Source: Denouncing Focus on Violence, Women March in France to Reclaim Anti-Austerity Message of ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement
THE yellow vest protesters who have entered their eighth week of street rallies are trying to topple President Macron and his administration, according to a French government spokesman.
Source: Yellow Vests ERUPT: Rioters torch cars in chaos in Paris and Rouen against Macron | World | News | Express.co.uk
The Yellow Vests outwitted Macron’s repressive state forces to stage a surprise mobilisation in Paris and storm towns and roundabouts across France, reports Susan Ram
Source: France’s streets flooded with protest three days before Christmas – Counterfire
President Emmanuel Macron was elected on a promise to burnish France’s image on the global stage, but as shops and hotels counted the costs Monday of rioting over the weekend, many fear they won’t have much to cheer for Christmas.
Source: Little Christmas cheer in Paris as businesses count cost of riots – The Local
It is a euphemism to say that the yellow vests movement does not correspond to any other major movement in the history of contemporary France. What has characte
Source: “Throw Them All Out!” The Yellow Vests Uprising in France