Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Welfare State Intifada

One thing that really surprised me about the ongoing Paris Riots has been the almost total news blackout that surrounds it. Hardly anyone (any news outlet, that is) talks about it, and no one speaks about the possible reasons for the riots.

Although the news blackout affects them just as much, blogs have been trying to fill out the analysis vacuum. Here's a brilliant analysis of the causes of the riots, from Coyoteblog:

So far, a better explanation seems to be that these neighborhoods have been the victim of of the current form of Euro-socialism. In this economic model, a whole collection of laws make it very expensive for companies to hire anyone. If you do hire anyone, you have to pay them a very high salary, give them a fat package of benefits, weeks and weeks of paid vacation, and they only have to work 36 hours a week for you. And, if the person doesn't do a good job, too bad because it is nearly impossible to fire them. This may appear to be a great system for those who already have a job, but for the unemployed, the young, and the unskilled, it is a disaster. Who in their right mind is going to take a chance on a young, unskilled employee who you have to pay a fortune and who you can't fire if they aren't any good. And in particular, who is ever going to hire a young, unskilled immigrant for a job in France?

You can read the article here.

In other news, Josh McCabe has wriiten an open letter to the rioters in Paris (and the rioters in Argentina as well).

3 Comments:

Anonymous shivaji said...

dude . the black out you say exists seems to be fictional man . google news [ which obviously sources news from papers and agencies ] has any number of articles . also whenever one is bored of the merely mundane points of view all one needs to do is observe this http://english.pravda.ru/
the best of the trashers of the west in my opinion .

7:13 AM  
Blogger Kunal said...

It may not exactly be a blackout, but there is a fair amount of under-reporting.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why you say under-reporting but there seems to be plenty of coverage around here. Also lots of unpleasant questions being raised about permanent residents and their eventual status in society. And I second Shivaji on pravda, they are good!!
-Swati

8:05 PM  

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