June 20, 2022

527: The Establishment is Terrified- Could France's Populist Uprising Be Good News For Libertarians?!

With the anti-establishment sentiment running strong throughout America, could that mean good news for Libertarians in the 2022 elections?


Marine Le Pen's National Rally won 89 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly on Sunday - a dramatic increase from its starting point of just 8, and one of the most significant recent results for populist politics in Europe.

 

With the anti-establishment sentiment running strong throughout America, could that mean good news for Libertarians in the 2022 elections?

 

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Brian Nichols  0:04  
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Well, happy Monday there, folks, Brian Nichols here on The Brian Nichols Show. Thank you for joining us on a course another fun filled episode. You and me, I am your humble host Brian Nichols in the air

it's gonna be a one on one today and we're gonna be talking about some stuff that's happened over in over the pond and that's over in France and not sure if you guys have been paying attention but there's been some elections taking place over there. And we're gonna talk about the outcome of those elections. But first we're gonna go ahead and give a shout out to today's sponsor and that is the expat money Summit. 2022 head to Brian go show.com forward slash expat we can go ahead and grab your free tickets to this virtual summit taking place for five days November 7 through November 11 30. expert speakers watched for a week reap the benefits for generations our good friend McHale Thorpe, the founder of the expat money and host of the expat money podcast and summit will be there as well as those 30 expert speakers who traditionally charge 1000s of dollars for their consulting you get to hear it for free. So head the Brian Nichols show.com. Forward slash expat and get your free tickets today. Alright, folks, like I said, it's going to be you and me, we're going to be doing a little bit different of an episode because Well, number one, if we're going to be completely transparent behind the curtain, and a couple of us scheduling issues, but also, there have been some things that we wanted to talk about happening over over the sea over the sea over the sea. Yes, the Atlantic and that is what's taking place over in France, the far right as NBC called it and we're gonna read a quick article here from NBC. On the far right, they say from fringe to mainstream breaks through the French election and leaving people in shock Marine LePen hailed it as a seismic event after her radical national rally party 189 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly. Now first before we really go too far into this, it is funny when you hear the way that the left will or will just say example here the corporate press the establishment in this case, will define anyone who is disrupting or ruffling any feathers. So let's see what they say they said it just in the intro here, they say far right breaks through the National rally party, which is a radical party. I mean, you can already tell the framing the context of the person authoring this so you can tell it's not good. But let's dig in. This is from Patrick Smith. And this was from this morning, the far right has sent a shockwave through Frances political establishment winning a historic number of seats in Sunday's parliamentary elections with an unexpected surge, Marine LePen national rally 189 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, a dramatic increase from its starting point of just eight. And one of the most significant recent results for radical right wing politics in Europe. So first of all, we're going from eight seats to 89, which is a massive, massive increase. And you're seeing this, I think really sent shockwaves. And we're gonna dig more into the article here in a second. But this is really sending shockwaves because of the fact that your establishment elite, they're losing control, and they don't know what's happening. They don't know how to maintain the control because the old ways of maintaining the control, it's not working anymore. Until now voters across the political spectrum hell had largely held back the far right challenge, but Le Pen's transformation of her party's image from fringe extremists to normalize opposition has seemingly take taken hold well, well, there you go. That's all it was. It wasn't that the elites in the establishment weren't listening to what the voters actually were asking for. And my goodness, could you imagine if they had actually just listened to the issues that people care about and address those issues instead of just telling them what they had? We're supposed to care about. And that's what Marie Le Pen's party is doing. They're the national rally party. They've been listening to people and they're echoing back the sentiments and frankly, the disgust that they're seeing from many of these establishment elitist politicians and the policies they've been promoted back to the article. The result also leaves President Emmanuel McCrone second term in turmoil after the success of both LePen and a resurgent left wing Alliance and outcome that may not welcome be welcomed in Washington, as the West navigates the Russia's war in Ukraine and its effects Oh, wait, does France need some democracy if if Biden's not a fan of LePen and the her party's taking over, going forward? mccrane mucker McCrone centers together grouping won the most seats with 245 but fell 44 short of an absolute majority leading unable to pass laws without the help of other parties. McCrone won reelection as president against LePen in April but is now shorn of his legislative authority, quote, the route of the presidential party is total declared anti capitalist firebrand John Luke. Melvin chon I

