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Samizdata quote of the day

“France will be led by a woman – it will be either me or Mrs Merkel.”

– Marine Le Pen, as quoted by Brendan O’Neill.

Say what you like about Le Pen (I dislike her protectionist politics), but she has probably minted the best political quote of this year, as Brendan says. Of course, being a classical liberal, I’d prefer it if countries were not “led” by anyone at all.

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18 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Le mot juste is, after all, a French phrase; she did herself no harm with that one.

  • Laird

    A brilliant line.

    Le Pen is basically a one-trick pony, and her economic proposals are, in the main, execrable. But I still wish her luck on Sunday. It would be yet another massive rebuke to the world’s (and especially Europe’s) dominant political order. It would anger and distress all the right people; their wailing and lamentations would be a joy to hear.

  • bobby b

    Very subtle, too. She did a nice job of cutting away his masculinity with that line.

  • France will be led by a statist. A protectionist statist or a status quo statist. – LePen

    Those who oppose the transnational protectionism of the EU are “deplorable”. – Macron

    And I thought we had it bad in the last election.

  • George

    She was never really in with a chance to win and – one good line notwithstanding – last night’s debate further lessened those chances. Her performance was so dreadful that if she weren’t such a godawfully nasty piece of work I could almost have felt sorry for her. (I’m a binational bilingual who sat through the lot.)

  • Snorri Godhi

    There was a debate here not long ago, on whether Brexit would be good for the EU-27. I think it will be, for reasons that i won’t go into. A more interesting question is whether Frexit, or the threat of it, would be good for the rest of Europe. Optimistically, it could well be, but i fear a Canadian impasse; meaning that the French could use the threat of Frexit to extract special concessions from the rest of the EU.

    Perhaps the best outcome would be that Marine does much better than expected, short of winning. In this way, the EU ruling classes are put on notice, and the dissidents are heartened, without much damage being done.

  • Rob

    The French aren’t that bothered by being led by a German any more, as are our Remainer friends.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Snorri Godhi
    May 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    In this way, the EU ruling classes are put on notice….

    I suspect that our (US, UK, and EU) ruling classes have ‘evolved’ to the point where they learn nothing and forget nothing….

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    so the Germans will have another go at ruling France! Hope they do better this time around. What will ‘Leper’ Le Pen do after this- run la resistance?

  • lucklucky

    I don’t think Mlle. Le Pen is aware that in this Marxist era having a vagina is not a condition for being a woman… who says that Macron is not woman too?

    http://time.com/3672912/eve-ensler-vagina-monologues-mount-holyoke-college/

    That woman, oops! sorry, the person with vagina that wrote the Vagina Monologues had to make a revolutionary mea culpa in face of the impending purge.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Talk about “perverse curiosity.” I followed your link, lucklucky. All I can say is, Good God!

    .

    Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?

    A. To disrupt the social order.

  • Thailover

    “Led by anyone”.

    Leaders aren’t bad. Leaders lead by inspiring and persuading; non-coercion. Rulers though are a different matter entirely, just don’t ask Mr. Obama to explain (or know) the difference.

  • Thailover

    Julie NC.
    Re: the link..
    “One out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.”

    Q: How many men will experience physical or sexual violence in his lifetime?
    A: None of the relevant people give a shit apparently.

    Maybe I should write the Dickhead Monologues, to be performed by Jim Jefferies or Bill Burr, lol. Maybe Jim’s opening line should be, “Hey, don’t be a cunt”. LOL.

  • Thailover

    Lucklucky wrote:

    “That woman, oops! sorry, the person with vagina that wrote the Vagina Monologues had to make a revolutionary mea culpa in face of the impending purge.”

    Have a heart. Don’t make fun of the dude. He can’t help being ugly.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Thai,

    But you see, dear, the men who don’t experience such violence are not of interest to the Relevant People.

    Neither, I think, are the men who do experience it.

    SNARK.

    .

    Consider the distinction E.E. draws between “physical” and “sexual” violence. Presumably “sexual” violence consists specifically of battery, rape (a form of battery, as I understand it), torture, and murder that people commit at the urging of their particular quests for sexual gratification — whether purely physical, emotional, or ideological.

    Leaving aside this “sexual” sort of violence, it strikes me that men are far more likely to experience physical violence than are women, simply because lots more men put themselves in harm’s way in the military.

  • When I was in grade school, a fist fight on the playground while not all that common, wasn’t all that rare either. We learned that you needed to stand up to bullies and that if you could put the affair off until after school, you didn’t have to explain how it got started to the principal, who somehow never thought the disagreement to have been all that serious. That second item stayed with us into high school. This was in the whitebread suburban schools. In the inner city the boys organized into teams (gangs) and had proper battles with clubs. Today it’s organized businesses (drugs) and they use guns.

  • Paul Marks

    I agree with you J.P.

  • lucklucky

    ” “Led by anyone”.

    Leaders aren’t bad. Leaders lead by inspiring and persuading; non-coercion. Rulers though are a different matter entirely, just don’t ask Mr. Obama to explain (or know) the difference.”

    Oh but his friend journalists know the difference, they use it all the time:

    For our Journalists Fidel Castro, Assad, Kadhafi, etc are/were Cuban “Leader” , Syrian “Leader”, Libyan “Leader” , etc

    Instead Pinochet, Franco etc were Chilean “Dictator”, Spanish “Dictator”…