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Spanish EU Protests Spread to France?
French group calls for Spain-style street protests ... A French group has called for a large demonstration in Paris this weekend to show solidarity with tens of thousands of youth protesters demonstrating against austerity programs in Spain. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: Let's not worry about these loud European youths. They are neither grown-up nor credible.
Free-Market Analysis: Did Western intel expect or hope that its youth revolutions would spread to US allies like Saudi Arabia or begin to destabilize European countries such as Greece and now Spain and perhaps France (see article excerpt above). We are of two minds about it. We cannot imagine that the big brains that invented the faux protests of Tunisia and Egypt – or similar "color revolutions" of the past did not understand that they would spread in the current environment. On the other hand, such social upheavals now threaten the fabric of the EU itself.
Is it blowback after all? The International Monetary Fund honchos are quite aware of the stages that countries go through as the IMF clamps down with its austerity measures. As higher taxes and reduced public services begin to tear at a given country's social fabric, dissent rises. Apparently, this is an expected part of the program.
IMF execs and Western observers generally are on the lookout for violence and its expansion as IMF programs begin to bite. They may even evaluate the success of such programs by the amount of social chaos imposed. How such social chaos BENEFITS the IMF or its Anglo-American elite masters is beyond us. The IMF is in such bad odor that the Western elites that would apparently like to see it become the world's central bank are running into considerable pushback from other countries that have been on the receiving end of the IMF's ministrations.
Nonetheless, the tried and true IMF formula is operative in Europe's PIGS even as we write. In Portugal, Greece and Ireland, to one degree or another, social unrest is becoming more widespread. Greece of course (the Greeks being Greek) has had the worst of it so far. We wouldn't be surprised if the kind of unrest now occurring in Greece ends up toppling the Greek government. It just did so, in fact, in Spain, where the Socialist government was handed tremendous losses in elections over the weekend.
Electoral upheaval is not restricted to Spain, nor to the Southern PIGS. The "True Finn" party made major gains in Finland based on an anti-EU platform. German elections are consistently weakening Angela Merkel's pro-EU political platform. The Danes just announced they intend to close their borders in a stinging repudiation to most everything the EU stands for.
But if unrest spreads to France – the sixth PIGGY in the estimation of many – one might begin to think that problems of the EU have worsened considerably. Of course for several years, we have predicted that the tribes of Europe (both ancient and violent) would not stand for an EU that provided no practical benefit other than discipline of austerity. This seems increasingly to be an operative fact. We've begun to report on the unraveling of the EU not just hypothetically but practically.
Those familiar with our kind of analysis, one that emphasizes the effectiveness – or lack thereof – of power elite dominant social themes, will know that we think the current era of the Internet Reformation is destabilizing the effectiveness of many of the fear-based promotions that the elite used to shape society. Not only that, but we have come to the conclusion that people do not need to understand the specifics of our arguments to be influenced by the reality of what is occurring. There seems to be a kind of unconscious "hive-mind" at work; how else to explain the kind of unrest occurring now?
We find this to be both extraordinary and predictable. We have long held that the Gutenberg Press presaged similar social upheavals when its effects became more widespread. As people read the actual liturgy of the Bible, the Catholic Church was undone. First came the Renaissance, then the Reformation, the populating of the New World, then several Revolutions, the Enlightenment and the Protestant Revolution. We would even make a connection between the Industrial Revolution and the Gutenberg press.
Is the same kind of upheaval now taking place as a result of the Internet? We think it may be so and have termed its effects the Internet Reformation. Whether or not it has its Martin Luther is immaterial. The results are increasingly evident.
What is also evident to us is that the power elite has seized on the rhetoric of the Internet Reformation (it is as if the City of London has subscribed to our modest newspaper) to propound its own deeply cynical narrative. First there was WikiLeaks – supposedly a "new" kind of information technology but more likely a power-elite false flag narrative. Now come color revolutions, supposedly initiated by Facebook (a suspect technology company in our view with ties to American intel along with its elder brother Google.)
