Last Saturday, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, and leader of the ruling League party, shook the financial establishment in Europe to its core when he called for the elimination of the Italian central bank and the country’s regulator, Consob – saying that the two institutions should be ‘reduced to zero’.Salvini also declared that the banking ‘fraudsters’ who inflicted losses on middle-class Italian savers should ‘end up in prison for a long time.
’But he didn’t stop there. Just yesterday, Salvini shocked banksters in Brussels and Rome again after he floated the idea of seizing the enormous gold reserves from the Bank of Italy, the country’s central bank according to the Financial Times, in a comment given to Italian reporters on Monday, Salvini stated that “The gold is the property of the Italian people, not of anyone else.”Italian media outlets have suggested that the populist coalition government of Salvini’s League and Di Maio’s Five Star Movement could be considering using some of the central bank’s gold reserves to fund spending plans. Salvini has said that he hasn’t looked deeply into the concept of selling the Bank of Italy’s gold reserves to finance additional government spending, but that ‘it could be an interesting idea.’
If Salvini and Di Maio were to monetize the country’s gold, it would certainly bring some much needed financial support to the populist leadership of Italy. After the US and Germany, Italy’s central bank holdings of gold reserves is the third-largest in the world. According to the World Gold Council, Italy’s gold reserves amount to approximately 2,452 tons, which according to today’s prices, amounts to around $103 billion. Salvini’s recent comments against the banking system in Italy have been regarded by EU globalists and Italian banking establishment figures as threatening to the ‘independence’ of the Bank of Italy.
The targeting the country’s central bank comes directly after the Bank of Italy issued bleak economic growth forecasts for the year ahead which contrasted numbers that underpinned the populist government’s planned 2019 budget. Last month, it was reported that Italy entered a technical recession during the second half of 2018. The Bank of Italy has slashed its GDP forecast for 2019 to a measly 0.6% in contrast to the 1% growth estimated by the government.
The European Commission has also cut Italy’s GDP forecast from 1.2% to a meager 0.2% for the year of 2019. Budget issues are likely to be a renewed source of tension between Brussels and Rome during the upcoming months. Salvini’s latest words mark the most recent in a series of intensifying verbal attacks directed toward Italian establishment figures and European technocrats abroad just ahead of next month’s EU parliamentary elections.
A study recently published by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and projections released by the European Parliament have both suggested that national populist Euroskeptic parties from the left and right are poised to make significant gains in May’s European Parliamentary elections.
The ECFR is a pan-European think tank with offices in seven European capitals. It’s recently published report suggests that populist Euroskeptic parties will win at least a third or more of the total seats in the European Parliament.
The parliament’s projections, which are based on some national polls which were assessed by Kantar Public, a data research firm and consultancy, are slightly different. These projections suggest that the same parties are on track to hold about a fifth of the seats in the European Parliament after elections in May.
The ECFR’s report says that the elections could “see a group of nationalist anti-European political parties that advocate a return to a ‘Europe of the nations’ win a controlling share of seats in the European Parliament.”
The irony of the globalist led pan-European think-tank using the word ‘anti-European political parties’ is that they’re of course referring to what an ever increasing number of Europeans would surely think of as pro-European parties who stand for the rights and interests of everyday native-born European people. Parties like Lega in Italy, National Rally in France, Fidesz in Hungary, Law & Justice in Poland, and others cut from the same cloth are the parties that ECFR is specifically referring to.
The ascent of these parties like these could ‘undermine and cause irreparable damage to areas such as trade, security, and defense’ the report states.
Voters from the UK will not be participating due to their scheduled exit from the union on March 29th. The new 2019 parliament will be composed of a total of 705 seats, down from its current 751 positions due to UK’s planned exit from the 28-nation bloc.
European parliament spokesman, Jaume Duche Guillot has said that this election represents ‘one of the biggest democratic exercises anywhere in the world,’ with 373 million citizens from 27 different European countries having a chance to vote.
