The "yellow vest" protests in France might seem horrifying to us here in the U.S., but it's not so unusual for protests in Europe (especially in France) for protests to turn violent like that. We would all do well to remind ourselves (and our leaders) that heavy traffic is the smallest price you'll have to pay in a nation that oppresses the masses.
What I'm trying to say is that if things don't change drastically, that shit is going to happen in the U.S. and there are a lot of people in this country who are not prepared for it.
People can only endure constant, sustained violence against them for so long before they fight back. Poverty is violence. The people speaking out about how they're deep in debt and living in shit conditions in France and that's why they're rioting are probably better off than a lot of the poor here in the U.S. The U.S. deserves nothing less than mass riots right now. It doesn't matter what you think about who will clean up the broken glass at the Chase Bank. Riots will happen unless the violence stops. France is showing us this right now and I am grateful for the protesters there, putting their lives and freedom on the line for the betterment of the world.
This isn't about small taxes on the working class. This is about a global trend of shifting the burden of fixing climate change onto the class of people who A) cannot afford to fix the problem and B) didn't cause it in the first place. Big corporations are responsible for something like 97 percent of all human-made carbon emissions. Not switching to electric cars we can't afford is not warming the planet. The rich are. And they could stop it, but they refuse. What can the rest of us do to save humanity from the climate apocalypse? Talking hasn't worked. Riots are all we have left.
And so we will riot.