In every case, the power elite is trying to propound a narrative that seems to track the arguments of the modern Internet Reformation but is cynically calculated to manipulate them. Is there a precedent for such counter-attacks? Yes, of course. The Catholic Church's Counter-Reformation that sought to undo what Martin Luther had set in motion with his 95 Theses. The Counter-Revolution was successful in part, but one could argue it really didn't slow down the effects of the Gutenberg Press or restabilize what the new information technology of its day had begun to render unstable.
We would not anticipate anything different today. If we had any argument to make it would be that the old men of Money Power still do not entirely comprehend how thoroughly and quickly the landscape has changed. Gone are the days when they could apparently fool the whole world by sending astronauts up into near space for three days while projecting (what seems to us increasingly) a phony man-on-the-moon landing-scenario. Gone are the days when war could be waged with impunity and victory achieved – as it was in so many small destabilized countries – with no one being the wiser.
They still try of course. But the blowback is considerable in the Era of the Internet. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen are all convulsed to one extent or another by "youth revolutions" – and initially it seemed these must be supported by Western intel as well. But judging by the reactions of the states involved and their abilities to put down or at least prolong the confrontations, such certainties begin to fade. Saudi Arabia opposed domestic insurrection sternly and then went to Bahrain's aid; Western powers didn't object. In Yemen, Western pols have not brought pressure to bear.
The sociopathic President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is gunning protestors down in the street, has not been subject to much formal Western pressure. Arms still flow to the Saleh regime; Yemen assets have not been frozen; Saleh presumably can come and go from Yemen as he chooses. Hillary Clinton has advised Saleh to go, but the West evidently and obviously is not backing up harsh rhetoric with the kind of pressure that it has put on other regimes. The Youth Revolutions apparently sponsored by Western Intel have thus spread, but not in the desired fashion. They are destabilizing Western surrogates. Blowback used to take years. Now it takes months – even weeks.
The Reuters article (see excerpt above) charts the evolution of this unwanted destabilization. All eyes will be on France, it reports, as "President Nicolas Sarkozy hosts world leaders in the seaside town of Deauville for a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. Such meetings are often the target of antiglobalization protests ... Solidarity with 'los indignados' (the indignant) in Madrid has already inspired several dozen French youths to spend nights camped out at the Place de la Bastille, the Paris square where a jail was torn down during the 1789 French Revolution."
For us, this is not unexpected. The French have a cohesive and brutal culture; they are anything but "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." Mind you, we write of the culture now, not the profligate and useless French bureaucracy that inflicted the Maginot Line and so much else on the long-suffering French. No, we refer you, dear reader, to the French unions, the French farmers and, generally, the French workingman, all of whom carry within them the Celtic infection known today as Gaullism. Here from Wikipedia:
Gaul (Latin: Gallia) was a region of Western Europe during the Iron Age and Roman era, encompassing present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, most of Switzerland, the western part of Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the left bank of the Rhine. The Gauls were the speakers of the Gaulish language (an early variety of Celtic) native to Gaul ...
Gauls under Brennus defeated Roman forces in a battle circa 390 BC. The peak of Gaulish expansion was reached in the 3rd century BC, in the wake of the Gallic invasion of the Balkans of 281-279 BC, when Gaulish settlers moved as far afield as Asia Minor. During the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, Gaul fell under Roman rule: Gallia Cisalpina was conquered in 203 BC and Gallia Narbonensis in 123 BC. Gaul was invaded by the Cimbri and the Teutons after 120 BC, who were in turn defeated by the Romans by 101 BC.
Julius Caesar finally subdued the remaining parts of Gaul in his campaigns of 58 to 51 BC. Roman control of Gaul lasted for five centuries, until the last Roman rump state, the Domain of Soissons, fell to the Franks in AD 486. During this time, the Celtic culture had become amalgamated into a Gallo-Roman culture and the Gaulish language was likely extinct by the 6th century.
