Why the truck and tractor are replacing the picket line—and what that says about our politics.
It's often struck me a laughable how so many of my peers and classmates have little to no appreciation for how delicately balanced our society really is on a knife's edge when it comes to support systems that keep us all functioning, particularly our reliance on farmers. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I remember reading about how the food service industry, since they couldn't stay open due to the lack of customers, weren't able to buy milk, eggs, and other forms of produce, and so the farmers up and down the Eastern seaboard (and other parts of the country as well) had so much surplus, they had to destroy it because there was no way to distribute the glut that was left over. That being said, it was tragically juxtaposed to the people spending hours in their cars waiting in food lines throughout the midwest (where the article I recall had been written), desperate for something to eat because they had lost their jobs or the cost of food had become too high.
There's a distinct lack of awareness about the effort that goes into our convenience consumption, and having lived in various states of poverty by subsisting on $1,500-1200 or less each month in some cases when I couldn't find work--it makes you appreciate things when you have cash flow as well as knowing how labor intensive the agriculture and manufacturing processes really are.
The trucker situation in Canada disturbed me when these people who generally appeared to be organizing peacefully against restrictions that impacted their way of life were demonized for not "getting with the program" so to speak. You cannot shut down the engines of society and expect things to work without serious consequences and enflaming people's anger as it turns to desperation and despair. I hope by being so visible, people will wake up more to their dependence on the working class farmers and manufacturers and treat them with greater dignity and respect, instead of sneering at them.
I saw a photo of a tractor in France with a big sign on it that said, Our End is Your Hunger.
I would love to see NYC and DC surrounded by trucks so no Amazon deliveries could be made.
... protests that "forced" Justin Trudeau to invoke a state of emergency ...
"In the years ahead, it seems likely that this new pattern of revolts by the exurban working class and small producers and the self-employed against economic and social mandates imposed by metropolitan centers will be the major form that class struggle takes in Europe, North America, and other developed regions."
I followed until this sentence in the end including the self-employed. As we speak, Biden is about to subject the entire country a national version of CA's AB5. He couldn't convince Congress to pass a law to this effect so he got DOL to adopt a new rule to ensure we won't have a class of workers who are self-employed, freelancers, and independent contractors anymore. Once he reclassified the self-employed out of existence, there won't be any revolts by the self-employed.
Leftists have, for the most part, never been hungry. The elites have multiple fridges and freezers (full of, for example, ice cream), so they are not worried about starving if supply lines are broken. The types that riot think they will just go steal food if they ever need it. The idea that food could run out doesn't enter any of these people's minds.
I stand with the farmers.
No, the Freedom Convoy didn't "force" Trudeau to declare a state of emergency. It gave him the excuse to declare a state of emergency that was eventually declared unreasonable and illegal, but not before he got to exercise his inner authoritarian, including the extraordinary act of shutting off banking services to anyone who gave financial support to the truckers.
The dispersal of similar constituencies in the U.S. throughout the vast expanse of the country makes it more difficult for such protests to take place here.
Green policies will see their demise or drastic scaling back when the professional class experiences hardships brought on by the inability of wind & solar to respond to harsh weather conditions thus affecting their normal, everyday activities, such as staying warm in subzero conditions.
The great “unwashed” that keep this country housed & fed will have their day of reckoning when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
Thank you Michael Lind for a history lesson and showing that again we don’t learn from it. Communists tries central control and fails miserably every time.
Notre fin sera votre faim. -- Our end will be your hunger is the slogan of the French farmers' current protest. They are tired of cheap foreign imports which do not have meet the same standards of animal welfare, particularly Ukrainian chicken. The French farmers have always been known for their protests. And the French government is making concessions including a new 2 billion euro fund for farmers. The protests have spread to Greece, Belgian and Germany.
If you want to know about the problems farmers face watch the Amazon Prime Jeremy Clarkson's Farm. Red tape. Bureaucracy. A drive towards net zero in some countries which make products uncompetitive. And huge multi national supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl who drive hard bargains.
Because of Just in Time stocking of shelves (Paris only has enough food for 3 days apparently), the French farmers felt they can do something.
The elites and their hypocrisy are becoming more and more apparent. The farms of France as you ride the train through the countryside are Beautiful.
The food even in the small corner grocery stores always tastes trash - never a bitter cucumber, plastic tomato, and mounds of cheese. If you come to Paris or anywhere in France is EASY to go back and think wow they have good food for everyone and it’s cheap.
And now we know. The food is cheap and the land is beautiful because the government mandates the farmer let the land lay fallow and then barely pay them a living wage! So from my perspective it’s all a shame. Just like the “amazing healthcare” - people have no idea the hypocrisy that exists in Europe- the green energy policies while the 140 yo buildings have windows that leak air and use OLD water radiators to heat a 2000 sq ft apt; stores that leave their doors open all the time whether hot or cold; zero insulation to speak of; homeless abound (due to drugs but also the class based society that tells you the type of job you may or may not have and if your an immigrant forget about upward mobility or starting a business). It’s all a sham and the regular people need to understand that those who flocked to Davos ( including our own Blinken and surely Gates) to examine how to tell the billions of us how to eat or drive and live .
That’s why it’s important to incorporate and hire yourself out as a compa b to protect yourself from this legislation. A simple s-corp will do the trick.
It would be nice if news articles reported the whole truth. The author mentions “ forced the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to invoke a state of emergency to disperse the protesters in their vehicles.”, but fails to mention that trudeau’s invocation was unlawful. Maybe the article was written prior to last week? Either way, lazy reporting.
I don’t think the author gets it. The government keeps nudging, over stepping its bounds and spending money it doesn’t have. Sensible people are fed up and pissed off. That’s what this is about. The lunatics are running the asylum.
Gee. What a conundrum. Do we stand with those who allow, condone and gin up terrorist sympathizing Jew hating protestors, who want us to live like sardines and eat bugs or with the riff raff ruralites who, she sniffed, have no educational credentials and, gasp, work with dirt and fertilizer.
Je suis la France profonde.
Just so everyone knows, scientists agree that:
CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is 412 ppm. That's 0.04%
Then there's nitrogen:
Methane concentration in the atmosphere is 2 ppm. That's 0.0002%
Nitrogen Dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is 0.05 ppm. That's 0.000005%
Nitrogen concentration in the atmosphere is 780000 ppm. That's 78%
How dare those farmers contribute to that 0.0002% level of methane with their cows.
I'm sorry to say that this article falls well beneath the usual quality. The subject is good, but it's way too verbose, a lot of blah blah blah in there. Slogging through the many words to get to a point is tedious. I guess the author is paid by the word....