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Christophe Guilluy: ‘The gilets jaunes are unstoppable’, spiked-online 11.01.2019

Dear all,

below some extracts of Christophe Guillluy’s interview with Fraser Myers on the cultural divide driving the yellow vests.

” … Back in 2014, geographer Christopher Guilluy’s study of la France périphérique (peripheral France) caused a media sensation. It drew attention to the economic, cultural and political exclusion of the working classes, most of whom now live outside the major cities. It highlighted the conditions that would later give rise to the yellow-vest phenomenon. Guilluy has developed on these themes in his recent books, No Society and The Twilight of the Elite: Prosperity, the Periphery and the Future of France

spiked: What exactly do you mean by ‘peripheral France’?

Christophe Guilluy: ‘Peripheral France’ is about the geographic distribution of the working classes across France. Fifteen years ago, I noticed that the majority of working-class people actually live very far away from the major globalised cities – far from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse, and also very far from London and New York.

Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places.

They tend to be people in work, but who don’t earn very much, between 1000€ and 2000€ per month. Some of them are very poor if they are unemployed. Others were once middle-class. What they all have in common is that they live in areas where there is hardly any work left. They know that even if they have a job today, they could lose it tomorrow and they won’t find anything else.

spiked: What is the role of culture in the yellow-vest movement?

Guilluy: Not only does peripheral France fare badly in the modern economy, it is also culturally misunderstood by the elite. The yellow-vest movement is a truly 21st-century movement in that it is cultural as well as political. Cultural validation is extremely important in our era.

One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.

The Brexit vote had a lot to do with culture, too, I think. It was more than just the question of leaving the EU. Many voters wanted to remind the political class that they exist. That’s what French people are using the gilets jaunes for – to say we exist. We are seeing the same phenomenon in populist revolts across the world.

spiked: How have the working-classes come to be excluded?

Guilluy: All the growth and dynamism is in the major cities, but people cannot just move there. The cities are inaccessible, particularly thanks to mounting housing costs. The big cities today are like medieval citadels. It is like we are going back to the city-states of the Middle Ages. Funnily enough, Paris is going to start charging people for entry, just like the excise duties you used to have to pay to enter a town in the Middle Ages.

The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.

spiked: What role has the liberal metropolitan elite played in this? (…)

spiked: How can we begin to address these demands? (…)”

– complete text attached –


Annotation: Début janvier 2019 plus de 250 universitaires, intellectuels et artistes disent leur solidarité avec le mouvement des Gilets jaunes, estimant que «c’est la responsabilité historique de la gauche de ne pas laisser le champ libre à l’extrême droite» Lien:

Ce texte est une pétition ouverte, pour la signer cliquer:é-des-universitaires-des-intellectuels-et-des-artistes-avec-les-gilets-jaunes



It’s Not Just Trump, China’s Also Making The WTO Irrelevant – Eurasia Future

China’s pioneering initiative to institutionalize trade rules and dispute mechanisms for its New Silk Road is especially impactful in making the World Trade Organization irrelevant in and of itself, but when combined with Trump’s recent moves away from this globalist body, it has the effect of dealing what might be […]
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F. W. ENGDAHL: Eastern Europe Tilts to OBOR and Eurasia

Elke Schenk

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS

Eastern Europe Tilts to OBOR and Eurasia
By F. William Engdahl
27 May 2017

Small but geopolitically important steps were taken by key members of the European Union from the EU’s Eastern periphery. While largely ignored in Western mainstream media and in Brussels, they could well portend a longer-term alternative economic space to the failing construct known misleadingly today as the European Union with its bankrupt Eurozone single currency and European Central Bank. I refer to the talks recently in Beijing at the major Belt and Road Forum, between leaders of 29 nations and China’s President Xi Jinping with the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain as well as the President of the Czech Republic and the President-elect of the Republic of Serbia .

The significance of the attendance of these specific European countries is underscored by the conspicuous absence of the leaders of Germany, France (maybe excusable due to presidential elections), and the remaining EU member countries, as well as the absence of the President of the EU Commission.

The list of Beijing attendees confirms that a tectonic fault line is developing across Europe between government leaders opting for national economic growth and development versus the nations whose leaders are still tied to the scelerotic, dying economies of the old Atlanticist order known as the American Century.

‘Historical Cusp’

China made clear to the USA and the EU that their OBOR infrastructure project was not at all exclusionary. Beijing made clear months ago that it genuinely wanted their participation in what Vladimir Putin called the development of an Eurasian Century.

