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Macron: from solidarity to finance

Macron : de la solidarité à la finance
Macron : de la solidarité à la finance

The Macron revolution is coherent, it is paraphrased from a famous statement: everything that is good for the first of the rope is good for all the French. It consists of replacing the logic of solidarity with an individual financial logic. Some examples.

Macron replaced the ISF (Solidarity Wealth Tax) with the IFI (Real Estate Wealth Tax). Which consists in subtracting financial wealth from the solidarity tax to allow its holder to invest as he sees fit: in other words, to subtract from public decision, from public interest, from solidarity, to give to individual decision , in search of profit which can, of course, lie in investing in French companies (advanced reason) or foreign companies or better in hedge funds or investments of which one of the most powerful is known today by all: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, with nearly $ 7 trillion whose main customers are institutional investors (Wikipedia). The company displays exceptional operating profitability: buy without hesitation (JDD 18/01/20).

Maintaining the tax on real estate wealth is an incentive for the most fortunate to disengage from investment in real estate, taxed, to switch to investment in finance, not taxed.
However, it does not seem that there is too much housing in France!

This small gift with declining state resources is accompanied by the reduction of 5 euros per month per household in Personal Housing Assistance (APL). Reduction of levy for large. Recovery on the poorest!

Macron : de la solidarité à la finance

On February 1, the Livret A and Livret du développement durable rates will be lowered to 0.5%, the historically lowest rate, with inflation close to 1%. For the Ministry of Finance, the rate of the Livret A is no longer intended to cover that of inflation (Le Monde 12/01/20).
There are 55 million Livret A in France because it is the easiest way for many individuals to have some resources available in case of need. The ministry thinks that this drop in rates should encourage to put the savings in more dynamic investments! More risky! Encourage the poorest to risk their savings! To become a merchant! To tell small holders that they should invest them is to push them to take risks, to convert to stock market speculation? Waking up can be painful in the event of an economic downturn or unexpected funding needs.
It was possible to lower the investment ceiling (currently 22,950 euros) and reserve this advice for holders of the most stocked notebooks! Small Livret A holders will probably be content to see their savings deteriorate rather than risk losing them.

The executive knows that its decision is very unpopular and concerns practically all households that hold one or more Livrets A. The remuneration has become paltry. For Bruno Le Maire, maintaining a rate of 0.75% would have been irresponsible in relation to our policy of investment diversification. And irresponsible for the thousands of people waiting for social housing. In fact, reducing the rate to 0.50% will make it possible to build 17,000 additional social housing units and renovate 52,000 of them each year. The measure penalizes savers but would strengthen the housing policy … He forgets to say that to compensate for this drop in the rate of Livrets, he forced social landlords to reduce rents and therefore their means.
In other words, he organized a 3-band coup on the back of the poor and a more discreet operation, for the benefit of the banks. Because they benefit from 40% of the sums collected: they will remunerate this savings at the rate of 0.5% instead of 0.75%: a gift of 400 million euros (Liberation 18/01/20).

It is interesting to note that the minister justifies this measure by pitting small and poorly housed savers, not to mention the benefits that banks derive from it.
He never said how many homes could have been built with the amount of the gift made with the removal of the ISF.

Macron : de la solidarité à la finance

The reform provides for a single retirement contribution rate of 28.12% on wages, but income above 120,000 euros per year will not give entitlement to retirement and will only be subject to a rate 2.81% of contributions, used to help balance the system. The sums which will not contribute to the balance of the system, on salaries above 10,000 euros per month, give a lot of hope to private insurance or other pension or investment funds.

Emmanuel Macron’s Liberal Revolution is underway: all free, all equal, all fraternal; all punters, all against all.
Never stand in solidarity!

NB: even if work resumes without the total withdrawal of the reform project, the strikers have obtained a certain number of concessions. And no one knows what will happen in the days, weeks to come …
One thing remains, the strikers are suffering a lot financially. Financial solidarity will be appreciated. Morally. Financially.

https://www.cgt.fr/actualites/france/retraite/mobilisation-solidarite/caisse-de-solidarite-envers-les-grevistes

Below are some images of the January 16, 2020 demonstration in Paris. With greater participation from the teaching and cultural communities …
And also police: on the route, many streets were closed by wire barriers …

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May the Tide rise

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After each event, the discussions revolve around the number of participants. With various estimates, inconsistent, all suspected, more or less correctly, of lies. From there, the comments of journalists, trade unionists, politicians are more of an exercise to satisfy the constituents than to open perspectives according to reality.

In meetings or small events where it is possible to count the participants, it is easy to see that the organizers declare numbers higher than reality, most often double, so as not to despair … For events concerning a few tens or a few hundred participants away from the masses and Billancourt … The truth is revolutionary but … within certain limits.

