Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Nouveau Parti Anti-Capitaliste (NPA), via bike

I tend to be a democratic socialist; am recently fascinated by how charismatic figures, popular opinion and social structures converge to form societal shifts; and love postal carrier bikes. Thus, although I am not as informed as could be on the French political landscape, it should be obvious I loved this video below on M.Besancenot. The video is long, but the bikes appear at 1:40, and on an ethnographic level there are some great moments of political meetings, rallies, sports and singing.

Olivier Besancenot

From The Independent: " [Olivier Besancenot] wants to destroy the institutions of the French state but cultivates, brilliantly, the image of a concerned, plain-talking, working-class boy-next-door. He has become the second most popular political figure in France, after President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The baby-faced postman and Trotskyist idol of the young, Olivier Besancenot, 34, will launch this weekend something which has been, until now, a contradiction in terms: a mass-appeal, far-left party. The Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR) is dead. Long live the Nouveau Parti Anti-Capitaliste (NPA).


In 2007, he won, with 4.1 per cent of the vote in the first round, an election-within-the-election on the left-of-the-left, crushing the once powerful Parti Communiste and two Trotskyist rivals. He is now credited by pollsters with up to 18 per cent of voting preferences – something unheard of for the far left, even in France. "

1 comment:

Leighton said...

Merci pour ce vidéo ! Vive la révolution ! Vive le vélo ! Et si on peut avoir les deux a la fois, même mieux… ;)