Trump responded by sending a low-level National Security Council civil service bureaucrat named Matt Pottiger. Germany’s Merkel sent her Economics Minister who pompously declared in Beijing that Germany would not sign the Forum Joint Communique, complaining instead that she wanted a “level playing field,” newspeak for the old Anglo-American globalization midel that makes the rules for “less developed” countries and thereby gives superior advantage for the Western G-7 multinational giant corporations and states.

Notably, leaders of the EU countries most strongly objecting to Brussels policies in key areas of the economy and refugees, such as Hungary’s Viktor Orban, strongly embraced participation in China’s vast $22 trillion infrastructure project called One Belt, One Road or OBOR, more recently Belt and Road, for short.

In remarks in Beijing summarizing his talks there, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke bluntly of an emerging global tectonic fault line. Orban declared that the old globalisation model is obsolete, noting that “a large part of the world has had enough of a world where “a few developed countries have been continuously lecturing most of the world on human rights, democracy, development and the market economy,” a direct slap in the face to the US-led “democracy and human rights” NGOs of George Soros and the CIA-tied USAID which have ferociously tried to topple the very popular Orban.

Orban added that the world today has, “arrived at a cusp between historical eras: the old model for globalisation – built on the assumption that money, profit and technological know-how are in the West, flowing ‘from there to less developed, eastern countries.’ That model, Orban stressed, has “lost its impetus.” The Hungarian leader emphasized the crucial point that Washington and the stagnating governments of much of the EU are in denial. “Over the past ten years, the global economy’s engine room is no longer in the West, but in the East. More precisely, the East has caught up with the West.”

The Hungarian Prime Minister noted the fact that in Hungary over the past year or so, “large American and European companies have been bought up by Chinese enterprises, leading to a sharp increase in the number of Hungarian development projects that are now Chinese-owned. This movement of capital is totally different to what we have been used to, and to what we have been taught about how the global economy operates.”

Orban obviously gets the very central point that Washington, Wall Street, Brussels and Berlin are in denial over: The emerging Eurasian Century represents an entire new quality of globalization. No longer are the colonial European powers or their American cousins holding the key cards or calling the shots.

During his private talks in Beijing with Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials, Orban signed Memoranda of Understnding in connection with linking the OBOR infrastructure with the economies of Europe.

For Hungary, Orban signed financial and economic agreements in Beijing. He stated that the “most spectacular” of these agreements was for modernisation of the Budapest, Hungary to Belgrade, Serbia railway line, including the financing. Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vučić, together with Orban a major target of destabilization protests led by Washington NGOs of George Soros and the National Endowment for Democracy, also participated in the signing. […]

The Greek Connection

In addition to Hungary and Serbia, debt-ridden Greece is also drawing closer to Beijing and her OBOR initiatives. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, until recently a darling of the International Monetary Fund for bringing his Parliament to sign savage pension cuts and other austerity laws so that the EU and IMF debt deals go forward, is finding the Chinese OBOR option increasingly attractive.

In a meeting with Tsipras in Beijing before the opening of the OBOR forum, China’s Xi Jinping offered Tsipras proposals of expanding cooperation in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications. Xi told Tsipras, according to the official Chinese news agency, that Greece was an important part in China’s new Silk Road strategy. He put it in characteristic Chinese language: “At present, China and Greece’s traditional friendship and cooperation continues to glow with new dynamism.”

Greek infrastructure development group Copelouzos signed a deal with China’s Shenhua Group to cooperate in green energy projects and to upgrade power plants in Greece. The deals are worth more than $3 billion. In 2016, China’s largest shipping company, state-owned COSCO bought majority ownership stake in Piraeus Port Authority as preparation to turn Greece into a transhipment hub for the rapidly growing trade between Asia and Eastern Europe.

It is important to recall that, contrary to the religious dogma of economic simpletons such as Milton Friedman, there exist in nature no such entities as “free markets.” Markets are the careful product of man-made economic infrastructure developments. This is the core of China’s “globalization with Chinese characteristics,” as Deng might have termed Xi’s OBOR idea.

In recent months China has been a major investor in Greece’s economy, a sharp contrast to the demands of the EU and IMF for Greek austerity. The China State Grid last year bought a 24 percent stake in Greek power grid operator ADMIE for 320 million euros.


