My favorite thinker, Sowell, weighs in on the decaying French...............now that's what I call a good time. In the Atlasphere (how appropriate);
To try to deal with this high unemployment rate among young workers, the job security laws have recently been modified to make it easier for employers to fire those workers who are on their first job.
Students and their political supporters, including labor unions, depict them as victims. Among the slogans chanted by the rioters is “We're not young flesh for the boss.” The fact that many bosses don't seem to want to hire their young flesh seems to be lost on them.
Hey pasaran, there is no such thing as free FROG LEGS...............
A leftist deputy has declared: “To create discrimination based on age transgresses fundamental rights!”
Channeling Ellsworth Toohey..
In other words, people have a right for other people to have to continue employing them, whether those other people want to or not. The “fundamental right” to a job over-rides the rights of other people when they are called “bosses.”
The fact that many students can think only in terms of “rights,” but not in terms of consequences, shows a major deficiency in their education. The right to a job is obviously not the same thing as a job. Otherwise there would not be a 23 percent unemployment rate among young French workers.
The law can create equal rights for inexperienced young workers and for older workers with a proven track record but the law cannot make them equally productive on the job or equally risky to hire. Nor is rioting likely to make employers any more likely to want young workers working for them.
Estimates of the damage done by the rioters — called “protesters” or “demonstrators” in the mealy-mouthed media — range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to over a million dollars, thus far. They have also shut down dozens of universities, including the Sorbonne, denying an education to other students.
The heady notion of “rights” — and especially the notion that your rights over-ride other people's rights, when those other people belong to some suspect class called “bosses” — is an all too familiar feature of modern welfare state notions.
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who supports the new labor law, has seen his approval rating drop to 36 percent. That is what happens when you try to talk sense to people who prefer to believe nonsense.
It is elementary economics that adding to the costs, including risks, of hiring workers tends to reduce the number of workers hired. It should not be news to anyone, whether or not they have gone to a university, that raising costs usually results in fewer transactions.
The fact that such profound ignorance of basic economics and such self-indulgent emotionalism should be prevalent at elite institutions of higher education is one of the many deep-seated failures of universities on both sides of the Atlantic.
So which drives the final stake in the heart of France, the Islamists or the Socialists? IMHO, both.
Rick O, Atlas aficionado (can I say that Rick?) scores intellectual points by pointing me to the wellspring of great discourse on the "French problem" or the "problem with the French";
Mark Steyn has focused more on the demographics of the French implosion (actually the Western civilization implosion) while Dalrymple has focused more on the cultural aspects. In any case, if you have not read what they have written you are missing some great writing and thinking.
Thanks Rick, a gift from the universe, you are.
Mark Steyn as at steynonline.com. Theodore Dalrymple writes at (among others) City Journal here. Both of them have written what I consider to be seminal articles on the death and decay of western civilization.
Theodore Dalrymple, The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris -- Written three years ago
Mark Steyn, It's the Demography, Stupid
But it is understood that employers will not wish to be saddled with young employees who reveal, as they most likely would, either unfitness for work, as some young non-Muslims would, or perhaps fitness but a dangerous attitude of hostility toward non-Muslim workers, or give signs of other cause for alarm (perhaps unwillingness to do what an Infidel shop-steward, or employer, demands).
This does not mean that the rioters are Muslim. This does not mean that the law in question is prompted only by considerations of giving Muslims a chance to be hired. Yet there is an unstated but clear connection of the disruption to general understandings of what France is and what its social and economic covenant is. There is even a connection to questions about the possibility of retaining the current system of entitlements given the existence of a large, growing, and unintegrable population – a population that has been completely unscrupulous in its exploitation of the welfare state set up, paid for, administered, and maintained by Infidels who never thought that the system would be bled of resources by a discrete and hostile population. Continue
UPDATE: From the newly Google-banned People's Cube.......so fabulous, Fwench and fat free
The new 'must work for money' rule, introduced by the French government, has precipitated huge street demonstrations in Paris, as student and labor leaders rise against the specter of capitalism, worried that its emphasis on hard work and personal responsibility will ruin their most cherished cultural values of government dependency. At the famed Sorbonne University, protesters vandalized cars, bus shelters, and shops, including a McDonald's restaurant. Rioters, crying "Vive la Révolution," absconded with a statue of Ronald McDonald and later beheaded it with a makeshift guillotine.
UPDATE: But seriously folk, Socialism makes people worse