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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 dotti on 05/25/11 09:15 AM
Sandy, your comment:
"These PE must think we are a virus,-but a necessary one"
reminded me of the "friendly bacteria" in our colon. That's how they think of us! Doing our job in the dookie in their colon.
Posted by dotti on 05/25/11 09:12 AM
You make excellent points! Thank you.
elray: "To create a situation so severe that the majority will willingly ask to be saved from the poverty, riots, looting and death just outside their doors."
OK City and 911 were just parts of this scheme. See Patriot Act.
And J.P. Morgan's statement shows the arrogance of the power elite--as well as--unfortunately--their wisdom.
elray: "Well dear readers that's enough for now, my day has started, the chickens want to be fed, the corn needs water and I have to find a few potatoes for dinner."
This is the way to defeat them. Do not be dependent on them for anything. It is the route to not using their fiat money. They cannot control a barter economy.
Thanks DB for a great article and elray for great feedback.
Posted by tsunami on 05/25/11 09:05 AM
I have no argument with the EU breaking up and reverting to another state but before we get all excited I might suggest that the IMF will be targeting the USA which is not far off the EU ;economic mess.
In my view I hope the next alliance to go is the UN which is a parasite outfit run by another kind of elite where the tail is wagging the dog.
Whether it is being orchestrated or not it is quite clear that we in the West are in a steady decline of our own making.
When more people are watching "dancing with the Stars" than a Presidential address there is something being said.
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Ha, we disagree with you on this. It is a sign of common sense. Why be affronted by lies when you can be "entertained?"
Posted by rossbcan on 05/25/11 07:46 AM
DB: "or they are deliberately provoking societal breakdown anent a kind of super-regional or World War."
This is most probable. Money power may be out of touch, but they have the best advisers money can buy, watching, analyzing (including DB) and adapting as "we, the people" are.
In fact, one of the reasons I post here is that IMHO, DB is the best of the breed at intelligent analysis and is watched by elites more closely than most.
My basic point is proving that they cannot win, have already lost and, the further elites proceed on present course, the more thoroughly they lose. Plus, of course, to disillusion their advisers / supporters, forcing an allegiance change by them realizing they are expendable pawns, engaged in doomed endeavors. Further, one of the biggest losers on present course is the law and legal "profession". It is a short matter of time before they are forced by their own myopic survival considerations to side with civilization and the people by restoring the "rule of law":
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At heart of elite machinations is the arrogant socialist "can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" opinion that people are property, to be used and discarded as "they" see fit. Social / economic collapse is a Machiavellian creation of "necessity" for what elites have planned (inevitably forcefully imposed "solution", smiting dissenters, as in Nazi Germany).
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".
The basic Machiavaillian argument of "neccessity" is:
Logical proposition based on false and /or incomplete facts make it appear "necessary" (to fools) to do something that also does not result in the stated consequences, but rather the intended consequences which are then claimed to be "unintended" resulting in an "oops, sorry" (our mistake, but YOU pay for it) and, if we really push, mea culpa and pawn sacrifice by the perps. Meanwhile, the perps are far ahead, counting their loot and devising the next fraud.
In other words, "necessity" is a false assertion of proving a negative (no other possibilities). Proving a negative is a logical impossibility because the universe and possibilities are infinite and, it is beyond mankind's ability to search and consider all possibilities.
This is also why "god does not exist" cannot ever be proven.
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"At heart of elite machinations is the arrogant socialist "can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" opinion that people are property, to be used and discarded as "they" see fit."
More and more this seems true ...
Posted by rossbcan on 05/25/11 06:23 AM
DB: "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."
...because...the game is predator versus prey using environmental control 101. People do not have to understand anything, except that they are under social / economic existential threat AND, clearly, their "leaders" and law are on the wrong side. Words and arguments can be safely ignored but there is no ignoring the fact that liars, thieves and criminals are of the opinion they are in control:
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It's all about CHOICE. Make the wrong ones and, perish:
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Posted by Mountainview on 05/25/11 05:43 AM
They are sitting there with their university degrees and no jobs. The Spanish generation "hopeless" doesn't get an answer neither from the traditional parties from left nor from right. With 30 they live at home with their equally frustrated parents. And they can't even blame the vilain dictator. Who has a solution? Should they lock the border? Should they be sent to the farmers to help with the strawberries, currently picked by illegal immigrants? What's next?
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Ha, they could end their troubles - their austerity and agony - in a fortnight were they ever wise enough to march on the Spanish and British central banks.
They will not of course, or not any time soon, apparently. They will continue with their endless dithering and palavering. The will sleep on rocks in a paved square but despite their advanced degrees they are not at this moment capable of making a simple revelatory action. Too bad.
See Sandy's post on the IRA, this thread - not that we agree with bombing ...
Posted by sandy on 05/25/11 05:19 AM
It's the same crack with 'ball-games' et-cetera..same couple of 'opposing teams' to take sheeples' attention off their own opposing personas .Why there never ,say-30 goals in a game to-O. I see in the music 'Press!' Mick Jagger has a new! band & Ringo Star interview.
After all this time ; they still being paraded.
A deffo me/me :the Beatles & the Stones.
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Mick Jagger has formed a secret supergroup of musicians, and as of now they're called Super Heavy. Pretty great band name, not going to lie. So who's in it? Well, a lot of people. Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman. Holy shizz! Not only is that a LOT of talent, but that's extremely eclectic! We wonder if it works! ...
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Posted by sandy on 05/25/11 03:14 AM
P.S ; I like the 'hive-mind' theory : that's best haha!
..again (sorry!) ,-i'm advocating 'peaceful determined-protest around central banks..there must be countless better ways to a happier World than them imf riff-raff.
thanks for this wonderful site!
Posted by sandy on 05/25/11 03:07 AM
Yup-i agree with elray.
These PE must think we are a virus,-but a necessary one -to fight over Left/Right(fueled both ways & ignited @ will-by them) and therefore glean guaranteed profits.
I welcome protests ;but i hope they will aim vitriol @ central bank buildings.
The IRA bombed(with Warning)the city of London with huge damage & no fatalies & 'talks' were suddenly on table.
All the countless squalid civilian/uniform Murders in North did'nt lead to 'that'.
I am repulsed by any form of Violence,-it's sickening.
'The PE foment it though constantly' & i hope it backfires on them big time & soon too before they squander Billions of us near-normal!folk'
Posted by elray on 05/25/11 02:53 AM
First I think it must be recognized that the PE's have no ability for Empathy.
Hardship,death and destruction leave them unmoved and even, perhaps enjoying the spectacle, much the same as those who enjoy a Cock or dog fight.
Secondly "Manipulation" is their MO.
To create a situation so severe that the majority will willingly ask to be saved from the poverty, riots, looting and death just outside their doors. No country can be seen to be safe otherwise we might think there is an alternative to the total control being offered by the Power Elite. I think they are happy to let events spiral out of control for the foreseeable future.
Does anyone think changing from left to right in Spain is going to make any difference? J.P. Morgan's classic statement "I care not who makes the laws as long as I control the money" sums up our predicament.
Until we see an alternative to their fiat paper set up AND operating in a credible country "they" are winning. Until we, the people, refuse to use their paper, their banks, their institutions, they are winning.
Well dear readers that's enough for now, my day has started, the chickens want to be fed, the corn needs water and I have to find a few potatoes for dinner.
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"Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws.”
-Baron M.A. Rothschild
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