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In this episode, I reflect on the Yellow Vest protests in France and their relevance to history and the nature of popular government. Emmanuel Macron's government recently passed a fuel tax in order to fund investment in renewable energy and the result has been the largest and most violent protest movement that France has seen since the famous 1968 protests. Yellow vest protesters claim that the tax is disproportionately affecting the middle and working class and French citizens that live in rural areas. They want to see the regressive tax replaced by a tax on wealth that would relieve the burden that the new tax has replaced on the middle class. The Yellow Vest protesters also have called for the resignation of Emmanuel Macron - a demand that they underscored today with a guillotine on public display. Music Credit: TJ's Bar Fight courtesy of John Fulford Music Cover Photo Credit: Otto Schraubinger (Wikipedia)