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(en) France, UCL AL #330 - Immigration, Macron is preparing an RN-compatible return (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 16 Sep 2022 09:10:12 +0300


While the summer of 2022 will remain one of the hottest and driest since climate data has been measured, the government is preparing for the start of the school year a major debate on... immigration ! Without regard for the ecological and social disaster, Macron is already counting on the LR and RN voices to push through his anti-social and racist reforms. ---- The consequences of global warming and climate change are already being felt. The announced catastrophe will lead to a worsening of social inequalities, but the capitalists continue to deny the urgency. The summer that is coming to an end has set temperature records in several cities : 35°C in Toulouse, 39.1°C in Nantes, 40°C in Bordeaux and almost 43°C in Biarritz. The drought that has hit almost the entire territory is the most intense that France has known since the middle of the 20th century. The fires which have ravaged more than 50,000 hectares, sparing no region, in particular Landes and Brittany, add to this year of all records.

The forest burns and they watch their profits
We are far from the sudden ecological awareness and the calls for the " people of the left ", of use during the campaign between two presidential rounds, where Macron seemed to discover the benefits of ecological planning, taking up the vocabulary of a Jadot or a Mélenchon. The presidential agenda has shifted today to ecological and social damage. Macron re-elected, the legislative campaign that followed was led on the right, against the leftist danger that the Nupes would represent... Today 90 RN or related deputies sit in the National Assembly and the parliamentary session which has already proven that the government complacently relies on far-right voices to push through its economic and anti-social measures.

The governmental ways put forward today to deal with the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuels boil down to asking individuals to turn off the lights ! While everywhere the consequences of the system of overexploitation of the planet's resources are being felt strongly and lastingly, the answer is above all not to change anything in this system and to appeal to individual responsibility so that everyone makes a small gesture. Private jets will continue to transport the profiteers of this system. The essential is safe: to preserve the profits of the capitalist exploiters. The hummingbird policy... except that the forest is burning (literally) and it is high time to act accordingly.

On the side of the FNSEA it is the same blindness. Farmers are the first to feel the consequences of the disaster on a daily basis, but we persist in promoting French competitiveness on world markets. How to respond to the crisis ? Increasingly promote intensive agriculture, and rely blindly on scientific-technological solutionism to put off until tomorrow the measures necessary for a return to peasant agriculture that exploits neither humans nor animals and preserves our bio-ecological capital.

On August 3, Gérald Darmanin announced a " great debate " as a prelude to the Senate's examination of his immigration bill. Why announce this debate on immigration in the middle of summer when the minister was pleased at the end of June with an assured majority to vote for the text with the LRs (and the RN whom he knowingly omitted to quote) ? No doubt to " speak to the guts of French " ! At the end of July again, Darmanin denied the lack of means to fight the fires, but was proud of his results in terms of repression: 2,500 withdrawals of residence permits and 70,000 refusals to issue or renew permits since October 2020 and the removal of " 2,751 perpetrators of disturbances to public order " before a few days later proudly announcing the opening of new administrative detention centers (CRA).

Declare your love for reaction
Anticipating the anger and social opposition to come, Macron, determined to carry out his pension reform, lights a counterfire. Its objective is to establish an ever more unjust system for the most precarious and to get rid of the principles of solidarity which prevailed until then. Because it is indeed the principle of solidarity, fundamentally incompatible with the capitalist system of exploitation, which the liberals attack wherever it had been promoted after the Second World War. For some forty years now, the reforms promoted by the neoliberals have never ceased to attack and put an end to what in their eyes appears to be an aberration: promoting solidarity rather than war of all against all.

In this fight, the liberals can count on the support of reactionaries of all stripes. By creating a diversion on the issue of immigration and pointing out what would be THE problem, Macron thinks he can do a double blow. Faced with the crisis we are experiencing, look away from non-existent ecological and social measures and unite the voices of the right and the far right.

Political competitors, the liberals and the extreme right do not hesitate to ally themselves against the interests of our class. If they share the same hatred for the principles of solidarity, they have another point in common, their love for fossil fuels. In his essay, Écofascismes, Antoine Dubiau very rightly points out that " for the time being[the far right]remains more concerned with the defense of the Western way of life doped with fossil fuels than with the ongoing ecological devastation ". The defense of carbon energies, and by the way of the profits that the capitalists derive from them, is to defend the " material base of Western civilization "[1].

The cynical policies of Macron and the liberals make the bed of the far right. It has now firmly established itself in the political landscape and it is its racist and security obsessions that now dictate the political agenda of the right-wing parties, LREM and LR. Liberals and reactionaries feed off each other, but it is to be feared that the instrumentalization of racist and reactionary themes for the purpose of dividing the proletariat will end up permanently installing the far right in power. The consequences for minorities and the social movement as a whole would be catastrophic. Those of our camp tempted by accelerationism should think twice: the far right installed with the means of the state machine is the amplification of the level of repression.

These attacks call for firm responses from the social movement. To effectively combat the anti-social reforms of the liberal-authoritarian Macron, unity must be unwavering, but it is not enough. Faced with the ecological and social emergency, it is imperative to be on the offensive to impose a counter-project for a social, alternative and united society. Fighting anti-social reforms in rediscovered class unity and brotherhood also means rolling back the racist projects of the RN and Darmanin. The social struggle is an anti-racist struggle. Let's find the path of struggles!

David (UCL Chambery)

To validate

[1]Antoine Dubiau, Ecofascisms, Grévis Editions, Caen, 2022

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Macron-prepare-une-rentree-RN-compatible
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