The new parliament will be tasked with formulating new EU legislation over the next five years as well as choosing the successor to the current head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
According to the parliament’s projections based off of Kantar Public’s research, national populist Euroskeptic parties are predicted to occupy 153 seats of the 705-seat parliament. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s Lega is poised to become the parliament’s second largest national party with 27 total seats after Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who currently controls 29 seats. France’s National Rally party headed by Marine Le Pen is also expected to make significant gains. Italy’s Lega and France’s National Rally both belong to the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group, a right-wing populist and Euroskeptic alliance which also includes parties like the Dutch Party of Freedom and Austria’s Freedom Party. After May’s election, the total number of seats occupied by the ENF group inside of the EU legislator is expected to increase from 37 to 59.
Poland’s right-wing populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) and Italy’s populist, anti-establishment and anti-globalization party, Five Star Movement, are both expected to grab many seats from the top conservative European People’s Party (EPP).
The European People’s Party (EPP) is considered the bloc’s center-right conservative group, but also has MEPs from Hungary’s right-wing populist Fidesz party. The EPP is expected to remain the largest voting bloc inside of the European Parliament.
So, depending on the source, be it the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) or the European Parliament itself, after May’s elections national populist and Euroskeptic forces hold anywhere from 1/5 to over 1/3 of the new parliament’s seats.
For the people of Europe, this is excellent news. As for the anti-European, technocratic globalist elite in Brussels, you can bet that they’re more than disappointed with these latest projections as this alliance of national populist parties could cause irreparable damage to neoliberal internationalists on the continent.
It’s no secret that as the biggest opposition party in the country, right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poses a massive threat to globalist politicians like Angela Merkel.
This is precisely why earlier this week on Tuesday, Focus Magazine reported that Thomas Haldenwang, the newly installed head of the Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the German secret police, plans to put Alternative for Germany (AfD) under surveillance for purported ‘anti-democratic tendencies.’
Just in November of last year, former head of the BfV, Hans-Georg Maassen, was ousted from the position due to his vocal opposition against domestic intelligence in Germany observing the AfD.
A few months earlier in August, following the murder of two Germans by Middle Eastern migrants in the city of Chemnitz, mass protests against immigration were carried out by German civilians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the demonstrations, calling them ‘Nazi manhunts,’ a ridiculous claim with zero evidence to back it up.
Massen, head of the BfV at the time, challenged Merkel on this outrageous claim that was of course echoed by the international mainstream press.
You can now begin to see the reason Massen was removed from his position. In true authoritarian fashion, Merkel couldn’t have the head of the domestic intelligence apparatus calling into question her unfounded claims.
The investigation into AfD marks the very first time in German history since World War II that a party seated in the Bundestag (German parliament) has been put under this degree of scrutiny.
After World War II, Germany adopted a new constitution which allows the government to restrict so-called ‘extremist’ ideologies via the monitoring or banning of parties deemed as ‘too extreme.’
In the case that German secret police do officially label the Alternative for Germany party as ‘extremist,’ government employees, teachers, lawyers, and others will be prevented from joining the populist party.
In a recent tweet, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hinted at the latest report and suggested the ideas of AfD should be challenged instead of being limited or shut down by the government. He wrote, “Observing them won’t solve the problems. Above all, we need to deal with the AfD objectively and politically.”
Regarding the intelligence probe, AfD foreign policy spokesperson, Petr Bystron commented saying, “This is a pure propaganda campaign to smear us. The Verfassungsschutz has been keeping tabs on us for months and published a thousand-page report, which found no evidence whatsoever of any illegal activity. With the European and state elections coming, which promise to be a landslide for the AfD, the ruling parties need some way to attack us. This is the same secret police that has allowed Islamic terrorists to roam freely, such as Anis Amri, who perpetrated the 2016 Christmas market massacre. They are subject to political control by the ruling parties, who now are not hesitating to use them as a political weapon to club their opponents with.”
After narrowly missing the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the German parliament in 2013, four years later in 2017, the AfD successfully secured representation in 14 of the 16 German state parliaments, and became the third-largest party in Germany, laying claim to a total of 94 seats in the federal parliament.
Since 2017, support for populist parties across Europe has only continued to surge. As of today, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia all have populist politicians as heads of state and as ruling parties.
Globalist politicians like Merkel in Germany or Macron in France have reason to be afraid. Angela Merkel isn’t dumb. She sees the writing on the wall.
