How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can’t scare him – he has known a fear beyond every other.

The Grapes of Wrath – Chap 19 – John Steinbeck


The Grapes of wrath – Wikipedia:


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The situation of yellow vests today

1) Fed up with the tax rate in general (fuel prices, taxes and payroll taxes). Is this justified? According to the figures, YES.

“The average French employee recovers two days of purchasing power in 2018 while remaining the most taxed in the European Union (EU). He works until July 27 to cover public expenses. This is two days less than last year and 45 days more than the EU average,” reports the Tribune before the movement of the yellow vests.
“The average French employee is in theory among the best paid with 56,815 euros (6th place in the EU), but he is so taxed (56.73% of charges and taxes on his full salary, 1st place in the EU), that he only has 24,582 euros left in real purchasing power (11th place in the EU).” Contrpoints is ironic: “Thanks to taxes, France is getting poorer without concern”

Is the public service up to this tax rate, NO. “More than 1000 billion every year… If, in the face of these punishments, we observed a profusion of gleaming infrastructures, an irreproachable quality of education, impeccable healthcare institutions, administrations on the cutting edge to provide a service to taxpayers, we could admit this incredible bill,” says Counterpoints. “Knowing that at the same time, the country’s debt is growing, where the hell is the money going?”

2) Fed up with the tolls. Is this justified? YES

The private companies that built the motorways have been reimbursed for their costs and received a margin since 2005, called “The historical error of privatisation” says Obs. Why did Chirac and Villepin renew their contract instead of leaving the free highways as was imagined from the beginning? In addition, repairs and maintenance are not done properly. “Sometimes they do the renovations after five years instead of four, sometimes they use slightly cheaper materials without it being too obvious” according to the court of accounts (L’Obs).
Yellow vests are perfectly legitimate when they allow vehicles to pass free of charge on the highway and it is a real scandal that there are laws against it that put certain people in prison and force police officers to use violence they do not want. Extortion, theft against the will of people, that’s what it is.

3) Fed up with supermarkets. Is this justified? YES.

Quality continues to deteriorate and prices rise for the benefit of shareholders. Food is a basic need; the law specifies that it is a service of general interest. People have to eat. Why entrust this to people who are too greedy and not very caring!

4) Will the movement be recovered by the neo-Nazis? Maybe.

The question is why we are talking about it when it is not currently the case. These premonitions encourage neo-Nazis to join the movement; just as Trump encouraged anti-democratic violence during and after the mid-Term by announcing them in a premonitory manner. French elites try to scare people who are justified in joining the yellow vests but do not wish to receive violence and/or infamy in return.

Why are some people trying to scare the yellow vests?

We can only hope that this group remains democratic, non-violent despite the violence of laws and premonitions. If they fail to manage in te good direction, without a leader and without violence, France would suffer terribly. Let us hope that this movement will allow France to find its way back to more democracy.

Press freedom is also in danger. “Better yet: the same journalists, largely invested with the sacred mission of defending taxes and the famous consent to taxes, seeing moreover that the amalgam "grumbles against taxes = fascist and populist movement” no longer works, find themselves lost in contortions funny enough to show that the State has nothing to do with it and that in reality, these taxes, even if they are high, make it possible (at your choice) to fight (climate change) pollution, to pay for (properly cleared and salted in winter) congested roads, to (educate) your children to assault teachers or to ensure the safety of (emotional) neighbourhoods.“explains Counterpoints.

France’s ‘Gilets jaunes’ leave Emmanuel Macron feeling decidedly off-colour:

IEM : la pression fiscale et sociale réelle du salarié moyen de l’UE – La Tribune:

Le rapport des Français aux impôts et au système fiscal – Le Monde:

Chères, très chères autoroutes : le scandale – L’Obs:

Grâce aux taxes, la France s’appauvrit sans souci – Contrepoints:

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Wishing a safe journey to the yellow vests

Contempt is not automatic

Oui au référendum d’initiative populaire:éférendum-dinitiative-populaire-sur-le

Le chiffon rouge Moderne:

La liberté guidant le peuple:é-guidant-le-peuple

Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord):

Their black eyes, my black rings,
Green with rage,
She hit them again.
He had another tantrum.
Calm down, you’re bright red.
Give me a hug, a little less abrupt,
I don’t want to have blue bruises.

Everyone has their own opinion
Benevolent or not,
On children with special needs.
« Honey, don’t play with them, you’ll scare them. »
« No, don’t invite this one, she’s too difficult. »
« He’s the terror of the class. »
« The neighbour can no longer go to the park, her son throws sand in the eyes of the other children. »
« No, sorry, find another hairdresser. I don’t want to cut off his ear. »
« Why do you buy everything on the Internet? »
« It will pass with age. »
« You have to be very firm, to set strict boundaries, even when they are very young. »
« He attempted suicide, can you believe it, he is 12 years old? »
« They must be exorcised. »
« Can you leave work to go to the meeting? This is important. »
« You’re on the verge of burnout. Work stress is combined with stress at home. »

What about the experts? Their opinion?
« Well, it’s been two years now that we’ve been seeing each other on a weekly basis, now he’s gotten used to me; he’s playing with the toys in the office. »
The least we can say is that he is shy…
« You know, there are two out of three who don’t make it and end up in alcohol or worse. And, what do you think we should do? »

Yes to open science,
Yes to better training and specialization of doctors,
Yes to the popularization of medical knowledge,
Yes to individual and accessible special education,
Yes to the universal basic income, to reduce everyone’s stress and reduce mental collapse.
Yes to the support of children and parents.

Aurianne Or

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SHE was scared
by all these men dying at sea
— in this dangerous impetuous Galician sea.

So they had crossed the ocean,
fleeing the poverty and famish of their village,
— called Orro for it was close to the gold and God of Santiago.

And they found this land,
where, he, the fisherman, became a bus driver;
on this safe land where they ate
Empanada de carne instead of
Empanada de bacalao.

But many years later,
back in Galicia,
she was still so scared
by this very same sea.


SHE was scared
By all these men dying at sea
— In this dangerous impetuous Galician sea.

So they had crossed the ocean,
Fleeing the poverty and famish of their village,
— Called Orro for it was close to the gold and God of Santiago.

And they found this land,
Where, her husband, a fisherman, became a bus driver;
Where she rolled cigars,
On this safe land where they ate
Empanada de carne instead of
Empanada de bacalao.

Her son studied and taught chemistry at Montevideo University.
She was scared knowledge would burn his head.
He was scared police would arrest him
For Molotov cocktails he did not make.
He fled to the first country
That gave him a scholarship.
He became French.

But he was scared for life.
Non podería escapar do medo,
Il était devenu paranoïaque.

Back in Galicia,
She was still so scared
By this very same sea.
¡Hay que comer! became her daily refrain
As she could not forget the days of famish.
She died falling in her bath.

Her son didn’t die in the water,
He chose his death;
He chose not to eat anymore
And drown into beer.

Drown into fear
or escaping it at last?

Aurianne Or