by Peter Wahl
To any decent leftist, the second round of the French presidential election was an agonizing choice between plague and pneumonia. There was a heated discussion whether one should abstain or cast an invalid ballot or ‘take up the cross’ and drag oneself to the polls to support Macron.
The dilemma was how to keep the initial position of this ultraneoliberal as weak as possible for the parliamentary election in four weeks and for his presidency in general while avoiding a strengthening of Le Pen. Amongst the cheers of the dominant block and its ideological apparatus, it should not go unnoticed that this intent has been largely achieved. Why?