The only way for parties like her own to stay in power is to usurp the democratic process and attenuate the will of the German people.
The irony is that to both usurp the democratic process and limit the will of the German people. She must denounce and investigate the party with ever-increasing public support as anti-democratic.
Regardless of your personal feelings about Alex Jones, there’s no denying that the man is the probably the most censored public figure of our time.
Jones has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and now as of a few days ago, Roku.
In case you aren’t familiar with Roku, it’s a California-based tech company that provides video-streaming services to users, giving them access to many thousands of channels of third-party content. Roku’s technology is built into many different brands of Blu-ray players and smart TVs. Nearly 24 million people use the service.
Roku added Alex Jones’ Infowars to their platform sometime this month – six months after he was banned from the other Silicon Valley platforms last year.
The SJW Twitter Stasi was quick to call the company out for allowing Jones onto their platform.
One Tweet from @DanielMadison78, a Roku user, read, “Hey @Roku, what’s with you adding Infowars to your platform?”
The move also drew the attention of the Twitter account Sleeping Giants, a tattletale account that urges people to call out and screenshot brand ads on websites and platforms with content deemed outside of the political left’s scope of acceptability.
Lawyers involved in a lawsuit between Sandy Hook parents and Jones also called out the streaming platform publicly, saying that it was “indifferent to the suffering” families of Sandy Hook had experienced. Lawyers added that Roku was interfering with “efforts to prevent people like Jones from profiting off innocent victims whose lives have been turned upside down by unspeakable loss.”
Initially, Roku defended its decision to host Infowars on its platform because it doesn’t censor content unless it’s illegal. However, after facing widespread criticism and abuse, the company later bowed to the demands of these loudmouthed leftists.
Roku, in a tweet, said, “After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and had determined that the channel should be removed from our platform.”
Free speech advocates have rightfully criticized Roku for siding with the leftist SJWs. Unfortunately, their cries will likely fall on deaf ears, just as they have in the past.
The extreme politicizing of the business sector, especially in social media companies who traffic in information, is particularly alarming. It’s eerily reminiscent to days of communism when businesses were forced to propagate communist ideology.
New tensions have arisen between the United States and Turkey after Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, met with state officials in Ankara on Monday to discuss details about the US withdrawal from Syria.
Tensions first erupted after Bolton said the US retreat was conditional on the safety of US-backed Kurdish fighters – a group who Turkey regards as terrorists.
Bolton traveled to Ankara seeking assurance that when the US pulls its 2,000 troops out of neighboring Syria, the Turkish will not attack Syrian allies of the US on the ground.
What he received instead was a big snub. Turkish President Erdogan, who refused to meet with Bolton personally, said, “No one should expect us to accept or swallow national security adviser Bolton’s comments.” He insisted that there was no need to meet with Bolton when he could speak to Trump at any time on the phone.
Erdogan has insisted repeatedly that his government does not make a distinction between ISIS and the Kurdish YGP, saying, “If they’re terrorists, we will do what necessary no matter where they come from is.”
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has served as the primary proxy ground force for the US intervention inside of Syria.
For a long time now, Turkey has condemned Washington’s military relationship with the Kurdish YPG in Syria because of the group’s ties to the banned Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey.
Trump first announced US troop withdrawal in Syria on December 19 after a telephone conversation with Erdogan but has since backpedaled, stating that the removal would be made cautiously over a more extended period.
We all know what that means…
Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab, Kurdish, Assyrian/Syriac, Chechen and Turkmen forces who have participated in the Syrian civil war, feel betrayed by the US – calling the withdrawal a “stab in the back.” Without US backing and support, they surely would be demolished by the superior Turkish military.
Inside of the US, officials inside of both Republican and Democratic parties have denounced Trump’s plan to withdraw troops as an unacceptable geopolitical concession to Russia and Iran.
Trump now finds himself in an awkward position as he will be unable to please everyone in this situation.
Recent statements given by top officials from the Trump administration, including John Bolton, have suggested that the illegal presence of the US military in Syria, in some form, will continue for the foreseeable future.
So, the quarter-century of continual war for hegemony over the oil-abundant and religiously fanatic Middle East doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Quite the opposite, as a broader regional and possible global conflict, threatens to erupt.
