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French advice worth taking

Scotsman.com News - International - French told: work more and think less

FRANCE is the country that produced Descartes and his one-liner, "I think therefore I am," as well as the solemn pontifications of Jean-Paul Sartre and other celebrity philosophers.

But in the government of president Nicolas Sarkozy, thinking has lost its cachet.

In proposing a tax-cut law earlier this month, finance minister Christine Lagarde bluntly advised the French people to abandon their "old national habit".

"France is a country that thinks," she told the National Assembly. "There is hardly an ideology that we haven't turned into a theory. This is why I would like to tell you: Enough thinking, already. Roll up your sleeves."

Citing Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, she said the French should work harder, earn more and be rewarded with lower taxes if they get rich.


So far, Sarko seems to be playing it quite sensibly. No one's yet put him under duress to observe that famous petulance. Telling the French to get to work is quite inspired really.


Okay, let's see if I've got this straight. France wants to be a nation of doers not thinkers. Then they cite two famous French thinkers - Rene Descartes who was born in 1596 and died in 1650. That's current. We then skip ahead to Jean Paul-Sarte who lived from 1905-1980. Jean Paul embraced communism, was an atheist, and took an Algerian mistress, Arlette Elkhaim, who became his adopted daughter in 1965(any incest there?) and concluded that 'Literature' functioned as a bourgeois substitute for real commitment in the world. Yes, he won the Nobel Prize for literature but rejected the prize because of his own disgust at his nationality. Who needs thinking like that? So, I agree, down with the thinkers!
Phillipe Petain - He was no thinker he was a worker (for the Nazis) and yet, supposedly, a hero of WWII, but later convicted of treason and was to be executed but Charles de Gaulle commuted the sentence to life. But,again, he was a doer. And France wants more of them.
The kicker is "work harder, earn more and be rewarded with lower taxes IF you get rich". Sounds kinda like "get an education, get a good job, and when you retire live off your wonderful pension/social security" that was touted in American during the 1950's-1990's. And if taxes are lowered, will France have enough money to keep the infrastructure propped up? What is Ms. Lagarde thinking? Will she then have to roll up her own sleeves?

MorganLighter, by your example, just because one industrious frog turned out to be a traitor, saying "roll up your sleeves" is bad advice? Work hard, get rich is how it works in the real world. You don't get rich sucking off the government tit. I think Frances taxes can come down a fair bit before you have to start sweating the end of civilization...
I cannot believe with all the dismal examples of socialism and communisms failures that abound in Europe, there are still any people with an ounce of sense who think it's a good idea! France has been sliding into the shitter ever since the end of WWII because of their bullshit socialist policies. Thats 60 plus years! Isn't that long enough to determine that it DOESN"T F*****G WORK!? Let Sarkozy try something new. Christ, it can't hurt! Or are you and yours worried that it WILL succeed?

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