Just another Parisian day

Maybe this is what T.S. Eliot meant when he wrote of the world ending “not with a bang but a whimper”, in his famous poem The Hollow Men.

That these people will literally sit back with a good coffee, meal and wine and watch their world burn.

Or is this resilience that we’re seeing? The ability to keep going while the world crashes around you, perhaps even with a touch of confidant insouciance?

Background to this is here, if you’re interested. Macron unilaterally raised the retirement age from 62 to 64, which is still less than New Zealand and a lot of other Western nations, is necessary if the French pension system is to be saved, but goes against the grain of modern French people who’ve been conditioned to have the State give them everything. Meaning that the riots are about a lot more than the pension age, which is just the trigger.








2 responses to “Just another Parisian day”

  1. rossco Avatar

    Rioting since 5 May 1789.!

    Welfare dependency breeds entitlement.

    That bloke over on KB who is an expert on all the welfare payments and tax ramifications basically answered every question about reform with a cant do that because it will affect this that and the other. Perfect example of where welfarism leads the state to….. more welfare,more bureaucracy and more dependency.

    Dont like Macron, but he is doing the right thing. Possible for the wrong reasons.

    Lux wont be able to deal with the cronyism, the corruption, the entitlement piecemeal. You either sweep it away or it becomes embedded. Just look at his suggested educational reforms.

  2. Lucia Maria Avatar
    Lucia Maria

    That’s me, sitting there in a cafe while the world burns.
    I know it’s burning, and all I can do is pray.
    And offer some of my thoughts on Twitter.

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