Creative Destruction

March 20, 2006

The sacred car-burning tradition

Filed under: International Politics — Adam Gurri @ 11:26 pm

Am I the only one scratching my head over this one?

They oppose a law that’d make it easy to hire and fire them, because they don’t want to let people who get hired risk being fired.

But that’s what they have now, and they also have 21% unemployment within the age range that would be effected by this law.  How could this law possibly make things any worse?  Even if they disagree, wouldn’t a little experimentation every now and then be a good thing, when you’ve been doing nothing for over a decade and the situation has gotten progressively worse?



  1. It’s a mindset difference. They really think that jobs fall from the sky, like manna. The idea that there is an individual human being (or in their case, big agglomerated group of human beings) deliberately setting out to do business, and in the process creating jobs, is alien. That those entrepreneurs would be cued to act on rational economic incentives is more unfathomable still.

    The funny thing is that if they’d really go entrepreneurial and aggressive on a mass basis, they could grow themselves out of many of their problems – and still use their existing (relative) wealth to maintain their environmental agendas.

    Comment by bobhayes — March 21, 2006 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  2. I’m thinking the rioters merely assume that they are going to be among the lucky 80% to get a job, and once they get it, they want to know they can never be fired. Believe it or not, the highest ambition of most French youths is to become a civil servant.

    Contrary to popular belief, I believe there are French politicians who understand the untenable economic fix the country is in. The problem is that anytime they suggest doing something about it, no matter how modest, there is rioting in the streets. This is a longstanding French tradition, except that when I was there, the kids would just throw rocks. These days they burn cars.

    Comment by bazzer — March 21, 2006 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  3. and the ridiculous thing is that rioting in the streets actually creates political sympathy for a cause.

    Yeah, you can’t really blame the officials for this one. Popular sentiment in France is just goes for this kind of thing way too easily.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 21, 2006 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  4. And now they’re counterprotesting, God bless their filthy Gallic souls.

    Comment by bobhayes — March 21, 2006 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

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