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Tag: France
  • Six things libertarians should like about France

    As a francophile among libertarians, I get that I’m in the minority. For whatever reason, “red-blooded” Americans seem to get a kick out of mocking of our amis from across the pond. But did you know that there’s a lot for libertarians to love about France? Here’s just a few things of many! 1. The …

  • Les Misérables, the Berkeley Riots, and College Activism Today

     Anyone who hasn’t seen the musical film Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe is highly encouraged to do so.  Even if one isn’t a fan of musicals, this particular story offers a plethora of historical gems and political insights to the audience.  My focus in this message is the film’s stylized portrayal of …

  • “Socialist” French president turns out to be yet another imperialist

    After promising to withdraw all troops out of Afghanistan, French President Francois Hollande pulls an Obama as he backpedaled on that alluring campaign promise and pledged that 1,400 French troops will remain in Afghanistan. Just do not call them “combat troops!” On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, Hollande announced that France is actually withdrawing just …

  • French Equality Veils Liberty

    I thought I’d mention this post that I added to my personal blog earlier today on the French proposing to ban the public wearing of veils by Muslim women: The recent refocus on the immigration issue here in the United States displays how segments in our society view newcomers and their place in our society. France, …

  • The humanitarian with a guillotine? Hopefully not.

    The UK’s Telegraph reports on accusations coming from both the French government and internationally-renowned Swiss emergency relief charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders): “This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,” [a French official]said. Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes …

  • French Health Care Facing Cost Problems

    We’re not the only one facing growing health care costs. France’s single-payer system has solvency troubles of its own: The problem is that Assurance Maladie has been in the red since 1989. This year the annual shortfall is expected to reach €9.4 billion ($13.5 billion), and €15 billion in 2010, or roughly 10% of its …