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Regular readers of my work since 2008 will have noticed my emphasis on inequality as the driver of social and political problems across the Western and developing worlds. Now in France we have a violent outpouring of anger, directed at regime change, no less. It is a revolutionary movement, arising out of a conflation of despair, anger and a sense of injustice.

Many of those protesting feel neglected, oppressed and dominated. They are not mostly Parisiennes, they have traveled in from the suburbs and the regions. For the most part they’re employed, but their incomes don’t meet their needs despite the exhaustion they feel from their work. This is as true for households where more than one adult is working as for those with a single earner. The traditional promise of being able to live off one’s income from full time work no longer holds true. It’s no longer possible for somebody to lead their life as they please, or to make their own choices. How can autonomy be achieved if the riches of society are shared so unfairly?

I don’t have access to figures from France, but this 2018 American review of who’s been getting pay rises since the 1970’s spells out the growth of inequality so clearly. Only the top 1% have done well. The rest are flatlining.

Who gets a pay riseThis is alarming enough: the rich are pocketing the lot! But ordinary folk are not contributing less; they are not earning less because they’re doing less, rather the opposite is true, their productivity is increasing while their pay is not:

Productivity and Pay growthAgain, these are US figures but the phenomenon of wage stagnation exists across the developed world. So people are producing more, working harder and/or smarter and  earning less. No wonder their rage is so strong!

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    Equestrian breeches, level of comfort, and tradition
    Equestrian breeches are extraordinary horseback riding clothing. Because they do not have seams on the inner section of the leg, namely in the spot where the rider’s leg meets the seat, they give ease and versatility of movements. This kind of method of stitching defends your skin from chafing, permits the rider to properly saddle the horse and travel for an extended time not having negative consequences. Breeches may be tight or puffed throughout the thighs, just like cavalry breeches.

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    Features that make breeches distinctive?

    Breeches are characterized by high waist and grip – short or long. A grip is an supplemental reinforcement with a level of suede, leather or silicon that goes far towards the knees or over the entire leg. This helps ensure better tackiness, gluiness, gumminess in the seat, having said that, the style of the breeches would depend on the rider’s choices.

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    Materials for breeches
    In order for breeches to get as heavy duty as possible, they must be manufactured from top quality elements. Fabric is picked out for a given time of year, it is therefore appropriately breathable, isolating, quick-dry, and simple to clear. The material should be somewhat flexible and keep its composition even with several laundries.

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