Monday, January 01, 2007

Great Parody

French demonstrators march in the city of Nantes with signs reading "No to 2007" and "Now is better!". They called for the French government and the UN stop time's "mad race" and declare a moratorium on the future. They also interpreted the rain falling in Nantes on New Year's Eve as a sign that even the weather opposed 2007.

They now plan to go to Paris in December 31st, 2007 and hold a rally against 2008.

This was meant to be a parody of the general French resistance to change and flexibility. A great parody indeed. Given how crazy schemes the French government on its own or via the EU already have in place to prevent change, such as the insane "Common Agricultural Policy" where taxpayers are forced to pay money to make sure food prices will be higher for consumers as well, the ultra-rigid employment laws and protective tariffs against Chinese amd Vietnamese textile imports, and when the entire political establishment then proceeds to blame the economic woes all of this madness have created on insufficient inflation, a moratorium on time only seems slightly crazier. And the rhetoric against "time's mad race" is of course very similar to the rhetoric against the supposedly "mad race" of global capitalism.


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