On Monday night, 66-year-old Frank Magnitz, a state chairman and MP of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was savagely beaten, seriously injured, and left for dead by three masked assailants in what’s being called a politically motivated assassination attempt.
Magnitz was reportedly attacked in Bremen’s Goetheplatz as he left a new year reception at Kunsthalle art museum. Police have said that the AfD politician was bludgeoned over the head repeatedly with an unknown object. He was left with a gruesome gash on his forehead along with severe bruising near his right eye.
Prominent members of the AfD have blamed anti-fascist activists for the assault, and have claimed that the violence was a result of “the everyday incitement against the AfD, for the media and politicians of the old parties are responsible.”
On Tuesday, when German police and members from the press spoke with Mr. Magnitz he stated that he had little memory of the events of Monday night.
This attack marks the second attack on the growing right-wing populist party in less than one week. Late last week, AfD’s regional office in Döbeln, a small town in East Germany, was damaged in a suspected bomb explosion. Fortunately, no one was injured in that incident.
German politicians and members of the government from all sides of the political spectrum have condemned the brutal attack.
The speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, stated, “Violence cannot and should never be a means of political debate. Political debate must be conducted in such a way that it can not give rise to hatred or aggravation, still less violence.”
Jörg Meuthen, the AfD party spokesman, tweeted a photo of Mr. Magnitz lying in his hospital bed unconscious with a gaping head wound.
Another spokesman for the party says that Magnitz remains hospitalized and in serious condition.
In 2017, Alternative for Germany became the first national populist party to enter the national parliament (Bundestag) since the 1960s. The party now occupies 94 seats in the Bundestag and has representatives in every state parliament in the country. The AfD now represents the third largest party in Germany.
Many consider the AfD as a natural ally of our President Donald Trump. They were among the first German parties to congratulate Trump after his 2016 presidential election victory. Like Trump, the AfD platform stresses the need for secure borders, a return to traditional values, and stands up for the well-being of native working class citizens.
Look for AfD to make gains in the European Parliament elections in May of 2019.
On June 9th, 1967, without mercy, a pincer air and sea attack force descended upon an unarmed American naval vessel sailing approximately a dozen miles off of Egypt’s Sinai coast. The name of that vessel was the USS Liberty. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Israeli assault on the USS Liberty.
The attack occurred during the Six Day War or the 3rd Arab-Israeli war, which was fought between the 5th and 10th of June by Israel and the states of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The US was formally neutral during this conflict.
If I were a betting man, which I am, I would be willing to bet that you’ve probably never heard anything about this vicious military attack Israel carried out against our nation. Perhaps, you should question why the lying mainstream media hasn’t covered it one bit? Could it be that they would rather have you not know anything about it? The story indeed runs counter to the commonly espoused narrative that Israel is one of our greatest allies.
The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is among the worst offenses in history against any noncombatant U.S. naval vessel. Unfortunately, the offense remains shrouded in secrecy, and for a good reason. If the American people were to ever find out about what happened on that day, they certainly wouldn’t be willing to give 3.2 billion dollars in aid each year to Israel any longer. Furthermore, Americans might be a little bit more concerned about the number of dual US-Israeli citizens in our congress, mass media and state department.
During the assault which lasted multiple hours, 34 American servicemen were slaughtered, and 173 more were wounded after Israeli torpedo boats and planes pounded the navy intelligence vessel mercilessly. Audio evidence of conversations between Israeli Air Force pilots and their controllers back at base has confirmed without a doubt that Israel knew just sixteen minutes into the attack that the vessel was indeed American. Quite probably, they knew the ship was American before even beginning the attack.
American sailors who attempted to flee the damaged vessel in lifeboats were gunned down by Israeli torpedo boats who circled the area surrounding the Liberty – a war crime as stated in the Geneva convention.
The attack on the USS Liberty represents the single most significant loss of life by the U.S. Intelligence Community and the second deadliest against a U.S. Naval ship since World War II.
So, why did Israel, our supposed ally, do this to us?
Survivors of the attack have long maintained the view that Israel’s primary goal was to wipe out the entire crew and sink the ship as a means of scapegoating blame for the incident onto Egypt, whom they were at war with at the time.
