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Why the Yellow Vest Movement Could Erupt into a Modern-Day French Revolution

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Why the Yellow Vest Movement Could Erupt into a Modern-Day French Revolution

What is it about the French people that seems to invite them to a tipping point to where they won’t deal with one more inch of tyranny? It may not be some innate cultural characteristic of the French people, but a coincidence, but if there’s something that people can’t quite identify about the French culture, please let us know because it’s something that should be known.

Articles covering the massive protests sweeping France are suggesting that history says the people of France have this tipping point where they are no longer wiling to go along with the abusive treatment from their government. The flavor of tyranny, or “nanny-state” behavior exhibited by France’s government is unique to the country, but it’s also not much different from much of the world.

Every single government, particularly certain ones however, exhibit tyrannical control over their civilian population at this point, and unlimited data they have collected from everyone is one of those factors that is going to severely empower them in the future. Some cultural factors in different countries make a civilian population more able to fight back against unjust laws.

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Everybody knows about the French Revolution that occurred over two centuries ago. At the end of the 1700’s, King Louis XVI was broke, following a pattern of bankers and financial powers being more powerful than monarchies.

For example, it’s the pattern made by the German bankers like Jakob Fugger the Rich and their loans to the Spanish crown, which was a factor enabling them to conquer Central and South America. In exchange for loans to the Spanish crown, the bankers like Jakob Fugger received rights to precious metals, dangerous mercury mines in specific that were valuable because mercury was used to purify gold, and prisoners incarcerated by Spain were forced to work and die in those mines, at the mines of Almadén.

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So France was operating in a slightly similar manner, the monarchy led by King Louis XVI was out of money because of his own decisions, but worse the civilian population of France that had always been exploited by the monarchy was starving, suffering from 20 years of poor crop harvests, drought, cattle disease, high bread prices, and everything you can think of.

In France at that time, there was unrest among the urban poor and “peasants,” who really are the ancestors of many French people, even people in other parts of the world like the United States where some of those people and their descendants migrated to.

Any time in the history of Europe when they describe “peasants,” keep in mind those are the ancestors of all European people, from Europe to the Americas. Most people are not the descendants of that wealthy class of people, in general those people gave birth to the tyrants that you’ll find all around today.

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People probably didn’t see much of a choice at that time in France but to riot, loot, and strike. They were starving and suffering under a system of control and monopolized food production, that classic Monarchy situation, so what else could they have done?

The rest of that story is commonly known: Napoléon Bonaparte rose to basically become the new leader of France and all kinds of bloodshed ensued. The revolution was misdirected, and France ended up in just about the same position they were in before, except the drought and conditions like that eventually became better probably due to nothing but nature.

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Here’s where people are getting the story wrong: people are comparing the movement in France today with the French Revolution, but don’t people remember how the French Revolution turned out? Some say it started off real, and it ended in chaos and more tyranny.

So what was the mistake that was made way back then? Countless factors are different today from then, but ultimately people made the mistake of trusting a new leader. People made the mistake of allowing power to be centralized again, not that we can fully understand everything those people had to suffer through back then.

If people today allow this French protest to centralize dangerous power and ability to use force in a new power, or a new individual or regime, it will be the same disastrous ending as the French Revolution. This is how it would be anywhere on Earth.

For a perfect example of decentralized power and a well defended, protected community, maybe people could look to the militia movements of Southwestern Mexico for reference.

However, people should support the good people of the Yellow Vest Revolution to the maximum so long as they are for the people, and it’s that simple.

Actually it’s not that simple at all, it can be very difficult to tell what is going on with a large-scale protest movement like this, and people should be weary of outside influences trying to steer the direction of the movement, but that weariness should not get in the way of supporting genuinely good people who want their freedom and prosperity.

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Adam Goldberg is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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