Olivier has been very successful adapting and evolving, in the 2007 elections he ran for president again and garnered 4.08% of the vote. Of course he had no real chance of winning, but his calm, friendly charisma and skill as a deadly debater and the ability to explain the most complex economic issues to the common man has consistently made him the most admired political figure in French polls.
In 2006, he spoke out against the TASER Corporation and the use of Tasers in law enforcement. He exposed the cover up in the numbers of fatalities resulting from the casual use of tasers by law enforcement. The TASER Corporation sued him for defamation and hired a law team to prosecute him here in France. During the months leading up to the trial, a number of arrests were made of agents hired by TASER to trail Besancenot for the purpose of exposing his personal life. Consequently, charges have been made against the president of TASER, who never showed up to answer them and the charges against Olivier were dropped. The bottom line is that the claims he has put forward about Tasers have been authenticated daily in the news and France is now going to follow Canada's lead and ban tasers from France.
He has always been in the forefront of Labor demonstrations and an ally of the Unions and has developed into one of the UMPs most formidable opponents when it comes to exp[osing the lack of imagination and the sheer greed of their policies.
Last Year, Besencenot announced that the LCR was going to be dissolved and he was going to form a new party, not based on ideological communist doctrine, but on the relationship of the common man to the current economic and politicval realities of the world we live in now.
The new as of yet officially un named party is called the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste.
It will have its first official congress in a few weeks, February 6-9. They have a very active internet presence and plan to be a European Party. I was very interested to hear that Besancenot was listed as the 4th most popular political figure in Scotland last week.
The Party is becoming very successful at communicating its message and ideas across the university level society here in Europe. Their first aim is to get a number of Deputies elected to the European Union next year.
Before that, they are going to be very active here in France in the coming weeks and Besancenot is one of the prime movers in the major work stoppage that will occur here on the 29th of January.
The party claims it will have no leader, but will be driven by the militant members and decide its agenda collectively. In America, we are seeing a party emerge as a power, even if it doesn't claim to be an official political party, the organization, moveon.
The agenda is determined by the registered members. That's how they decided to back Barack Obama. The organization, over 3 million members, voted on the internet.
This is a true democratic politics for the age of the web. A collective will, a forum of ideas and participation, drawing from the wealth of all of us.