After a teenager was shot dead by police on the streets of Marseille, France has been shocked by days of sustained street riots and protests. Police are trying to end the chaos, arresting hundreds of people across the country and calling in thousands of reinforcements from suburban and rural areas. France is known for its culture of police brutality, but the country’s leader Emmanual Macron has a brilliant theory of what it’s really all about:.
He suggested that some young people appeared to be copying violent video games. “Sometimes we have the feeling that some of them are playing the video games that have intoxicated them on the streets,” Macron said.
To think that the riots unleashed by a police officer who executes a child in the street are about “video games“ it’s an interesting hoax. Even if you take it seriously, Macron might be thinking of Tik Tok, or the original version of Mortal Kombat from 1992, or something Paul Ricoeur once wrote about Pac Man’s psychoanalysis. All the crazy stuff about the third way , Blairism, Clintonism, neoliberalism, “reactionary centrism, whatever we call that particular floating world, is out there because the jerk who parrots it doesn’t quite get it. How can it end?” but in anything? but fire?