Sunday, January 01, 2006

Not Yours to Give

Frédéric Potet gives a rousing portrayal of the "Robin Hoods of the light", the EDF's CGT members who clandestinely and illegally restore electricity to the homes of the poor and needy.

This is the type of action that Frenchmen the world over will cite as evidence that their society is the most humane and the most advanced in the world (certainly more than that of the damn Yankees) and that their social system a model for the world to follow.

Except, of course, that in doing "good", they are using others' people money. Tell a Frenchman that, and chances are this will immediately bring out an expression of disgust or rage, asking what kind of cold-hearted monster you are. I.e., thoughts to alternatives are not entertained in a society where emotion reigns.

Too bad the French think of Americans as nothing but thoughtless cowboys and know Davy Crockett as nothing but a frontiersman.

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