THE YELLOW VESTS: A Mass Strike In France? Interview with Jacques Cheminade

 

As protests sweep France for the third weekend in a row, former French Presidential candidate and leader of the Solidarité et Progrès party (S&P) — http://www.solidariteetprogres.org — Jacques Cheminade joins us for an exclusive interview from Paris to convey the potential and opportunity which the Yellow Vest movement poses to secure a new economic order for Europe and the globe. For more details on the S&P program, see the new video series “Crise cyclique ou crise systémique?”

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Out of the Bushes and Into the Future

 

In 1988, 30 years ago, Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, called for launching the largest economic recovery program in U.S. history with a timeline of 39 years from his initiating call. At the center of the program was a mission to Mars as LaRouche famously elaborated in his groundbreaking “Woman on Mars” campaign broadcast. That same year, British intelligence and financial interests, then led in the United States by President H.W. Bush, put Lyndon LaRouche in jail. That action, by the “gentlemen” assassins, the oligarchs of Anglo-Dutch imperialism, created one of the great lost chances of human history. Not only was LaRouche put in jail, but Bush, Mitterrand, and Margaret Thatcher undertook to loot and destroy the Soviet Union as the Berlin Wall fell, imposing a new Roman Empire model for “governance” of the world, rather than LaRouche’s proposal to create a durable peace through development between and amongst nation states. Decades of economic collapse, cultural degeneration, and war followed.

Today, we have a President who keeps kicking over the establishment chessboard, most importantly in embracing the nation state, rather than globalization, as the keystone for a new human renaissance. Trump’s courage in doing this, against the daily murderous rage of our elites, has finally given us a chance. But the Trump presidency cannot succeed without the type of giant leap forward Lyndon LaRouche demanded in the Woman on Mars. As a new collapse of the decadent post Bretton Woods financial system looms large, only the creative breakthroughs described in LaRouche’s Fourth Law for Economic Recovery, development of fusion power and industrialization of the moon can provide the density of economic development and mobilization of the popular will and imagination necessary to avoid a New Dark Age. That Dark Age, portending a mass kill of whole populations, is already being put into place. It features calls to dismantle whole economies and a return to the primitive local control feudalism now being featured in the Bernie Sanders Green Agenda here in the United States, and in the attacks on populations by neo-fascists, such as Macron in France. How do we turn a mass strike protest, like the yellow jackets’ upsurge in France, into a mass strike for real economic development? Join us for tonight’s discussion with Kesha Rogers, who just ran a highly successful campaign for these ideas in Texas.

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The Battle Lines are Clear: New Paradigm, or Economic Chaos and War

We’re happy to bring you this week’s webcast with Helga Zepp-LaRouche. There is a rebellion in Europe! From the Yellow Vests, to Brexit, to the political crisis in Germany—mass ferment continues to build against the imploding neo-liberal order. The exception in Europe is Italy, which is the only stable government fighting against the EU insanity (with Portugal and Spain starting to make some interesting moves as well).

Looking at the global situation, we do have some positive developments coming out of the recent G20 meeting in Argentina. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping held critical talks, concluding that the U.S. and China can work together. Unfortunately the anti-Russia chaos operations did succeed in preventing Trump from meeting with Putin, but Trump is continuing to fight back. In a recent Tweet, Trump emphasized the need to work with with Xi and Putin to stop the arms race.

In the United States, we see an important development involving the Congress. 46 of the newly-elected Democrats have released a letter saying their intention is to focus on addressing real issues, like health care and infrastructure, and they didn’t focus on the ridiculous charade of calling for Trump’s impeachment.

And we have some new progress with the Belt and Road Initiative, with Portugal now signing on!

