TRIBUNE - The philosopher * reacts to a tribune of Guillaume Peltier published in Le Figaro and pleads in turn for an assumed and real decentralization.
Reading an article from Guillaume Peltier entitled "Our provinces, a chance for France!" I was delighted. I know that the path and the political sensibility of its author are my poles, but touching the political mechanism of the French Jacobin, it hits and rejoices. Indeed, he writes things that are truly revolutionary because they go against what all the parties recently present in the presidential elections, including his own, claim to be centralizing, statist, Jacobin, to say the least: Parisians.
What does this young deputy from Loir-et-Cher say? That "the inhabitants of France of the provinces" are looked down on by the technocracy of Paris because it considers that the only viable model is urban, cosmopolitan, individualistic, uneducated, consumerist, globalist, uprooted, ahistorical. He says that it is never said that "the majority of French people today live in a town of less than 10,000 inhabitants". He adds that the state pays considerable sums to make the cities even more sprawling with their train of evils: dehumanization, hyperconcentration, social atomization, anonymisation, to which it could have added: pollutions, as well of the bodies as of the souls. It refers to the landscapes shaped by men for centuries, to the scents of the markets, to the sublime of nature that it opposes underground lives of subway users. I subscribe.
I also subscribe to his idea that an exit from this religion of the cities must aim at the invention of a life of the territories, with the rootings which, alone, make possible the universality.
Cosmopolitanism has become a nationalism that despises the provinces, in the same way that the Jacobins of 1793 despised the Girondins, which they shortened because they wished, among other things, that Paris weighs only 1/83 of the national representation - there were then 83 departments.
The Robespierrots, to speak like Olympe de Gouges, also shortened by the so-called Incorruptible, are not found only among the current well-known devotees of Robespierre: they are among all those who consider that Paris must make the law to the provinces as much as Paris is only the Brussels registration chamber ...
I share this desire for revolution by the return of provincial power. And, to do this, I co-author this idea that "it is time, in the name of balance and justice, that the France of the provinces benefits as a priority from public policies". There are indeed in the province many talents that the centralized technocracy holds under its heel.
There is little in a book entitled Decolonize the provinces and subtitled Contribution to the presidential electionsI defended the idea that only a Girondin revolution could give air to this failed Jacobin France. From Marine Le Pen to Philippe Poutou via Macron and Mélenchon, Hamon or Fillon, all shared in the same Jacobin religion. It is this software that must be thrown in the trash. The extent of abstention and then the blank vote and no one testifies that this old model has had its day. In this book, I referred to the analyzes of the anarchist thinker Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and his libertarian communalism, provincial parliaments, departmental self-government, community federations, imperative mandates, the need for houses of the people and citizen forums that would activate a real direct democracy (breaking with the current democratic mechanisms that sing the Jacobin model with feudal local, departmental, regional ...), the return of power to viable entities, the extension of local currencies, the creation of experimental schools, and many other tracks.
Most of the time, regionalization consists of transferring secondary powers to the regions while the regaliens are kept by Paris. The capital empties itself of the stewardship over the provinces without ever giving them authentic power. The management and administration of schools, waste, transport, heritage and air quality, which are part of the region, are pitiful rattles while the regions should have a real autonomy which is necessary now think of nature.
This is the only project that can mobilize again the citizens tired of the media and political game, which has taken precedence over what should be democracy: the power of the people by the people for the people. It should be obvious, it has become a revolutionary program.
That to do so be written authentic regional grievances and that are held true states of the provinces for the creation of a Constituent Girondine that would save the professionals of the policy. That was the whole point of the Proudhonian project.
I do not know if Guillaume Peltier, who calls "to all French left, right and elsewhere" would subscribe, but his call opens immense prospects for France from below who is tired of the escapades of France from above.
* Author of "Decolonizing the provinces. Contribution to the presidential elections ", Editions de l'Observatoire, 2017.