French Yellow Vests: What could it teach us about ourselves?

In a recent opinion piece, Frances Moore Lappe argues that most news coverage we are seeing about the Yellow Vest movement is missing some major points and key lessons for Ameircans.

So, what’s to explain the relative quiescence of Americans confronting more extreme violations of basic fairness than their French counterparts?


Many factors, of course. But I’m convinced that in part it’s that we Americans have more thoroughly absorbed the notion that our fate is our fault.

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