March 12, 2006

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds


The French government just raided the Sorbonne to evict protesters. The Chiraqis claimed the protesters were guilty of "odious acts" like defacting property.

On the other hand, when it came to immigrant ruffians burning cars (thousands) and nursery schools in the Paris suburbs, the authorities were slow to move.

The Sorbonne types, by the way, were protesting a law that allows a few small firms to lay off young workers without explanation--so they would be less fearful about hiring them at all. Employment "at will" such as we have here in the States (you can fire a worker for any reason, except for a few illegal reasons) would be almost impossible to achieve in Europe.

We have periodic economic revolutions, such as the newspapers are undergoing at the moment, but the reduced friction of economic change in this country is probably one reason we are so much more prosperous than the Europeans.

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