Saturday, May 2, 2009

La Révolution n'aura pas lieu

A bizarre headline in Libé this morning: "Less historic than hoped." The referent is yesterday's May Day demonstration, which brought fewer people into the streets than the March 19 day of protest. Explanations run the gamut: May 1 fell on a Friday, and the weather was good, so a lot of people chose to take the weekend rather than bring down the government; May 1 is a day for "labor," so the bourgeoisie stayed home; it was just too much trouble to march yet again, and so soon after the last time; etc.

The causal reasoning doesn't seem quite up to the label "historic," either. If the ras-le-bol goes no deeper than this, there's a good deal more gruel to be scraped before the bowl is truly empty. Perhaps now talk of a general strike will abate.