Okay, but why exactly would Israel want its ‘ally’ the U.S. to think that Egypt was responsible for the attack?
The answer is simple and lies in what is known as a ‘false flag’ attack. In attacking the USS Liberty, Israel looked to shift public blame for the incident onto Egypt as a way to provoke President Lyndon Johnson and the U.S. public into declaring war on Israel’s sworn enemy and Egyptian Arab Nationalist, Gamal Abdel Nasser. This was clearly in Israel’s interest.
Following the attack, the Navy Court of Inquiry’s investigation proceedings were held in closed sessions. All survivors who were on board the USS Liberty were given gag orders which forbid them to speak about what they went through on that day.
Retired Admiral Thomas Moorer, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairpersons, spent a year investigating the ambush as a part of an independently formed panel which was composed of former military officials and US ambassadors. Admiral Moorer described the attack on the USS Liberty and the political response to it as, “one of the classic all-American cover-ups.”
At a news conference, Moorer asked, “Why would our government put Israel’s interests ahead of our own?” Everyone who’s reading this should be pondering the same question.
A former Navy attorney who helped to lead the military investigation of the attack stated that former President Lyndon Johnson along with Robert McNamara, his defense secretary, ordered the that the probe conclude that the event was an accident.
A senior Israeli lead pilot who was ordered to attack the naval vessel held many interviews with former Congressman Paul N. McCloskey where said that he had immediately recognized the Liberty as American and informed headquarters. After being ordered to ignore the American flag and to carry out the attack, he refused and returned to base where he was subsequently arrested. Damning evidence, indeed.
A dual citizen Israeli major who was present in an Israeli war room during the attack said that he heard the pilot’s radio report and that the attacking pilots and those in the war room all knew that they were attacking an American naval vessel. Later the same man recanted his statement after he reportedly received threating phone calls.
An in-depth analysis of the attack which was described as “most detailed and accurate account of the Israeli attack,” was published by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, John Crewsdon in the Chicago Tribune. Just a year later, Crewsdon was fired from the paper after having worked there for 24 years.
Even though Israel apologized for the destructive offensive against the Liberty, it has continuously maintained that misidentification of the ship caused the attack.
Should we believe them?
Well, considering the evidence at hand, wouldn’t it be utterly naïve and silly to do so? With all of this in mind, perhaps it’s time that the US reconsider its cozy relationship with Israel?
To find out more information on the USS Liberty attack, check out “The Day Israel Attacked America,” by award-winning British filmmaker, Richard Belfield.
Technocratic globalists in Brussels, along with their corporate media pawns, have their panties in a wad over the former White House chief strategist and former executive chairmen of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon’s newest political project. It’s called ‘The Movement.’ The Movement can be seen as a kind of a pan-European umbrella group for the various national populist and anti-establishment parties across the continent.
The Movement seeks to unify all of the anti-establishment, populist factions which transcend the left-right paradigm, and who fight the unified neoliberal political, banking and media class.
What is The Movement?
The Movement is nothing less than a national populist insurrection aimed directly at heart of the hegemonic globalist forces inside of the European Parliament.The Movement seeks to directly challenge the globalist ideology of the European Union by bringing together the various Euro-skeptic parties inside of the EU who promote economic nationalism, a return to tradition and national customs and cultures, national sovereignty, border control, and security.More specifically, the non-profit organization will act as a central source for polling, data targeting, political advice and think-tank research for underfunded national populist groups whose support is currently surging all over Europe.Bannon has described The Movement as a counter organization to George Soros’s OpenSociety Foundation.
The Movement seeks to boost the Euro-skeptic presence inside of the European Parliament during EU Parliamentary elections this coming May – a vote that inevitably will shape European politics for decades to come. The primary objective of The Movement is to forge a kind of “supergroup” of right-wing national populist lawmakers inside of the European chamber – a feat that would require the participation of at least 25 European MEPs from seven EU member states.
The Movement’s first inaugural summit, which will take place in the EU capital of Brussels, is expected to take place sometime in mid-January.
Who Is Involved?
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Interior Minister, head of the ruling Lega party and de-facto leader of the state, has met on several occasions with Bannon and is now an official member of the group. Salvini pledged support to the Movement following a meeting with Bannon in Rome.
