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There are only three plots for all the stories ever created by people: death, birth, union

No wonder that progressive politicians, activists do not get it. They are nicely quick to offer solutions to apparent problems, but... the masses want really something else. They would not like to tell exactly what.

The kumbaya mythology of some social-economic perpetum mobile is not deeply believable in this limited world. Too bad if only terrible reactionary populists perform for relatable monomyths. Beliefs in transformative heroes, transcendent trials, magic helpers, ultimate boons may be not rational, but they are perhaps archetypally wise.

by das monde on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 03:07:15 PM EST
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Where's muh sheila na gig MEMEEEEEEEE

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 04:59:31 PM EST
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Read how confused Anglo-mericans are. I can easily spot the US Americans. The first clue is ascribing ethnic homogeneity to industrial solidarity. The second is they've no idea what Finland produces except Nokia phones, maybe. For them a brand "boycott" and a 24-hr "general strike" are identical acts of, oh, inconveniences--they wouldn't know Taft-Hartley if you beat a Google "engineer" about the head with a rolled up copy, and the last, most devastating demo was (1872) past out of mind generations ago.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 4th, 2019 at 03:31:54 AM EST
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Anglo-mericans are not married to a welfare state - have no clue.
by das monde on Wed Dec 4th, 2019 at 10:01:28 AM EST
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APsplainin | Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform
"I had no idea about the strike happening, and I was waiting for two hours in the airport for the train to arrive, and it didn't arrive," said vacationer Ian Crossen, from New York. "I feel a little bit frustrated. And I've spent a lot of money. I've spent money I didn't need to, apparently."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 11:43:33 PM EST
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We got a winner here.
by Bernard on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 08:48:04 PM EST
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France pension reform strikes: Transport chaos on day 2, D3 plans for gridlock
"'Everybody in the street on Tuesday, December 10, for a new day... of strikes, actions and protests,' said Catherine Perret, senior member of the hardline CGT union, the nation's biggest public sector union."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 7th, 2019 at 12:04:23 AM EST
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Preface: Over the weekend perusing English language twitterverse, I learned that the Socialist Party in France is in its death throw.

APsplainin the new Mr. Normal | French strikes going strong on Day 4; government huddles

Macron, a centrist former investment banker, argues that the retirement overhaul will make a convoluted, out-dated system more fair and financially sustainable.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 06:27:31 PM EST
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Macron, a centrist

This is the part where you're supposed to keep a straight face.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 07:31:35 PM EST
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All depends where your centre is - does left of Le Pen mean you are a centrist?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 9th, 2019 at 02:08:56 PM EST
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