We like to refer to history. French antecedents include the Celts, the Teutons and the Franks, three of the most warlike European tribes ever in existence. We don't forget either that the French died in their millions during the horrid First World War. That culling took place then but this is now. We have been waiting for the French. The real French – not the deracinated French portrayed by the West's misguided mainstream media.
Again it is youth that will seemingly have its say. Reuters quotes the following found on a French website: "They take money, we'll take the street ... We're being strangled by these austerity plans that are multiplying throughout Europe." French youth unemployment is running at "only" 20 percent, but price inflation is a genuine concern and one would guess generally that the unrest of Greece, Portugal and now Spain is striking the match that is about to light the French fuse. (We don't necessarily approve of it, by the way; we note it because that is our brief.)
Anyway, we will end this article by reaffirming some puzzlement. The City of London, with all its deliberate brutality and rigor, is surely provoking the current unrest, or at least deepening it with its absurd policies and insistence on the inviolate nature of banking debt. This is why we present the idea that the old men of Money Power are out of touch and don't know what to do next. Either that, or they are deliberately provoking societal breakdown anent a kind of super-regional or World War.
Conclusion: This too is puzzling as the low-key wars that raged after the impact of the Gutenberg Press did little if anything to slow the social change from the spread of its "truth-telling, conciousness-unlocking" information technology. Of course, as we have pointed several times, the elites did away with the Peace of Westphalia back in 2005 and substituted the UN's R2P that virtually demands Western intervention. This violence is anything but serendipity. It is calculated evil but it will be no more effective for being planned in our view. If the Anglosphere elites think they can control events as they did during the past 100-300 years, they may well be miscalculating.
Posted by stas on 05/29/11 03:03 PM
Go go to the other countries and conquer them fand make them your slaves. I read this in the old Roman military archyves. Gajus Eulijus Cezar wrote 10 caputas and told how it was done some two thousand years ago.
Now, there are more numbers in Islam world than in Christian world. Just like Romans conquered the old world states now is the time to conquer the old christian world as well.
If you take France, you will find the southers France is no more christian,the city of Marcelle is not even listed as french. There are more muslims than french! Are you surprised? No !
Lets see Spain, very same history exists, the christians are at the end of their glory, there are more than 10 mil muslims, plus other foreighners within their borders.
The fertility of islam is seven times that of christians. The conquerors are increasing dayly. Within five years the Southern Europe will be SAHRIA law.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Posted by 4irw4y on 05/28/11 12:23 PM
Que ares, ares, amfM, greats. "The City of London, with all its deliberate brutality and rigor, is surely provoking the current unrest", which ascii, being the biggest fruit of a still-life, with its LegionsofAnonymous NonStateActors, threading the canvas, are welcome and provided as legal in the System.
Fine Tuning. Real Cool. + Yes, the super-costly filter sometimes goes... err... there.
"because of a little quantum bit natural reference" - being put here again to try to complete the picture at the second attempt, to make/get even a bigger IMPression/IMPrint, whih seems to be really urgent, not to say, real fast quick immediate.
"-Say: TARGET! Whom do you see?
Posted by amanfromMars on 05/27/11 05:04 AM
Que sera, sera, 4irw4y? :-) Mother Nature knows best and one's truth shared always triumphs over every hidden secret and dirty deed done dirt cheap.
To know the whole truth about oneself and be able to share it with everyone is the freedom which delivers the truth about everything and every dirty little secret which may be hidden.
Posted by 4irw4y on 05/26/11 09:28 PM
"...discipline of post modern... interest" - upon one's views/needs, mostly, it may easily transform into what it is supposed to be, amfM, because of a little quantum bit natural reference of Targeted Remote Human Content/Dynamic Cache Dump at the date of the air.
