The French are Different
By Arnold Kling
Maybe the best take on the French labor strike comes from Charles Krauthammer.
Yes, the old should be protected from precariousness because they are exhausted; the sick, because they are too weak. But privileged students under the age of 26? They cannot endure 24 months of precariousness at the prime of life, the height of their energy?
This brought it home to me. Since graduating college last June, my daughter has already quit two jobs, with her friends and family strongly supporting her decisions. Her problem was that the jobs demanded too little from her. At her age, she would rather do temp work and keep busy than have a job with benefits where she just sits and waits in vain for an assignment. She is against boredom, not precariousness.
The French are different.