Macron’s Paris Riots while Salvini’s Rome Celebrates | Dr. Steve Turley

Videos paint a stark contrast between events in Paris and Rome, this past Saturday.

Source: Macron’s Paris Riots while Salvini’s Rome Celebrates | Dr. Steve Turley

While not without the analysis (typically upbeat, which makes him a nice change from the gloom-and-doom prophecies which are all too understandably common in traditionalist and nationalist / populist circles) for which Dr. Turley is well-known, the most striking feature of this video linked above.

It is a comparison, via video clips taken on Saturday, December 8, 2018, between a nation which has chosen to celebrate its own people, history, and cultural heritage – Italy – and one which has chosen (or at least, its government has chosen for it) to sacrifice all of those on the altar of globalism: France.

But France is awakening, however belatedly and however grimly; I sincerely hope that great nation and people – the land of Charles Martel, Charlemagne, and Charles de Gaulle, among others – is able to shake off its chains before it’s too late!

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Gilets Jaunes – a hornet’s nest in Europe!

I have not posted much about the Gilets Jaunes (“Yellow Jackets” – thus my title – or “Yellow Vests”), the safety-vest-wearing protesters who have for several weeks been storming the streets of Paris, originally over a gas tax (“carbon tax”) imposed by the Macron government as part of the Left’s climate-change agenda (*). But with the protests not only continuing, but growing more intense, and spreading to other nations such as Belgium, Sweden, and even across the Atlantic to Canada, it’s time to revisit the phenomenon.


* That the climate is changing is obvious to any observer; but contrary to popular assertions, the idea that this is due primarily or exclusively to human action – “anthropocentric global warming,” or “AGW” – is far from “settled science.”

Leaving aside the fact that any science worthy of the name is never “settled,” there is a growing body of evidence that not only is human-generated carbon output a minor if not inconsequential player in the process, but the Sun – surprise, surprise! – is by far the primary driver of terrestrial climate, and that after a couple of warming centuries, we are about to enter a major cooling period, not unlike the “Maunder minimum” of 1645 to 1715 (the peak of the “Little Ice Age“).

But this is not widely publicized in the mainstream press, as the Left has found global warming / climate change a useful tool for their centralizing (and fear-mongering, as an enabler of that centralizing) agenda.


But while the carbon tax appears to have been the precipitating issue, it seems to have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, because even after Macron backed down from the tax last week, the protests have continued and grow. A major driver, of course, is the economy. The social-welfare states of Europe may have looked like idyllic paradises to folks here in the U.S., but they have been paid for with exorbitantly high taxes, and increasingly the people of Europe have begun to question what they’re really getting for their money.

And the fact that many of the countries of Europe, under the influence of Merkel and Macron, have opened their doors to a massive influx of so-called “refugees” who are actually, in fact, economic migrants – and have often been more generous with benefits to them than to their own people – has unsurprisingly built a simmering resentment which now seems to be boiling over. What was once about a particular tax is now about much more. Here is one list of demands put forward by the Gilets Jaunes in France:Yellow Jackets – 8 DemandsThere is another, longer, list floating around; but I have not yet seen a translation, and my grade-school French is not up to the task. What we are seeing, at any rate, is a spike in what might be called “revolutionary fervor” that we have not seen in Europe in many a long year. If it is not addressed constructively by existing governments, we may even see the beginnings of actual revolution. I sincerely hope it does not come to that! But as our own late President, John F. Kennedy, put it, many years ago,

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

It is in any case encouraging, to those of us who have been deeply frustrated by watching the people of Europe stuck in a quagmire of masochistic self-abnegation, to see them finally beginning to awaken and to begin, at least, to shake off their chains. I hope and pray that Europeans are at last beginning to grow weary of the absurd notion that they – we! – alone are guilty of crimes against humanity, for which we must do eternal penance, up to and including cultural and demographic suicide.

Vive la France! Au nom du peuple.

The curious case of third wave feminists | The Spectator

There’s one type of woman that feminists will not tolerate.

