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Aside from being a terrible thing, there is something that fascinates me about what's going on in France. By most accounts, France is a country with a decidedly strong socialist policy and economy compared with the US. The social safety net, healthcare, and similar programs represent a larger part of the budget nationally and taxes are higher. Despite all this, they are facing the kinds of massive urban frustration we've had in years past in some U.S. major cities.
I'm not really sure what this says. Does it mean there will always be this level of dissatisfaction and frustration no matter how much is spent? Does it give the far right an excuse to cut programs, saying they don't have a chance of working? Does it give the far left an excuse to increase spending even more?
I suppose this, like all things, will be used by both sides to justify whatever they already believe.
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safety net? I thought that this was part of the issue - that because they're
"foreigners" even though some had spent much of their lives in France - they
are excluded from much of the same rights as "citizens".
This is more than the urban frustration we have in the U.S. We haven't ever
seen this level of violence. I really don't think you can compare the two.
There will always be some level of dissatisfaction because all governments are
inherently uncaring entities and inefficent in how they attempt to serve their
I do believe that there is a big lie about how much more Europe takes care of
their underpriviledged than we do in the U.S., or at least there is a
perception that we're horrible and Europe does much better in this area than
Whatever the case, it's horrific stuff. Normally I'd be laughing at France and
saying something obnoxious like they deserve it but in this case, it's just