Posted by amanfromMars on 05/26/11 03:30 PM
"There is more than meets the eye at play here." .... Posted by johnblenkins on 05/26/11 10:27 AM
Indeed there is, johnblenkins, but precious few will realise it. What do you know of the surreal art of virtual reality creation and promotion and the Binary Industrial CompleXSSXXXX at ITs Work for Play in REST.
And is it a stealthy discipline of post modern, soviet imperial interest, 4irw4y, for the Neuro Linguistic Programming and Remote Viewing of Master Rogues to Mentor Renegade Projects with Primed Presidential Puppets and Legions of Anonymous Non State Actors.
To ask the questions is to know that the facility and capability exists for sharing ...... and surely the Daily Bell must now be starting to realise that much more is afoot than even they have been reporting and speculating very defensively on, and they are heartily thanked for their most gracious and patient alien support.
Posted by 4irw4y on 05/26/11 11:26 AM
I hope that the answer is same NOR as before, amanfromMars, otherwise any player in the field would be dismissed/disqualified with simple pushing the trigger/paying the hostess. Something not too far from the Court of Chaos, one could say, which is, possibly, another parallel and mirrored CLEVER edition of reality, where "Yes" meets "No" and they fit each other so fine that they make a nearly perfect "Probably". The Kingdom of Undecipherable Doubt for more than enough and for less than few.
Posted by johnblenkins on 05/26/11 10:27 AM
Re; IRA bomb/City.
True a warning was given and it happened on a Sunday when no one was meant to be about. Two cleaners were slightly hurt. Between 2004/7 twice a year for a week or so I worked for a antique dealer right in the heart of rural Ireland.He was a mild mannered man with no obvious ties to the IRA.Almost out of the blue one day he told me that the City bomb was in fact the end of hostilities. The greatest damage had been to the glass which I understand was of French manufacture.Funny enough vast amounts of cut to size glass was sat at French ports before the bomb ever went off. Who got the refit contract you may ask. An Irish firm no less. He ended his tale with the air of a old sage and. There is more than meets the eye at play here.
Posted by amanfromMars on 05/25/11 03:29 PM
Is anything spontaneous and random nowadays, 4irw4y, or is everything carelessly and meticulously planned to give that appearance, as is posited in the last message ringing the Daily Bell here .... Click to view link
Posted by Bischoff on 05/25/11 03:23 PM
When will the PE and particularly the "wisemen" at the IMF get it into their heads that the solution to the monetary and economic problems are to be found at local government levels. It is there where people can best decide how they want to live and how they want to be governed.
To built and maintain a local economy, there is no need for IMF central bank currency. "Commercial banking" which creates a "redeemable" currency is a hundred times more effective than IMF "irredeemable" currency in the creation of a locally desired living standard.
The natural trend is in the direction of "redeemable currency" and away from "irredeemable currency". Consciously or unconsciously, the demonstrations in Europe and in America are about power ast the local level. People are demanding local control, and this what has the PE and the IMF spooked.
Of course, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has it made it more difficult for the PE and the IMF to peddle the meme of the infallability of their prescriptions for peace and prosperity.
Reply from The Daily Bell
A point well made and with clarity!
Posted by 4irw4y on 05/25/11 12:43 PM
You could have words "spontaneous and random" omitted in your message. This would do, I suppose.
Posted by dotti on 05/25/11 12:15 PM
As with all the "aid" to underdeveloped nations, the banksters are the real beneficiaries. As long as the cash flow is flowing, they win. When it stops, some government or banking cartel takes it over in such a way that what should be "private debt" becomes someone's "public debt".
Then they want to take "public property" and privitize it. Quite the racquet, don't you think!
At least some of the loan originators during the big RE runup recognized the coming deluge of bad debt, but they were paid for originating. The underwriters and appraisers that would not go along to get along were eliminated by lack of business. (You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.)
