FRANCE - Oligarchs, Unite

Arno Froese

Blaming all current ills on a single cause was already common practice in ancient Rome. Cato the Elder ended all his speeches, no matter what the subject, with the words ‘Carthage must be destroyed.’ In 1984 public broadcaster France Télévisions asked the late Yves Montand to present ‘Vive la crise!’ (Long live the crisis), which set out to explain to the French public that the welfare state was to blame for all their problems—and austerity the remedy.

Then terrorism became the fixation, the magic slate that allows everything else to be erased. In the first hour after the 9/11 attacks, British civil servants received a message from a special advisor to transport secretary Stephen Byers telling them, ‘It’s now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.’ They could just use what would soon become known as the ‘war on terror’ to obscure any bad news, even if it had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden. Today the Russian government blames everything on Western ‘plots’; in the West it’s always ‘Moscow’s fault.’

It’s the same with the falling standard of living. President Joe Biden constantly attributes soaring inflation in the US to ‘Putin’s tax on both food and gas.’ Emmanuel Macron claims his poorest compatriots’ problems are due to the ‘war economy.’ But if that’s true, France must have been at war for the last 40 years, because the indexation of wages to prices ended in 1982, when François Mitterrand and his finance minister Jacques Delors gave business owners their biggest ever gift in the form of letting prices (and profits) overtake average income; there was no such gift for their employees, whose purchasing power was permanently slashed.

The magic slate works for environmental issues too. Coal mining restarting, rail freight being sacrificed, fracking, digital pollution, jewellers’ outrageous advertising in the media and on billboards: should Putin be blamed for all of this too?, August 2022

Arno's Commentary

What’s happening in France is happening globally. Wars, catastrophes, political disagreements, or the recent pandemic became contributing factors for the oligarchs (the rich) to unite.

In the United States, according to Forbes, the ten richest people as of 30 November 2021, have seen their fortune grow by $821 billion since March 2020.

Granted, particularly since the Second World War, the whole world has gotten more prosperous; even the poor can be considered relatively rich when compared to a century ago. But we are reminded of Jesus’ prophecy: “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always” (Matthew 26:11).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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