An extension of the emergency beyond December 31 is the hope that Macron and the Macronie are cherishing from now on, and this fine team is not hiding it.
French vision after Macronie
As we have announced several times, the executive is not ready to let go of the health pass, a social credit tool supported by the digital identity industry. But maintaining the expeditious decision-making procedures would also suit a team that is not only accustomed to them, but is convinced that the French are asking for more. So much so that it amazes the interlocutors of the ministerial cabinets who are surprised by this disconnection.
Extending the health emergency beyond December 31? This is the question that a prominent interlocutor of the Prime Minister’s office asked recently to an advisor of Jean Castex. And the answer was: “Why not? The framework is set and it’s practical. And in any case, the only thing that interests the French is that there is no more confinement. The rest, they don’t care.”
Such is the vision of the French people according to the Macronie: a bunch of calves ready to do anything to be able to have a coffee on a terrace.
The interlocutors of this advisor came away flabbergasted, and worried about the deep disconnect between public decision-makers and the rest of the country.
Getting out of the health emergency interests decision-makers
If we often repeat that the dictatorship of the health emergency is a method of government theorized more or less openly by the globalized caste, particularly the one that organizes Davos, not all decision-makers are aligned on the same wavelength. In France, a large part of the business movement considers that it is necessary to get out of the emergency and return to “normalized” principles of governance, even if a symbiotic relationship with Macron since 2017 prohibits expressing it openly.
In particular, it will have been noted that the MEDEF has spoken out against the health pass in shopping malls. This filtering measure at the entrances to centers that often attract the less fortunate segments of the population, and therefore the least vaccinated, indeed exerts a real bleed on business figures, even if the government claims the contrary.
In addition, many entrepreneurs have a liberal streak, which leads some to dislike the government by fear that has been in place for over a year. The obstinacy of the Macron team in instrumentalizing the crisis and prolonging the emergency is therefore arousing opposition even in the “holy of holies” that has supported it for the past 5 years.
But it is not certain that the young wolves who colonize the ministerial cabinets and who whisper in Macron’s ear still have enough realism to measure the muted widening of these gaps.
The immense arrogance of the start-up nation
The whole problem today (and this is a characteristic phenomenon of the “end of reigns”) is the mediocrity of the advisors who surround Macron and his ministers, and their blind intoxication with power. Few French people realize that life in a ministerial cabinet is tiring, but also “disconnecting” and intoxicating because of the taste for power that it gives to young enarques whose main merit is often to be hard-working, enduring, and without a family life to pull them out of their office before 11 pm.
These young wolves, convinced that they are the enlightened vanguard of the start-up nation, as Macron was in his time, look at the French with arrogance and contempt: the resistant Gaul is nothing, the 26 or 27 year old technical advisor of the minister is everything. The refractory Gaul is a calf without political conscience, the technical advisor is the guide of the nation.
By the way, it is a fact that these technical advisors are frogs in the globalized caste where the fashion is to explain that the health pass allows to find freedom and to travel abroad like all the important people. This vanity blinds and legitimizes all liberticidal measures, which are not even understood.
The fact remains that these little marquis are happy to be able to declare their identity every time they go for a coffee on the terrace. And our old preoccupations with public freedom, with the autonomy of citizens and thought, with respect for private life, are not at all part of their political culture.
The rupture of reality between us and them
Like all presidents at the end of their term (and like all worn-out governments), Emmanuel Macron has sacrificed to the ritual of claustration: little by little, you surround yourself only with people who tell you what you want to hear, even if it means choosing them for their docility rather than for their intelligence and foresight (Jean Castex being a caricature of this type of recruitment), and little by little, you allow yourself to be locked into your official “story-telling. Propaganda becomes reality, and reality becomes a plot.
This is where the Macron quinquennium is at. The President’s perception of the world is biased by the small court that gravitates around him and enjoys his omnipotence over institutions, over people, over reality. This psychic state has a name: blindness, not to say psychotic delirium.
The question is to know how long a country can hold under the leadership of a squad of petty marquises cut off from reality… We are carrying out a life-size experiment.
Inevitable balance of power?
On the substance, the blindness of the Elysée Palace is now such that the power seems decided to exercise a tyranny without limit and without critical distance, simply in the name of the superiority of the caste in power. Curiously enough, democratic reflexes have fallen, are forgotten, as much as they were forgotten under the Vichy regime. Let us recall that Marshal Pétain had also surrounded himself with technocrats and “amateurs” to reform the country.
Faced with this blindness, the opponents of Emmanuel Macron are making an error of judgement by imagining that recourse to democratic demonstrations will be enough to make the opposition heard. The current regime is fully satisfied with a permanent dysfunction, a systemic split between those at the top and those at the bottom.
It is interesting to see what kind of response history produces in this kind of situation. Will the authoritarian drift radicalize the oppositions?
All bets are off.