Open brief aan Emmanuel Macron [Engels]

08-03-19 12:55:00,

In een open brief riep aan alle Europeanen riep de Franse president Emmanuel Macron deze week op om ‘samen de weg te bereiden naar de Vernieuwing van Europa.’ Ewald Engelen geeft antwoord.

Dear Mr Macron,

Many thanks for the letter you have sent me, in the form of an op-ed piece that was signed by you and published in 28 European newspapers this week. For well-informed citizens, it did not contain much news. Most of what you propose in your letter was already in your Sorbonne lecture of 2016.

Nevertheless, it did contain one new proposal: the idea to set up a European Agency for the protection of Democracy. Which, I have to say, quite disconcerted me. The experts of this agency would be mandated, you suggest, to help member states to counter cyberattacks and to block the distribution of authority-bashing ‘fake news’.

As far as I am concerned, Mr. Macron, this is on a par with ‘war is peace’, ‘freedom is slavery’ and ‘ignorance is strength.’ And if you are only slightly into European literature, you may recognize this as being from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Protecting democracy by institutionally limiting the diversity of opinions to those who carry the approval of a European agency: that is quite something. Especially coming from someone who has mandated excessive police violence against yellow vest-carrying citizens.

This has more than a whiff in common with a European thought police which in the run up to the European parliamentary elections has the power to decide which opinions are allowed public hearing and which are not. And as such, the idea belongs in a dictatorship, rather than in a democracy.

Especially since you yourself, in your letter, demonstrate that you are not above spreading fake news. You state that the euro has protected member states and, by implication, their citizens, against the worst effects of the financial crisis of 2008. That is utter and complete bullshit. The euro has anesthetized the risk sensitivity of bankers and asset managers and has set in motion massive capital flows from North to South and from productive sectors to speculative sectors (real estate). This proved to be irresponsible and unsustainable.

What’s more, the monetary union prohibited member states to pursue progressive fiscal policies,

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Louis XVI (aka Emmanuel Macron) runs to Merkels’ arms in Aachen treaty (Video)

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23-01-19 05:37:00,

With the nearly weekly revelations that the British Foreign Office, MI6, and GCHQ have been behind the long standing agenda to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump and undo the peaceful alliance between nationalist leaders in America, Russia, China and elsewhere, a new focus on the British hand in undermining the United States has become a serious thought for many citizens. In the first week of the new year, fuel was added to this fire when internal memos were leaked from the British-run Integrity Initiative featuring a startling account of the techniques deployed by the anti-Russian British operation to infiltrate American intelligence institutions, think tanks and media.

For those who may not know, The Integrity Initiative is an anti-Russian propaganda outfit funded to the tune of $140 million by the British Foreign office. The January 2019 leak, featuring documents dated to the early period of Trump’s election, demonstrate that this organization, already active across Europe promoting anti-Russian PR and smearing nationalist leaders such as Jeremy Corbyn, was intent on spreading deeply into the State Department and setting up “clusters” of anti-Trump operatives. The documents reveal high level meetings that Integrity Initiative Director Chris Donnelly had with former Trump Advisor Sebastien Gorka, McCain Foundation director Kurt Volker, Pentagon PR guru John Rendon among many others.

The exposure of the British hand behind the scenes affords us a unique glimpse into the real historical forces undermining America’s true constitutional tradition throughout the 20th century, as Mueller/the Five Eyes/Integrity Initiative are not new phenomena but actually follow a modus operandi set down for already more than a century. One of the biggest obstacles to seeing this modus operandi run by the British Empire is located in the belief in a mythology which has become embedded in the global psyche for over half a century and which we should do our best to free ourselves of.

Debunking the Myth of the “American Empire”

While there has been a long-standing narrative promoted for over 70 years that the British Empire disappeared after World War II having been replaced by the “American Empire”, it is the furthest thing from the truth. America, as constitutionally represented by its greatest presidents (who can unfortunately be identified by their early deaths while serving in office),

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Emmanuel Macron’s Neoliberal Blitzkrieg | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Emmanuel Macron’s Neoliberal Blitzkrieg | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

28-01-18 10:44:00,

The gambit is a well-known opening move in the chess game. The player makes a sacrifice, typically a pawn, for the sake of a compensating advantage. Emmanuel Macron metaphorically did that in the first six months of his presidency. In the run-up to the presidential election, the political neophyte introduced himself as neither left-wing nor right-wing, but rather as left-wing and right-wing. It was a bold attempt to supersede the deeply entrenched left-right divide in French politics, and to take from both camps “what works best.” In so doing, Macron was able, for a short period of time, to defy political gravity and position himself as an ideal centrist candidate.

What’s more, the 39-year old candidate was untested politically, a young bright figure with a liberal profile and background. In this respect, Macron likes to remind everyone that he was once the editorial assistant to renowned French philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Indeed, Macron is keen to be seen as the first “intellectual president” since François Mitterrand.

If Macron was a breath of fresh air in the run-up to the election, his political honeymoon with the voters did not last long. His first actions in power have marked the end of an original realignment of French politics. His economic policy blatantly leans to the right and is of a neoliberal nature. Both sides say so. Les Républicains, the party launched by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, has been remarkably silent since the start of the Macron presidency. They are unable to mount any significant challenge because, as some Republicans privately argue, Macron has stolen most of their policies. In short, they have virtually nothing to oppose and nowhere to go.

For political observers of French politics, Macron’s shift to the right was no major surprise. Backed by a strong 60-seat majority in the National Assembly, Macron had made no secret that, should he be elected, he would dramatically reshape France’s labour market. While running for president, Macron said that France needed “a shock of trust, a real acceleration.” He has all the constitutional power to pass any legislation he wishes to put forward. From a constitutional point of view, the French president, even called a “republican Monarch,” is the most powerful of any Western democracy (including the U.S).

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