If we take the developments in Beijing’s OBOR forum of Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Czech Republic, and add to this the fact that Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan was also present and made a major committment to participate in the China-Russian-led OBOR, we have the seed crystal of a world geopolitical renaissance that contains the potential to replace the now-dead Anglo-American globalization model of top-down fascist economic domination, with a model truly based on mutual benefit among sovereign nations. As a traditional Russian saying goes, the select nations of Eastern Europe, along with Russia, China and perhaps also Turkey, are truly “making porridge together,” making rich nutritious Kasha. (emphasised ES)

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”

Federico PIERACCINI: Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order Part I – IV; strategic-culture-foundation, 19.12.2016 – 15.01.2017

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS
Martin Zeis, 15.01.2017

Dear all,

I entrust to you the four-part series of articles written by Federico PIERACCINI about Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order.

„In this series of four articles I intend to lay a very detailed but easily understandable foundation for describing the mechanisms that drive great powers. To succeed, one must analyze the geopolitical theories that over more than a century have contributed to shaping the relationship between Washington and other world powers. Secondly, it is important to expound on how Washington’s main geopolitical opponents (China, Russia and Iran) have over the years been arranging a way to put a stop to the intrusive and overbearing actions of Washington. Finally, it is important to take note of the possibly significant changes in American foreign policy doctrine that have been occurring over the last twenty years, especially how the new Trump administration intends to change course by redefining priorities and objectives.“ Pieraccini, 19.12.2016

„The preceding three parts of this series analyzed the mechanisms that drive great powers. The most in-depth understanding of the issues concerned the determination of the objectives and logic that accompany the expansion of an empire. Geopolitical theories, the concrete application of foreign-policy doctrines, and concrete actions that the United States employed to aspire to global dominance were examined. Finally, the last bit of analysis focused particularly on how Iran, China and Russia have adopted over the years a variety of cultural, economic and military moves to repel the continual assault on their sovereignty by the West. Finally, specific attention was given to the American drive for global hegemony and how this has actually accelerated the end of the ‘unipolar moment’, impelling the emergence of a multipolar world order.

In this fourth and final analysis I will focus on a possible strategic shift in the approach to foreign policy from Washington. The most likely hypothesis suggests that Trump intends to attempt to prevent the ongoing integration between Russia, China and Iran.“, Pieraccini, 15.01.2017

I’ve compiled the articles in one pdf-file (attached, 22 p) – separate they are available via following URLs:

Author: Federico Pieraccini

I. Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order, 19.12.2016

II. The United States and The Race for Global Hegemony, 23.12.2016

III. How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World – For the Better, 01.01.2017

IV. Trump’s Delusion: Halting Eurasian Integration and Saving ‘US World Order’, 15.01.2017


How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World – For the Better

Federico PIERACCINI | 01.01.2017

How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World – For the Better

The two previous articles have focused on the various geopolitical theories, their translations into modern concepts, and practical actions that the United States has taken in recent decades to aspire to global dominance. This segment will describe how Iran, China and Russia have over the years adopted a variety of economic and military actions to repel the continual assault on their sovereignty by the West; in particular, how the American drive for global hegemony has actually accelerated the end of the ‘unipolar moment’ thanks to the emergence of a multipolar world.

Quelle: How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World – For the Better


Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order

Quelle: Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order

Geopolitics, Globalization and World Order

Understanding the objectives and logic that accompany the expansion of nations or empires is always of paramount importance in helping one draw lessons for the future

In this series of four articles I intend to lay a very detailed but easily understandable foundation for describing the mechanisms that drive great powers. To succeed, one must analyze the geopolitical theories that over more than a century have contributed to shaping the relationship between Washington and other world powers. Secondly, it is important to expound on how Washington’s main geopolitical opponents (China, Russia and Iran) have over the years been arranging a way to put a stop to the intrusive and overbearing actions of Washington. Finally, it is important to take note of the possibly significant changes in American foreign policy doctrine that have been occurring over the last twenty years, especially how the new Trump administration intends to change course by redefining priorities and objectives. (…) To be continued

East Vs. West Division Is About The Dollar – Not Nuclear War | Zero Hedge

The narrative of a coming conflict between the East and the West has been boiling steadily as the U.S. election nears its end. Even the mainstream media is insinuating the potential for shots fired. Some believe the results of the election will determine the odds of war. There is a different position. It seems the rhetoric of East vs. West and nuclear exchange is being exploited as a distraction away from a different but almost equally catastrophic end game – the death of the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency.