Posted by rossbcan on 05/25/11 12:12 PM
"good grounds for finding taxpayer backed bond contracts null and void"
There is reality and then, there is legal "opinion":)
It is not a matter of changing opinions, it is a matter of de-fanging or replacing those with "opinions".
Posted by Don on 05/25/11 12:05 PM
My layman's understanding of modern banking practices:
A greedy bankster awakens one morning dreaming of scheming to steal even more wealth from Grecian taxpayers. "Eureka!" he shouts "Let's stick it to them with an Olympiad."
Bankster's cigar chomping mass media buddy agrees, "We'll play up the whole 'Olympics returning to its place of birth' meme. It really goes without saying that Grecian taxpayers must spend billions to build buildings that get used for only three weeks, but my media outlets will say it anyhow. Minus the part about 'useful for only three weeks' of course."
Bankster obscenely profits from floating billions in building bonds. The PE sees more bondage and it is good. When his bogus bonds start performing badly and the cash flow dries up bankster cries, "Bailout! Bailout! For the love of money, bailout!"
It's my layman's legal understanding that full disclosure must take place beforehand to enforce a binding contract. Regulatory Democracy's obfuscation of taxpayer obligation constitutes less than full disclosure and seems like good grounds for finding taxpayer backed bond contracts null and void.
Posted by rossbcan on 05/25/11 11:19 AM
"blitzkrieg "designed to strike an enemy's brain rather than body, paralyzing his ability to manage large forces or to fight."
...shock and awe, another Nazi parallel...
Blame the shrinks:
The psychiatric "profession" is extremely dangerous because they are in (public) strategic denial of two crucial facts of life, they are BELIEVED and, more dangerously, also believed by the law, their symbiotic partners in crime:
1) Life and human behavior is about goal seeking and survival. There are only three ways to seek goals: force / fraud (causes defensive conflict from victims) and honest, mutually agreed trade (peace and civilization). Instead, the shrinks opine a bunch of crap and ill defined, subjective adjectives regarding our fixed nature and how we have no choice, but to follow whatever they deem our nature to be.
2) We live in an action precedes consequence reality. We must adapt to the actions of the insane in our environment, sometimes, to uninformed observers this makes our actions appear insane. The law also misrepresents our defense as offense, casting us as insane (such as "terrorists"). Insanity is therefore CONTAGIOUS. States and law went insane first (addled wits by unearned power), regulatory capture by criminals. Now, the people have caught this social disease and are in a position of "cognitive dissonance", unable to correctly choose, wedged between the insane demands of power and, demands of survival.
Posted by Don on 05/25/11 10:24 AM
Eric Margolis argues that the Maginot Line "fulfilled its designated mission of defending France's vital coal and steel industries of Alsace and Lorraine" and channeled a German attack through Belgium. Unfortunately, during the anticipated German attack through Belgium the French encountered the newly invented blitzkrieg "designed to strike an enemy's brain rather than body, paralyzing his ability to manage large forces or to fight."
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The Inet arguably functions as the poor man's blitzkrieg. The old men of media certainly do not entirely comprehend the magnitude of change wrought by the Inet. The increasing worthlessness of Sam Zell's Tribune properties seems to perennially surprise him. Sheer ego may block reality cognition.
"the Internet is an inefficient way for a big man to throw his weight around. A newspaper really is the much more effective bully pulpit."
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Posted by amanfromMars on 05/25/11 10:04 AM
"First came the Renaissance, then the Reformation, the populating of the New World, then several Revolutions, the Enlightenment and the Protestant Revolution. We would even make a connection between the Industrial Revolution and the Gutenberg press.