Bannon has repeatedly referenced the ruling coalition between Salvini’s right-wing populist party, Lega, and Luigi Di Maio’s left-wing populist party, Five Star Movement, as the model for anti-establish, national-populist movements across Europe and North America.
Bannon has declared, “Italy is the beating heart of modern politics and the center of the political universe right now. If it works there, it can work everywhere.”
The leader of the Belgian People’s Party, Mischaël Modrikamen, is also officially registered in the group.
Hungary’s national populist Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has also spoken positively about Bannon’s Movement, saying that it’s refreshing for a political actor from the US to come to Europe to propagate conservative ideas instead of neoliberal values. Although Orbán didn’t explicitly state that his party Fidesz would take part in The Movement, he did say that he “wished a lot of success” to Bannon’s project.
Bannon has also held talks with the leadership of the ruling Polish populist party, PiS (Law & Justice Party), the Sweden Democrats, National Rally in France, the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, Germany’s AfD (Alternative for Deutschland) and England’s UKIP (U.K. Independence Party).
Recap of the Core Tenants of ‘The Movement’?
To internationalize and organize the national populist movement
Rejection of the contemporary technocracy of the European superstate
The view that the EU has become undemocratic and unaccountable to the people
Elevating the idea of the nation over the concept of globalism
Promotion of economic nationalism
Taking back control over national borders
Putting the native citizens of the country first
A renewed commitment to traditional culture, custom, and tradition
Primary Goal: to affect the outcome of the European Parliamentary Elections in May 2019
Historically EU Parliamentary Elections have a low turn-out. Bannon is hoping he can capitalize on this by organizing and mobilizing the populist right and left to swing elections perhaps significantly and take over the EU parliament.
The Movement is expected to employ fewer than ten full-time staff ahead of the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. Among the positions would include a communications director, a polling expert, an office manager, and a political analyst/researcher. If things go as planned and the project is deemed successful following the 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections, Bannon will increase the size of the non-profit to about 25 staff members.
If The Movement is triumphant, it could very well change the political complexion of Europe indefinitely. For more on Europe’s fight for freedom, check out Occidental Defense
The populist right and left have united across Europe in a massive revolt against the corrupt neoliberal world order.
Working class Europeans of every political persuasion and age are in revolt. From France to Sweden, the U.K. to Germany, Belgium to the Netherlands, everyday people are taking to the streets to voice their discontent with the present neoliberal system – a corrupt system which has failed them. Similar protests have surfaced in Greece, Serbia, Croatia and to a lesser extent Hungary.
You may be asking yourself just how the present system has failed ordinary people. The better question, and the question you should be asking, however, is how has the current system not failed ordinary people.
Let us begin in France, at the epicenter of this populist revolt against the static,out-of-touch, plutocratic, pro-globalization, pro-EU, banking, media and political elite. Five weeks ago, on November 17th, a hike in fuel taxes served as the catalyst which initially sparked what’s being called ‘Mouvement des gilents jaunes’ or the Yellow Vest Movement. This was the last straw for the tired, overworked, overtaxed, and struggling French working and middle classes.
In the five weeks since the initial protest,Macron, in an effort to quell the month-long revolt, suspended the proposed fuel tax hike, and announced increases in the minimum wage and a tax cut for most pensioners. Despite these concessions, today, thousands of Yellow Vest protestors, old and young, are still out protesting.
So, what exactly are they calling for?
Until just recently, the demands of the Yellow Vest Movement were not entirely clear. That changed three days ago when the Official Charter of the Yellow Vests: 25 Demands to End the Crisis was drafted. The 25 demands are organized into four categories: Economy/Work, Politics, Health and Environment, and Geopolitical.
Among the demands include ending banking monopolies and breaking up ‘too big to fail’ banks, leaving the European Union (Frexit), ending mass immigration, removing globalist ideology from all national educational institutions, breaking up media monopolies, weakening Big Pharma’s influence on healthcare, and banning GMOs.
Alain De Benoist, a prominent French philosopher, academic and political intellectual has described the Yellow Vest Movement as ‘populism in its purest form’. The symbol of the yellow vest embodies this expression of pure populism. But how?
