French Democracy Dead or Alive?
The Gilets Jaunes in 2019
Diana Johnstone • January 11, 2019
Gilets Jaunes song performed at French traffic circle: Les Gentils et les Méchants
Paris, France, 9 January 2019
French Democracy Dead or Alive? Or perhaps one should say, buried or revived?
Because for the mass of ordinary people, far from the political, financial, media centers of power in Paris, democracy is already moribund, and their movement is an effort to save it. Ever since Margaret Thatcher decreed that “there is no alternative”, Western economic policy is made by technocrats for the benefit of financial markets, claiming that such benefits will trickle down to the populace. The trickle has largely dried up, and people are tired of having their needs and wishes totally ignored by an elite who “know best”.