Thursday, November 03, 2005

Paris...well, Suburban Paris...Is Burning...well, parts of it...

And the usual hard-right rhetoric is thrown out there...by one who aspires to rule France.

Everyone deserves his or her own 9/11 to run on, no?

(Yes, Thornbloggers, lighting things on fire is bad. Now, ask the all-important question: why are people lighting things on fire? Satan? Evil? Race? If none of these suffice, then where are you? You're in the land of -- gasp! -- social problems, psychology, and economic incentives. Yes, I know, that's "communist," but, hey, I don't stop with the boogey man when looking for causation in human behavior.) ;)

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Blogger pawlr said...

The French, sorry to say, are one of the more openly bigoted societies of Western Europe - more so than America for sure.

Although the family I stayed with (was there for an exchange program last year of high school) were very liberal & open to immigrants - many other kids/adults I had contact with were openly contemptuous of both Arab and Jewish culture.

Paris has a huge immigration problem, largely of their own making- call it colonialism come home to roost. There is a significant population of underemployed/unemployed that have been treated as second-class citizens for decades.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 9:55:00 AM  

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