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Monday, 2 April 2012

A Dangerous Development in France--the Rise of Communism

The Communist Left is gaining power in the run-up to the French elections and it is a dangerous thing. In the Independent today, this article and the news on the television here in the Vendee, carried the bad news on the anti-American, anti-capitalist Melenchon is gaining ground.

The second factor upsetting all calculations is the surge of support for Mr Mélenchon's high-energy, anti-EU, anti-American, anti-big finance campaign. Mr Mélenchon, an ex-Trotskyist and ex-Socialist, has swept up most of the support that normally scatters in the first round over candidates of the "further left". His call for a people's revolution, overturning existing financial and political institutions, has united – unexpectedly – some Greens, the remaining Communists, various Trotskyists, and the anti-globalist "alternative" left.


I am concerned this will happen all over Europe. The seeds have been there waiting for the correct conditions. This period reminds me of the time before the revolution in Russia.

5 comments:

New Sister said...

Let us pray this be one fashion trend of the French that we do not follow!

If only the French president would have had the courage to consecrate the Nation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 100 years ago, all this could have been averted.

Supertradmum said...

As two of my students said today, those who are following the communists are "stupid". And, these are French young men....

Supertradmum said...

I should have added that the two young men who made the comment today in my history class, are highly intelligent Catholics...

New Sister said...

Well it's logical that they be stupid - sin darkens the intellect, which is why I think liberalism and sin coalesce so thick. [strange bedfellows are found on the Left - labor unions, homosexual activists (both lesbians and gay men, who otherwise find each other repellant), Islam, feminism, abortion, social "welfare"... what the heck should they have in common, other than evil?]

I studied in France as an American undergraduate and found French male students irritating - lazy, unkempt, disrespectful of professors (free education does that), and thoroughly indoctrinated to where they had hardly anything original to say. They equate intelligence with being contrary. One of my students (West Point) won the international Model UN championship by playing France. His method was to wait until everyone else had taken a position and then do the opposite -- it totally worked!

Now my confrères in the French military I must defend. I find them gallant, witty, well-bred, pragmatic and traditional. (Unrepresentative of French "culture" today, the graduates of St Cyr tend to marry young, have lots of kids, and practice their Catholic faith - in fact, I was invited to my first TLM by a French officer; God bless them.)

Anonymous said...

By the way I should add: I'm proud of your French students who practice their faith; they are courageous. I am ever so heartened each time I encounter young, conservative, French Catholics. When the French are Catholic, they do it so well, and great beauty ushers forth from their minds and pens - their homes - when they return to the source that had made their culture known for beauty in the first place - God.