By Timothy B. Smith
Timothy Smith argues that the French monetary and social version is imploding on itself regardless of strong intentions. undesirable guidelines and vested pursuits that make the most the rhetoric of "solidarity" and the threat of globalization have avoided useful alterations from being effected. Making common comparisons with the united states, U.K., Canada, Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands, Smith argues that adjust needn't persist with the inegalitarian U.S. or British paths with a view to result in a extra balanced French society.
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The public purpose is geared towards economic growth but the distribution of that growth is left to chance – or, as of late, rigged in favor of high earners, who see their taxes cut year after year. In the middle group stands France, along with Austria, Italy, and Germany, the other “corporatist”6 or “continental conservative welfare states” (Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Belgium share many of the traits of this model as well). Some argue for the existence of a fourth, distinct group of “Mediterranean” welfare-state regimes, distinguished by heavy indebtedness, overspending on pensions, low spending on the family, high levels of youth unemployment, and a large black market.
These are the functionaries, who have replaced the aristocracy of years gone by. Naturally, they are as frightened as the nobles must have been on the eve . . of August 4 [1789, when the nobility’s privileges were abolished]. Then, there are those who have a job, who work, who create wealth. Finally, there are all those who are “excluded” from everything, the unemployed, the illiterate, foreigners, those on welfare, those forgotten and despised. 2 The idea of rights implies that my rights are equal to yours.
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