Revolution by Esoteric Design: The French Gilets Jaunes Protests

Since they kicked off over the weekend of November 17th, 2018, the French Gilets Jaunes – or Yellow Vests – protests have swept across not only France, but are showing inspiration and momentum in other nations, both in Europe and abroad.  Mimicking crowds, motivated by the courage & resilience of the French lower & middle classes – who are fed up with elite-focused & mandated rule out of Paris benefiting primarily 1% elite class – donned yellow vests in taking up issues against their own national or regional leaderships.  You’ve hopefully seen the images for months now, otherwise your media sources are found wanting.  The French protests, now entering their 17th week yet still without a unifying leadership or streamlined platform, have claimed many casualties, with nearly 1,900 injuries – some gruesomely maiming - and eleven dead as of this writing.  The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet last week called for a full investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the French police against Yellow Vest protesters.

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Participants are claimed by some corporate media outlets to have dwindled, yet they are still capturing global headlines and nonetheless remain adamant that President Macron resign.  More importantly & systematically, they want the elite circles which bore Macron’s presidency, as well as of those of Hollande, Sarkozy & others in a long lineage, to be held accountable for their oblivion, arrogance & detachment from the needs of the working class, who feel not only abandoned, but practically rendered obsolete by an increasingly technocratic financial elite hellbent toward reinventing France collectively as Europe’s Silicon Valley, among other hyper-cybernetic analogies.

Yet despite everyone from said protestors to media pundits to even those in government themselves using the word “Revolution” in referencing either the past four months, or in the case of Macron’s arrival, the past nearly two years (note:  Macron published a manifesto in late 2017 entitled Revolution, yet his proposed variety is hardly on the lips of yellow vesters in the streets), can a genuine revolution take place as insisted in France today, as it did in the USA of 1776, the France of 1789, the Haiti of 1791, Irish Rebellion of 1798, Greek War of Independence of 1821, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Cuban of 1953 or the Iranian of 1979?

The more important question to ask, and not simply in a purely rhetorical or philosophical sense, is what exactly is a “Revolution”?  No, I don’t mean the standard dictionary definition, nor certainly of your watered down, commercialized pop cultural variety exploitation of said term.  I mean in the deeper, esoteric, occult sense, especially considering how germane said realms were to many of the aforementioned “formal” revolutions, as well as certainly to existing deep state power structures today.  The scope of the latter issue cannot be accommodated fully in our show episode, yet by taking said epistemological approach, one would be better able to discern who & what are ultimately driving such touted winds of change.

Overlapping Western Political Upheavals

As mentioned Macron wrote a book called Revolution as means of marketing his supposedly new approach to governing France out of its years-long economic malaise.  The official French unemployment rate listed at 8.8% in Q4 2018, yet has been stubbornly high for years, hovering officially between 9% and 10.5% just since 2010.  The “official” (again, key word) US unemployment rate lists as less than half of that at 4%, with the UK listing the same number while Germany comes in at only 3.4%.


France’s debt burden has grown aggressively for decades as well, with latest debt to Gross Domestic Product listing at 97% for 2017.  Consider that said ratio was merely just north of 20% in 1981.  US debt/GDP is at 105.4%, the UK is at 87.7% and Germany’s is at 64.1%.  All figures per


Note how, despite high debt/GDP figures for all stated western nations, France’s unemployment rate remains much higher than those of the US, UK & Germany, its tightest allies.

The French have clearly had enough, and the straws that broke the camel’s back were the onerous gas and climate taxes applied last year by the Macron government, which has since – granted - scraped said duties, yet the protests continue due to wider economic & political discontent.  That said, and despite violence in the streets of Paris not seen in decades, there hasn’t been an actual equivalent of ‘storming the Bastille’ just yet.  Yes, it’s only been four months, whereas, say, the Iranian Revolution took a bit over a year from initial incidents in early January 1978 to the Shah fleeing Iran & the Ayatollah Khomeini’s return.  [BTW, I tend to argue that the stage for the latter revolution was set earlier in 1976-1977 by the likes of Richard Helms, Henry Kissinger, Bill Sullivan, Anthony Parsons, Richard Cottam & other transatlantic deep staters, but that’s a separate matter.]  But the French masses aren’t exactly infiltrating & turning over the Élysée Palace, the French Parliament or better, the office buildings housing merchant banks the likes of which Emmanuel Macron was seeded from & which still maintain substantial influence over French, European Union and wider transatlantic political affairs.  Partly because, as mentioned, there’s a lack of focus & full coherence behind the movement, but also perhaps partly because it is being guided or accommodated by the government.  In addition to the stated concessions made by Macron, a series of debates were launched around France for allowing protesters to express their angst.  The protesters are also fielding their own candidates in the upcoming European Parliament Elections in May.  Right, because voting has worked splendidly up until now for their causes.  One HAS to defer to early 20th Century writer & labor activist Lucy Parsons, who poignantly stated: “Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.”  But, you live & you learn.

