WASHINGTON: You may not have heard, but anti-government riots are breaking out in Paris, France as a consequence of climate change carbon taxes. That consequence, of course, is higher fuel prices, which have added additional financial burdens to one of Europe’s heavily taxed populations.
The whiff of climate change aristocracy
France’s socialist government has increased taxes on pensions, elevated estate taxes, and introduced employer income tax withholding.
In Paris, some 300,000 protesters, clad in yellow safety vests, responded by blocking traffic intersections at more than 2,000 locations. But the government in Paris has signaled it intends to continue enforcing its edicts to reduce the carbon footprints of its subjects.
France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, sounding a little like Marie Antoinette, tells a Parisian television station that…
“… the course we set is good and we will keep it. It’s not when the wind blows that you change course.”
That’s socialist apparatchik for, “Let them eat cake.”
Fake news gets it right for once
The New York Times condemns President Donald Trump for withdrawing America from the draconian Paris Climate Accords, saying Trump had “squandered what was left of America’s claim to leadership on an issue of global importance.” Of the recent troubles in France, the Times notes:
“The ‘Yellow Vest’ protests – spurred by an increase in the gasoline tax, and named for the roadside safety vests worn by the demonstrators – have emerged as a spontaneous outcry over declining living standards.”
Fake news finally dropped a massive truth bomb. Restrictive environmental regulations, coupled with high taxes, does nothing to “save the planet.”
But it does reduce economic activity and the average person’s “living standards.”
Hopping mad in Paris
A demonstration in France’s Le Puy-en-Velay turned violent when demonstrators set fire to government offices. Other protesters clashed with police on the fashionable Champs-Élysées. Vandals sprayed graffiti on the Arc de Triomphe, which honors those who fought and died in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Their message reading,
“Yellow Vests Will Triumph.”
When the French Revolution began to turn violent it became known as the “Reign of Terror.”
Former US ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson, wrote in 1792:
“My own affections have been deeply wounded by some of the martyrs to this cause, but rather than it should have failed, I would have seen half the earth desolated. Where there but an Adam and an Eve left in every country and left free, it would be better than as it now is.”
John Adams vehemently disagreed. Adams saying a democratic government ruled by France’s uneducated peasantry
“was as unnatural, irrational, and impracticable as it would be over elephants, lions, tigers, panthers, wolves, and bears in the Royal Menagerie at Versailles.”
Today, France is returning to its royalist roots. Marie Antoinette would be very comfortable among her country’s modern and aloof Climate Change aristocrats. Like mindless beasts, they are unwilling to “change course” from the utopian policies now impoverishing their people.
Detached climate change monarchs in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron says,
“Nothing justifies attacking the security forces, vandalizing businesses, either private or public ones.”
That, of course, is nonsense.
What Jefferson wrote about King George III in the Declaration of Independence can be said of France’s modern climate change royalty. They have…
“….Erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
Looking back on pre-revolutionary France, observations by Alexis de Tocqueville are,
“Rulers who destroy men’s freedom commonly begin by trying to retain its forms… They cherish the illusion that they can combine the prerogatives of absolute power with the moral authority that comes from popular assent.”
That is a recipe for revolution. And where climate tyrants are concerned, perhaps it’s time to say…
“Off with their heads!”
Top Image: Illustration shows victims approaching the scaffold
to face execution during the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror.”