And…France Moves Hard Right
Fillon, who has said he will cut public sector jobs and rein
in government spending, won 44 percent of votes in Sunday’s first-round of voting for the center-right’s nomination. He faces a second-round vote against another former prime minister, Alain Juppe, who trailed him by 15 percentage points.
Polls had him in third place. He came in first. Maybe pollsters should stop polling until they figure out how they keep getting it wrong. Customers might wish to demand refunds.
Fillon thinks Thatcher is the best thing ever and wants to cut 500,000 government jobs.
A neoliberal’s neoliberal, in other words, who is also socially conservative.
Assuming he wins the nomination, he will likely wind up head-to-head against the neo-fascist LaPen.
Here’s how that works:
- If Fillon wins, his policies will hurt the French so much that LaPen will likely win the next election.
- If LaPen wins, well, LaPen wins.
- The left is not a factor because Hollande has betrayed everything they stand for and alienated the left-wing base completely.
Frankly, France should leave the Euro, at the very least, and quite possibly the EU. They are not winning from it any more. Because only LaPen will say that, and because the left continues to insist on irrelevance as they relate to real problems, LaPen is the future, whether Fillon wins this time or not.
This is the twilight of neoliberalism. As I have said for many years, what follows will be an age of war and revolution. This is where neoliberal policies inevitably lead, and we are now on the bleeding edge of that new era.
There will be a chance to do the correct, kind things starting in four to eight years, when the weight of demographics favors young people enough. In the meantime, the old will simply have to age out of politics.
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