Source: The curious case of third wave feminists | The Spectator

It used to be, up until, oh, 20 or 30 years ago, that feminists could – and often did – make the argument that they don’t hate men, they’re just seeking equality. Fair enough! Although like many others on the left-hand side of the socio-political aisle, they have missed the point that equality need not, and often does not, mean identicality.

Be that as it may, the rise of third-wave feminism has made it difficult to near impossible to make that claim (no hate, just equality), with any kind of credibility. And, perhaps realizing this, many third-wave feminists have taken off the gloves, and are no longer even pretending they don’t hate men. As the author of this piece, self-described “woman on the right” Daisy Cousens, points out,

“The third-wave feminist is a curious creature. Her comrades are a strange sub-strata of Millennial and Generation X women with a peculiar inferiority complex. They’re obsessed with picking at the scab of women’s lib, trying to draw fresh blood, and are often seen prowling (or lumbering) around, attempting to sniff out sexism in every nook and cranny. Theirs is an ideology based not on equality, but misplaced victimhood.

“According to your standard third-waver, the most insidious issues facing women today are not genital mutilation, or underage marriages, or sexual slavery. They are ‘manspreading’, ‘mansplaining’, and ‘micro-aggressions’. Terms cooked up to keep feminists in business as they steadily ran out of things to complain about.”

But their hatred of women who don’t agree with them, who stray from politically-correct orthodoxy, may be even more intense. Commenting that “third-wavers are perpetually miserable, and seek to make other women as brutally unhappy as they are,” Cousens points out that third-wave feminists are prey to “a strange form of misogyny” which “is starkly revealed in their treatment of right-wing women.”

Read on for more…

France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

  • “The French say, ‘Mr. President, we cannot make ends meet,’ and the President replies, ‘we shall create a High Council [for the climate]’. Can you imagine the disconnect?” — Laurence Saillet, spokesman for the center-right party, The Republicans, November 27, 2018
  • The “yellow jackets” [protestors] now have the support of 77% of the French population [by some reckonings, 84%]. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. The movement is now a revolt of millions of people who feel asphyxiated by “confiscatory” taxation, and who do not want to “pay indefinitely” for a government that seems “unable to limit spending”. — Jean-Yves Camus, political scientist.
  • European elections are to be held this Spring, 2019. Polls show that the National Gathering [a.k.a. National Rally, the party of Marine Le Pen] will be in the lead, far ahead of La République En Marche! [The Republic on the Move!], the party created by Macron.

Source: France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

Europe is struggling, but Europe is also beginning to awaken from its long sleep, or at least, lethargy. This is still more evidence of that awakening. Will it awaken enough, and soon enough?

It’s like watching the Titanic churn toward that iceberg, but you can both see and sense the turning of the rudder and the backing of the screws beginning to bite. Will they turn the bow fast enough, far enough, to prevent a fatal collision? These are tense times, to put it mildly!

“Marine Le Pen, president of the right-of-center National Rally (the former National Front party, and today the main opposition party in France), said, ‘There is a tiny caste that works for itself and there is the vast majority of French people who are abandoned by the government, and feel downgraded, dispossessed.’https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg/220px-Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg

“The ‘yellow jackets’ [named for the yellow safety vests worn by the protesters] now have the support of 84% of the French population. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. Those who speak on radio and television say that Macron and the government are hopelessly blind and deaf.

“At the moment, the ‘yellow jackets’ have decided to organize a third national protest – today, Saturday, December 1st – with another march to Paris and the Elysée Palace. The revolt in the country is intensifying and shows no sign of slowing down.”

As Dr. Guy Millière, professor at the University of Paris and the author of this piece, points out,

“The ‘populist’ wave is now hitting France; it could well mean the end of Macron’s term as president.”

Au nom du peuple.

“Military guys” standing strong, and protecting their fellow-students – at the risk of their own lives. Because that’s what military guys do.

