Hodjanernes Blog

5 november 2010

Optøjer, plyndringer og kaos i Frankrig

Hvordan samfund går under.

France is a country in disintegration. A small minority of the population still lives comfortably in the more affluent neighborhoods, striving to maintain the property they purchased or inherited, while at the other end of the social spectrum, the ranks of those living in dire poverty are swelling fast. 15% of the population subsists exclusively on government welfare benefits. Unemployment has reached 25% among the 18 to 25 year old age group, while figures are far higher among young men of Arab or African descent.

More than half the diplomas issued by higher education are worthless in the real world, offering no career path, no opportunity other than signing onto a long list of job seekers going nowhere. Many counter staff in fast food chains hold doctorates or masters’ degrees, yet prefer demeaning work to begging on the street. The French middle classes are disappearing and observe with anxiety the irrepressible growth of an underclass of immigrants increasingly marginalized and marinating in degrading frustration that’s highly conducive to all sorts of radicalization.

French education is in the hands of communists, socialists and greens, who disseminate anti-capitalist doctrines and distorted views of history. The media echo these inept and fraudulent ideas, never offering a means to actually understand how the world works and the basic rules of economics. This encourages dangerously stupid and divisive slogans such as “The solution exists. The rich must pay,” to achieve wide support. More than twenty years ago, French jurisprudence was usurped by radical groups proclaiming that a criminal is primarily a victim of society, and that the duty of those who have more is to share with those who have less. Today, many French judges make rulings on ideological grounds, with little regard for the law.

Major reform, or even a return to sanity, appear unthinkable in these conditions. Nicolas Sarkozy has proven unable to enforce consistent principles, teetering for three years between indecision and authoritarianism, finally giving rise to massive, widespread rejection. His prospective successors, the leaders of the Socialist Party, speak irresponsibly and make senseless promises which they know full well are impossible to keep. A xenophobic extreme-right stirs the anger of some; a nihilistic extreme-left excites the hatred of others. No politician appears able to offer a path toward a promising future: at least no politician with the slightest chance to be heard.

The French public debt grows year after year toward a national bankruptcy that will be very hard to avoid. Abysmal deficits adversely affect not only a pension system built on a Ponzi scheme, but all redistribution mechanisms and a public health insurance system that, while promising free medical care for all, loses billions of euros each year and survives only thanks to a management shortage and a steady decline in the quality of care.

Investors feel uncertain. The present situation does anything but convince them that the future of France is bright.

1 kommentar »

  1. Beskrivelsen ovenfor kunne akkurat lige så godt gælde Mohammedanmark.


    Kommentar af Skjoldungen — 5 november 2010 @ 10:59

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