Here at Vlad, we haven’t paid much attention to the rioting in Israel or France. Without giving it much effort or thought, it looked like a colour revolution in Israel for sure, meaning a leftist led attempt to overthrow a nationalist state and preserve/create a more Marxist organizational system. In France, it looked like something STRATFOR used to talk about when it was able to post what it really believed before Obama apparently redirected their content. And that is how Leftists would hijack a protest which was actually not really a leftist issue, and make it appear to be one.
In the most kinetic of videos that we have seen posted to the comments at Vlad, (Thank you very much all who found and posted them) it looks an awful lot like ANTIFA, both in the fashion sense they show, and the slogans they paint on walls. Things like ACAB and other English acronyms or initialisms we see in the videos. It doesn’t seem entirely reasonable that in a country more famous for rioting than for cheese, it would take a two year increase from 62 to 64 in the retirement age to cause this. Especially when the solution seems like it would be easy. Grandfather in all workers to the current age of retirement since that was the contract, and new hires work to the new retirement age.
Granted there is another layer here. Macron’s government attempted to pass this change by ignoring all parliamentary and legislative procedure and enacting it by decree. The French are famously annoyed by that kind of behaviour as should all Democratic peoples. Canadians on the other hand won’t even write a letter to the government or the newspaper unless their cable company tries to sneak up the bill by adding useless channels you have to opt out of. To be blunt, that is the only time we have ever seen Bob Canadian get off his arse and object in any real numbers and to any real effect.
Granted in France, communists are attempting to hijack these massive protests. But they are reaching an Egyptian level of participation and we may see something like a collapse of government. To what, i shudder to think. Things rarely go towards liberty and the individual anywhere anymore.
France?? Still going strong???
Klaus Schwab are you watching? The People have had enough of your BS! pic.twitter.com/PXDUpN9I92
— Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis (@DrLoupis) March 30, 2023
Do they use voting machines in France?
Une effigie d'Emmanuel Macron est incendiée devant la Préfecture à Caen #manif30Mars #France #greve6avril #ViolencesPoliceres pic.twitter.com/GvL2XrEHZI
— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) March 30, 2023
More Twitter videos of the protests can be seen here, here and here as well as in the Reader’s Links post comments over the last several weeks.
The real reason for this post is to introduce this Caroline Glick video. As a former editor of the Jerusalem Post and political pundit, she is in a much better position to look at both these countries and what is taking place and offer some reason. Our own degree of uncertainty about French and Israeli riots coupled with not paying much attention to them so far, means we welcome all comments from anyone who has an informed perspective on them in the comments. Let’s see what Caroline Glick has to say:
Regarding the oft-repeated idea that Canadians never protest or object to their government overlords’ plans & devices, I would respectfully submit that there is a reason for this. Note, of course, the results when we did protest.
When it was about gun control in the early 90s, and thousands of us went to Parliament Hill to protest the imposition of C68 et al, the gov’t of the day ignored the points of logic and reason and went ahead with the imposition regardless, because there was an agenda that logic and reason were no part of.
That legislation remains on the books, in spite of Stephen Harper’s rhetoric (and don’t, don’t even try bringing up the fact that he did eliminate the LGR; that part of the bill was the least objectionable. The balance is in full force today).
More recently, well, when the draconian measures conveniently undertaken to ‘protect’ us from something that was never a real threat in the first place were strenuously objected to, even unto the level of using tactical bouncy castles and subversive hot tubs on Wellington Street to make sure Justin knew we were really, really serious this time, our government gleefully responded with overt use of force and the activation of legislation that was supposed to be used when there was an actual threat to Canada (like, for example, credible evidence of foreign interference in a federal election).
This description omits the ongoing investigations still being conducted against some of those who attended the protests, as well as those still incarcerated for some obscure reason in complete disregard of their Charter rights.
My point is, the history of political & social protest in Canada is not a happy one, with continuous and predictable government indifference largely the result. Recall Glenn Kealey in 1985; his one-man protest against his treatment by the Mulroney gov’t is why you are not permitted within 200 yards of the centre block if you are protesting; Brian got that shoved through when no-one was looking.
I would further remind you that, even when we try to make changes that will better faciliate our control over matters political, there is great opposition. Recall that, in 1996, when the Conservative Alliance was vigorously campaigning in Parliament for The Right Of Recall (which would permit constituents to fire their MPs mid-term for malfeasance and trigger a snap by-election), Jean Chretien was in St John’s for the launch of the Hibernia platform.
He was asked for his views on TROR.
“Well, you know, the Canadian people get the chance to express dere views every four or five year, and dat should be enough”. The motion was defeated soundly, shortly thereafter.
There is a huge difference between a right and a freedom; according to our Charter, any of the things elucidated in that document can be abrogated at will by an Act of Parliament, should it be deemed in the public interest to do so. Since we do not have rights in Canada, it is no wonder our elected leaders feel no compunction in ignoring us when and as they see fit (which is, effectively, every single time we complain).
Protesting in Canada, as it is usually done, will yield no results other than what we normally see. Our government is under no obligation to listen to our issues, nor yet to act on those in any way, since it is not to we that they answer.