Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 06:36:31 PM EST
Hundreds of thousands, probably millions of French citizens have flooded the streets. They demand being heard, i.e. actual democracy. They have been impoverished, and cannot bear the hike on fossil fuel price, the major fraction of which are taxes. It is possible that they might even want a reduction on taxation in general.
French government justifies this particular taxation as a means to lower carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. In fact, a reduction in the consumption of petroleum, if not carbon in general.
Perhaps a direct answer, as below, is best to reveal the depth of the deception. There are ideologies, both old and new, which may lead our societies to its decomposition.
Memory is the primary resource of intelligent entities in order to predict the future. We must not forget the past:
1 - STRONG AND PROGRESSIVE TAXATION HAS MADE SOCIAL JUSTICE POSSIBLE
Tax on fuel consumption is an example of flat taxation. And even if you may chose to drive or not a car or motorcycle, many people do not have a viable option.
In contrast, in the good old times, both in Europe and the United States, the richest of people and corporations had to return the vast majority of their revenues as taxes. They were however safer, more admired and appreciated then today. Those taxes paid for high quality, low-cost - if not free -, public services in Europe, and kept the American budget afloat, i.e. its economical independence.
2 - MORE CARBON DIOXIDE WILL ALLOW MORE LIFE ON EARTH AND MORE FOOD ON THE TABLE
Under usual circumstances, concentration of CO2 is the limiting factor to photosynthesis, i.e. biomass production; in other terms, biological wealth. You should also know that CO2 concentration has been many times above current levels practically ever since plants and animals arrived to dry land, and they have had a great time.
Drinking a ridiculous amount of water can kill you, but it doesn't make it a poison, especially when you are thirsty.
Most recently, rise in CO2 levels has allowed a rise in leaf cover throughout the world, which is apparently warming up polar and boreal areas, and slightly chilling warm areas. Plants and birds, farmers, animal lovers and long-term investors should be happier now.
On the other hand, whatever is based on scarcity, such as frozen deserts, ecologists who secretly do not care for life, and carbon tax financial products, will perform poorly.
Note: this text was conceived originally as a bilingual manifest. Not sure where or when to place the french translation counterpart. Maybe in a week as near end comment.