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French Bastille Day: July 14 2000 /
Dawn Star wrote:
> The French have given a new dimensional definition to the concept of the
> "citoyen" of the modern day post industrial democracy. While the
> proTobin Tax movement is taking on new character, and the leader Jose
> Bové is off in Columbia trying to make a deal with the drug lords, here
> in France the boycott consumer revolt against Total is virtually dead.
> Why is that? Is it that the french consumer has already had its wing's
> It would appear to me that the real fighters for freedom are the
> die-hard Burmese fighters in the field, the hungry and wounded, living
> in jungle huts and on the run, always on watch, or passing sleepless
> nights preparing the next attack.
> Meanwhile here in France, the day before the famous Bastille July 14
> celebrations at Place de la Concorde, the French here seem to prefer
> more the spirit of 1789 instead of 2001. A nation forever looking back
> and prodded by the cattle prongs of a capitalist fever here prefers to
> go on the long extended Grande Vacance, which has now already started,
> while the monsoon rains beat down in Burma.
> The French will now utter a diatribe of pro democracy rhetoric at the
> same time the front pages cover the new revelations of presidential
> kickbacks from the Elf to the Elysee and who knows where. For now, no
> one is talking of kickbacks from the oil companies to the French
> political class. That would be too much to take, now after the Great
> Soccer Euro Cup final victory (the papers still harp about kicking the
> ball around and Monsieur Trichet says the victory is even good for the
> economy as if the cynical French need a soccer victory to feel good
> about themselves).
> The fact is, while I have driven some 10 000 kilometers in the last two
> months delivering the book - "Total, l'Etat and the Nouvelle Economie,
> Chronique Officielle de l'Horreur" - NOT ONCE did I see a bumper sticker
> on any car against TOTAL.
> The french dont like bumper stickers. And they dont use them, at least
> 99,9% of the French dont.
> So one has to say, well, why not. Things do change, and its the shakers
> and and makers of change who change things.
> So I propose now a massive bumper sticker campaign. Its a bit late in
> the season, and the summer season is nearly over, but for those of you
> who wish to contribute, contact me, and contribute.
> We can do it. Lets start a national bumper sticker campaign against
> TOTAL and use the BAstille Holiday season to kick it off.
> One for All and All for One.
> Metta, ds*
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