They blackmail us for jobs and cry wolf for growth when they are the first to destroy it. Their economic model, their consumption pattern, is being challenged by the lack of public support. It is not sectoral and this whole mass consumption pattern with globalized distribution is shattering.
Short circuits have honored their promises of greater profitability, innovation and environmental protection. Short circuits are much more favourable to economic growth:
And with regard to innovation, the short circuit allows all actors to better communicate, discuss and find local solutions for the benefit of producers, retailers and consumers. Innovation is about discussing local solutions together instead of relying on global transport.
Environment is linked to economy.In the UN 2019 global assessment report (https://www.ipbes.net/news/Media-Release-Global-Assessment) it is said that to “better understand the main causes of damage to biodiversity, a pattern that emerges is one of global interconnectivity – with resource extraction and production often occurring in one part of the world to satisfy the needs of distant consumers in other regions.”
The Report is dubbed “1,000,000 species threatened with extinction. ‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature. Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good.”
It presents an illustrative list of possible actions to achieve sustainability. It promotes “approaches that empower consumers and producers through market transparency, improved distribution and localization (that revitalizes local economies), reformed supply chains and reduced food waste.” A “full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in governance” is necessary. “We have already seen the first stirrings of actions and initiatives for transformative change, such as innovative policies by many countries, local authorities and businesses, but especially by young people worldwide.”
She was a nurse At the hospital all the time Full-time He was a merchant He travelled all the time Full-time
And they had beautiful children
So far so good…… Until… Until it lasted more than ten years…
She worked full-time Except when she worked day and night He worked full-time Not counting his travelling Only three days a week Only half of his work week
Stress and lack of sleep Separation every week Unpaid overtime Full of pills
The tone has started to rise Up And up
And yet, they are smart And yet, they are better off than others No need to work after work No need to poison themselves at the supermarket And a healthy place
His self-esteem is now quite low She gives him a hard time He feels crushed She has found another one Available When he doesn’t work full time But at least now, she can also decompress An hour here and there It doesn’t make you dream But it keeps you going Now there are three of them to take care of the children Not to mention school and TV…
A broken household Confused children Confidence lowered And disputes That relieve stress On the nearest person It’s too late! Broken household
But the stress came from work Over-work And who’s going to argue with that? We can’t live without work Both have to go through it To be able to barely pay for what they need
If only they knew They could have discussed Getting out of the system.
Change their organization Another job Another informal job Create a cooperative Calling for a vote by popular initiative Change the country Live in another country Another… what?
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.