Is the same kind of upheaval now taking place as a result of the Internet? We think it may be so and have termed its effects the Internet Reformation. Whether or not it has its Martin Luther is immaterial. The results are increasingly evident." .... Daily Bell Staff Report
Yes, it most surely does have its Martin Luther, DB, for nothing just happens as if spontaneous and random. The heroes today for the past to remember tomorrow are legion and anonymous and incredibly virtually savvy and transparent and open in their shared view ie a changed inclusive elite paradigm for order rather than an exclusive executive administration which thinks itself above and beyond reproach. And the failure of the latter to address their loss of meme control, with engagement of new vibrant and viral forces in an altogether completely different arrangement, guarantees they be relegated to the caboose in the speeding train which moves us all forward into the future, should they even be on those speeding trains [of novel selfless thought] And that is most definitely as a result of a lack of intelligence and imagination to think that the status quo is the answer to anything which seeks to create a better, crisis free future.
Get with the new programming, gentlemen, for naive stupidity and arrogant indifference is endangering your stalled power system of ignorant money control? Papering over the foundation cracks are not going to save the condemned building.
Posted by rossbcan on 05/25/11 09:54 AM
"thinking how unfair it was that a dictator puppet "borrowed money" and the poor workers of that nation were obligated"
You are morally and legally correct. The legal concept of "odious debt" once addressed this and, if sanity ever gains a toehold, will again:
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Another legal concept that may come into play is personal responsibility that those who choose to borrow are personally obligated to repay and, if any choose to lend to the irresponsible, well it was they who chose to take the risk of the haircut they will be taking.
Justice Defined: We are all free to profit or suffer and learn (adapt to excellence) by facing the consequences of our OWN choices. Injustice is to be forced to suffer the consequences of choices of unaccountable (irresponsible) others..
It should be abundantly clear that our democratically elected leaders, states and law are not subject to the "will of the people" and therefore, we have no choice and thus no responsibility for their actions nor debts.
We are, of course, should we not oppose criminals (can control our OWN actions), "accessories to their crimes" and, to the extent we support and not oppose them, we risk collective punishment (social / economic collapse is a natural consequence, punishment) should objective law ever again "get real".
It has been pointed out by others that fiat currency, progressive "taxation" and other aggression and frauds are just a means to the end of getting title (control) of real property. Maybe so, but possession and willingness to defend is 90% of the law. Elites are very foolish if they believe their alleged property rights (proceeds of crime) will be respected when ours are not.
Posted by Adam on 05/25/11 09:52 AM
"It's all about the banks."
The banks don't have the guns. The "government" has the guns. And without the guns, how will people be forced to pay for the losses of the banks?
And if the "government" doesn't really exist; if the "government" is only people who call themselves "the government", who then is the real enemy?
The real enemy is a false 'moral' ideology called statism: the contradictory doctrine that other people are your property.
And how does one become infected by this false 'moral' ideology? Well...
YouTube -- The State as Family
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'Why it is so hard to get people to think rationally about the state?'
Posted by dotti on 05/25/11 09:29 AM
Re: The City of London, with all its deliberate brutality and rigor, is surely provoking the current unrest, or at least deepening it with its absurd policies and insistence on the inviolate nature of banking debt.
When my "enlightenment" was just a distant star against a black sky, I remember thinking how unfair it was that a dictator puppet "borrowed money" and the poor workers of that nation were obligated to pay it back--no matter that they had no say in the matter and that the money was spent on palaces and lavish lifestyle that did nothing for them.
It's all about the banks.
Jim Cramer recently praised Ben Bernanke for "recapitalizing the banks". I do not consider it to be a personal favor. Actually, I consider it to be a personal affront.
Too big to fail; too big to jail. All part of the same sorry scenario.
Thanks for opening eyes, DB.
Posted by dotti on 05/25/11 09:21 AM
Re: "Ultimately, "they" will present falsely framed "options" as "solutions", to give us the illusion that we have chosen our own servitude. "They" ignore, to their own peril that "we, the people" do not want to be scrambled and just want to be left alone to deal with our issues, as opposed to "theirs".
This is key. This has worked time and again, but hopefully the Internet will tilt the table back in our favor.