by Phillip J. Watt, Waking Times:
If you’re interested in or somewhat confused by the Yellow Vest Movement (YVM), do yourself and society a service by reading this article in its entirety.
To begin, the YVM is more or less Occupy 2.0; it’s an organic response to control and corruption even if it has been manipulated by powerful interests (including via misrepresentation in the corporate media). In short, it rejects the corporatocracy, otherwise known as the crony capitalism we have today. It rejects putting profits before the people and the environment. And it rejects greedy and evil behaviour by those in power.
Ultimately, it rejects oppression.
There is a leader of the YVM, but it is not a person. Instead, it is an agreement. This interconnection has sometimes been spoken in historic incarnations, but not always. Regardless, the ancient union between the people can be summed up with one word: freedom.
So whilst we enjoy the beginning of Twenty Nineteen, it is also important to pay respect to the hundreds of millions of people across our world who are somewhere between frustrated and outright furious with the corrupted design of our social system. They genuinely want change for the people, and our future generations.
And that’s unity, right there. Embrace it for a moment, because it’s proof we can come to an agreement which would lead to real world changes, if we so choose.
So make no mistake: if the YVM is to be fully successful it needs as many people as possible to feel how they’ve been scammed and lied to, because they cannot un-feel it. In other words, the public needs to get on board. This essay, therefore, is designed to contribute to a much-needed civil discourse about this growing global dissent, including encouraging a strong focus on the fundamental flaws of our systemic blueprint.
The Spread of the YVM
Once again the power of the people has been mightily illustrated by individuals coming together to say “enough is enough”, this time culminating as the global spread of the YVM.
Originating in France late 2018, the Yellow Vest symbol has been adopted by dozens of other countries from both the West and East. For example, many European countries have held strong demonstrations over the last several weeks. Thousands of Taiwanese people protested against tax injustices. Iraqis who donned yellow vests demanded improved public services. Canadians are gallantly stepping up with a FB group of over 110K members who have organised recurring rallies on each Sunday. And Australians have protests organised across the country for the 19th January, 2019.
The list goes on.
The Participants of the YVM
There are as many motives for joining the YVM as there are people. Each individual is unique in their experience and therefore their perspective. Many are just ordinary people who have been personally impacted by poor policy design, and others are more active participants in the truth and freedom network which has slowly been expanding in response to a rebirthing of ancient philosophy and powerful people conspiring in our world.
Many of these conspiracies seem outrageous to the public. Regardless of which ones are true and which ones aren’t, they still deserve to be put on the stage of public discourse because many of them are accurate accounts of reality. That needs to be facilitated, and not mocked, by the mainstream media, which is obviously the opposite of what’s happening. This is one potent reason why public trust in mainstream media has plummeted over recent years and why the way information is disseminated and therefore absorbed throughout our society has been shifting towards independent, online media. Furthermore, it’s also why dismantling the old and new media monopolies is a key target of activists and dissenters.
Regardless, members of the YVM want the same thing: justice. Unfortunately however, most people who have consciously unleashed their deep disdain against the corruption of the political and corporate elite have too narrow focus, such as on peripheral issues which don’t account for the core design flaws of our social system. Others concentrate on punishing those in power, instead of how to transfer the power back to the people. And others focus solely on transforming the meta-model of our social system, calling for anarcho-capitalism, minarchism, a Resource-Based-Economy (RBE) or some other futurist romanticism.
The Resistance to the Resistance
The Yellow Vest protests originated in France and has therefore been dubbed ‘The French Revolution 2.0’. Yet there are some people who believe protests are useless and that government is bad, full stop.
They say that government is inherently corrupt and therefore the only goal should be to shut it down. I empathise with this perspective, however much nuance is missed with such black and white views. For example, many protests over our history have resulted with the change sought, regardless if the goals were misguided or not. Yet even if a protest is on the right target but it fails to deliver real change in the system, there were still many people who were educated about the issues throughout the process.
That is still a win for the expansion of our collective consciousness.
In addition, governments aren’t going anywhere soon, nor should they. Whilst I admire the philosophy and ethics of anarchism (i.e. no government, people rule themselves etc.), it is dangerous and unrealistic to wish for it in our current era. Maybe over the coming decades if we begin to qualify as an ‘enlightening species’, but right now there are too many cultural clashes, too much power in wrong places, too much psychopathy, and too much dangerous weaponry to even begin considering removing the managerial systems we have in place.
Now of course it’s important to identify the potential macro-models we could revolutionise our future with, as well as acknowledge the many symptoms of our sick social structure, however we desperately need to take control of the core infrastructure to initiate incremental shifts towards a more just and honourable systemic design for ourselves and our forthcoming generations.
After all, there is little agreement on the goals, let alone the paths to achieve them. That’s why we also need to ensure an inclusive, rational focus which builds unity through agreement, which in turn would educate mainstream mindsets and alternative thinkers alike on the deep systemic problems and their potential solutions, including how their liberty has been stripped away by an increasingly centralised control system.
Therefore, the initial steps should focus on minimising government interference in our lives, ensuring it is truly representative of the people and is servicing our true needs. This would obviously include basing all laws on individual liberty, meaning the individual has supreme authority over themselves, whilst also being held accountable for doing no harm unless in self-defence.
And do not forget: society needs to be re-educated on so many levels which will take at least a generation or two to achieve, so we need to be mindful of this when discussing how to move forward.
So make no mistake: with a greater focus on what we do agree on, as well as how we could evolve that agreement, we would no doubt encourage many more people to drink from the fountain of freedom and then guide others to do the same.
Refocusing the YVM
I have spent many years monitoring and documenting the current expansion of our collective consciousness. There’s the good, the bad and the ugly. The good is an ongoing expansion, the bad is a plateaued expansion and the ugly is getting lost in conspiratorial dogmas which are dead ends at best, and self-abusive at worst.