¡No Pasaran! Details the Straw that Broke the French Drivers Back.

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¡No Pasaran! Details the Straw that Broke the French Drivers Back.

Yes­ter­day in my Under the Fedora non-​tweet I men­tioned that ¡No Pasaran! post deserved a big­ger excerpt to let peo­ple under­stand the con­text of his dec­la­ra­tion: WE ARE NOT MILCH COWS!

The con­text comes from an under­stand­ing that a bureau­cratic state that says much and does lit­tle needs money and if they don’t want to chase away the rich by taxes it has to come from else­where:

What has been most irk­some for les Français since the turn of the cen­tury has been the ubiq­ui­tous radars, which, like red-​light cam­eras in the United States, are accused of hav­ing (far) more to do with bring­ing rev­enue to the state than with road safety.

And just like the arms indus­try in the Soviet Union, if there was one area of France where the tech­nol­ogy was always mov­ing for­ward, it was the radar business.

Over the years, the radars have become ever­more stealthy and insid­i­ous. …/​… What has hap­pened since shows the Deep State at work in Europe just as much as, if not more than, in North Amer­ica — and this left­ist sta­tism is the kind of news that has been ignored by the main­stream media, in France itself as much as abroad. …/…

The argu­ment for these cam­eras is always safety but the pur­pose of these cam­eras is always rev­enue. How­ever what hap­pens when you squeeze a fruit to the dregs.

On July 1, Prime Min­is­ter Édouard Philippe did what no other coun­try in Europe or in the West (or, as far as I know, on the planet) has done: go against the march of progress and lower the slow­ness limit (sorry, the speed limit) on sec­ondary (coun­try) roads by 10 km/​h, decreas­ing the limit from 90 km/​h (56 mph) to 80 km/​h (50 mph).

Appar­ently it was nec­es­sary for the safety of dri­vers to make sure nobody in France dri­ves above 50 mph.

• At about the same time came the con­tracts that the gov­ern­ment decided to write with pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions, hand­ing the busi­ness of the state’s (plain­clothes) gen­darmes over to their com­pany employ­ees, to take over the busi­ness of the mobile radars in their shiny new fleets of vehi­cles. (Mean­while, other pri­vate com­pa­nies have been get­ting sim­i­lar con­tracts from city gov­ern­ments, mean­ing wage earn­ers doing mostly noth­ing but dri­ving up and down the city streets, while a license plate reader decides which cars’ own­ers will be get­ting automatically-​generated fines.).

That’s what petty tyrants do, they assign power to oth­ers who become petty tyrants of their own accord.

This is actu­ally the point at which the first protests started. Dur­ing the sum­mer, the coun­try saw a huge increase in instances of destruc­tion (or inca­pac­i­ta­tion) of radars on the road­side. Many were defaced with paint, oth­ers were set on fire, while still oth­ers were sim­ply cov­ered with some­thing like a garbage bag (one man arrested while cov­er­ing a radar was let free by a judge who decided that since the garbage bag hadn’t actu­ally brought any phys­i­cal harm to the machine in any way, the defen­dant could not be accused of destroy­ing it).

Shades of the Tea Party, but not the one ref­er­enced by Vod­ka­pun­dit at Instapun­dit talked of but the actual Boston Tea Party, but appar­ently even this mea­sure wasn’t bring­ing in enough rev­enue to keep these folks happy

• More recently, the gov­ern­ment added more gra­tu­itous sanc­tions to the driver’s license point sys­tem, which is already far more puni­tive than that of most Euro­pean coun­tries, not least neigh­bor­ing Germany’s.

And remem­ber all of this was BEFORE the fuel tax hike.

If this kind of incre­men­tal­ism looks famil­iar it because we have seen sto­ries like this out of Cal­i­for­nia:

The CPUC is already tax­ing the phone call part of cell phone ser­vice. For­tune Mag­a­zine explains the rea­son the CPUC is look­ing at squeez­ing rev­enue out of text mes­sag­ing that PPP rev­enue is down because peo­ple have changed their man­ner of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from voice calls to texting.

For­tu­nately for Amer­i­cans, if Cal­i­for­nia decides its cit­i­zens are milk cows they can go to Texas, or Ten­nessee, or Penn­syl­va­nia or even Mass­a­chu­setts which hasn’t gone that far yet, but there is only one France.