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Europe’s ‘Free World’ Impostors Are Falling — German, French and British Leaders on the Brink

Theresa May's first PMQs as Prime Minister, July 20, 2016 (Photograph © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)

Theresa May’s first PMQs as Prime Minister, July 20, 2016 (Photograph © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)

 

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The British Parliament yesterday found the Government of Theresa May in contempt of Parliament, for refusing to turn over the Legal Advice from the Attorney General on the legal impact of Prime Minister May’s phony Brexit deal, which leaves Britain in the Custom’s Union and does not resolve the difficult issue of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Parliament also ruled that the Parliament, not the Prime Minister, shall determine what steps to take if her Brexit deal is voted down next Tuesday in the Parliamentary vote, as it is expected it will. May’s government, as the old English nursery rhyme goes, is about to have a great fall, with no hope that all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men can put it together again. The problem is, that she will likely be replaced with somebody as crazy as Boris Johnson as the Tory party leader, although a new general election could result from the chaos, probably bringing in Jeremy Corbin and the Labour Party.

Then look across the Channel. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is implementing the insane Paris Climate accord by taxing carbon at the expense of the already declining standard of living of the citizenry, finally backed down to the mass strike phenomenon of the “yellow vests,” and postponed a planned tax on fuel, only to discover that the people will not stand down in return for a few crumbs. He may soon fall as well.

Next door in Germany, Angela Merkel (who was anointed the “leader of the free world” by the British when Trump was elected) is stepping down as head of the CDU on Friday, after having lost support from her party. She says she will remain as Chancellor, but, as the London Daily Express headlines today: “END OF MERKEL: Friedrich Merz CDU victory THIS WEEKEND could spark IMMINENT exit” as Chancellor. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, head of Germany’s Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität party, noted today that the two candidates vying to replace Merkel as CDU chief are disasters in their own right.

Meanwhile, on Wall Street, the speculators were grateful that the funeral for George H.W. Bush today provided an excuse to close down the markets, hoping to cool things off after Tuesday’s 800-point decline. But the financial bubble will not evaporate so easily, any more than the evil of the Bush family legacy will evaporate due to the fake eulogies filling the media.

President Trump, who won the Republican nomination for President by fiercely denouncing the Bush wing of the party — the neoconservative war hawks from Wall Street — is paying his respects to the 41st president today. But he is also sending out tweets making abundantly clear that he intends to repair the damage done by the Bush presidencies and the Obama presidency — to bring the United States into cooperation with Russia and China, to end the arms race, to end the trade conflict, and to restore sovereignty to the United states, and to all nations. As he said at the United Nations in September in regard to the impoverished, drug-ridden nations of Ibero-America: “Make their nations great again.” Trump’s cooperation with the newly-inaugurated President of Mexico Lopez Obrador is intended to solve the migrant crisis in the only possible way — by creating development and jobs for their people. AMLO today called on the US and Canada to join with him in creating a development fund for Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala — the nations whose populations have been left to suffer under abject poverty and subservience to the drug cartels.

While the neocons, both Republicans and Democrats, are hell-bent on provoking war with Russia and China, Trump is showing the courage to insist on cooperation and friendship with both nations, rather than confrontation. With the Russiagate coup attempt against Trump now exposed as a British intelligence operation, he is increasingly free to carry out his original intentions to end the regime-change wars and super-power confrontation, as the necessary precondition to realizing his effort to restore the productive economy of the United States.

In Europe, too, there are signs of life, as the new Italian government, which includes several close friends of the LaRouche movement, is standing up against EU dictates to impose austerity on its citizens, and calling for Glass-Steagall, open cooperation with China on the New Silk Road, and an end to the self- destructive sanctions on Russia, while appealing to all Europeans to join in this effort. Today, the Portuguese government signed an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Lisbon to join the Belt and Road Initiative, seeing their country as a vital hub for connecting the Silk Road routes across Eurasia with the Americas, just as Portugal’s Henry the Navigator established his country as a leading sea explorer, whose discoveries led Columbus to the “New World.”

Trump cannot depend on his own cabinet to carry out his intentions. He depends on the people, as demonstrated with his incredible mass rallies (which assured him of a Senate which would reject any impeachment effort), and his twitter account, which bypasses the disgusting American press to address the population directly. It is here where we must exert our full power, the power of ideas developed by Lyndon LaRouche, to inspire the power of creativity in the population.

