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PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY  AU   ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM  ( OR NOT ?) !

  
[perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=” Albert Camus” link=”” color=”#993300″ class=”” size=”16″]«  Democracy is not the rule of the majority, but the protection of the minority ! » [/perfectpullquote]

This 2017 return to school is special because it follows a rather exceptional presidential campaign:

  1. the eurosceptic parties (FN, France insoumise, Debout la France and extreme left) gathered more than 50% of the voters (and that without adding the votes of those who claim to be more moderately eurosceptic such as the socialist or republican sovereignists), and yet it is a Europeanist ideologue who is elected
  2. the French voted for greater democratic and participatory breathing and we inherit the most vertical governance from the 5th Republic
  3. the French decried the El Khomri law and mobilized massively against its application and yet they are stricken with apathy in the face of the reform of the Labor Code, much more violent than the famous El Khomri law
  4. the elected president prides himself on having been largely elected to make his program when barely 15% of French people supported his program and that he is the most poorly elected president (in the 1st round) of the 5th republic in the exception of Chirac in 2002!
  5. the French were vehemently called upon to block the FN and vote for Emmanuel Macron, even if it meant forgetting their deep aspirations for the time of an election. The media and political figures of all persuasions have not ceased to bludgeon the slogan which appeared to them as the only possible adequacy with the morality of the moment: national duty obliges to block Marine Le Pen and that, consequently, the any voter who shirks this “duty” would be unworthy of the Republic! And, everyone swore, and in particular the supporters of the main interested party, that Macron would not use these votes for his benefit but only to “save the Republic”! However, once elected, he does not hesitate to boast of being a president supported by 65% ​​of the French who would have expressed themselves to set up his program!
  6. the French bewitched by Macron seem to discover during the summer the true personality of Macron and seem frightened by what they discover. They perceive an arrogance and a contempt for “those who are nothing”! Result: a spectacular and historic fall of Macron and his government in the polls! The prodigal son even does less well than the much maligned father! Brutus does worse than Caesar!

So that's it for the context of this new school year!

This presidential election was therefore very strange in more ways than one! It raised confused hopes which very quickly disappointed, including members of En Marche who do not hesitate to go to court to express their dismay!

In fact, the French seem struck by the manic-depressive syndrome! After euphoria, melancholy and depression!

During the electoral campaign, the voters, deprived of a true ideological debate, made against bad luck, good heart, and hoped that, at the very least, the election of a President, young, not very subservient to the parties, and having put down a generation, even 2, of politicians embedded in the political landscape for 40 years, would be beneficial to democratic renewal!

They hoped without too much belief!

This is the reason why 58% of them did not move, or voted blank, during the legislative elections that followed! They were expectant, but nevertheless hoped that, in this cataclysm, a more representative and more participative democracy would be born!

The new deputies of a new party (En Marche!) had to give a new taste to a renewed and remodeled democracy despite their notorious incompetence!

Incompetence we had it! But nay about the makeover or democratic renewal! Nothing new has come from these supposedly candid minds!

The vast majority of En Marche deputies, whether from civil society or not, were, in fact, from socialist cadres!

Admittedly, many of them had not been parliamentarians, but they were from the socialist technocracy: directors of cabinet, chiefs of cabinet, cabinet advisers, presidents or secretaries of socialist sections,... 95% of them were indeed well from the executives of the Socialist Party but the illusion had been perfect … the time of an election!

These “newcomers” had quickly converted to Social Democracy, the same one that many of them had reviled and tried to scuttle throughout the previous five-year term!

After having railed against Dutch social democracy (that of François and not of the Netherlands) and after having sworn that they would not be taken back again!

After having railed and demonstrated against the “El Khomeri law”!

Here they are prostrating themselves before “Jupiter” and beatifying the future “labour law”!

If Paris is well worth a mass, a morocco or a folding seat is well worth swallowing a purge!

In fact, if the partisan origin of these new deputies is not very important in itself, their political counterpart (waltz of labels) is much more so! Because, even if sincerity and fidelity were ignored, even if it could be considered that there had been deception on the goods, leniency would have been in order except that the goods were damaged and that the promises were deliberately biased or worse they were, perhaps, only manipulation!

From this point of view, we were not disappointed!

  • As a pledge of more power for the parliament, we had incompetent boots! The change was thus summarized in the replacement of rather competent socialists (Malek Boutih, Manuel Valls,…) by totally incompetent socialists (the elected representatives of En Marche are almost all socialist apparatchiks!)
  • As a token of respect, and a second chance, we had contempt for those who did not succeed and those who “are nothing”
  • As a pledge of parliamentary democracy, we had the disappearance of the voice of the opposition with its complicity, it should be remembered. An opposition far from being up to the situation where personal interests mingle with incompetence. The second knives and right and left are finally united in a career promotion both unjustified and unexpected (for them)!
  • As a pledge of equality, we had a takeover bid by the haves on all the cogs of the state, to the detriment of the most deprived.
  • As a pledge of secularism, we were forbidden to denounce radical Islamism and Omerta on the true nature of the terrorism that we suffer
  • As a pledge of new diplomacy, we had the acceptance of dictatorships (Iran, Venezuela, Syria, etc.) under the pretext of realpolitics
  • As a pledge of the fight against anti-Semitism and racism, we had the wanderings of the Sarah Halimi affair and the indignity of the circular of Patrick Drouet, director of the DDPP of Hauts-de-Seine, on "genetic guilt of Muslims and Jews.

If this new presidency is more akin to despotism than to participatory democracy, there is still hope that it is an enlightened despotism!

At this moment, a great debate has opened up to know whether to communicate by talking about reforms or transformations!

However, the one who had found the right words to express the societal transition we are experiencing was Valéry Giscard d'Estaing: change in continuity!

Change in continuity is simply called adaptation!

Adaptation of our society to a changing environment, and not only a technological change but also an economic, social, societal and therefore political change!

There is still time to change course! This is still possible and it is even necessary before this behavior imprints the personality of the president and this, in a definitive way!

This was fatal to both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande!

However, Emmanuel Macron is an intelligent man because he has the first quality that intelligence implies: the ability to adapt!

He can therefore notice in time the drift affecting his governance and correct it in order to modify all the shortcomings and wanderings mentioned above!

His interview at Le Point shows that this is not impossible!

IF DESPOTISM THERE MUST BE THEN AT LEAST IT IS AN ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM!

 

Richard C. ABITBOL
Chairman

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