Here you go, Yunz:
"But one significant difference is that if Hillary had won the US presidency in 2016, she would most likely have tried to win some net improvements in the living standards and economic security of the majority of the electorate — including working class and poor people — who voted for her. The same cannot be said for Macron in France. His public platform has been vague, but insofar as it has a discernible trend, it is in the same direction that the country has moved over most of the past decade. That has included large public pension cuts, labor law reform that has weakened the bargaining power of unions and made it easier for employers to dismiss workers (including the Macron Law, as it is called, of 2015), and spending cuts."
Weisbrot hits the nail on the head but for one point: that Killary would have "most likely" tried to win some net improvements in the living standards and economic security of the majority of the electorate" etc.
Talk about magical thinking! Though you gotta love that "most likely" phrase! Speaks volumes. A little doubt, Mr. Weisbrot? Well founded indeed!
I can't stand Macron (hereinafter referred to as McRon, as the international-finance puppet and pro-US stooge he is), but empty, hollow, and odious as he is, I sincerely think, as the resident of France that I am, that even he has more concern (ever so slightly more, mind you!) for the "working man" than does the Queen of Kaos, who really has none whatsoever.
That said, this French prez campaign, while accompanied by far less brouhaha (it's the law here), was every bit the same exercise in impotent, vomitworthy pseudo-democracy that the Killary-Drumpf contest was. Two candidates nobody wanted.
Silver lining: McRon's lip-service, at least, to an open society should make it easier to wreak havoc on the streets in protest than probably would have been the case if La Peste Blonde (Le Pen) had won, since a great many goons in the "forces of order" are National Front supporters and would have enthusiastically enforced any crackdown on dissent she might have tried to institute.
At any rate, there will be fireworks. Promise.