The Present Belongs to Crowds

Today and tomorrow, like it or not, the future belongs to crowds.

We are now living in a society where there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.

Remember the images of the Chinese pro-democracy protesters dispersed by troops in Tiananmen Square; the images of the several million mourners streaming through the streets of Tehran to the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini; the images of a “tent city” emerging in Tompkins Square Park; the images of hundreds of English soccer fans penned against a chain-link fence during a match at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield?

The year 2020 is now defined by images of crowds to rival those of the past: people waiting in mile-long lines at food banks; police using tear gas to disperse protesters; thousands of people gathered in support of Black Life Matters, Pro-life, LGBTQ rights and so on. More than ever, the protests of the past few years have shown that the most immediate and dramatic way for people to register discontent and call for change is by massing in the streets in frank and perilous defiance of the establishment and public order.

More than ever, people are standing in the streets rather that in the voting polls.

A dire consequence: governments, legislators and politicians are no longer adopting legislations and policies to build a better society, they are doing it to please the crowds and make sure to be re-elected and maintain their own personal power. To make things worse, news media in search of better ratings, are throwing oil on the fire: news commentators are no longer reporting, they are commenting; the more incipient and incendiary they are, the more profit. The real problem of the world today is not the Covid-19, the real problem is the degeneracies and degeneration of the people.

Imbecility is now the trademark of most of our populations.

Among the younger generation, progressive values are hegemonic. On issues ranging from LGBTQ and women’s rights to anti-racism and immigration, younger people are attempting to communicate their moral values on social media to the older generation. “Black Lives Matter” is just one flashpoint in that struggle.

2020 is getting really crazy, perhaps the most astounding year in generations, a year of norm-shattering abnormalities with an unlimited potential of destruction that might culminate in world-wide conflicts.

Based on the crisis-infused year we are in now, it is easy to predict that the balance of 2020 will unfold with even more craziness and long forgot aberrations. As I see it, as for the deluge, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Covid-19 is a benediction that will purge the earth from all the Trumps of this world, from all the malefactors of an evil society.

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.

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Is DONALD TRUMP the American Bashar al-Assad?

Donald J. Trump | Bashar Hafez al-Assad

“We promised to keep things peaceful … but if you want bullets, you shall have them” – Bashar Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria and commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces since July 17, 2000

” If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. We will dominate the streets using Force and Compassion.” – Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America and commander-in-chief of the American Armed Forces since January 20, 2017

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
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Greece approves austerity bill as violence spreads throughout the country

Unpopular Plan to Secure Bailout approved as Rioting Grips Athens

ATHENS— Early this morning, under heavy guard from riot police, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country, the Greek Parliament, defying tens of thousands of people massed in the streets of the capital, approved a deeply unpopular package of spending and wage cuts to secure a second European Union /International Monetary Fund bailout.

While protests raged in the streets, the Greek Parliament, by a 199-74 vote, approved another round of austerity measures, to avoid national bankruptcy.

The package, which includes deep cuts in government spending, wages and pensions, will help pave the way for eurozone finance ministers to sign off on the new €130 billion ($172.6 billion) bailout deal. Greece needs the funds to meet €14.5 billion in debt repayments due next month.

The bailout deal, which would result in significant losses for bondholders, is intended to help reduce Greece’s debts to 120% of Gross Domestic Product by 2020, from about 160% currently.


Egypt now facing social chaos

Another one to hit the wall!

CAIRO (AP) – In an attempt to undermine activists who plan to mark the anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in 2011 with anti-army protests, Egypt’s militaries have warned that the country is now facing conspiracies that seek to topple the state and spread chaos.

Since Mubarak’ step down, protest groups have grown harshly critical of the military’s handling of Egypt’s transition to democracy, accusing the army of trying to protect its power and committing human rights violations that rival those of Mubarak’s regime.

Continued unrest since Mubarak’s ouster has battered Egypt’s economy.

Greece deal uncertain as violence erupts

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ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s future in the euro is growing increasingly precarious as violence erupts on the streets of Athens during a general strike.

Thousands of people marched through the streets to protest the cuts, which include a 22% drop in the minimum wage at time when the unemployment rate is over 20% and the economy is in a fifth year of recession.

If Greece’s government fails to meet Europe’s demands, the debt-ridden country faces a chaotic debt default next month that would send shockwaves around the world.