Nationalist French presidential candidate is winning in France’s version of the “Rust Belt,” among lower-income disenfranchised workers.
Though Le Pen trails her globalist opponent Emmanuel Macron with one day to go until the election, her sizable lead in the working-class demographic presents further evidence that populist nationalism is resonating with those left behind by what President Trump calls “the false song of globalism.”
As Mike Doran points out, the unemployed working class is gravitating toward Le Pen, while international globalist elites like Barack Obama are flocking to defend her pro-European Union opponent.
The Wall Street Journal reports : “Joblessness has remained persistently high in France since the 2008 global financial crisis. The latest nationwide figures say 10% of French workers are out of a job. Ms. Le Pen generally finds more support in areas with high unemployment, a look at the 96 départements of mainland France shows. However, she also finds some support in areas of lower-than-average unemployment. Mr. Macron’s support, in contrast, is heavily concentrated in areas of lower unemployment. In the 32 areas where unemployment is higher than average, only 3 were won by Mr. Macron in the first round of voting, the same number won by far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The remaining 26 were won by Ms. Le Pen. François Fillon, of the center-right Les Républicains, only won areas of lower-than-average unemployment.”
Le Pen’s demographics predictably mirror those of President Trump’s Deplorable base and Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit coalition in Great Britain.
Clearly, the populist nationalist movement led by Trump, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Farage, Le Pen, and Rome mayor Victoria Raggi has found a constituency. The question is: will that constituency become so beaten down by the rapidly advancing forces of globalism that it will never dare to rise again?
Pete Buttigieg: Keystone XL Pipeline Workers Need to Get Different Jobs
What new jobs, exactly?
Imagine being told to ‘learn to code-‘ in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession.
Biden’s Department of Transportation nominee, Pete Buttigieg, did almost exactly that in Senate confirmation proceedings on Thursday, flatly stating that union workers employed in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline need to get different jobs. President Biden terminated construction approval for the pipeline on his first day in office.
Senator Ted Cruz questioned Buttigieg about the administration’s plans for workers promptly swept out of a job.
“The answer is that we’re very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
Liberal assertions that unionized, well-paying, blue collar jobs can be easily and swiftly replaced with employment in the alternative energy industry don’t tend to pan out. California’s government has struggled to deliver the so-called “green” jobs the state’s leaders promised upon implementing new fossil fuel regulations and restrictions, further eroding the state’s middle class. California stopped counting the creation of “green” jobs in 2013, with many suspecting that the state was inflating the total.
Biden’s crackdown on the fossil fuel industry comes as many who rely on face economic insecurity and damaged prospects as a result of the recession. Trucking industry experts expect President Biden to crush small trucking companies, with an impending spike in fuel prices harming truckers that work as independent contractors.
Expect much of the neoliberal “learn to code” callousness throughout the next four years. It’s easy to imagine simply making a bureaucrat-imposed career change when you’re connected to the levers of power of the Washington D.C. establishment.
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