got I hope I didn't butcher that. I know I definitely did. I apologize to all four of my French viewers, who leads a coalition of a left wing party that one a remarkable 149 seats to become the largest opposition grouping. Now that right there, that's that's concerning. Right. So we have Marine LePen, who she is, is being labeled as the radical, the extremist the far right, right. But she won just about half, just a little over half of the seats that the next party, which is a declared anti capitalist party with 149 seats, that's now the largest opposing group. I mean, yeah, it's definitely interesting bedfellows here with with what they're labeling, obviously, as the far right, but I would say it's more of this, you know, right wing populist movement, we're kind of seeing across the world right now. That's more of what Marine LePen represents. Whereas now you have almost this is the Bernie Sanders the AOC type of radicals here in France who are taking control. So it's definitely going to be opening a lot of eyes in terms of well, how will this lead to any type of semblance of governance in France, because it's really the establishment versus the anti establishment. So moving forward, Finance Minister Bruno le Murray, again, let's hope called the results which were finalized Monday morning, quote, a democratic shock, just democracy still dying dark darkness, for once few would disagree with LePen, the far right to disinfect your figurehead who called the election quote, a seismic event. She says it is shocking there will all out knows now her just getting this as a different person, it is shocking. There was always an expectation somehow the national rally would not get itself into a position of power. This is an unprecedented situation, said Marta lumir, an expert in Far Right European politics at the London School of Economics, this is still a far right party, let's not kill herself. She added not since 1986, when the electoral rules were briefly changed has a far right party elected members of parliament on this scale, even then the National Front of John Marine LePen, whose toxic political legacy and association with Holocaust denial, marine Marine has worked hard to shed one just 35 seats. That result outraged many and was enough to end a short lived experiment with proportional representation whereby parties vote share translate more directly into the number of seats, they win. The current voting system was specifically designed to stop extremists from gaining power, something is now failed to achieve Wow, they're saying the quiet part out loud there, huh. So what they're in essence, saying for those who are playing along in the home game, is that they were in fact being anti democratic. The rules that were put in place were aligned not to give equal representation and equal say to folks in the elections, but rather to make sure you actually kept people overtly out of the political process. Geez. And you'll wonder why folks are upset. You'll wonder why folks are now retaliating and in turn, putting in place complete polar opposites to what's in place. Now they're finding a way because, frankly, they've been ignored and told, not only are your ideas not worth hearing, we're going to completely move you out of the democratic process. But in the meantime, we're going to tell everybody how great we are as a democratic institution, being in this case, France. That's not how this works. But frankly, that is how it works. In France and in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, we see this this constant pushing out of alternative voices. And frankly, it's it goes back to why Donald Trump won here in America, right, Hillary Clinton, her basket of deplorables. That is the exact reason why Donald Trump won because it wasn't a matter of Hillary Clinton having worse policies or Trump having worse policies. It was truly Hillary Clinton saying there are specific people in our country