Source: John Gray- Journalist & Writer | November 28, 2016 at 3:25 PM

From two years ago:

“Lost in all the chaos at Ohio State University today was something that most people probably missed. About an hour into it, when everyone was ‘sheltering in place’ all over campus, CNN took a phone call from a young woman who was locked inside a classroom right near where the suspect was hurting people. She said she was a graduate student and she and many others were huddled together scared and not sure what was happening outside. Then she said something made me tear up.

“She said casually to the TV anchor over the phone, ‘But we happened to have a few ‘military guys’ in my class and the minute we got the text message alert of an ‘active shooter on campus’ they moved the rest of us away from the door and then all of them stood guard right by the door.’ She said they were standing there as she spoke making certain if a shooter or someone with a knife or whatever calamity tried to come through that door, they would be the first thing he’d see and they’d stop it and protect the other students or die trying.

“These guys weren’t armed, I’m guessing they weren’t in uniform, they were just students who happened to have military training. Those ‘military guys’ instantly put themselves on the clock and assumed the position to protect those unarmed, vulnerable students.

“I thought that was impressive. I thought that was brave. I thought that was oh so very American.

“I also thought you’d want to know.”

I teared up, too, reading this – two years ago, and again today. God bless them! Guess this is what the Left calls “toxic masculinity.” Seems to me we could use a lot more of it.


Here’s another account of the incident:

“As a suspect carried out a savage attack at Ohio State University on Monday, members of the U.S. military in one classroom heroically stood by the door to protect others, a student told CNN.

“‘We have quite a few military men in our class, who are actually all standing by the doors, keeping us safe,’ OSU student Molly Clarke said. ‘I’m feeling pretty good about that.'”

And here are my comments, from when I posted this on my Facebook page:

As Fred (“Mister”) Rogers used to say, “look for the helpers.” Smiling through tears… God bless these “military guys,” who stood up and moved forward to guard and protect their fellow students! And from the comments I’ve read and other posts I’ve seen, this was not the only class where that happened. Other OSU students with military or police training also stood forward to defend their fellow students. And I’ll bet they didn’t ask who they had voted for, first!

I know I wasn’t going to post political stuff, but this has to be said: this, folks, is why I have zero – ZERO – respect for those who take a knee or sit through the National Anthem, trample the Flag, or otherwise disrespect either our country or its symbols. Don’t like something? Fine. Work to change it, using our Constitutional processes. Freedom of speech? Fine, speak out against the things you don’t like, but don’t demonize those with whom you do not agree.

You are free to disagree, in fact [principled] dissent is part of what has made our nation great. But do not disrespect the symbols of our country, or the men and women who have fought and died – and continue to be willing to do so – to protect you and your right to disagree. Not if you expect me to have an ounce of respect for you, or what you stand for! Again, God bless those who put their lives on the line to protect others: at OSU, and daily throughout this nation and the world.

French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

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Source: French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

Finally, some good news out of France!

“Marine Le Pen’s National Rally has overtaken the centrist party of Emmanuel Macron, the French president, for the first time, according to an opinion poll released Sunday, in a further sign of the rise of the far-Right in Europe. The Ifop poll measured voting intentions for European Parliament elections next May, seen as a decisive battle between pro-EU liberals and Eurosceptic populists that could be pivotal in shaping the future of the European Union after Brexit.”

Remember, of course, that to the “mainstream” (Left-wing) media, anyone who is not hard-Left is “far right,” and love for one’s own people and nation is tantamount to Nazism…

Granted, the lead is not dramatic; but it is significant:

“The poll showed Ms Le Pen’s party, formerly known as the Front National, with 21 per cent of voting intentions compared to 19 per cent for Mr Macron’s La Republique En Marche (LREM) party.

“Together with the seven per cent of people planning to vote for a smaller far-Right party, Stand Up France, and two per cent going for two small “Frexit” parties, the French far-Right has won 30 per cent of voting intentions, a five-point gain since August, according to the poll…

Populist parties’ gains have increased fears in Brussels that anti-immigrant Eurosceptic parties may wield greater clout after the May elections.”

We can only hope.

