Experts quickly calculated the cost of the piecemeal measures announced by Macron on Monday 10 December: €10 billion, or 0.5% of GDP. These 10 billion will be paid by taxpayers and social security contributors, i.e. the same yellow vests they are supposed to convince to go home and clear the roundabouts they are blocking. As a result, the 2019 budget will cross the red line of the 3% deficit tolerated by the Eurocrats. They triggered their wrath against the government of Rome when it presented a budget that exceeded the line. But France is not Italy and Macron is not Salvini. As much as the latter is a horrible nationalist/populist/fascist, so much Jupiter is the very embodiment of euronoia. And his stooge Moscovici, neuropean Kommissar for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, has already warned that Brussels would show understanding forParis if the red line was crossed. Macron had invited Moscovici to a dinner at the Elysée palace on 22 November, five days after the first act of France's blockade of roundabouts by the Yellow Vests. The main purpose of the meal - with Raffarin, Bayrou and other politstars - was to discuss a common strategy for the European elections next May. This happy bunch probably also talked about the ongoing revolt.
The Macronian measures will not free up roundabouts. These places are becoming the new physical aggregation point of the post-modern proletariat of the 21st century, taking the place of dissolved factories, while social networks have become its virtual aggregation point. From now on, as capital has swallowed up the entire territory and society, the challenge for the social movement is: how to become political without falling into the failings inherited from past centuries - representation, delegation of power, integration into the system -, how to preserve its autonomy, in a word how to move from reclamation to emancipation?
As soon as there are no more factories to occupy when you go on strike, you have to find new forms of action: bill strikes, consumer strikes and everything that could come out of people's assemblies - which need to be generalized-, for example the creation of local currencies and barter and mutual aid networks. These assemblies will have to apply, with adaptations, the principles of the Paris Commune. The first of these would be the election of local representatives, accountable to the assembly and revocable at any time. This would cut the ground under the feet of any self-proclaimed "representative" and "spokesperson" having a facebook page and group. The mandates of these delegates would be defined in detail by the assembly. In the event of non-compliance with this mandate, the delegate shall leave.
"This roundabout is my barricade", says Sandra, 47, single mother of two in Nantes
Let’s conclude, like Mélenchon did after Macron’s speech on 10 December, with a quote from Étienne de la Boétie’s Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (1552-53):
“Obviously there is no need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude…
Everyone knows that the fire from a little spark will increase and blaze ever higher as long as it finds wood to burn; yet without being quenched by water, but merely by finding no more fuel to feed on, it consumes itself, dies down, and is no longer a flame. Similarly, the more tyrants pillage, the more they crave, the more they ruin and destroy — the more one yields to them, and obeys them — by that much do they become mightier and more formidable, the readier to annihilate and destroy. But if not one thing is yielded to them, if, without any violence they are simply not obeyed, they become naked and undone and as nothing, just as, when the root receives no nourishment, the branch withers and dies.”