Plus, the Yellow Vest protests are overlapping in the same era with the similarly populist-driven Brexit movement in neighboring Britain, the ascendance of Trump & the Tea Party movements in the US and spurts of nationalism across the EU from varied citizenries wishing to blame immigrants, banks, austerity pressures & the human condition itself for myriad economic & political ills.  The Tea Partiers, Occupy Wall Streeters & protesters in Ferguson, Missouri & elsewhere were eventually quieted down & dispersed by law enforcement & fatigue.  Brexit, in its ongoing confusion, keeps getting reevaluated, as I’ve covered here recently.  And the wider compendium of either far right, far left or seemingly anti-establishment movements in general tend to get sheep herded toward envisioning a totally transformed Europe and wider “World Order” in general, ultimately by the same power centers toward which discontents were aimed in the first place.  That’s certainly the case with Macron’s own words, actions & ambitions.

I.E. Perhaps not if, but when, Donald Trump is impeached, it’ll ultimately be couched as part of a wider global revolutionary upheaval, considering that, as commentator Roger Sollenberger stated last December in Paste, “Revolutions are contagious.”  Well, indeed they are.  Especially when guided by esoteric forces behind the scenes, which grant them transformative sustenance.

Of “Revolution” as Occult Tool

I mean, what is “Revolution”, ultimately, and how was it arrived at as a core, kinetic means of sparking relatively immediate political, social, economic & mass psychological change?  Again, a discourse affording the subject justice goes well beyond the time we have here, but that won’t stop us from scratching the surface, naming source material for further exploration, and holding the inquired paradigm up to a higher light (pun intended).  You have to significantly supplement your past studies in history, philosophy, political science, economics, international affairs, journalism & certainly even film & media … with the otherwise suppressed history of the occult, which has become more accessible now than ever before.  Because it is directly relevant to many tides of history and thus should help immensely in discerning current & future global affairs.

Philosophical & historical writers such as René Guénon, Julius Evola, Glenn Alexander Magee and renowned historian & 28-year Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will be posited here & in the show’s listed citations under video options on the Newsbud page.  These rare resources should provide fodder for your needed, hopefully wider curiosity beyond just the assigned headlines or school history texts.

Specifically, Billington’s 1980 opus, Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith, which explores the history of “the European dream of revolution”, per Foreign Affairs magazine’s 1980 book review (Foreign Affairs, if you don’t know, has been published by the CFR since its outset).  In it, the author Billington references revolutions as practically religious movements & its participants as prophet and disciple-like (my note: false prophets).  He states that:

Modern revolutionaries are believers, no less committed and intense than were the Christians or Muslims of an earlier era. What is new is the belief that a perfect secular order will emerge from the forcible overthrow of traditional authority. This inherently implausible idea gave dynamism to Europe in the nineteenth century, and has become the most successful ideological export of the West to the world in the twentieth.

Billington was a learned, seasoned Establishment historian in the same vein as Carroll Quigley, author of Tragedy & Hope and of The Anglo-American Establishment, which I’ve cited repeatedly in past episodes.  Thinkers such as he, Quigley, Manly P. Hall & others were hardly guessing.  They did, however, have to couch their language, as certain, ‘initiated’ readers would follow them on a different level than the lay public would, or could.  Billington attributes 19th-century European revolutionaries as part of “’a small elite’ whose story must be told ‘from above’” – clear use of esoteric, illuminist language.  He further revealed that the so-called

revolutionary faith was shaped not so much by the critical rationalism of the French Enlightenment (as is generally believed) as by the occultism and proto-romanticism of Germany. This faith was incubated in France during the revolutionary era within a small subculture of literary intellectuals who were immersed in journalism, fascinated by secret societies, and subsequently infatuated with “ideologies” as a secular surrogate for religious belief.

