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Europe, Liberty, and Danser Encore flashmobs

Maybe I’m beating Danser Encore to death, but I think it’s time Americans look to Europe for a way to break free from COVID restrictions.

There’s a rising phenomenon in Europe: the Danser Encore flashmob. I’ve written about the phenomenon twice at American Thinker, so you can go here and here for the details. I’ll try not to repeat most of what I said in those posts. Still, here’s a little background.

In December, a French group called HK & Saltimbank recorded a song, the lyrics of which state in relevant part

We come to break the silence
And when in the evening on TV
The good king has spoken
Come to announce the sentence
We show irreverence
But always with elegance

[snip]

Every measure of authority
Every whiff of security
Sees our confidence vanish
They show so much insistence
To confine our conscience
Let’s not be impressed
By all these unreasonable people
Sellers of fear in abundance
Harrowing to the point of indecency
Let’s keep them at bay
For our mental health
Our social and environmental well-being
Our smiles, our intelligence
Let’s not be without resistance
The instruments of their insanity.


Somewhere along the line, the song captured French people’s imaginations and they started doing flashmobs to celebrate and demand freedom. Being French, they frame the issue as one of “culture.” Nevertheless, it’s clear what they mean. They’re not demanding that museums re-open or that there’s more opera. Instead, they are insisting upon the return of France’s day-to-day culture of getting out of the house to dance, dine, shop, and generally be free to live their lives.

Flashmobs are a much better idea than protests. Protests have to be planned in advance, they’re angry, they’re political, and they attract attention from police forces.

Unlike a protest, flashmobs must be planned in advance only as to the core people involved for singing, playing instruments, and dancing. Their spontaneity also means that counterprotesters (e.g., Antifa, BLM, or other dangerous groups) won’t be there.

Flashmobs aren’t angry. This is super important. The flashmob doesn’t yell about injustice from the Neo-Puritans who have set themselves above us with their crazy, contradictory, liberty-limiting edicts. Instead, flashmobs are about joy. If this were still high school, the masked crowd would be the uptight teachers’ pets whom everyone hates. The flashmob crowd is the one with the cool kids. They’re partying and having fun. Joy is much more attractive than anger and punitive discipline.

Flashmobs aren’t political. A protest in America about masks is inherently political. Republicans are anti-mask; Democrats are pro-mask. Independents stay away because they have become disgusted by American politics and because they’re concerned about being attacked by Antifa or arrested by the police. A flashmob, on the other hand, is apolitical. It’s about music and joy. Again, it draws people in.

The European anti-maskers, who are less constrained by the political straightjacket strangling public life in America, intuitively understood these things. The flashmobs seem to have really started in March in France, but they’re moving across Europe: Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Holland, and maybe other places I’ve missed.

If you do a YouTube search for “Danser Encore,” you will get several dozen videos of flashmobs. Today — May 1 — has generated a whole new batch. Maybe May Day is significant. Perhaps the Europeans are shaking off the grim communist takeover of May 1 and returning to that date’s exuberant roots as a celebration of freedom from a long, dark winter.

If you’re wondering why I don’t go out there myself and start a flashmob there are a few reasons. First, my forte is writing. Second, I moved into my community a year ago, in the midst of the first phase of the lockdowns, and know only ten people. Third, I’m decidedly unmusical. Consider me the idea person.

And for those of you who are idea persons and do want to spark a rebellion of joy against the neo-Puritans, the song you choose has to be (a) relatively well-known, (b) apolitical, (c) easy for ordinary people to sing along with, (d) about liberty, and (e) joyous. Those are your marching orders. Armed with that, you can go forth and raise the banner of joy and freedom.

The following are the most popular flashmob videos from various European countries, along with videos from Le Huffington Post and the Journal l’Humanité:

For the following video, I made a rough translation of the singer’s explanation about the song. You can find that translation here.

And here’s a sampling of the videos that popped up just today, a chilly May Day in Europe (with more being loaded by the minute as best I can tell):

In America, in 1776, we started a revolution dedicated to replacing an increasingly repressive monarchy with individual liberty. In France, in 1789, they started a revolution dedicated to overturning a repressive monarchy and replacing it with a socialist state.

In 2021, the tables have turned. While Americans weren’t looking, socialists stole their liberty, a revolution they’re trying to lock into place with the Biden administration. Meanwhile, the Europeans are taking it to the streets to express their yearning to breathe free.

Notre Dame Burns, And A Civilization With It

Today, Paris’s centuries old cathedral Notre Dame caught on fire and is in the process of being destroyed. The world famous spire and roof of the Gothic cathedral are gone, and the wooden structure that’s  supporting the roof is being destroyed by the blaze. It is quite likely that if Notre Dame is ever rebuilt, it will both take years, cost a great deal and lack the historic milleau of its predecessor, built in the 12th century and completed a century later. A century to build, a day to destroy…

Officially, the fire is being referred to by the authorities as an ‘accident occurring while renovation work was in progress. ‘ While this might be true, the complete destruction involved is against it. To think of this as an accident is to assume the following:

1.The timing (holy week) and the recent previous vandalizing of Churches throughout France in recent weeks at Saint-Sulpice and Saint Denis (and its priceless pipe organ) are just, you know, coincidences. ( Just in passing, the media isn’t reporting much on this)

2. The Muslims in Paris are very  peaceful, law abiding and respect other religions.

3 The construction crew doing the repairs would never hire Muslims.

3) No Muslim or Muslims would risk their jobs to  take the opportunity to destroy one of Christianity’s most famous buildings in Holy Week.

4 The construct crew was so incompetent that they set multiple fires in different parts of the area they were working on…whoopsie.

Let’s just say Je suis très sceptique. *

On the other hand, we all know the timing and the previous vandalism of France’s churches is suspicious, also that generally, speaking many Muslims in Paris are neither peaceful, law abiding or respectful of other people’s religions in the least. And that it Muslim migrants frequently are involved in construction work, and that any construction company entrusted with working on a famous landmark and a major tourist attraction would be chosen by the City of Paris based on their track record of safety and successful completion of jobs like this.

The last I heard, the fire had spread to Ile de la Cité, a pleasant little  island in the Seine within the city of Paris. The population of about 1,000 people has been evacuated. The Seine isn’t particularly wide there, so there’s the unpleasant possibility of spreading further.

Eh Bien, what happens if the authorities find out it was Muslims who burned down Notre Dame?

My guess would be nothing. Much of France’s media has already bought into surrender, and President Macron’s victory in what was one of France’s few crooked elections was definitely helped by a Muslim block vote, especially in Paris and Marseilles. So in my opinion, no matter what this will be kept quiet and marked down as an accident…tres triste, n’est pah?**

Even if it does go public, the media will caution against, you know, hate speech. After all, what’s a few centuries of civilization? Even Pope Francis would likely call for calm and tolerance.

What Hitler and the Nazis couldn’t do, France’s invited ‘guests’ seem to have begun, and not just in Paris. The match has been lit. We’ll see what happens.

 

* I’m very skeptical.

**Very sad, isn’t it?

Rob Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com, Yediot and other publications.

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