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France’s Yellow Vest Movement: A Blueprint for the Future of European Nationalism

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The following article is courtesty of our guest writer, Robert Kearney. Follow his Twitter for more information: @Robkearney1981.

In an age where the lives of the average European man and woman has been spent in constant submission and subservience to the forces of globalism and its surrogates in their individual governments, the nearly spontaneous emergence of an economic and social protest movement in France that directly challenges that control over the nation has come as a complete surprise to most. The demonstrations (referred to as “Yellow Vest” for the participants’ decision to wear the country’s mandated auto safety vest as a sign of protest) originally began in November of 2018 over a recently legislated environmental  “carbon tax” on fuel. It soon began to encompass a long list of grievances that were seen as plaguing the lives of the average working and middle-class people. These demands reach across the current Left/Right paradigm to include an end to rampant usury from banks, a rise in the minimum wage, cancellation of state-imposed austerity measures, to a reduction of legal immigration and even the resignation of Emmanuel Macron and his government. 

So far, despite some incidents of violence, the Yellow Vest protests, although widely condemned by the French government-media complex as well as the usual Europhile elements in France and Brussels, has succeeded in bringing the country nearly to a standstill every weekend as various demonstrators march through cities and towns demanding the state recognize the plight of its neglected citizenry. Surprisingly, despite at first refusing to listen to them, the government of Macron has even granted some concessions to dampen the public outrage (most noticeably abolishing the fuel carbon tax, the original motivation for the movement’s creation).

As European nationalists face an increasingly intense and uphill battle for the cause, what could be learned and utilized from these types of demonstrations? Perhaps the intense passion and motivation which has kept them alive for the past four months and counting? Firstly, the Yellow Vest movement has, for the most part, kept clear of becoming directly involved with politics. The demonstrators’ goals have largely been focused on fighting the forces of globalism and its accompanying neoliberalism which in recent years have locked a stranglehold on France and her people.  Although the movement has members and various factions from both the Right and Left sides of France’s political spectrum, their overall impetus has been to focus on effecting a real change in French society by forcing the government to take account of their plight and give in to as much of their demands as possible. As can be expected, various political parties have attempted to give support to the Yellow Vests, but most of its members have attempted to stay above the political fray in order to be seen as serving the interests and needs of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens rather than those of elected officials and would-be officeholders. 

The situation with nationalists may be somewhat different since political parties are relied upon to embrace populist stances on restrictive immigration as well as championing European identities over multiculturalism and globalism. In order to achieve these goals, one must realistically look towards politicians to enact the necessary legislation in order to attain this. That has thankfully started to become a reality in a number of European nations, most notably Hungary, Poland, and Italy. Still, wide lessons can be taken from the actions of the Yellow Vests movement by cooperating but not placing every ounce of faith in mere human and very often corruptible organizations such as political parties and the politicians who advance their careers through them.

Oftentimes even the best and most sincere of political leaders are prone to unnecessary and even destructive compromises which can very well work to undermine the intended goals they campaigned on making a reality for their people. It us best to remember that nationalism should be first and foremost a grassroots movement led by ordinary Europeans who desire the preservation of their existence, heritage, identities and sovereignty as free peoples in a world teeming with hostile leaders increasingly intent upon their replacement. Nationalists should be willing to step out of the party line when necessary and remind the leaders of those parties that have been elected through their support that they have been placed in power to serve the needs of their people and must do any and all that is necessary to achieve those ends, and at all costs, even if it means dealing with hostile media coverage and vicious attacks from their opponents.

Another factor that makes France’s Yellow Vests appealing is their lack of centralization and even prominent leaders and spokesmen. Perhaps this ties into the desire of its members not to resemble too closely the image of a political party. Although there have been some well-known members who have led protests and even have been injured and maimed in the process, the lack of central leadership also means that no one person can assume a position of absolute authority or control (even if only through their charismatic personality) of the protests. Every Yellow Vest can see themselves as a representative of their movement, offering their time and talents in ways that will benefit its cause. However, they are still only part of a larger collective where principles come before individual and their personalities. This is definitely something that nationalists could learn from. 

Yellow Vests
Yellow Vests, France, 2019

Nationalist movements and organizations have long been plagued by struggles over leadership and divisions based upon personal cliques that have only led to needless fragmentation and divisions among the ranks when unity and cooperation are as necessary as ever for effective mobilization. This does not mean that nationalists cannot have spokesmen, and many nationalist leaders are fine people who use their talents in writing, speaking and creativity to contribute towards a successful outcome for their people and the causes they represent. However, no one individual, no matter how talented or competent, should become the absolute focal point of attention and adoration. The movement and its long-term goals must always come before any individual gains and never the other way around.

