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1968 Again – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. on June 27, 2020

The students obviously liked to make a mess; it was, so to speak, their
natural milieu, as maggots like carcasses. When, occupying offices, they
put their feet up on the antique desks of authority that they were soon
to sit behind, they thought that they were being revolutionary rather
than merely savage and insolent.

Theodore Dalrymple

I have never been quite able to make up my mind whether there is no new thing under the sun or whether we live in completely unprecedented times. When we look at events close up and nearby in time and place, we are inclined to think that nothing like them has ever happened before; but with the passage of time, and a little calm reflection, we find analogies all over the place. I suppose the wise man is alive to both the similarities and the differences, but keeping both in mind at the same time is hard, like trying to see the old crones and the candlestick simultaneously in the famous diagram beloved of gestalt psychologists.

In light of the recent events in the United States and elsewhere (the elsewhere that has long imitated the United States in completely decerebrate fashion, while at the same time being anti-American), I flicked through a large picture book of May 1968 in Paris, the upheaval of spoilt brats, by spoilt brats, for spoilt brats. I hesitate to quote Georges Marchais, the leader of the Stalinist French Communist Party of the time, who was not in favor of the upheaval, but who said, with some prescience:

In general, it’s all about the sons of the haute-bourgeoisie who, disdaining the students of working-class background, will soon extinguish their “revolutionary flame” in order to go and manage Papa’s companies and exploit the workers in the best traditions of capitalism.

Spot-on, Georges, if one goes a little less hard on the poor capitalists and includes in the stricture the former Maoists who later joined the upper echelons of the French state apparatus!

Another Georges, this time the soon-to-be president of France, Pompidou, said something pertinent in the French National Assembly in the middle of May 1968:

At this stage, it is, believe me, no longer the government that is in question, nor the institutions, nor even France, it is our civilization itself.

One can’t help thinking that good old Georges was onto something, even if, in the 52 years that have so far elapsed since then, I have personally managed, as have millions of others, to lead a perfectly satisfactory and even fulfilling life, as no doubt did many Romans in the run-up to the collapse of the empire.

“Bogusness is a permanent temptation in political life.”

What is quite clear from the photographs is that the students who made a mess of Paris and threw up barricades that made the streets of the City of Light look temporarily like those of Port-au-Prince (where disposal of garbage is not very well-organized, if I recall correctly) were far from the horny-handed sons of labor. On the contrary, they were clearly the children of the bourgeoisie, and could not hide the fact, however casually (for the time) they dressed. Social class does not spare physiognomy in its effects, any more than it spares longevity.

The students obviously liked to make a mess; it was, so to speak, their natural milieu, as maggots like carcasses. When, occupying offices, they put their feet up on the antique desks of authority that they were soon to sit behind, they thought that they were being revolutionary rather than merely savage and insolent. They were privileged, but not privileged enough in their own estimation. They were earnest, but not serious; and earnestness combined with frivolity and armor-plated self-righteousness is not very attractive. Evidently, however, earnest frivolity is a permanent temptation of youth, which does not yet appreciate that deterioration as well as improvement is possible.

One reads the words of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the student revolutionary and narcissistic apologist for pedophilia, who managed afterward to carve out a lucrative career for himself, with a certain rage:

The French flag is made to be torn up and to be transformed into the Red Flag.

Did he have any understanding of what he was saying or knowledge of what he was advocating? Did he, in fact, care? I think not. What he cared about was cutting a figure in public. Let the heavens fall, so long as I am in the newspapers, might have been his mission statement.

Of course, bogusness is a permanent temptation in political life. There is a wonderful photograph of the deputies to the French National Assembly in 1968 having a physical brawl, with punches thrown. Every onlooker, except two, appears concerned by the brawl, but one of the two sits with his arms folded, his expression that of contempt, while the other, actually Pierre Mendès France (though a French friend said he thought it was Roland Dumas, another experienced Machiavellian politician), smiles wickedly as if, having seen a great deal in his life (for example, having been imprisoned under Vichy and having escaped to England during the war, as well as having been twice prime minister), he knew playacting when he saw it.

