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Cahiers Redux – Politicians Recoil

The Cahiers de doléances [or kaje for short] were the pre-French revolution (1789) lists of societal complaints. The collective disappointments of the clergy, the nobility, and the rest of society too. Nothing has changed. Documents of the time cite the criticisms as: government waste, indirect taxes, church taxes and corruption, and the hunting rights of the aristocracy. Money, corruption, and privilege. It caused a revolution.  So, imagine the fright in Brussels when this winter (2024), 10,000 German farmers with 3,000 tractors mount a protest in Berlin, and their complaint spreads like wildfire to multiple member states. The protest began a few years ago in the Netherlands where farmers are just 1.5 percent of the population...

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