Lastly, if the Yellow Vests are to be credited with anything, it is their absolute determination and diligence to stand up and publicly and aggressively for their stated goals. This has come not without a great deal of trial and hardship. The fetid System has not dealt gently with these “refractory” demonstrators, ostensibly because some have been accused of vandalism and rioting, but in reality because they are seen as a direct threat to globalist control over a very prominent and powerful European nation, one which the elites can ill afford to lose their death grasp of. Many Yellow Vests have been injured by police flash-ball grenades, some seriously so, with the most common type of injury being the loss of an eye. At its most severe, at least a dozen have been killed from police violence. Yet the movement marches on and continues to mobilize despite these precarious obstacles. Even though the average protestor knows what may face them, and that they stand to lose everything, they still choose to take to the streets every weekend and march, many because they feel that conditions have become so intolerable for the average French person that they have little if any choice but to make their stand while it is still possible for them to do so. If there is one thing that can constantly be heard from many a nationalist commentary from these protestors, it is their resolve to continue onward despite the constant attacks and suffering that is given to them. 

It also should be understood that, despite the large size of the crowds, the Yellow Vest demonstrators are quite small when compared with the size of the nation as a whole (even at the height of its activity last December, the number of demonstrators nationwide was only estimated to be a little over 287,000 active participants, about half of 1% of France’s population of sixty-seven million). Yet even with the relatively small number of demonstrators, they were still able to bring an entire mighty nation to a standstill, even seriously disrupting Christmas shopping sales in Paris and other large cities. This has been the intent of these demonstrations all along: that France shall not have a resumption of normal public life and business as usual until those in power heed and attempt to meet the demands of the people. The resulting economic downturn will cause problems to the national life, even possibly to the point of greatly inconveniencing the very disadvantaged people who make up the great bulk of the Yellow Vest members. This, however, is seen by many of them as a necessity, for France cannot continue to profit in the short term with policies which will harm its citizens and which will ultimately result in the elimination of the indigenous French population whom the globalist System intends to destroy.

This is a vital lesson to be learned for nationalists all around the globe. There are many who may bemoan our relatively small numbers as compared to larger political parties and movements. Yet despite their relatively small numbers, the Yellow Vests have drawn more than their fair share of attention as well as hostility from the elites. Despite its original intent as an economic uprising, these demonstrations have also come to embody a very strong nationalist character to them. Although not specifically linked to French ethno-nationalism, the image of a largely White working and middle-class people standing up to not only the globalist devils at the helm of their own government, but also those Eurocrats and elite financiers in Brussels who back them, can clearly be interpreted as one in which the ordinary people of France are engaging in a struggle against globalist occupation along with the multicultural and multiracial agenda of replacement that goes with it. Many within the Yellow Vest movement make no secret about their dislike of the EU and the restrictions and domination that it, as well as the financiers who give it support, have exerted on them. 

For the past number of weekends, many demonstrators in Paris have deliberately hauled down EU flags from public buildings throughout the city and replaced them with the French Tricolor. A few public burnings of the these infamous twelve-starred banners have reportedly been accompanied by vigorous singing of “Le Marseilles” by the crowds. Even a manifesto of demands that were released by some the Yellow Vest movement last December called for, among another things, France’s withdraw from both the European Union and NATO, as well as a reduction of immigration into the country (since the movement is decentralized with no specific leadership, this document was not a binding and universally accepted statement of their goals, but still can be seen as representing the will of the majority of its members based on the actions and positions taken by various local chapters over the weeks since their spontaneous beginnings). 

While not entirely rooted or spurred on by French nationalism or ethnic identity, the Yellow Vests have come to represent the struggles of the average native Frenchman for more just living and working conditions which have been deprived to them as a result of their government’s acceding to the demands of an international body that does not nor could not truly understand or represent those interests. In this, there is clearly a representation of the same nationalism and desire for both self-determination and self-preservation that also motivates genuine nationalists throughout Europe and the West. It is best that nationalists examine these methods and utilize them in demonstrations and activism, both in the real and virtual worlds so that similar results and even passionate motivations could be stirred both within themselves and those they are attempting to reach out to for the same results (for this, no sensible person is advocating for any form of sporadic violence or mayhem to accompany the cause. Such incidents never do any good for a movement and in the end, always lead to more contempt and disdain than praise or gratitude being heaped upon the group where they originate than praise or admiration). 

Still, the average nationalist should be inspired enough by this civic uprising of the French (who were once thought pacified) and imitate their steeled desire to save themselves, their nation and posterity from a bleak future of perpetual servitude to the forces of global, financial, and social elitism that will end with their eradication from this earth. This is also why it is imperative for everyone who wishes for Europe to have a future to, if not physically support, at the very least express strong sympathy for these demonstrations and their aims. Even if everyone may not be in agreement with every last principal attributed to them, the Yellow Vests still represent to date the largest mass movement organized in any country against both globalism and its machinations. That alone is all the reason to express solidarity with their desires and goals. Even if this may not be the exact equivalent of a genuine nationalist uprising, it is still a blow against the same enemies every nationalist faces and allies are always an important thing to cultivate. 

The average Yellow Vest demonstrator knows very well when he sets out to march on a Saturday  morning what forms of harassment, maiming and even death may possibly await him before the day is out, yet he or she still chooses this path because they have concluded that if they do not, there is no other choice for the survival of France and her people. At this difficult hour in the history of Europe and all Western man, may all nationalists everywhere look to and learn from the Yellow Vests with all their bravery and determination, as well as learn from their blunders and mistakes, and for the inspiration and guidance to carry on with our the mission to save and preserve Western nations, peoples, and their posterity. Like the French at this late and desperate hour, there is no choice but to.

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