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.
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.