He thus indirectly & partly alludes to philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, whom I’ve covered before as immersed in Hermeticism.  I cited academic philosopher Glenn Alexander Magee, who wrote the necessary & overdue tome, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition as indispensable. Hegel obviously influenced Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – two 19th Century journalists & definitively revolutionary writers & collaborators who, by denouncing religion as an opiate of the masses, in essence, founded a religion, for all intents & political purposes.  Namely, Marxism.

Billington’s referencing secret societies as influencing said thinkers was evident in the French Revolution’s slogan (Billington’s word) of “liberty, equality, fraternity” – specifically the last word.  Billington attests that the “basic struggle that subsequently emerged among committed revolutionaries was between advocates of national revolution for a new type of fraternity and those of social revolution for a new type of equality”, with the

hidden model [of the latter group being] the impersonal and dynamic machine of factory industry rather than the personalized but static lodge of the Masonic aristocracy … The flame of faith had begun its migrations a century earlier, when some European aristocrats transferred their lighted candles from Christian altars to Masonic lodges. The flame of occult alchemists, which had promised to turn dross into gold, reappeared at the center of new “circles” seeking to recreate a golden age: Bavarian Illuminists conspiring against the Jesuits, French Philadelphians against Napoleon, Italian charcoal burners against the Hapsburgs.

His language should be conspicuous to many who yearn for better explanations than what’s customarily out there.  Billington outright attests to the concept & outright cult of revolution becoming a “spreading conspiracy” from one nation to another while he corroborates the occult influences of Promethean fire and sun symbolism in its ontological genesis.

Revolutionaries (no less than prophets of the Judaeo-Christian-Moslem lineage) seek to find their “holy other” in historical time …The heart of revolutionary faith, like any faith, is fire: ordinary material transformed into extraordinary form, quantities of warmth suddenly changing the quality of substance ...  A recurrent mythic model for revolutionaries—early romantics, the young Marx, the Russians of Lenin’s time—was Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods for the use of mankind … Early during the French [Revolution] was born a “solar myth of the revolution,” suggesting that the sun was rising on a new era in which darkness would vanish forever. This image became implanted “at a level of consciousness that simultaneously interpreted something real and produced a new reality.”

In practically anticipating the giddy fervor, neo-revolutionary prose & pronouncements & outright individual identity of, say, an Emmanuel Macron of France, Billington 40 years ago presciently summarized that

The revolutionary faith was built more by ideological innovators than by political leaders. He who held actual power during the original French Revolution was generally “a provisional being … a creature of exceptional circumstance . . . not a professional of the Revolution.” Professionalism began later with a different kind of man: an intellectual who lacked political experience, but saw in revolution an object of faith and a source of vocation, a channel for sublimated emotion and sublime ambition. If traditional religion is to be described as “the opium of the people,” the new revolutionary faith might well be called the amphetamine of the intellectuals.

Billington clearly paraphrasing Marx directly there while more than hinting at Marx’s own esoteric & Hermetic allegiances.  In ominously forecasting a wider global upheaval, yet to arrive, yet no doubt affected and by said occult design, Billington implicates a “future revolution” as akin to

a kind of Second Coming in which the Just would be vindicated.  History itself would provide the final judgment; and a new community beyond all kingdoms would come on earth as it never could in heaven … the French Revolution was incomplete, and … history required a second, final revolution and a new type of man dedicated to serving it.

Researcher Mark Hackard further substantiated said occult historical influences, specifically with regard to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 partly by revealing the “Promethean (i.e. Luciferian) themes in … Bolshevik revolutionary propaganda [art as] hard to miss.”


