We should be more like France. They take time to smell the roses, have an older and more mature culture, and aren’t beholden to materialistic pursuits. I’ve heard this insecure line of thinking for longer than I can remember. It’s an offshoot of the more extreme version peddled by many in academia in the early 1980s, that we should be more like the Soviet Union, right before their economy collapsed and we began a quarter century of unprecedented GDP growth. France, mind you, had an unemployment rate between 8 percent and 12 percent for 20 years. It was as high as 40 percent for those 26 years of age and younger. This despite their safety nets and “humane” social system.
We can argue all we want about whether or not this administration has a socialist agenda, but only the most dissonant ideologue would argue we didn’t take a major leap in the European socialist direction Sunday. We lost a bit of what makes us unique, rock-n-roll, obesity and blue jeans aside.