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(So the Yellow Vests are the alt-right because they were protesting increased taxes on gasoline meant to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and fund alternative energy. Some kind of analysis of the French state's fiscal policies is badly needed here. And fast. Yesterday I unfriended Anton Shekhotsov on FB. He's the author of "Russia and the Far Right", a very good book that is flawed by in its inability to see the connection between neoliberalism and the alt-right. He is a big-time supporter of people like Macron and Merkel who is beside himself over these protests. He smeared it all as alt-right because of the support from Le Pen, including the anti-Semitic "comedian" Dieudonné M'bala M'bala whose photo he posted on social media as if it was a smoking gun. Odd to see someone so good at distinguishing ordinary Ukrainians protesting for democracy and an end to corruption from Privy Sektor/Svoboda using the same methods as RT.com.)

The fiery street protests challenging French President Emmanuel Macron over his proposed higher taxes on gasoline and the young climate activists of the Sunrise Movement who sat in at prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office might seem like antagonists – one resisting, the other seeking, faster and more ambitious movement away from fossil fuels. I’m not so sure about that, though. Some deep currents connect the two movements, currents that raise a fundamental challenge for the climate movement – how to shed the issue’s historic framing as a question of austerity and sacrifice.

full: https://www.salon.com/2018/12/05/yellow-vest-protesters-in-paris-and-green-new-dealers-at-home-future-comrades/
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