Topic: World View
We have John Ashcroft, and they have Nicolas Sarkozy.
A note from France on a petition rather unlikely to surface over here in Des Moines - even if that Iowa town has a sort of French name. Des Moines? The monks?
What of us lefties in Boston and Hollywood (Bois de houx)? Ah, are we among the "caviar gauche" - moaning about the condition of society while doing little to improve it? And are the intelligentsia, notably those one might call the "professional civil libertarians," hindering crime prevention?
This wire item of note:
French elite unite over government 'war on intellect'
Philip Delves Broughton, The Telegraph (UK) (Filed: 18/02/2004)
Here's the gist of it:
And just who are these people?
Among the more prominent signatories were the philosopher Jacques Derrida and the film director Francois Ozon, who made the recent hits 8 Women and Swimming Pool.
And what's the problem?
Ah, this is in defense of the useless in life. Of course.
I am rather fond of the useless in life, myself. Words I often hear? -- "I know it's amusing, and even beautiful, and thought-provoking, and real cool... but is it USEFUL?" How tiresome!
Well, who are the Malvolios in France out to make us all attend to only the pragmatic?
The prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and the interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy have been making sounds. Raffarin has celebrated the demise of the "1968 political generation", whose ideas were forged in the 1968 student protests in Paris. Bunch of bums, of course.
Sarkozy was the one who attacked France's "caviar gauche" for "moaning about the condition of society while doing little to improve it." He has blamed the intelligentsia, notably those he called the "professional civil libertarians", for hindering crime prevention.
And it seems the intellectuals are complaining that no political party has taken up their cause. No kidding. As they say out here... DUH!
And the world, and France in particular, becomes more like the United States every day.