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France: Speaking truth to ignorance
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 03, 2006

Not that anyone will listen. But the president of the Sorbone has spoken out about the protests going on in France, and, surprisingly, he's speaking out against the protesters. He's being none to subtle about it either. Jean-Robert Pitte had this to say:
Reacting to protests over the law, which makes it easier for employers to fire, and therefore presumably more willing to hire, young workers, Jean-Robert Pitte said the youngsters had no dreams but believed everything was due to them as a right without having to work for it.

"I'm very angry about the demagogy, the ignorance and the stupidity of the young and of the French," said Dr Pitte, 56, a geography professor who has taught at Oxford and Cambridge and holds the L├ęgion d'honneur.

"Today's youth don't have dreams, they have illusions. To dream is to want to accomplish something difficult that is a challenge. Instead youngsters believe they have a right to everything and if things don't go the way they want it's someone else's fault."
The entitlement mentality. A pernicious promise made on the basis of false "rights" which, unfortunately, generations of French (and other Europeans) have come to consider to be theirs by birth. Pitte hits home with his characterization of the illusions under which the French now live.
Dr Pitte, whose comments were published in the respected weekly news magazine Le Point, blamed "irresponsible" public debate for stoking the violence.

"They say: Oh, these poor students! Of course they have a right to an open-ended work contract! It's absurd," he told Le Point. "Who is going to tell these youngsters the truth? Get real." He added that tens of thousands of students were taking degrees in subjects with no relevance to the employment market but were then demanding jobs linked to their studies.

"It's true that someone in England who leaves Oxford with a degree in Chinese can work in marketing, but they learn their job as they go along and must prove themselves.

"I know people will say I'm a horrible reactionary but I'm very angry about the ignorance and the stupidity not just of youngsters but of the French because we have the youth we deserve."
Precisely. So how do you fix that once you've entitled a few generations of citizens? That's the problem isn't it? How do you go back on the promised entitlements once they become a part of the fabric of the culture and life in a country, even when they're an economic hindrance?

While Pitte's words are true and a welcome bit of fresh air, my guess is the result will be Pitte doing the equivalent of the "Larry Summers Shuffle" as he's asked to find another position in the near future. I don't think France is quite yet in the postition to want to deal with the truth.
 
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"While Pitte’s words are true and a welcome bit of fresh air, my guess is the result will be Pitte doing the equivalent of the ’Larry Summers Shuffle’ as he’s asked to find another position in the near future." Wouldn’t it be paradoxical if Pitte lost his job due to the complaints of those demanding job security....no matter how they perform????
 
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An interesting future job for all those young French people would be in the greatly expanded army as they train to fight the infidel in the new Islamic Republic of Frankistan.
 
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When Star Trek: The Next Generation was on, Captain Jon Luc Picard once described his future culture and frankly it sounded much like France and Germany today. Given the ease of that society, I would just how they ever got anyone to sign up for something dangerous or difficult like Star Fleet or Star Fleet Academy.
I can only surmise that with the future mega-billions in population, there are always enough mutants out there willing to sign up.
 
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When Star Trek: The Next Generation was on, Captain Jon Luc Picard once described his future culture and frankly it sounded much like France and Germany today. Given the ease of that society, I wondered just how they ever got anyone to sign up for something dangerous or difficult like Star Fleet or Star Fleet Academy.
I can only surmise that with the future mega-billions in population, there are always enough mutants out there willing to sign up.
 
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You’re all just jealous.
 
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We’re all just jealous? Of who? For what?

I am fortunate enough to live in a country where people can easily be fired. As a result it is easy to hire additional workers for short term projects. If my situation allowed me to travel, I would have more short term projects in my specialized field I would be fired from when complete to choose from than I would be able to accept, and even here in Milwaukee I am making a nice living. In France I would be chronically unemployed.
 
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