Hackard, citing French Traditionalist author René Guénon, invaluably revealed three years ago that

the true masters of revolutions, materialism and secularism were not actually ends in themselves, but only the initial phases in the occult processing of society. The ultimate end of the cryptocratic elites, Guénon believed, was the destruction of sacred tradition and the enthronement of infernal forces in a new counter-religion. With the experience of the Bolshevik Revolution and early-period Soviet intelligence’s forays into the realms of the esoteric, we have a powerful example of Guénon’s thesis in action…

Yes, even early Soviet revolutionary planners such Yakov Blumkin (who was chief of Leon Trotsky’s personal security), Gleb Bokii and others

believed in otherworldly forces, practiced occultism, and were not against pressing their esoteric knowledge into the service of the young Soviet state … in 1921 [, then head of the Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky,] absolutely not a believer in any [mystical phenomena] and an atheist to the marrow of his bones, would sign alongside another atheist – Vladimir Lenin – a resolution on creating a special department under the [Unified State Political Directorate]. For tradecraft it was termed a cryptographic department – why would you openly call it the Department of Mysticism, Mind-Reading and Sorcery?

Shocked?  Don’t be.  There’s vastly more to this state of existence in the non-Cartesian sense than ‘mere’ exoteric religious thought, which is deemed indeed as ‘opiate for the masses’, yet because said masses apparently need their opiates, per political scientist Shadia Drury’s summary of neoconservative godfather & esotericist, philosopher Leo Strauss.

France Today: Another Guided Revolt?

Which all brings us back to Macron’s France, the Yellow Vests and their spreading phenomena.  Again, the contentions of the struggling working classes in France & abroad are very real, yet is the Gilet Jaunes movement in general authentically populist and truly divorced from esoteric, deeper state planners?  The protests, enduring as they seem to be, are nonetheless oddly fitting a sense of guided contours – namely, not allowed to genuinely bring about regime change in the truest sense in France, yet not fully quelled, either, despite claims of protestor numbers being a fraction of what they were months ago.  Is it all due to natural inertia, or something else?

Note again that Macron himself forecast ‘revolutionary changes’ to not only affect France internally, but the wider EU project & perhaps the world.  Something that was repeatedly touted in corporate press.  Although some critique his initial visions as all but dead, he nevertheless remains firmly at the helm and – critically – a creature of the very power & secret society elite which are the sorcerous progeny of the aforementioned intellectual & occult elite introducing revolution as religion.  The same elite who provide routine leadership ‘guidance’ to Macron, May, Trump, Trudeau, Merkel, Abe, Poroshenko & others, and who are directly involved in said other populist movements nationwide.  The same who seek technological Singularity and Transhumanism in neo-Promethean fashion as part & parcel of a wider planned for, coming global revolution which, in the words of author James Billington, “would fulfill all the Law and the Prophets”…

This concludes our 41st episode of Money & Fear!  Thank you all again from around the world for supporting our journalistic endeavor – uniquely relentless in its seeking to discern economic, historical, philosophical and thus political truths - for --- I’m Pye Ian

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  1. Jon L Curran says:


  2. Steven Hobbs says:

    Hey Pye,

    Thank you for another excellent production. Particularly edifying is the chronology of writers tracing esoteric symbols, organizations, and subliminal influences. Just a couple of problems for me regarding this presentation: 1) It appears as a suggestion that uprisings are controlled and manufactured by occultists, rather than a natural disruption of order by citizen dissatisfaction. 2) As much as “revolution” may be objectified and given a extant status such as other nominalisms, to do so is to reify the concept thus diluting meaning. Along with dilution, such statements become confusing. It seems you lost your ontological ground via abstraction.

    In regards to 1), the elites (in secret societies) subterfuge by arrogating and co-opting to themselves the cape of power and control. Bunch of B.S., but nonetheless important to track because they will continue to claim same to attract aspirants.

    Thank you

    • Thanks for viewing & reading the show transcript above, and for your comment.

      “As much as ‘revolution’ may be objectified and given a extant status such as other nominalisms, to do so is to reify the concept thus diluting meaning.”

      This sentence seems to be contradictory. I.E. may it or may it not?

      Regarding “Revolution”, I again defer to those cited, from Guenon to Evola to Billington, et al., who discussed occult influences over the tides of systematic political changes resulting from pent-up collective angst. Hence said dissatisfaction is certainly there without question, yet how/why would it then become a formal “Revolution”? I pondered said question acutely with regard to the Gilet Jaunes ‘movement’ while also reflecting upon the mores & means of the Iranian & Russian Revolutions.

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