Benoit Hamon and Jean Luc Mélenchon are on the left, the other three candidates are on the right, with Macron and Fillon being neo-con puppets. Although Marine Le Pen is ahead in the opinion polls, the French have long memories of the German occupation during World War Two, and the likes of Le Pen assisted the Germans during this period, hence I don’t think she’ll cross the line in first place. I think most French people see Macron and Fillon for what they are, and thus I can’t see either of them becoming President. This leaves the two leftist candidates. Benoit Hamon is standing under Hollande’s hated Socialist Party (which is seen as a total sell-out by those on the left). Jean Luc Mélenchon is an independent standing under a movement he founded called La France Insoumise (Unbowed France). Mélenchon has refused to join forces with Hamon and pool their common support.
In recent years, the bookies, the pundits and the pollsters have completely misjudged public opinion. Brexit and President Trump being two obvious examples (the day before the US presidential election you could have got odds of 20 to 1 on Trump). Since early 2016 there’s been massive civil unrest in France. People have been out on the streets protesting in their millions. The protests are against new employment laws, the continuing state of emergency (introduced after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015) and ‘austerity’. These protestors are represented by Jean Luc Mélenchon.
Yesterday, Sunday, there was more civil unrest in Paris at a rally against police brutality. This civil unrest did receive some media coverage. On Saturday, and with very little media coverage, Jean Luc Mélenchon and his supporters held a massive demonstration between Place de la Bastille and Place de la République, in Paris. The following is an excerpt from the speech that Mélenchon gave. Look at the size of the crowd (there were more than 100,000 people). No other French presidential candidate can draw a crowd of that size (there should be English sub-titles on the video, but if not click on the first little icon on the right of the toolbar)…
As always these days I don’t know where to begin; it’s now all so fecking mad where can you start with it?
I know, the obvious conclusion of neo-conservatism is fascism. Benito Mussolini once said: “The definition of fascism is the marriage of corporation and state”, and that’s where we are now, with a huge, bloated military industrial complex, a revolving door between politics and corporations, civil liberties torn to shreds and the mass surveillance state that at the flick of a switch can be turned into the full-blown police state; and to keep the plebs in blissful unawareness we have the biggest propaganda machine in history, so that the plebs don’t wake up to the fact that they are now back to square one.
As Tony Benn once said, every single generation has to fight the same battles over and over again. I fear that present generations are so zombified by tv and their smart phones, zombified by the propaganda, that they don’t even know that there’s a battle that has to be won. The neo-cons are ideologues, complete nutcases just like the Nazis were, and the neo-cons quite literally worship Thatcher and Reagan.
One big part of that battle used to be the Arts. Under fascism there is no real creativity (the price of everything and the value of nothing, and all that). This is where we are now at: there’s almost no highlighted creativity at all. So, this post is a reminder of what we used to have, before the corporate state.
In the above clip I give a brief intro to the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Here’s an hour long documentary about this song, and once again it highlights what we have now lost in the fascist lunatic asylum we now find ourselves in…. Continue reading →
Last weekend Trump accused Obama of tapping his phone during last year’s presidential election campaign. The accusation was made via Trump’s infamous early morning tweets. If the accusation is true, Obama could face trial. At the time of writing, Trump still hasn’t produced any evidence of the phone tapping. In fact, trying to figure out what’s actually going on under this Trump presidency has become a huge industry. Against this backdrop there’s the vicious war between Trump and the mainstream media:
Trump constantly attacks the mainstream media, calling them ‘fake news’, yet he apparently buys into most of the bullshit that the MSM peddle, such as the situation in Syria and the big, bad Russians and Iranians meme. I think it’s fair to describe Trump as being very naive. Prior to becoming President he had no political experience whatsoever. Trump has said that he wants to ‘drain the swamp’, yet in his cabinet he has surrounded himself with swamp creatures. What to make of it all? One thing I will now discount is that Trump might be a stooge, like Obama was, to carry on the same old deep state agenda, because these attacks against a President are absolutely unparalleled in American history. Trump won the presidency by accident, not design, and now the swamp creatures are pulling out all the stops to get rid of him. Continue reading →
At the end of this post there’s a recent episode of the Empire Files, with Abby Martin interviewing Chris Hedges. Hedges is probably the only high profile American intellectual who openly calls for revolution, saying that the democratic process is too broken to be fixed. This interview is, naturally enough, very America-centric. I would respectively ask Martin and Hedges to consider how the rest of the world views the United States of America, a country which stomps around the world like some demented Frankenstein. Most major nations provide their citizens with free healthcare, education and housing; but not the demented Frankenstein, where 60 cents out of every tax dollar is spent on the biggest military machine ever seen on Earth. The demented Frankenstein is incredibly paranoid and thinks that there are enemies everywhere. Since the Second World War the demented Frankenstein has killed more people worldwide than the Nazis ever did. Imagine how other countries have to try and cope with this monster, a monster that thinks it’s ‘exceptional’ (the ‘Master Race’), a monster that thinks it has a God given right to interfere in the affairs of other nations while spouting terms like ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, a monster that is constantly screaming for war. The likes of Russia’s President Putin look sane by comparison.