that just are irredeemable. They're a basket of deplorables. And frankly, we don't want to deal with them. You right? That was the approach and that stung to people who then said, Well, you know what, fu I'm gonna go ahead and vote for the guy who's at the very least standing up and fighting back. And when you look to see what's happening, of course over in France, is it shocking to see a very similar reaction? Of course, not finishing up here. The results of the result outraged many and it was enough to end a short live experiment with portioned representation. Oh, I already said That's right. The pen has hasn't come out of nowhere. She's been around for a while, but they never have been able to translate that into parliamentary strength, said rainbow Murray, a professor in French politics at Queen Mary University in London, there's been a pretty heavy collapse of the mainstream. And that's made it more possible for the far right to creep in. Well, how about that? Isn't that shocking what happens when all of a sudden, people who have been ignored or not even ignored people who have been actively taken out of the political process told that they're not good people? Isn't shocking really what happens when people start to fight back? Truly. So yeah, folks, stuffs happening. I'm really curious to see what's going to happen here across the United States as we get towards 2022. If what's happening in France, and frankly, what's happening across the world, he's indicative of what we're gonna see happen here in America. I'm cautiously optimistic, right. And this is not a Red Team Blue Team. This is a Liberty versus authoritarianism. conversation here, right. And I've gotten so much heat on social media emails galore. Brian, I thought you were a libertarian. Why do you empathize so much with the GOP? Why do you empathize so much with these quote, right wing folks? Well, I'll tell you why folks, because right now we are on this. This is Jason Stapleton used to use the analogy. We're on this bus towards Liberty land, right, and we're floating through space. And we are so far away from our destination, that right now for us to be fighting with those folks who are at the very least on a similar pathway. Is it the exact same pathway? No. But is it at least in the right direction? Yes. And by the way, if anybody is saying that the GOP right now as truly a foil to the insanity that we've seen coming from the Democratic Left, progressive left, I'm sorry, like we need to have some semblance of a something to stand against that. That's not to say that that's better than liberal Libertarian Party. Absolutely not. I will continue to support libertarian candidates, wherever and whenever I can, especially when those candidates are being done. So in an effective way, when we're going to win or races we can actually win and play a role in versus just going out and playing spoiler which, by the way, I've heard this many times, too, the Libertarian party's role is not to be spoiler, if you think that's our role, then I'm sorry, then you're in for a world of hurt, because that's just going to hurt the trust that we could possibly build with people who would be from either the left or the right now granted, are they our target? Absolutely not. However, they are individuals that we can pull from for sure. And just if they see us as, quote, the spoiler candidate, and we're just playing our role as the alternative, we have to be truly a better solution, a better alternative. And in that case, I say we have to make sure we're doing what we can to safeguard Liberty the best we can. So if you see a rhino, yes, run our Republican candidate or run a Libertarian candidate against that person, make them at the very least have to stand up and fight for liberty politics, if they want to win their seat. If they don't want to, then that's on us to then swoop in and take that seat. However, we have to make sure we're picking our battles effectively. And I've seen this conversation again, creep up on Twitter quite a bit. You know, what should libertarians be running a county down in Florida for governor? Is it worth our time, energy and effort to try and be a foil against Ron DeSantis? Who has? Yes, whether you like it or not, then the number one governor in the United States on easily the most important issue over the past two years, when it comes to the COVID lock downs and he is doing a great job in Florida and making sure he was fighting for his his states freedom. I'm sorry. That's an important thing that we have to at least acknowledge, and to run a libertarian to try and out liberty, someone who has been a warrior for liberty, no, a perfect average advocate for liberty, no buy has done a good job over the past few years in really fighting especially against the most important thing. I think it's more important to spend our time energy and effort going after those areas, we can actually make a lot of impact. Let's focus on local elections. Let's focus on maybe some some school board seats, right let's build up a case to the voters before we start just trying to run for the governorship to get more of a name now, can we run a candidate? Absolutely. But should that be where we spend our time? Should we be spending our energy in in those areas? No, it's it's it's a frankly, it's a waste of our resources. We don't have the ability to go out and go after every single seat. And in this case, across the United States with the exact same fire and gusto that we'd want to we have to pick our battles. So with that, please, if you're across the libertarian world in terms of running for office or interested in running for office, please pick your battles. Be smart. Use strategic means when you're trying to go against these different candidates and to be foil against these different candidates. It's on us to earn the respect and to create value for the voters. And if we're just going in to be the alternative to be the other option. That's not That's not us building a case. That's just us being present, which I guess it the party's in. I don't mean to do a little snake that our old chair, but I do. The party's belong to those who show up. Well, government belongs to those who show up. Yes, that's entirely true. But it's not just to those who show up, we have to start building better solutions be the better option versus just being an option. 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