Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yankee Go Home

Jean-Luc Mélenchon held another monster rally yesterday in Marseille. Were there 120,000 people there? To judge by the sea of red flags visible on TV, it's not out of the question. Among other things, JLM called for the US Sixth Fleet to be withdrawn from the Mediterranean (hey, when you're on a roll, why stop?) and promised to lead a mass mobilization on May 1--a "citizen insurrection," in fact--but only if the unions want him.

In 10 years, he says, the Front de Gauche will be in power. Meanwhile, it's never too early to send the Yankees packing.


the fly in the web said...

I should think he's the last thing the unions want....posing - if he were serious - a risk to their position in the unholy troika running France's social regime.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't help but chuckle
"JLM called for the US Sixth Fleet to be withdrawn from the Mediterranean (hey, when you're on a roll, why stop?) "

Today, similar numbers in Concorde and Vincennes. Lucky candidates: rain had been announced but it's sunny out.

brent said...

I would agree that on this side of the Atlantic the call for the US fleet to go home--"What border do they share with us?"--is the 'money quote' (though not very surprising). But what about the praise of "métissage'? The celebration of France's high rates of inter-racial marriage? The salutes to Marseille's "arabs and berbers," and the contributions of Arab science to France's cultural heritage? The declaration (again) that France is not a Western nation but a 'universalist' one? Within the discursive world of France, aren't these extraordinary--and provocative--gestures? Has any political figure ever stood up in front of 100,000 people and said them? And isn't about time someone did?

Merlin said...

It's very easy to talk about the benefit of metissage when you actually don't live in a metissed area.

All of that is bollocks, and you just have to walk round Paris to see the segregation with only old people trapped in housing estates full of arabs and blacks (Chinese live actually in worse conditions, but don't have the same aspirations) and bobos living in gated communities close by.

The issue that none of them is asking is:"Why the hell do we need all these backwards immigrants in here?". For the universalism?

The answer is: "Because we need slaves to do the menial work that underpin or "social system"".

But this is a corrosive influence in society with the "classes populaires" correctly thinking that immigration is just a good way of keeping them down.

Melenchon vote doen't come from the classes populaires, it comes from tres petite bourgeoisie of public servants, that does not compete for jobs with immigrants and that believe that SMIC a 1700€ is realist. It is for them.

For all the others, it is misery.