Because, throughout the world, the needs, and wants, of the people in the towns and the suburbs, are not the same as those of the people in the cities….
“One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.” ….” We have a new bourgeoisie, but because they are very cool and progressive, it creates the impression that there is no class conflict anymore. It is really difficult to oppose the hipsters when they say they care about the poor and about minorities.
But actually, they are very much complicit in relegating the working classes to the sidelines. Not only do they benefit enormously from the globalised economy, but they have also produced a dominant cultural discourse which ostracizes working-class people. Think of the ‘deplorables’ evoked by Hillary Clinton. There is a similar view of the working class in France and Britain. They are looked upon as if they are some kind of Amazonian tribe. The problem for the elites is that it is a very big tribe.” – Christophe Guilluy, read the full interview at Spiked. It’s quite good, in my opinion.
Apparently Paris is going to start charging for entry into the city? I wonder if they’ll have toll booths, or, something else? You know, I remember entering California from out of state, way back in the dark ages when I was a kid, and you couldn’t get into the state with Oranges, produce, from anywhere else, or pets? ( seems like) and once, they asked if anyone in the vehicle was sick, or had a cough. They’d ask if you had any perishables at all and look through the car. California was the most beautiful state back in those days. I found Guilluy’s comparison between the “gilets jaunes” and the so-called “deplorables”, particularly interesting as it leads to his conclusion that those who make such remarks are either going to have to deal with “these people” or opt for a “soft totalitarianism.” I see that happening to some degree in the U.S. as I listen to politicians pandering for votes, in the hopes of achieving that “soft totalitarianism”, in ways that I hope to God people here are not naive or ignorant enough to actually believe and vote for. In other words, they’re promising people the world, in exchange for votes/control. “Vote for us! Will give you this!” Trouble with that is that once the control is gone from the people, it’s very difficult to regain it, whether the politicians ever deliver what they’ve promised or not. People believe the promise, re-electing the same people again and again, despite a lack of results. That needs to stop. I could go on and on. Election season is open, all the snake oil peddlers are making their pitch.
Two days off twitter, I’ve organized the junk drawer! I am getting things accomplished. It’s a little odd, really, to begin with, as it had become quite the habit to be checking twitter if I wasn’t actually posting, but, it’s also a tremendous relief to be off of there. I think, going forward, it’s really important to take control of one’s personal internet usage. I think we’ve also got to start being honest with ourselves about the ways in which those who essentially control the internet are doing so. Society has quite a lot of emotional maturing to do with regard to the internet. For me, it was time to leave the twitter party, and when I feel like it’s time to leave the party, I leave it.
I’ve also learned that British Parliament is rowdy! If there’s a “British Parliament” channel, I will watch that. Some may have seen the calls to order and the reading of the Brexit vote yesterday, link here. And… this other video is from 2018…
Here’s the latest news on the goings on politically in the good old U.S.A, from The Hill, link here.
I’ve managed to get a bit of work done on formatting, actually putting together, the new book as well! So, yeah, for that. That’s about all for the moment. Seriously, getting things organized is pretty amazing. I’m thinking it will lead to increased productivity across the board. Next time perhaps I’ll talk about goals!