The walking TED talk as president: Macron

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by J Ed, May 24, 2017.

  1. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Thread for why Macron is awful, I think it has potential to be very long..

    I'll start off with this

    French President Macron’s party withdraws 2nd candidate who supported BDS

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  2. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    He met Trump today, and didn't call him "un con extraordinaire".
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  3. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

  4. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    Apparently he appointed an avowed opponent of gay marriage to some strategic cabinet position, but I can't find an English-language link.

    In this link, the Irish Times gush,ooh, and ahh over EM's philosophical training under Paul Ricouer:

    Paul Ricoeur: The philosopher behind Emmanuel Macron
  5. Is anything normal allowed to be considered awful now Trump is here?

    He is just a better looking version of most of the last 25 years. He did cause some perplexed apoplexy among the US right supporting Le Pen, who decided that a man trying to reduce France's reasonably strong workers rights was somehow a leftist.

    Seems like he's going to use foreign affairs to bolster his image, he already went much further than Merkel in calling out RT right to Putin's face. Which shouldn't count as a big deal, it's obvious RT is propaganda, and yet here we are.
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  6. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

  7. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Business but normal only moreso but with added liberal smugness is it really, isn't it. His liberal 'anti-racism' only applies in the most superficial ways.
  8. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I suppose there's some small mercy that he's told Trump that he (Trump) is wrong vis-à-vis the Paris agreement, which is more than the Maybot has managed.
  9. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

  10. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

    The news coming in on my Twitter feed says that Macron's party has made big gains in the French parliamentary elections with about 32% of the vote. Turnout was at a historical low though.

    Fucking shit! What in God's name do the French people see in this vapid superficial twat?
  11. Old Spark

    Old Spark Well-Known Member

  12. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    32.2% of those who bothered to vote went for LREM. Mélenchon's Insoumise tied with the FN in third.

    This is just in terms of voting - I've no idea how this translates into seats.
  13. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Doesn't at the moment - there's a second round.
  14. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    Interview with a German economist who is very sceptical of Macron, from yesterday's TAZ (I ran it through Google translate):

    Taz: Mr Flassbeck, the new French President Macron wants to reform the Eurozone. Among other things, he calls for a joint finance minister. What do you make of it?

    Heiner Flassbeck: This is a ridiculous illusion. Important is not a person, but a reasonable economic concept for the Eurozone. But a common vision is missing. Instead, Germany is dictating the rules by demanding austerity programs from all countries.

    Macron reports, however, that he wants a European investment program.

    To implement another concept, Macron has to face explicitly against Germany. For such a confrontation, however, he would need a finance minister who has expertise in economic policy. Instead he chose Bruno Le Maire. This professional politician has already looked after all kinds of topics, including the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, but he has never dealt with economic policy. Le Maire has no chance against Finance Minister Schäuble and the other Swabian housewives from Germany.

    The Germans argue that France should make "its homework" before trying European solutions.

    In France there is no "reform". This is a German invention. Hourly productivity is higher in France than in Germany. It is not the French who have to deliver, but the Germans.

    If the French are so productive - why do they have deficits in foreign trade?

    The French have made their wages rise as much as productivity - and the Germans do not. Germany has pushed wages through the agenda policy and thus gained a competitive advantage. This generated enormous export surpluses.

    Macron wants to "make" the wages in France now "more flexible", by no more collective bargaining for whole branches, but only agreements for individual companies.

    This is exactly the wrong policy and a blind copy of the German guidelines. France would have to cut its wages by about 20 percent to catch up with Germany. This is not possible, however, because domestic demand in France will break down and unemployment will rise dramatically. Instead, German wages would have to rise by about 5 per cent annually over many years. Only then will there be another chance to save Europe.

    However, it is not yet clear that the Germans are changing their wage policy. What are the chances of Macron?

    Absolutely none. He is, without understanding, completely walled up and will continue the policy of his socialist predecessor François Hollande. He will do a few reforms in France and wonder that it will not do anything.

    However, Macron has already announced that he wants to expand public debt in order to boost the French economy. A good idea?

    The approach is correct. There is not enough investment across Europe. Above all, Germany would have to put up an investment program, because much too much is saved here. Even the German companies are net savings. But if all the population groups park large portions of their income on accounts, the economy collapses. Germany has so far absorbed this demand gap through export surpluses, but this is not going on in the long term. The German state would have to pay € 50 to € 100 billion annually to compensate at least partially for the savings surplus.

    Instead, Schäuble is aiming for the "Black Zero".

    ... and jeopardizes international stability: Germany can generate huge export surpluses only because the other countries are making permanent debts - in the private and public sectors.

    So how will the Eurozone continue?

    Macron was the hope-bearer of the desperate, for the ruling parties had no concepts. If he fails, chaos will break out in France. This applies to the whole of Europe. In all elections, including Brexit, despair was the real issue. The citizens do not know what to choose, because the same recipe always comes out: neoliberalism. At the same time, however, it is obvious that this recipe does not work. This leads to radicalization.

    in the interview:
    Heiner Flassbeck
    66, was the chief economist of Unctad, the World Trade and Development Conference of the United Nations in Geneva until the end of 2012. He lives in France. His latest book is "Only Germany can save the euro".
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  15. J Ed

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  16. poului

    poului a bit overrated

    ..famously stable as they are.
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  17. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Isn't swashbuckling instability part of the draw for these scum?
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  18. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Does he mean a 50% failure rate after four years and 70% failure rate after 10 years?

    Doesn't seem ideal for a state, but then I haven't had a landslide vote so what do I know?

    In addition, it is well recognised that you can't run a large business just as a scaled up version of a smaller business. It requires a totally different business model. Many companies fail precisely because they are trying to use their start up mentality for something that needs proper processes to handle its larger scale.

    The Five Stages of Small Business Growth

    Valid soundbite that is worse than meaningless -- it actually means something really, really stupid.
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  19. J Ed

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    Perry Anderson: The Centre Can Hold. New Left Review 105, May-June 2017.

    On Macron

    The newness and so called populism of Macron...

  20. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Mélenchon is refusing to send his party's reps to Congress on Monday, claiming that Macron's victories violate La France insoumise (I'm loosely translating his tweets as best I can).
  21. Casually Red

    Casually Red tomorrow belongs to me

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  22. Casually Red

    Casually Red tomorrow belongs to me

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  23. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

  24. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

  25. J Ed

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  26. J Ed

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    In Sun King's palace, Macron threatens to ram through parliament reform

    This man is a monster.
  27. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

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  28. J Ed

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  29. J Ed

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    The smartest boy in smart school. Hear him roar, idiots.
  30. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

    What is blind testing?

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