Super Macron – Guillaume Duval’s editorial from Alternative Economics

I’m translating bit of this editorial by Guillaume Duval, from Alternatives Economiques (See https://www.alternatives-economiques.fr/guillaume-duval/super-macron/00091007).  It is really good. It was written before neolib-ridden December, the month in which the already frozen wage-earners in schools, hospitals, and public services are doused with less retirement and a longer retirement period, and in which private wage-earners are being deluded into thinking an equal impoverishment of chances for a good retirement is the same as the egalite promised by the slogan of the French Republic on all public buildings.

The editorial is entitled: Super Macron.

“A year ago, the yellow vests movement showed how our Republic has been deeply undermined by social and territorial inequalities, but also how Emmanuel Macron’s way of exercising power, far from binding up the wounds, aggravates this state of affairs.

“Using a police and judicial repression without precedent since the end of the war in Algeria, the government has preferred to aggravate the authoritarian tendencies at work in the heart of the French state’s mechanism And the “great national debate” was transformed into a ‘one-man show’ of the president of the Republic accentuating his bonapartist stance, rather than putting it in question. Emmanuel Macron manifestly considered that he was protected by the institutions of the Vth Republic. And that it was enough for him to release some billions of euros and to accentuate the specter of immigration, thinking that he’d attract the good graces of the popular electorat. Meanwhile, continuing imperturbably to advance along the neoliberal path he’d been tracing…

… whatever his undeniable talents as a showman, Super Marcon cannot solve by himself all the problems of French society. We have to end the vertical logic of a system of politics that gives all powers, for a period of five years, to a person who represents, at best, one citizen in five.”

Roger
Roger
I am a translator, author and editor living in Paris. I finished a novel in March, and am busy trying to find an agent. In the meantime, I thought I'd like to start a magazine. Willett's is meant to be a venue for the review of books, personal reflections, and political bitching - and everything else.
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I am a translator, author and editor living in Paris. I finished a novel in March, and am busy trying to find an agent. In the meantime, I thought I'd like to start a magazine. Willett's is meant to be a venue for the review of books, personal reflections, and political bitching - and everything else.

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