Since last November I’ve been mentioning ‘Pizzagate’ a lot on this blog, but I’ve yet to do a detailed post on it. The main reason for this is because there’s all kind of things going on behind the scenes at the moment, and I don’t want to jeopardise this. As a Brit, over the years I’ve seen the VIP rape and murder of children covered-up time and time again by the Establishment and the presstitutes. Now in America there’s a big movement to bring these vermin and total scum to trial (which should also include the presstitutes).
The Pizzagate stuff came out during the final weeks of the run-up to the US Presidential election last November. Ben Swann is an award-winning CBS reporter. He was the only one out of the presstitutes who reported honestly on Pizzagate. After making the following programme, Ben Swann vanished. His Facebook and Twitter account were deleted, and his video was removed from all of CBS related websites. It’s now very hard to find his report on the likes of YouTube, which is why I’m re-posting it. The title has been renamed to prevent further censorship of this story…
Here’s some more detail about it all, and once again I’m not going to say too much here. I will add, though, that the presstitutes are quite happy to cover-up the rape and murder of children (just as they are always happy to cheer for war), and it’s left to citizen journalists to bring these vermin and total scum to justice…
In the months leading up to last November’s US presidential election, Wikileaks released a series of hacked e-mails. These e-mails showed beyond any doubt that Hillary Clinton & Co are totally corrupt. No one questioned the veracity of these leaked e-mails (for instance, Debbie Wasserman, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, resigned as a result of the corruption that was revealed), yet while the presstitutes reported the Wikileaks releases they never went into much detail about the information that was contained in them. As well as corruption, the e-mails provided strong circumstantial evidence of child sex abuse taking place at the highest levels in Washington DC. This became known as ‘Pizzagate’. President Obama himself was implicated in Pizzagate, the same President Obama who launched the ‘fake news’ meme. Ever since then there has been an attack on the so-called ‘alternate media’, which included the Washington Post disgracefully publishing a list of what they claimed are ‘fake news’ sites. In order to maintain control the Establishment have to keep up the pretence that people in the West live in free and open societies, and so this demolition job on the alternate media is mostly being done quietly behind the scenes. The latest victim is Natural News, a long established web site that covers alternative medicine…
The complete show can be found here. Mike Adams from Natural News appears approx. 44 minutes into the programme
If you do a Google search for ‘Natural News’ the search results will prominently feature junk sites like these…
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays
I’m in the middle of writing another volume of memoirs, and thus I’m rather exhausted at the moment, too exhausted to give much time to this blog. However, politically things are so crazy right now that I have to say something. I’m talking about President Trump and the totally unprecedented attacks against him. There’s obviously a coup going on within the American Establishment. I could talk lots about that, but for now I’ll just say that this coup is so obvious. It’s right in your face, all backed up by the presstitutes. They don’t even bother trying to disguise it anymore. How can any citizen say that they still live in a democracy?!
Yes, I’m tired at the moment, but fortunately I have Glenn Greenwald to articulate it far better than I…
As I always say, I’m no fan of Donald Trump and hold completely opposite political views to his. However, he was elected President in what appeared to be a free and fair election (even if only half the eligible voters could be bothered to turn out) and you have to respect that. The character assassination that’s now going on against President Trump is unprecedented. It’s quite breathtaking to watch and is yet another sign that the lunatics have well and truly taken over the asylum.
But let me stick to the lunatics on this side of the Pond, and the fascist police state that Britain has become. The recently introduced Investigatory Powers Act is the most egregious assault on civil liberties in modern history, anywhere in the world. This Act basically puts into law what the UK security services have been doing quite illegally for ages: mass surveillance of citizens without any boundaries. As if that weren’t enough, the traitorous loons in Westminster are now proposing amendments to the old Espionage Bill, which came into law in 1911. These amendments will allow the government to totally control what journalists can say and do.
