What Are the France Yellow Vest Protests About? [Matt Taibbi/Rolling Stone]

Matt Taibbi says yellow vest protests defy easy narratives. They’re rioting against “centrism” and crossing boundaries of left and right.

“Centrism” is another word for government by and for rich people.

Over and over, a daft political class paternalistically implements changes more to the benefit of donors than voters, then repeatedly is baffled when they prove unpopular.

See: NAFTA, the creation of the WTO and GATT, deregulation of the banking sector, multiple unnecessary wars, tax holidays and other corporate subsidies like bans on drug re-importation, mass construction of prisons during an era of sharply declining crime (coupled with broad non-enforcement of white-collar offenses), and so on.” …

These dolts don’t seem to get that a gasbag like Trump only became a plausible political choice after decades of false promises and misgovernment….

Yellow Vests stand for and against many contradictory things, but are united in opposition to oligarchy [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]

“For years, the French economist Thomas Piketty has warned that we have attained levels of inequality last seen in the days before the French started building guillotines. Today, yellow vests are literally erecting guillotines in Paris.”

The end of Trump

This is what will destroy Donald Trump and his family. Not Russia, not the women, not his campaign finance. His real-estate business has been a shady, criminal enterprise for 30 years and plenty of people in New York know it.

And those of us who didn’t know it … knew it. Trump has been a figure on the New York gossip pages for nearly 40 years, and from the beginning everybody knew he was dirty. You might find him entertaining — you might even like him and admire his chutzpah — but you wouldn’t want to do business with him, because you knew he’d rip you off.