Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Dear Indigna,

I’ve been reading about these student protests in France. Apparently these kids are all choking on their own outrage because the government has passed a new law that allows French companies to fire anyone under the age of 26 anytime within the first two years of employment without showing cause. One student actually compared these provisions to “slavery,” saying “You’ll get a job knowing that you’ve got to do every single thing they ask you to do because otherwise you may get sacked.”

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but that sounds like so-called “at will” employment, which everyone else in the world has, only we’re not protected at age 27 or after two years (tenure excepted). Aren’t these French “students” just a bunch of whiny brats over-coddled by a sense of entitlement fostered by socialist governmental policies?

Get a freakin’ job already! Jeez!

Old School Economist
New York, NY

Dear Old,

I beg to differ with your retarded, bigoted and undemocratic opinion (no offense). Not only is France on the cutting edge of social movements, it is a model of the utopian state. Imagine a country where people can live as comfortably on the dole as they can on a salary! Furthermore, should a person choose gainful employment, apparently he or she is free to slack off, refuse assignments, fail to complete work or make deadlines, take extended smoking breaks, sass the boss, make off-color jokes, have sex in the conference room and show up to work totally stoned without fear of Big Brother coming down and quashing his/her individuality and free will with the bitter cudgel of a pink slip.

Now, that is what I call true liberté, égalité, fraternité my friend (aka Big Brother)! This reminds me of those high school exit exams, where the school won’t let people graduate unless they show the ability to correctly answer 50% of a bunch of 6th grade math questions. What gives them the right to control our children’s future like that? On the same note, what makes you “bosses” superior to your “employees”? What gives you the right to decide what we do with our time at work? Who appointed you God? You and your boss-man cronies are fascistic enemies of Democracy and the Franco-American Way (aka “Freedom-American Way”). I hope you get fired.

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