You tell people about this stuff and most of them just look at you with a blank stare. I imagine it was much the same in 1930s Germany. I’ll give you an example of how bad things are now. I regularly post in the comments section of a high profile political blog which will remain nameless. The comments section is infested with security service trolls, as are all comment sections of high profile news and politics sites. This is all part of JTRIG, which GCHQ have recently massively expanded. I should stress that even with the horrendous Investigatory Powers Act this trolling by GCHQ is totally illegal. Anyhows, getting back to my example, I was composing a post for this high profile political blog, and it took me about five minutes to bang on about much of what I’m banging on about in this post. Literally within seconds of posting my comment I received a lengthy reply. The vermin at GCHQ had been following the key strokes on my computer while I was composing my comment.
If you’re not worried about such things you really should be.
And I will add that this blog continues to be under hack attack, making it difficult for me to login to the Admin side and make posts. I would hazard that I’m under attack not because the Burgundy Blog is any kind of threat to the Establishment (in relative terms very few people read this blog compared to other news and blog sites), but because I steam into the little security service wankers on other sites.
This month there have been more major riots here in France, both in the south of the country and in Paris. The RT report that I include here blames this civil unrest on accusations of police brutality, but actually it goes much deeper than that. The RT report zooms in on dusky skinned people, yet if you look closely you’ll see that most of the protestors are white. This recent unrest all stems from the massive protests that have been taking place in France in the last few years, protests against ‘austerity’, globalisation and the new employment laws that the Hollande government have forced through. There’s quite literally a revolution going on in France at the moment, and the mainstream media aren’t reporting it (because they don’t want to give the plebs in other western countries any ideas).
Be very careful about what the mainstream media tell you about the forthcoming presidential election in France, with regard to who may or may not win the presidency. There are much bigger forces at large here which you are not being told about.
And here’s a message for the corrupt little tossers in the security services: you might have the ability to continue to hack this blog, and make it increasingly difficult for me to post, as you do with many other voices in the alternate media, but be aware that all your actions are being carefully noted, and you will be held to account in a real court of law.
Politics is so confused at the moment; which is not a good sign.
President Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is a prime example. This is not a Muslim ban; it’s a temporary 90 day restriction on people from several Middle Eastern countries from entering the USA, and it’s legislation that was introduced under the Obama administration.
I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but this guy is exactly what it says on the tin: far right wing, and Trump is carrying out his pledges made during the election campaign, which people voted on. On the other hand you’ve got the UK Tory government of Theresa May, which is also far right, but pretends not to be because they know that most UK voters wouldn’t stomach it. Who’s more honest, Donald Trump or Theresa May?
A brilliant example of confused politics is David Horowitz, who started out on the far left and over the decades has moved to the far right (you can find a very good piece about Horowitz here). Here’s a recent episode of RT’s CrossTalk in which Horowitz has a bit of an on-screen meltdown…
The views that Horowitz expresses here are very similar to those of President Trump and his cabinet. It’s still better than Hillary Clinton, though, because if she had become President there would have almost certainly been war with Russia.
This is where we are now at: the choice between one bunch of batshit crazies and another bunch of batshit crazies.
There’s more extraordinary stuff going on in the USA, such as President Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal; but instead of again concentrating on all things Trump, I’m going to stick to this side of the Pond and the forthcoming presidential election here in France, which might possibly throw out another surprise.
Last month President Francois Hollande announced that he would not be seeking a second term (because he’s the most unpopular President in French history), leaving the then Prime Minister Manuel Valls as a likely presidential candidate for the ruling Parti socialiste. Although it’s not exactly the same, Hollande and Valls are neo-cons much like the Blairites in the UK Labour Party and are widely disliked amongst party members. Thus, it wasn’t that surprising when this weekend, in the first round of the Parti socialiste vote for who will be their presidential candidate, Benoit Hamon topped the poll. Benoit Hamon got 35% of the vote and Manuel Valls got 31%. The two will now go into the second and final round next weekend to decide who will be the Parti socialiste presidential candidate.
Benoit Hamon compares himself to and is a fan of US Senator Bernie Sanders. I would say that’s stretching it a bit and is just political capital. Some people also compare Hamon to Jeremy Corbyn, which once again is a bit incredulous: Hamon is way further to the left than Corbyn and puts forth politically risky policies, such as legalising cannabis and introducing a universal basic income of 750 euros a month. Benoit Hamon also believes that France should remain open to immigrants. This of course brings me onto the right wing side of politics, where the two main contenders for the presidential race are Marine Le Pen, president of the Front Nationale, and Francois Fillon of the Les Républicains (LR) party. At the time of writing here’s an average representative opinion poll of the top six presidential candidates for the first round of the election, which takes place in late April. The second and final round between the two top contenders takes place in early May:
Marine Le Pen – 26%
Francois Fillon – 25%
Emmanuel Macron – 19%
Jean Luc Mélenchon – 14%
Manuel Valls – 11%
Benoit Hamon – 7%
My own take on it is this: although Marine Le Pen is slightly ahead in the polls at the moment, the French have long memories of the German occupation during World War Two, and the likes of Le Pen assisted the Germans during this period, hence I don’t think she’ll cross the line first. Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron (who split with Les Républicains to form his own party) and Manuel Valls are all neo-cons, and the French are sick to the back teeth of neo-cons and ‘globalisation’. Benoit Hamon, on the other hand, is too pro-immigration and too far to the left to make the presidency. This leaves Jean Luc Mélenchon, who’s the horse I would back in this particular race. Remember, after Brexit and then President Trump, opinion polls and the garbage pumped-out by the presstitutes are not a very good indicator of what’s happening on the streets. We also need to bear in mind that French presidential elections have a far wider range of candidates than those in the USA, and the top four or so candidates often run a very close race in the first round.