Quelle: East Vs. West Division Is About The Dollar – Not Nuclear War | Zero Hedge

The West’s Fatal Russia Mistakes: 1989-2014 – Edward LOZANSKY (USA) – Oriental Review

The West’s Fatal Russia Mistakes: 1989-2014

Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Russia, United States


The West’s Fatal Russia Mistakes: 1989-2014

As Germany and many other nations celebrate the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Berlin Wall, the event which symbolized the end of the Cold War, it is important to analyze why U.S. – Russia relations are presently at an even more confrontational state, and why Francis Fukuyama’s famously-proclaimed the “end of history” due to West’s triumphal victory over USSR was just wishful thinking by a great philosopher.

A recent poll in Russia has shown that 87 percent of Russians believe that Western criticism of Russia and Putin over Ukraine – and practically over everything else – is hostile, unfair, and eventually aimed at regime change in this country and at its ultimate ruin and disintegration.

It is nowadays hard to believe that a mere 25 years ago the situation was exactly the reverse. All Russia was in love with America and Europe, seen as an embodiment of all that was civilized, a world of human rights, democracy, and freedom; in short, the opposite of the totalitarian system imposed on the people by the Communist Party.

The Russians sincerely believed that the moment they threw off the Communist rule, they would be heartily welcomed into the family of free and democratic nations as equal partners in the new brotherhood of men.

Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and later Russian present Boris Yeltsin naively expected that Moscow would be quickly integrated into European economic and security structures, and judging from the public rhetoric of George H.W. Bush and some leaders of “old” Western Europe there was at least an impression that they were inclined that way.

george-bush-new-world-orderBush’s declarations of a “new world order” and “new security arch from Vancouver to Vladivostok” was cheered by the Russians who were looking forward to a sort of Marshall Plan to help their country overcome the disastrous consequences of the disintegration process.

However, as Mary Elise Sarotte writes in LA Times, once-secret historical evidence shows that all these statements were just smoke and mirrors. In reality Bush, working closely with the West German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, “left Moscow on the political periphery of post-Cold War Europe by design.”

The consequences of that tragic decision signified a catastrophe for Russia — devastating economic decline worse than in World War II; collapse of education, science, health services, of the military; two Chechen wars; thousands of Western “advisers” helping implement criminal privatization of state assets; the IMF’s crude policies.

Russian oligarchs, some of them cheered by the West were grabbing not only economic and financial power, but also openly buying up politicians, wholesale and retail. (…)

Sand im Getriebe Nr. 112 mit Material und Themen zu TTIP etc. –

Hallo allerseits,

gerade noch rechtzeitig zum Aktionstag gegen TTIP,  TISA,CETA etc steht die neue SiG mit viel Material zu diesem Thema im Netz.
Die Linkliste von attac-Österreich ist diesmal noch nicht ferrtig, sie folgt.

Anbei erst einmal Vorwort und Inhaltsverzeichnis und darunter die letzte Meldung über unseren Teilerfolg.

Beste Grüße
Peter Strotmann


SiG112     “Den Angriff auf soziale und ökologische Standards und auf den globalen Süden STOPPEN
“Es gibt einen harten geopolitischen Zusammenhang hinter den beiden “kommerziellen” Pakten:
Das transpazifische TPP schließt China aus und TTIP schließt Russland aus.  Sie bedeuten eine kaum verhüllte Verbindung zu einem zukünftigen Handelskrieg” 
Pepe Escobar ( )


Sind die geplanten Investitions- und Freihandelsabkommen (TTIP, CETA, TiSA und TPP ) „Partnerschaften“ oder eher Instrumente zur besseren Ausbeutung der Völker und zur Plünderung des Planeten, zur Abschottung gegen den Aufstieg der Schwellenländer  – also eine neue Form von Protektionismus, diesmal nicht nur mit dem Instrument der Zölle, sondern z.B. mit Investitionsschutz für große Konzerne, der die Handlungsfähigkeit demokratisch bestimmter Politik abbauen wird? Allerdings hat diese Offensive wie ein Weckruf gewirkt und gegen die Wirtschafts-NATO werden breite Bündnisse aufgebaut. Gewerkschaften werden nicht nur gegen TTIP, sondern auch gegen CETA und TiSA aktiv. Der englische Trade Union Congress forderte am 23.9.2014, dass die Gewerkschaften sich für einen Stopp der TTIP Verhandlungen einsetzen und eine deutliche Position gegen TTIP und andere Handelsabkommen einnehmen. Die selbstorganisierte Europäische Bürgerinitiative gegen TTIP und CETA hat begonnen. Rund 200 Organisationen weltweit weisen über den Aktionstag am 11. Oktober hinaus: „Wir möchten alle dazu ermuntern, in ihren jeweiligen Netzwerken die Durchführung eines weltweiten Aktionstags gegen den Freihandel im zweiten Quartal 2015 ins Auge zu fassen, unter anderem um das infame Schlichtungsverfahren für Streitigkeiten zwischen Investoren und Staaten zu Fall zu bringen und den Vorrang der Rechte der Bevölkerungen vor der ungeheuren Macht und der Straflosigkeit multinationaler Unternehmen zu bekräftigen.“ Hélène Cabioc’h (attac Frankreich) und Amélie Canonne (AITEC) zeigen auf, wie viele verschiedene Akteure sich gegen TTIP wenden. Sie erörtern, wie eine internationale Front gegen Investitions- und Freihandelsabkommen mit langem Atem aufgebaut werden könnte – auch gegen die Abkommen, die mit Ländern des Südens abgeschlossen wurden oder werden sollen.

