This is why Le Pen will not be allowed to win. https://t.co/es8mDDHv6E— Gonzalo Lira (@realGonzaloLira) April 9, 2022
Central banks can't print food.— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) April 9, 2022
Social unrest is going to sweep the globe when breadwinners can't afford to feed their families.
Food & Agriculture World Food Price Index … pic.twitter.com/tgO7Iwq9dj
Here in the United States, I have been watching the same trend unfold. White rural and small town America was already boiling over the culture war which has expanded under Joe Biden to dozens of issues. Millions of people were already angry over COVID, inflation and gas prices.
This is why I was dismissive of the Ukraine crisis boiling over. Obviously, it wouldn’t be in the interest of Joe Biden and the Democrats to start a war with Russia, which would only throw gasoline on inflation, gas prices and supply chain issues which voters were already so angry about. I figured that Joe Biden and Antony Blinken would find some way to kick the can down the road until after the 2022 midterms. I repeatedly said that an energy shock in rural America would be like the Yellow Vests on steroids because the United States is such a larger country and Americans have to drive such greater distances.
“Here is a confident prediction about tomorrow’s first round of the French presidential election. In my lovely, peaceful village in the Calvados hills, Marine Le Pen will comprehensively top the poll. President Emmanuel Macron will come third or maybe even fourth. In the second round, Le Pen will win by a landslide.
Nationally, the polls suggest that this strange, long-frozen election will be a close-run thing — much closer than seemed possible two or three weeks ago. New survey data even suggests Le Pen could sneak victory, though Macron probably still has the edge.
My village Culey-le-Patry has no crime, no obvious suffering and no immigrants apart from myself and a couple of other Britons. Nonetheless, Marine Le Pen — far-Right, anti-migrant, anti-EU, enthusiastically pro-Putin until February — will sweep to local victory here in both rounds of the election. The same thing will happen in thousands of villages across France. …
Little by little — it started long before Macron and the Gilets Jaunes — villages like Culey-le-Patry have changed political sides. They used to be the bedrock of the centre-right, Gaullist and soft-Left status quo in France. They have become, almost without realising it, a breeding ground for a tear-it-down populism which seeks to destroy France’s outward-looking, pro-European post-war consensus.
In my conversations, not one person brought up the war. They spoke of the high petrol and diesel prices caused partly by Putin’s invasion without mentioning it directly. An exception was our mayor, Marie-Christine Danlos. “I think people here do care about Ukraine,” she said. “Certainly they do. We are surrounded by the memories and scars of war from the summer of 1944. I certainly hear no pro-Russian feeling. None at all.”
“But in the end most people here are tightly wrapped in their own lives. They live for today and tomorrow. They feel sympathy for Ukraine but they are very, very angry about petrol and diesel prices. They are angry and worried about rising food prices. Who do they hear on TV talking most persuasively about the cost of living and purchasing power? Marine Le Pen.”
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in France is now significantly higher than it was at the height of the Yellow Vests protests. Jupiter is sliding in the polls.
Of course, if you are living in a metropolitan bubble and rely on public transit, or don’t even drive yourself like our elites, it is harder to grasp the impact that this is having on working class and middle class families in both rural France in rural and small town America. You are used to being Ubered around.