In France, it is obligatory to carry a yellow vest in your car, so practically everyone owns one. There is perhaps no better uniform or article of clothing that can be used to symbolize the worker or proletariat, and thus the populist movement. Think about it. Who are the ones building our bridges,buildings and skyscrapers? Who are the ones fixing the roads we drive on? What about firefighters, airport workers or those who are fixing our telephone and electricity lines? Every one of these essential workers wears a high visibility yellow vest.
And just how have these essential yellow vest worn workers been treated by the ruling neoliberal globalist elite? Aside from being left behind economically, many have been written off as uneducated rednecks, racists,bigots, sexists, homophobic and deplorable. In truth, the neoliberal globalist elite, or the ‘new elite’, absolutely detest those who fall into this sector of society.
Russian philosopher,academic and political analyst, Aleksandr Dugin, echoes this sentiment. He writes, “According to these ‘new elites’, the people and society, in their current state, have no place in this world. Therefore, the typical representative of the ‘new elite’ Hillary Clinton, upset by the success of the right-wing populist Trump, openly insulted ordinary Americans – deplorable, which in meaning means “insignificance.” ‘Deplorable’ have chosen Trump – not because they loved him, but to respond to the ‘globalist witch’ Clinton. The populism of the “yellow vests” – can be viewed as a retaliatory uprising of the people against the elites, who have completely lost their connection with society. The elites have built their own world in which double standards, norms of political correctness, liberal demagogy reign.”
Without a doubt, the concerns which lie at the heart of the yellow vest protests transcend national boundaries. The yellow vests are now being used across Europe to symbolize the people’s discontent with the out-of-touch, corrupt, metropolitan elite. It’s no surprise that similar protests have sprung up all over Europe.
Last week, in London, thousands of pro-Brexit protestors in yellow vests took to the street to express their dissatisfaction with their Prime Minister,Theresa May’s attempt to sabotage the Brexit deal. As it stands, the current ‘Brexit deal’ would mean Britain would remain in the single market and customs union. The country would also be required to obey all current and new EU laws, comply with budget commitments and comply with ECJ judicial oversight. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the current deal would allow the continuation of free movement from other EU states into the country – something Britons clearly do not want. In short, May’s Brexit deal goes against everything Britons voted for in 2016.
Yellow Vest protests have also been seen in Stockholm, Sweden, where demonstrators gathered to peacefully protest the U.N. Migration Pact.
In Brussels, Belgium large amounts of yellow vest demonstrators gathered voice their discontent with current living conditions as well as the U.N. Migration Pact. Protestors have called for the resignation of the Prime Minister. Belgians pay the highest state taxes on diesel in the whole of Europe. Following Belgian yellow vest protestors taking to the streets, Belgian ministers announced fuel prices would not be index-linked from 2019. Despite this concession, and as they did in France, protests have continued.
Although substantially smaller in scope, the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague, in the Netherlands, have also seen yellow vest protests spring up over general dissatisfaction toward the governments’ economic measures. People are simply struggling each month to make ends meet.
On Friday, the 15th of December, thousands of protest took to the streets of the Serbian capital of Belgrade to call for resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic. A substantial contingent of protestors were seen wearing yellow vests.
In the last few days, protests in the Hungarian capital of Budapest erupted over newly enacted labor laws that would allow employers to demand up to 400 hours of overtime from workers. Having been present at the demonstrations in Budapest, I can say that the political complexion of the mass of people protesting did not show much resemblance to protests in France, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. I only saw but a few demonstrators wearing yellow vests. Furthermore, and unlike the yellow vest protests in Western Europe, the aura of the protests in Hungary was seemingly more left wing, pro-EU,and pro-globalization.
Croatia and Canada have also seen there own smaller yellow vest demonstrations pop up in metropolitan areas.
While it is true that the people from different European nations were originally drawn to the streets for slightly different reasons, there does seem to be a common undercurrent that is driving the majority of these demonstrations – namely discontent over globalist neoliberal policies and governments.
Can this European Spring, which is only in its infancy, result in any lasting change, and if so, can the same spirit of revolution and change spread to other parts of the world? For more info, please check out Occidental Defense