The bot­tom line is there is still a “nobil­ity” in France that believes in the Feu­dal sys­tem only that nobil­ity is one of elites and bureau­crats who didn’t get their titles and power brav­ery in com­bat and deeds of valor by them­selves or their ances­tors but by going to the right schools and hav­ing the right con­nec­tions and like their Lordly ances­tors of cen­turies past, they DO believe the peo­ple are milk cows to serve their bet­ters, just as the media elites here do but they don’t work under the dis­ad­van­tage of an armed populace.

Oddly enough the main­stream media never both­ered to tell us any of this back­ground about what’s going on in France, I had to find it on the site of a reli­able blog­ging friend of mine.

I won­der why (actu­ally no I don’t).

Yesterday in my Under the Fedora non-tweet I mentioned that ¡No Pasaran! post deserved a bigger excerpt to let people understand the context of his declaration: WE ARE NOT MILCH COWS!

The context comes from an understanding that a bureaucratic state that says much and does little needs money and if they don’t want to chase away the rich by taxes it has to come from elsewhere:

What has been most irksome for les Français since the turn of the century has been the ubiquitous radars, which, like red-light cameras in the United States, are accused of having (far) more to do with bringing revenue to the state than with road safety.

And just like the arms industry in the Soviet Union, if there was one area of France where the technology was always moving forward, it was the radar business.

Over the years, the radars have become evermore stealthy and insidious. …/… What has happened since shows the Deep State at work in Europe just as much as, if not more than, in North America — and this leftist statism is the kind of news that has been ignored by the mainstream media, in France itself as much as abroad. …/…

The argument for these cameras is always safety but the purpose of these cameras is always revenue. However what happens when you squeeze a fruit to the dregs.

 On July 1, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe did what no other country in Europe or in the West (or, as far as I  know, on the planet) has done: go against the march of progress and lower the slowness limit (sorry, the speed limit) on secondary (country) roads by 10 km/h, decreasing the limit from 90 km/h (56 mph) to 80 km/h (50 mph).

Apparently it was necessary for the safety of drivers to make sure nobody in France drives above 50 mph.

• At about the same time came the contracts that the government decided to write with private corporations, handing the business of the state’s (plainclothes) gendarmes over to their company employees, to take over the business of the mobile radars in their shiny new fleets of vehicles. (Meanwhile, other private companies have been getting similar contracts from city governments, meaning wage earners doing mostly nothing but driving up and down the city streets, while a license plate reader decides which cars’ owners will be getting automatically-generated fines.).

That’s what petty tyrants do, they assign power to others who become petty tyrants of their own accord.

This is actually the point at which the first protests started. During the summer, the country saw a huge increase in instances of destruction (or incapacitation) of radars on the roadside. Many were defaced with paint, others were set on fire, while still others were simply covered with something like a garbage bag (one man arrested while covering a radar was let free by a judge who decided that since the garbage bag hadn’t actually brought any physical harm to the machine in any way, the defendant could not be accused of destroying it).

Shades of the Tea Party, but not the one referenced by Vodkapundit at Instapundit talked of but the actual Boston Tea Party, but apparently even this measure wasn’t bringing in enough revenue to keep these folks happy

• More recently, the government added more gratuitous sanctions to the driver’s license point system, which is already far more punitive than that of most European countries, not least neighboring Germany’s.

And remember all of this was BEFORE the fuel tax hike.

If this kind of incrementalism looks familiar it because we have seen stories like this out of California:

The CPUC is already taxing the phone call part of cell phone service. Fortune Magazine explains the reason the CPUC is looking at squeezing revenue out of text messaging that PPP revenue is down because people have changed their manner of communication from voice calls to texting.

Fortunately for Americans, if California decides its citizens are milk cows they can go to Texas, or Tennessee, or Pennsylvania or even Massachusetts which hasn’t gone that far yet, but there is only one France.

The bottom line is there is still a “nobility” in France that believes in the Feudal system only that nobility is one of elites and bureaucrats who didn’t get their titles and power bravery in combat and deeds of valor by themselves or their ancestors but by going to the right schools and having the right connections and like their Lordly ancestors of centuries past, they DO believe the people are milk cows to serve their betters, just as the media elites here do but they don’t work under the disadvantage of an armed populace.

Oddly enough the mainstream media never bothered to tell us any of this background about what’s going on in France, I had to find it on the site of a reliable blogging friend of mine.

I wonder why (actually no I don’t).