Zur Festigung der Blockbildung gegen den Rest der Welt veranstalten die G7-Mächte (G8 ohne Rußland) im Juni 2015 ihren Gipfel im bayrischen Schloss Elmau. Sie müssen sich wohl – wie in Heiligendamm – auf Massenproteste gegen ihr neoliberales und kriegerisches Regime der Weltherrschaft gefasst machen. Die Friedensbewegung wird sich Anfang 2015 schon mal zu großen Protesten gegen die Münchener Un-Sicherheitskonferenz warmlaufen.

Walden Bello untersuchte in einem Vortrag auf der „Europäischen Sommerakademie“ in Paris die neuen Kriege und die Rolle von EU und USA in ihnen. „Die Förderung der Menschenrechte wurde verbogen und zur zentralen ethischen Säule humanitäre Interventionen.“ Man sollte allerdings „den Widerstand der Völker gegen die imperialistischen Interventione nicht unterschätzen. Sie wenden sich gegen die Bereitschaft der europäischen Staaten, sich als untergeordnete Ergänzung der USA missbrauchen zu lassen“. Mohssen Massarrat kommentiert das Vorgehen u.a. der USA gegen die IS-Faschisten: “Die Bekämpfung des sogenannten „Islamischen Staates“ liegt allein in der Hand der betroffenen Staaten“ und fordert eine regionale Friedenskonferenz ohne den Westen. Sabine Leidig berichtet aus den kurdischen Gebieten: Die Leute hier trauen dem türkischen Militär überhaupt nicht. Ihre Forderung ist eher, die kurdische Selbstverwaltung und die kurdischen Kämpfer zu stärken.“ Der indische Wissenschaftler Vijay Prashad meint, Präsident Obama sollte: „den Krieg in Syrien deeskalieren…und auf die Türkei Druck auszuüben, die Politik der offenen Tür für internationale Dschihadisten zu beenden“. Die IG Metall Stuttgart lehnt Rüstungsexporte und Rüstungsproduktion ab und will die Konversionsdebatte aktiv führen. “Die IG Metall ist Teil der Friedensbewegung”.

Gegen den Skandal der wachsenden Polarisierung innerhalb und zwischen unseren Gesellschaften gibt es immer mehr Kritik und Sehnsucht nach Gleichheit. Beigetragen dazu haben nicht nur die „Occupy Wallstreet“-Bewegung und die vielen Sozialbewegungen, sondern in ihrem Gefolge Thomas Piketty mit seinem epochalen Werk „Kapital im 21.Jahrhundert“. Piketty resumiert: „Wir haben keinen Grund zu der Annahme, dass Wachstum aus sich heraus Gleichgewicht schafft. Es ist höchste Zeit, die Frage der Ungleichheit wieder in den Fokus der Wirtschaftsanalyse zu rücken und die im 19. Jahrhundert offengebliebenen Fragen neu zu stellen. Die Frage der Vermögensverteilung wurde zu lange von den Ökonomen vernachlässigt.“ Rainer Rilling bedauert in einer Rezension Pikettys begrenzten Kapitalbegriff, begrüßt aber die neue Gerechtigkeitsdebatte unter dem Titel „Der Kapitalismus ist eine Ungleichheitsmaschine.“

Uli Brand fragt in seinem Bericht über die Leipziger Degrowth Konferenz: Ist das „Der Beginn einer Bewegung?“ . Fiebersenkende Maßnahmen für den Planeten fordert die Erklärung unzähliger Organisationen anläßlich der weltweiten Mobilisierung zum Klima-Gipfel in New York im September 2014.