The Left Case against Open Borders – American Affairs Journal

The destruction and abandonment of labor politics means that, at present, immigration issues can only play out within the framework of a culture war, fought entirely on moral grounds.

Source: The Left Case against Open Borders – American Affairs Journal

To say that the Left has “painted itself into a corner” on the topic of open borders and mass migration is to say no more than the truth:

“The destruction and abandonment of labor politics means that, at present, immigration issues can only play out within the framework of a culture war, fought entirely on moral grounds. In the heightened emotions of America’s public debate on migration, a simple moral and political dichotomy prevails. It is ‘right-wing’ to be ‘against immigration’ and ‘left-wing’ to be ‘for immigration.’ But the economics of migration tell a different story…

“While no serious political party of the Left is offering concrete proposals for a truly borderless society, by embracing the moral arguments of the open-borders Left and the economic arguments of free market think tanks, the Left has painted itself into a corner. If ‘no human is illegal!,’ as the protest chant goes, the Left is implicitly accepting the moral case for no borders or sovereign nations at all. But what implications will unlimited migration have for projects like universal public health care and education, or a federal jobs guarantee? And how will progressives convincingly explain these goals to the public?”

As this article points out in stark terms, the American Left in general, and the Democratic Party in specific, is going to have to wrestle with the fundamental question that leftist and center-left parties in Europe are already grappling with, namely, what does it want to be when it grows up? What are the core values, and the core constituency, on which it wishes to focus?

Ultimately – and probably sooner rather than later – American Democrats are going to have to choose:

Do they want to be the party of mass migration and open borders, or do they want to be party of a social safety net that assists the disadvantaged (and really, anyone who is not part of the infamous “1%”) and those struggling here at home? They are going to have to choose one or the other, because there is not enough money, and there are not enough resources, to do both.

Lofty ideals and stirring rhetoric aside, we simply cannot “feed the world.” There is too much world out there. So are we going to do what we can to help, while focusing our finite energy, attention, and resources on the plight of our own people? Or are we going to tear down the borders, and lay prostrate at the feet of a wave of economic migration that will diminish if not destroy everything we have built here over the last several centuries, for little if any improvement in their own situation?

The time of choice is drawing near. Indeed, it is already upon us!


N.B.: I am looking at this from the perspective of my own country – the U.S. – and the West in general, but the article also makes the point that mass migration is actually harming rather than helping the migrants’ countries of origin:

“Despite the rhetoric about ‘shithole countries’ or nations ‘not sending their best,’ the toll of the migration brain drain on developing economies has been enormous… Developing countries are struggling to retain their skilled and professional citizens, often trained at great public cost, because the largest and wealthiest economies that dominate the global market have the wealth to snap them up… It is not difficult to see why the political and economic elites of the world’s richest countries would want the world to ‘send their best,’ regardless of the consequences for the rest of the world. But why is the moralizing, pro–open borders Left providing a humanitarian face for this naked self-interest?”

“According to the best analysis of capital flows and global wealth today, globalization is enriching the wealthiest people in the wealthiest countries at the expense of the poorest, not the other way around…. Global wealth inequality is the primary push factor driving mass migration, and the globalization of capital cannot be separated from this matter. There is also the pull factor of exploitative employers in the United States who seek to profit from non-unionized, low-wage workers in sectors like agriculture as well as through the importation of a large white-collar workforce already trained in other countries.”

But what do we hear about this from the Left, traditionally the defenders of workers and the poor, against rapacious capitalists? Nothing. Nada. Crickets.

I have often talked about the unholy alliance between Washington, DC, and Wall Street; an even more unholy and damaging one may be between the corporate capitalists, profiteers, and neo-robber barons, and the supposedly “moral” Left, with its apparent desire to welcome anyone who is not of Western (read: European) origin.

In their desire to pull down what they see as “oppressive” structures of Western civilization, the Left is willing to make common cause with their greatest historic enemy – capital – and sell out their own natural constituency, labor. Want to talk about “collusion”…? There’s your collusion!

In any case, read the article, all of it. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest! Much that’s worth thinking about in it, although it’s far from comforting.