Macron, Louis XIV, President Xi, Trudeau, Gates, Schwab, Putin etc etc … all of them narcissistic psychopaths whose power rests entirely on the rest of us affirming their delusions that they have the right instruct the rest of us how to live our lives or determine what we do, say, wear, or think. It all comes down to fear. We are all scared but the master fears the slave more than the slave fears the master because his psychological reality is fragile and depends on the maintenance of lies; the slave’s does not and has much less to lose. For what would these tyrants be without their meaningless palaces and titles and lackies? Nothing. And just ask Nicolae and Elena what the sun king gets for Christmas when his spell breaks. They would all do well to remember that the first will be last, and the last will be first.
I wholeheartedly agree with you. Government by the people is fast becoming governance over the people. The next revolution we need for human societies to thrive is to peaceably depose of these grandiose incumbents. They represent a parasite class.
Agreed. And it can, and should, be done peaceably. Just simply by refusing to do what we are told to do by the parasites if we don’t think it is right, thinking and speaking for ourselves and ourselves alone, and refusing to acknowledge power that is wielded unjustly. The devil cannot take you if you don’t consent.
Amerika– will of the people
Frankes–the people’s will
2 different ideologies.
Bien dit, or, better still, entente entendre!
Lambing is obviously over in the bowels of Herefordshire?
When Peter the Great* visited Versailles, he described it as having the “body of pigeon with the wings of an eagle”. Which rather aptly sums up the pretensions of Louis XIV. You might also have mentioned that the rather kitsch ‘Hall of Mirrors’ where the pygmy Sun King strutted, was also the scene of the most humiliating occasion in French history in 187I**.
For my money “ France is France” thanks to the antics of that Corsican adventurer, otherwise known as Napoleon Bonaparte.
(* 6’ 8” or 2.03m.)
(** Some may prefer Compiegne 1940.)
I remember my first visit to the Hall of Mirrors. My first thought was “my they could do with a few gallons of Windolene”; it was all so dusty and underwhelming. Perhaps it was my own fault for expecting to be blown away by it.
I do think the writer is on the mark when it comes to the monarchical pretensions of M. Macron. However, from what I have read about the French political system (which I admit is far from extensive), the French President does seem to have a great deal of unfettered power. I have just finished reading a book entitled Power and Glory: France’s Secret Wars with Britain and America, 1945-2016 by R Howard which recounts a number of occasions when the Presidency acted without the knowledge or approval of the Assemblée Nationale.
Thanks for the mention of ‘Power and Glory’………..
I often wonder whether the French helped or hindered us during the Falklands War .Opinions vary wildly!
According to Mr. Howard the right promises were made by France to the UK as its EU partner, but on the ground it was rather a different matter, eapecially when arms sales were at stake. It was the attitude of the manufacturers that a few British ships sunk would be good publicity for their weapons’ sytems.
Where did you get this ridiculous 2,03 m ?
He was 1,68 hence his nickname…..le petit caporal.
I am always amazed when I read ( present piece ) or hear Anglo Saxons deem themselves for being specialist of everything that’s French because they are sitting at a café terrace or own a home they visit twice a year.
I find the article full of clichés …..as to the art de vivre….what a joke, maybe in Saint Martin de Ré where all the wealthy Bobo’s ( bourgeois bohème) or wealthy bohemians hand out.
Big chunks of the country where the author doesn’t bother visiting are made of ugly roundabouts and you’re lucky to find a doctor.
We certainly do not miss having a king, trust me.
No way we would end up with a sovereign like Queen Elizabeth……..have a look at the heirs of the Orleans family.
If you’re not scared, you are not normal.
What about 2.03 m?
I thought it was obvious that I was referring to Peter the Great not the PC!
Parlez d’hyperbole !o!
Vous avez plus qu’une fourche maintenant.
You have a Philistine idea of history .
(?) It’s an odd historical overview that manages to jump straight from Louis XIV to Macron without even mentioning de Gaulle, to whose regal political style Macron is obviously much more indebted. But then, the article is really just a misleadingly titled paean to the sun king, by a besotted fan who has no intention of supplying us with reasons for supposing that the current citizenry of France is “desperate for a king.”
Definitely, as Buckingham Palace has a Queen, I think that
Versailles should have a King in residence !
Both great Empires !
Bring back the pomp and circumstance and the pageantry !