Neoliberal austerity politics are completely defunct.
History will always repeat itself if we don’t learn from the past. Cutting services for the public while cutting taxes for the rich can only go so far before the people push back.
“Macronism was magnificent – but so far it has failed. I get the feeling of a huge waste. Walking down the Champs Elysées last Sunday and seeing the rioters’ destruction from the night before offered a hint of what we have ended up with. The most anti-populist leader France could have hoped for finds himself actually reinforcing populism. And the experience of his centrist cousins doesn’t bode well: Barack Obama gave rise to Donald Trump, Matteo Renzi to Matteo Salvini, and Angela Merkel’s departure could result in chaos.”
The French president hasn’t just lost his touch, he is enabling the populism he was supposed to defeat, says French journalist Marion Van Renterghem