The numbers have 2 functions. The first: to satisfy the participants, to show that the decision was the right one, that we win, that we won …
The second: to check, to establish a more favorable balance of power.
The government and, we must hope, the unions and the politicians, make their analysis not according to the figures proclaimed but figures closer to reality.
For those who want to make comments from the encrypted reality, it should not be very complicated. In particular to compare the degree of mobilization. As far as Paris is concerned, the figures of the Préfecture de police and those of the organizers, which sometimes differed from 1 to 4 or 5, were available to satisfy, to encourage the militants … For some time, the observers have counted made by a private company for a group of newspapers from right and left …
Of course, these results are not absolutely reliable. And from this point of view, the company Occurrence announces, for September 12, 2017, 29,329 demonstrators, to unity, against the reform of the Labor Code in Paris, falls into absolute ridicule. But admitting an error of 10% in the counts of the Préfecture de Police and Occurrence, the results of these two counts are not very far and in any case closer than that of the organizers: 60 000.
Immediately, the independence and direction of the sponsoring newspapers and the agency were challenged. And the method used. There had never been so many questions about the police counting methods and of course even less about those of the organizers …
The reflection and the meaning of the demonstrations is partly masked by these comments on how accounts avoid talking about why events and their relative importance. This is in addition to the scrambling due to the action of the Black Blocs which are listed more material effects and how they act than the why ….
Is it so necessary to know the exact number of participants? To have a solid basis of reflection, is it not enough to take the series of figures produced by the same sources (Table 1) ? It’s easy to do for those of the Prefecture of Police and Occurrence. More difficult for the numbers proposed by the organizers especially if they are different according to the demonstrations because their imaginative capacity is different. Sometimes in competition.

Table 1: Participation in the various events of the spring of 2018 according to different sources of counting.

Day
Police Organizers Occurrence
22/03/18 49 000 65 000

47 800

24/04/18 11 500 50.000 15.300
01/05/18 34 500 55 000 CGT
05/05/18 40 000 160 000 FI 38 900
22/05/18 15 000 50 000 FO
30 000 CGT
16 400
26/05/18 21 000 80 000 CGT 31 700

For the events of this spring, according to the figures of the Prefecture, it was the March 22nd demonstration which had the most important participation, followed by that of May 5th (La Fête à Macron), which seems to confirm the enumeration of Occurrence. And for both, Préfecture and Occurrence, May 5th has gathered more people than the 26th … It remains to explain these post-modern mathematics invented by the left where 500 + 500 = 400!
François Ruffin and Dominique Lordon, followed especially by LaFrance insoumise, gather more people on May 5 than the 65 organizations, including La France insoumise, grouped behind ATTAC and the Copernic Foundation!

Is it necessary to attribute the success of La Fête à Macron, to François Ruffin’s personal factor associating youth, new methods, recent appearance in the political world? At the strong mobilization of La France insoumise… ?
Or the least mobilization of La marée populaire pour l’égalité, la justice sociale et la soidarité (the popular tide for equality, social justice and solidarity) of May 26, to a more traditional form, to a unitary call with the ulterior motives of each, the conditions of this unity, together but each at a different place… weariness in the face of repeated demonstrations, the strikes that continue without apparent decline of the government and the president?
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Be that as it may, the day of 26 was the day of an important national demonstration. By the number of participants in Paris, even if we would have liked it to be higher … But even if what happens in Paris always has a more important echo, the 26th, La Marée was also organized in 190 cities in France then that May 5 was only in Paris.
In a relative union of associations, unions (even if not all of them …) and political parties of the left, a relative union because these organizations were in the parade but not together.
Classically, in Paris, social demonstrations, policies against nationalization, attacks on social security …, are largely white, neighborhood populations do not participate or little. A touch of color is often brought by the presence of groups of undocumented (Les sans-papiers) or members of the CGT or Droit au logement (Right to Housing).
The proportions are reversed when it comes to struggles against facies checks, discrimination, police slippage. Or to claim a memorial for the victims of slavery …..

This time, the Adama committee had called to participate and take the lead of the procession. Popular neighborhoods have not landed en masse but it’s a start.

 

Que la Marée monte

Everyone knows now that the President of the Republic has chosen his side, that he attacks the popular masses on all fronts at the same time. That it is the same president who accentuates the desertification of the countryside (removal of hospital services, post offices …), persecutes asylum seekers, like previous governments, abandons neighborhoods with the setting in a drawer of the report Borloo that he had asked for, dismantled the labor code, reduced the number of civil servants, subsidized jobs and social budgets, attacking whistle-blowers, abolishing the PLA, privatizing and reducing taxes for the benefit of the richest …
May 26th was the first step, it is hoped that social, labor and political organizations are aware of the expectation of all categories of people. So that La Marée populaire pour l’égalité, la justice sociale et la solidarité (The People’s Tide for Equality, Social Justice and Solidarity) rises, from all sides, from all social categories, at the same time.

Some pictures of the event

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