Judgment by fear

Posted on June 27, 2022

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It is difficult to follow the news at the present time, and the press, having indulged in a pattern of propaganda as comprehensive as it is hideous and has become particularly visible, does not help to give a clear picture of the directions taken by each other.

Thus, on the part of the government, one cannot help but notice the embarrassment in which it finds itself in which side it takes.

At the political level, the absence of an absolute majority of the president’s term or the band group in the assembly causes difficulties that Emmanuel Macron, who does not seem ready to negotiate on anything yet, could have imagined.

The electoral defeat of Brigitte Bourguignon, the current minister in charge of health, should have condemned her to resign too quickly to be replaced by one or the other for the time being. This is not the case: to the difficulty of this transitional period until the vote of confidence in the general policy of the government, scheduled for July 5, is added to this finding a successor to this increasingly sullen position, which perhaps explains why Madame Bourguignon, the loser, has not already been fired. The impression of a “middleman” appears in which strong decision-making seems impossible.

Putting aside pure and simple censorship of the government on July 5th, it is not impossible for this impression to persist even beyond: between the childish stubbornness of the head of state and the party games that must now smell of blood. Wounded beast, we realize the next few months can’t be put on solid bars and a totally clear direction.

MPs with oars are now followed by rowing navigation …

On the economic front, the press continues to cover the harsh reality with comfort propaganda.

Inflation is firmly presented as a bit awkward, although levels haven’t been seen since 1985: with an average for the year already set at around 5.5% for the year, we understand that the real figure, which is probably about double, should start at collection. Some hands are sweating in French administrations, especially among some of the top civil servants who understand, even if they are not allowed to say so, that this cannot mean a calm and balanced return, the precedent of the yellow vest movement has left a profound mark.

To this inflation which was firmly lowered by INSEE and softened by the press, we will add growth figures which are close to a good joke because the official forecast is around 2.3%, when we already know that the first and second quarters of the year are probably negative. If we take into account the inevitable problems of supply and supply chains, fueled by the generally counterproductive decisions of the authorities as well as the international geopolitical situation, everything indicates that back to school in September and the following months will see a ray from the supermarket Emptying, prices skyrocketed and people grumbled louder and louder in Europe.

In this context, the current political position of Bourne and Macron does not bode well.

But the most striking thing is that in the face of these very concrete crises, the authorities seem to respond only timidly and the press clumsy by doubling the corners as much as possible to mitigate their impact. On the other hand, there are other, more and more artificial and perceptible crises, to which the same authorities intend to respond with the most firmness and the most beautiful decisions, while the same press does not skimp on the disturbing aspects. .

We can, for example, point to the recent “heat wave”, its geographic maps in scarlet red without any nuance, the torrent of silly, aggressive messages about the need to hydrate and shut the shutters, and the more or less horrific mines of our men torso to TV news to understand that global warming The damage to human error is now back in full force.

Bad luck, because the heat did not decide to stay longer in the area, and soon the press and the authorities focused on the recipe of the past two years: Quick, let’s bring a little food back to the table!

And now the miffite reels of our telephone reactors are appearing on all the TV sets, who are rushing to sell again the idea (silly and so proven) that we’ll have to put the masks back on public transport, that the epidemic is starting again – it’s terrible, because we’re telling you – and that the fourth capsule Only from a product that has already been shown significantly ineffective (even its toxicity) will save (finally!) at the start of the school year, but if, because we’re telling you.

Apparently the population, weary of images and lies by deed and omission, is beginning to show clear signs of disinterest in the covid-esque narrative, which again prompts the same authorities and the same press to try all the most daring to tickle in order to sprout the idea that monkeypox can To become a real topic, a real crisis, with real deaths and real panic from the pandemic – it’s horrific, because we’re telling you – we will respond to it with firmness and determination, as usual.

Focusing on children and the upcoming school year (which generally sees an increase in cases of traditional chickenpox, it’s practical and confusion comes easily, huh), we’re betting that an anxiety highway will finally open up for our politics, remote users and our disaster-loving media.

In 2020, governing with fear from politicians and the media has demonstrated its effectiveness in leading herds of taxpayers where they are wanted. In 2022, this same ruling shows major signs that its momentum is running out, and if it might (?) make it possible to exclude a majority of NUPES in the Assembly or Marine Le Pen at the Elysee, it above all stirs up discord within Western societies among those who insist On falling in love with the signs over and over again, and those who end up understanding the trick.

And those, of course, are still a minority. But this winter, when feeding and heating is necessary, we bet that artificial crises will be overtaken by real ones. And at this point in time it is not said that everything is still under the control of the good teams that are currently…

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