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There Is a Whole Continent to Be Organized Into the New Paradigm

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for the G20 “Family Photo” with fellow G20 leaders and their spouses Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for the G20 “Family Photo” with fellow G20 leaders and their spouses Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

 

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The central question in history right now is: Can we get the U.S. to join with the efforts underway internationally to organize a New Paradigm to replace the bankrupt British Empire’s system of looting and geopolitics, along the lines specified by Lyndon LaRouche’s call for a New Bretton Woods? That is the big picture that emerges, Helga Zepp-LaRouche stated today, from reviewing the strategic battlefield in the aftermath of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

“If one reviews the results of our mobilization to get a Four Power agreement among the U.S., China, Russia and India to launch a New Bretton Woods credit system, which would usher in a New Paradigm of international relations to replace geopolitics,” Zepp-LaRouche said, “one can say that we are still in a completely dual dynamic.”

On the one hand, the old system’s forces are continuously trying to exert maximum pressure and disruption to prevent the new system from emerging. Prior to the G-20 meeting, the British Empire launched the double action of the provocations by Ukraine in the Black Sea, and the escalation of the attack by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on President Donald Trump, with the plea-bargain deal struck with attorney Michael Cohen. “All of this was designed to prevent the summit between Trump and Putin,” Zepp-LaRouche stated, “and one can say that they were partially successful—but only partially.”

They did succeed in sabotaging the planned Trump-Putin meeting—which, given the strategic tensions, is really most unfortunate. But on the other side, there were positive developments which occurred at the G-20 summit which were of strategic significance. The G-20 itself—which should have been the body addressing the issue of the danger of a new financial collapse, and for building a new system—naturally could not be expected to do so, given that there are some countries in it which are dead-set opponents of any new system. But nevertheless on the sidelines of the G-20 there was the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, which both sides described as very successful.

“Perhaps even more significant,” Zepp-LaRouche continued, “was the fact that, on the request of Putin, a tripartite meeting took place among Xi, Putin and India’s Modi. And they agreed to hold such meetings of the RIC (Russia, India and China) on a regular basis. Now obviously the fourth country that is missing in that is the United States. And that remains up to us to really organize to make sure that happens.”

President Trump clearly has renewed his friendship with Xi, and he also tweeted yesterday about the perspective for a meeting among himself, Putin and Xi to discuss the question of strategic stability. “So that is clearly hisintention,” Zepp-LaRouche said. “But that does not necessarily mean that everyone in his administration is of that opinion.” The whole British apparatus remains on a total offensive to prevent such a Four Powers understanding at all costs.

“There is no way that the current system can continue. The danger of a financial crash leading to chaos, leading to war, will absolutely be with us every moment until that system is replaced,” Zepp-LaRouche said. In all of our organizing, leading into the scheduled U.S. Schiller Institute conference in February, we have to intersect the ferment in the population against the dying old system, and organize for LaRouche’s policies for a new global economic system, emphatically including the need for a classical cultural renaissance as part of this. “Such an approach is the only way to move enough people in time,” Zepp-LaRouche stressed.

The U.S. must be internationally oriented in this way, to work with China, Russia, India and other nations for these policies. This is not a new or alien idea, Zepp-LaRouche stressed. This is the very basis on which the United States was founded, on doing the Good for others. It is the legacy of Franklin, Quincy Adams, Lincoln, FDR and many others. And it is what makes Lyndon LaRouche the quintessential American.

“There is a whole continent to be organized into the New Paradigm,” Zepp-LaRouche concluded. “The big question in history right now is: Can we get the U.S. to change in this way? We can make the difference.”

 

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“Climate Accord” Exposed As Macron Raises Truncheon To Enforce It: A New Paradigm of Human Progress Confronts It

A standoff at the Arc de Triomphe led some to draw parallels between the Yellow Vest protests and France’s revolutionary past. [Ruptly / Screengrab]

A standoff at the Arc de Triomphe led some to draw parallels between the Yellow Vest protests and France’s revolutionary past. [Ruptly / Screengrab]

 

A growing resistance, being provoked by attempts to impose the “Paris Climate Accord’s” grim regime of taxes, fees, and shutdowns, is opening the door wider for a new paradigm of progress directly opposed to that regime.

This will depend on bold cooperative action by those nations most capable of it — especially the United States, China, Russia, and India — to use the frontiers of technology, including nuclear power and thermonuclear fusion technologies, to give humanity new powers for progress. The World Land-Bridge infrastructure reports of the Schiller Institute have been prepared for 30 years to guide that new Bretton Woods international development bank, which the leaders of these nations can be organized to create.

