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Macron Proves Establishment Hypocrisy on Immigration

photo of Emmanuel Macron by Administration of the President of Ukraine, CC BY 4.0

(illegal immigrants) have no reason to stay in France, these people broke the law the minute they set foot on French soil

-’far right’ French leader Marine Le Pen

My goal is to throw out everybody who has no reason to be here

-’mainstream’ French President Emmanuel Macron (source: nytimes.com)

The 2017 French presidential election was sometimes cynically described as a contest between a ‘banker and a Nazi’, with Le Pen being the Nazi in part for her hardline positions on immigration. This is why Europe ‘breathed a sigh of relief’ when Macron won.

But Macron is proving to be much closer to Le Pen on immigration than his image as mainstream political savior might suggest. In an attempt to steal some votes from Le Pen’s party in upcoming elections, Macron is becoming almost indistinguishable from the ‘far-right’ party in his rhetoric regarding immigration.

I bring this up because I believe this proves that the ‘Trump is a Nazi’, ‘Le Pen is a Nazi’, ‘Farage is a Nazi’, etc. arguments coming from mainstream media and politicians are nothing but smears, since their own favored politicians are almost identical on humanitarian issues such as immigration and treatment of Muslims (Hillary Clinton voted for a border wall, sorry — fence, in 2006; Barack Obama bombed seven majority-Muslim countries).

But there is one political position that leaders such as Trump, Farage and Le Pen share that you will never, ever, ever hear coming out of the mouth of establishment favorites like Macron: it’s time to question the existing economic order. Le Pen wants to leave the Euro, Farage backed Brexit in part so the UK can make its own trade deals, and Trump scrapped the TPP and is renegotiating America’s economic relationship with China among other economic initiatives.

In 2019, this is enough to earn you the label of ‘Nazi’, which in addition to diminishing the atrocities that occurred during Nazi rule in Germany, is simply a smear made by terrified bankers against the leaders they see as threatening their global system of profitability.

But Trump, Le Pen and Farage are causing the decline of establishment institutions as much as the wind is the cause of an old, decaying tree finally falling over. The rot started from within a long time ago, and it’s a sign of institutional weakness that someone like Donald Trump can even come close to being President. Those who focus on him as the problem only reveal their own hypocrisy.


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