I guess even in the US people have heard that here in Europe we have a movement going on that's called Les Vestes Jaunes, or Yellow Vests. It all started in France (a people which is historically one which does not accept every bullshit by its government endlessly without protest), and meanwhile has spread to the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, even the authority-obedient Germans have started smaller protests in Berlin, and Italy, as I've read.
Now, what do they want ? Not much, actually. Being able to eat properly until the end of the month, have a regular job that allows that, and don't pay loads of taxes of which you don't see a result or improvement in infrastructure for the public.
Now the problem is that the French didn't check properly who they elected. Macron, a clean and net neoliberal, would correct the imbalance between the lower class which works their ass off and the ones who sit in a bank and get 20'000 $ a month for some clicks on their PC (example) to get by ? The elite Sorbonne, Harvard- and Goldman-steeled politicians would really step down into the gutter and listen to the regular Joe's problems ? I guess there is either ignorance or wishful thinking at play. Macron is Merkel is Stoltenberg is Juncker is Tessie May. The same club.
Now, since our press here is everything else than free, but linked to the big capital and the economy, they try to put the Gilets Jaunes into the far-right corner. All Nazis ! Hooligans ! They want to destroy our society ! They are chaotic and don't even have an organization. But NO. These are people like you and me, from EVERY political spectrum, which are united by one thing: My life is no good. Do something. CORRECT something.
Politicians complain that these hundreds of thousands have no leader they can address to find a compromise. Hah ! Bullshit. These same hundreds of thousands tried for years to find politicians which they can address and which take their problems seriously ! But they didn't listen while filling their pockets.
And then we get the idiots who simply say: They are too lazy to work or want luxury by working the minimum. Ok. Now, when you're over 45 and don't have n diplomas, and happen to lose your job because of so-called "austerity policy" of your company (which means fire the staff and produce in Asia or wherever), or a merger of your company, you're fucked. You won't get another job, and welfare isn't enough to feed your family and pay your rent.
What would you do ?
Would you buy a Yellow Vest and take the street or would you simply resign and say "That's life" ?
(Now I wonder how much time will pass until somebody calls me a "socialist" again :-))