There has always been playacting in political life, with simulation of strong emotions for their own sake, and so forth. There seem to be periods when these phenomena are at a minimum, as there are periods when they are at a maximum. Not every manifestation of mass feeling is bogus, of course: The million who turned out in May 1968 in support of de Gaulle and against the students were sincere enough (not that sincerity by itself is more than a necessary condition of political virtue, and certainly not a sufficient condition). But the temptation to act more passionately than one feels, and to pretend to believe strongly in principles of no conceivable application—for example, the May 1968 slogan that “It is forbidden to forbid”—is a recurrent one.

I don’t believe in cycles of history, let alone eternal recurrences, but some things really do change. For example, both Pompidou and the much younger Jacques Chirac, as well as many others, including demonstrators, have cigarettes in their mouths. Surely it is time for these shocking scenes to be photoshopped, so that they may not corrupt any youth who happens upon them? If two future Presidents of the Republic are portrayed with cigarettes sticking to their lower lips, who can say how many will die as a result of imitating them? It is high time that history were more carefully edited for the sake of public health.

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High school students are blasted with tear gas and whacked with batons as thousands leave school to protest amid ‘Yellow Vest’ riots across France

Posted by M. C. on December 3, 2018

Too much free stuff for too long…other people’s money has run out.


  • High school students across France protest plans to apply academic selection at public universities 
  • Video footage shows riot police using tear gas and batons against young people during protests 
  • Follows Saturday’s violent ‘yellow vest’ protests in Paris which saw demonstrators take over Champs-Elysees 
  • The protests began as a rebellion against fuel prices but have grown into weeks of civil unrest in the capital
  • In Marseille, an 80-year-old woman died in hospital on Sunday after being injured when a tear gas canister went through her windows during Saturday’s protests 

Hundreds of schools across the country have today been totally or partially blocked by students piggybacking on the ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations to air frustration over new university entrance requirements…

Police officers have been using tear gas to disperse high school student protesters on several locations in Paris today, Le Parisien reports… Read the rest of this entry »

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1,600 Paris Residents Demand Action Against Underage Migrant Street Gangs Terrorising Residents

Posted by M. C. on April 3, 2018

EU governments seem to think this doesn’t happen.  Maybe the French citizenry is getting some gumption.

Too little too late. What they need is Frexit.

A large number of residents of the heavily-migrant populated Paris areas of La Chapelle, Goutte-d’Or and Barbès have demanded the government act to stop underage Moroccan migrant gangs, with women being routinely targetted for assault…

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Hygiene deficiency in Paris: Of Rats and Other Vermin

Posted by M. C. on January 31, 2018

More on illegal immigrants. Can garbage collectors enter the No-Go zones where police dare not (not allowed?) go?

…However, Parisian garbage collectors recently drew attention to the increasingly precarious hygiene conditions in the city with a shock video spontaneously filmed on their cell phones, when they found a whole colony of rats in a 160-gallon garbage can on December 9th in the chic eighth arrondissement. Garbage collector David recounts in the video: “A colleague told me that a rat jumped on his neck and another on his arm. As far as I know, no one’s been bitten yet, but we shouldn’t wait until something dramatic like that happens.” Since the video went viral on the Internet, the Paris City Hall has promised to address the problem…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paris Olympic Bid –and Everyday Life –in Jeopardy | The Unveiled Feminist

Posted by M. C. on July 11, 2017

Paris’s chances to host the Olympic Games in 2024 have been put in doubt by the Muslim migrant enclaves that visitors must navigate to enter the proposed site.

“No-go zones,” where even the police fear to enter or pursue criminal suspects, pockmark the map of Paris, making it nearly impossible for Paris residents –particularly women — to carry on their normal activities.

But there’s an app for that.

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Souffler en Arriere Big Time In France

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2015

Souffler en Arriere (French for Blow Back according to Google Translate) is what happened Friday the thirteenth.

When I hear blowback I think of overthrowing the Iranian government in 1953 and the resultant Embassy takeover in 1979. I think of 9/11 when Bin Laden said we went over there because you are over here. I now think Paris and that ISIS went there because the French are over there.

Not that anyone acknowledges those realities nor that some of the perps were known entities. Instead we hear failure speeches on how the Paris attacks are the fault of Edward Snowden and publicly available encryption.

Now that France has been again placed in the frying pan Francois Allende wants to turn up the heat. He is calling on his “friends” to help fight the bad guys. Allende will not be doing himself any good by ratcheting up the French presence in the Middle East. Allende’s piece of the oil pie will be expensive. Read the rest of this entry »

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