Jean Luc Mélenchon joined the Parti socialiste in 1976 and ended-up as a minister under the Jacques Chirac presidency. In 2008 he formed his own political party called Front de gauche (FG). Under the shadow of the financial collapse and ‘austerity’ he came fourth in the 2012 presidential election with 11% of the vote. Mélenchon has since abandoned the Parti socialiste and mainstream politics and in early 2016 founded a movement called ‘Unsubmissive France‘ (LFI). It’s under this movement that he is running in the 2017 presidential election (if you want to know a bit more about Mélenchon see here).
Over the last few years there’s been massive protests in France against ‘austerity’ and globalisation, protests that have been barely covered by the presstitutes. Jean Luc Mélenchon and his run for the presidency is the real political expression of these protests. This guy has got a mass movement behind him, which is why I think we might see another upset for the Establishment in the form of President Mélenchon next May.
On his YouTube channel Jean Luc Mélenchon puts out a weekly political review. Here’s a review from last week, where he talks about Donald Trump and Russia and China, which starts at about 4 minutes 40 seconds into the video. Oh, and apologies for the low sound volume in this clip; although this may help English language speakers follow the sub-titles (there should be English sub-titles, but if not click on the first little icon on the right of the toolbar)…
After my last 11 posts I was going to give all things Donald Trump a rest for a while. However, it’s history in the fast lane at the moment, so: yesterday, Saturday, was President Trump’s first full day in office, and he gave his first official speech as President at the CIA headquarters in Langley. This follows the serious spate that Trump had with the CIA in the weeks leading up to the inauguration, and the delayed confirmation of Mike Pompeo, who is Trump’s choice as the new CIA director. Of course, Trump is trying to get the CIA onboard (and judging by his rapturous reception, which included a five minute standing ovation, he seems to have succeeded) but the other extraordinary thing about the speech is that Trump absolutely tore into the mainstream media. I’ve never seen anything quite like it from a US President. Here’s a 4 minute excerpt from Trump’s speech…
The full speech can be found here (it’s 15 minutes long and well worth a listen).
Later in the day, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer gave his first official press briefing, and once again there was a blistering attack on the media. Quite extraordinary…
The big questions that everyone’s asking are, is Trump genuine? or is he part of a psy-op to fool the public into believing that there will be real change? Judging by Trump’s first full day in office, things seem to be pointing towards the former.
56 years ago on this day, in 1961, John F Kennedy gave his inaugural speech. He said some incredibly prescient stuff here…
Contrast to Donald Trump today, 20th January 2017…
The only thing that stood out for me about Trump’s inaugural speech today was that at the start of it a number of the military came down the steps and stood behind him. Then an officer seemed to order them back. I’ve never seen anything like this before at an inaugural speech.
We seem to be in for some interesting weeks and months ahead.
Here in France it’s not unusual for locally elected officials to be on the ‘far left’. For instance, until recently a village down the road from us had a mayor who was a communist (in terms of membership, the Communist Party is the third largest political party in France). In the United States of America, on the other hand, in mainstream politics there’s never been any kind of a left wing. Instead you’ve got right wing (Democrats) and far right wing (Republicans). Exceptions to this, such as Kshama Sawant, are rarer than hen’s teeth. Tomorrow, 20th January, there’s going to be one of the most contentious change-overs of power in American history. An awful lot of people will be demonstrating against Donald Trump. Amongst their number will be the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA (yes, it really does exist!). The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) came out of the San Francisco Bay area and its counter-culture of the 1960s. It also has roots in the Black Panther movement. Since 1975 the leader of the RCP has been the very elusive Bob Avakian. Also demonstrating tomorrow will be the long established US Communist Party (it was founded in 1919), which is believed to have somewhere between 2000 and 3000 members. Back in 2011 Glenn Beck interviewed Sam Webb, the then Chairman of the US Communist Party. Bear in mind that this was during Obama’s first term…