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Wounded Paris...and Elsewhere: Why? (From Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 12/04/18 3:56 am)

Gary Moore writes:

Paired with David Pike's moving elegy for wounded Paris, and Nigel Jones's exclamation, Carmen Negrín's comments from the Paris flames (December 3) help capture perhaps the most profound echo in the yellow-vest/casseur violence.  Not just the shock, but the mystery:  Why?

Even those expressing certainty (as with Nigel) seem only to deepen the mystery for the bewildered onlooker outside the convictions. JE's quandary (All this over a gasoline price hike?) works as well on the glimpses of larger complaints that deepen the mystery--and it opens a global panorama.

"El Gasolinazo" became the name of recent national upheaval over gas prices in faraway Mexico, which segued into another pit of mysteries with a skyrocketing spike in Mexican lynchings--seemingly as irrational and cruel as they were smugly self-assured. And was it really so different that meanwhile the US agonized over its own violent mystery: the skyrocketing surge in mass shootings, as the seeming impossibility of the Las Vegas carnage proved not to be an outrider but a harbinger.

All these bursts, so completely different in so many ways, converge in the deepest pit: the lack of an objectively understandable motive.  Once again, the haunting question: Why? Could it be that a rapidly populating and phenomenally transforming planet reaches unfathomable plateaus of growing-stage, including stages in de-sensitization and eruptions of grandiose feelings of entitlement, especially in those who feel left behind--whether on the left, right, or in some other pit?

Tom Hashimoto's phrasing (again December 3) of an obvious explanation--that abandonment of old religious customs may be coming home to roost--is unfortunately said in any age, almost like saying it's because we're human. The Paris particularity demands particular diagnosis--as does Las Vegas, as do the unlucky strangers burned alive in Mexico. The impassioned say they know. But do they?

JE comments:  What I take away from Gary Moore's analysis is that the Paris troubles lend themselves to almost any interpretation--Europhobia, disgruntlement with the elite, economic stagnation, xenophobia, existentialist angst, or old-school hooliganism.  We could come up with a half-dozen more.  Perhaps Parisians just have to blow off steam every fifty years--2018, 1968, 1918, 1848, 1789 (well, the math is not exactly right).

Adrian College has exactly one student from Paris.  Yesterday I asked him what's going on.  He didn't know, but promised he'd ask around back home.


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