Exactly as the “COP24” Climate Conference in Poland is being lavishly praised in much of the world’s media, its attempted global “eco-dictatorship” is being exposed as a mix of insanity and austerity. IMF, United Nations, NGO officials in Katowice are demanding a global monopoly of wind and solar by 2035, the conversion of mining and power-production areas into nature parks, the complete elimination of motor vehicles that burn fuels. Having proliferated pollution by trying to shut down all nuclear power, they now claim to attack the pollution by stamping out industry and human households themselves, calling for a worldwide “two-child limit” for families and other anti-population acts. Demonstrations of climate revellers embrace this human retrogression like Medieval flagellants.

That’s the insanity. The governments trying to enforce it, epitomized by Emanuel Macron’s in France, lay on the austerity in the form of rafts of “climate taxes” and industry shutdowns.

Thus the resistance to this eco-dictatorship erupting in France, spreading to Belgium, appearing in different form in Germany and Italy, and having brought Macron to the verge of martial law.

What is really happening here, Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche said yesterday, is the economic and cultural breakdown of an order. It began nearly 50 years ago when Richard Nixon was forced into severing the dollar from gold and all others from the dollar, triggering the new, global monetary order of the “floating exchange-rate” system. That meant London had succeeded in destroying Franklin Roosevelt’s Bretton Woods system. Lyndon LaRouche quickly forecast then, in August 1971, that the floating-exchange rate system would bring on a new order of international wage cutting, deindustrialization, even imposed by fascism again.

That order is now breaking down, in an attempt at eco-dictatorship but also in the threatened second trans-Atlantic financial collapse within a decade.

It is time for at least those four powers — which are space-faring nations, leaders in nuclear fission and fusion development, with great industrial and infrastructure capacities — to start a new Bretton Woods credit system. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, made falsely controversial, is actually the leading step to the World Land-Bridge great projects that system will build.

And President Trump, in his messages yesterday, has shown himself optimistically looking for such collaboration in the aftermath of the Buenos Aires G-20 conference.

Citizens are called on to take a hand in this, and elevate “resistance” to taking responsibility for humanity.

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Escalate! Build on the Outcome of the G-20 Summit

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join fellow G20 leaders, spouses and guests Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join fellow G20 leaders, spouses and guests Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

 

Two significant advances emerged from the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, and the numerous meetings held on its sidelines.

1) President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping held a dinner meeting which reestablished the primacy of their personal relationship in shaping US-China relations, and which both sides described as a “highly successful meeting.” This lays the basis for moving forward on the pending, decisive matters facing the planet: cooperation to forge a New Paradigm of a shared future for all mankind.

2) The leaders of Russia (Vladimir Putin), India (Narendra Modi) and China (Xi Jinping) met, with Russian President Putin issuing a call for this trilateral RIC alliance to resume its critical role in “joint work on key issues of the economic agenda.” Recall that the RIC was the brainchild of Russia’s Yevgeny Primakov, who as Prime Minister in 1998-1999 attempted to work with then-President Bill Clinton on global economic reorganization, which Clinton had discussed in terms of creating “a new international financial architecture.” Recall as well that this earlier promising US-Russia cooperation was cut short by British war provocations around Serbia, and by British intelligence’s infamous Monica Lewinsky entrapment operation, and their attempt to impeach and convict President Clinton—just as today the British deployed the Ukraine provocation and the Mueller plea-deal with lawyer Michael Cohen, to pull the plug on Trump’s scheduled meeting with Putin.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche today commented that given this coordinated, double-barreled British onslaught, the G-20 summit turned out relatively well—even though it is terrible that the Trump-Putin meeting could not be held. In light of the chaos that the British have unleashed internationally, the two mentioned outcomes—the Trump-Xi meeting, and the reestablishment of the RIC—means that there was a moderately positive outcome of the G-20 summit.

Now we must build on those results, and escalate with the required policies of global economic reorganization that Lyndon LaRouche has pioneered over the last 50 years, and that are beginning to take shape under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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