French Street Unrest du Jour

France can't seem to get a break lately. Fresh off Parisian suburban violence in November, we turn our attention to student mayhem over a proposed government bill that will "allow" businesses to fire young workers within two years of hiring. The root of these recent disturbances is, of course, the insistence of entitlement.

Says Thomas Sowell:

The heady notion of "rights" -- and especially the notion that your rights over-ride other people's rights, when those other people belong to some suspect class called "bosses" -- is an all too familiar feature of modern welfare state notions.

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The fact that such profound ignorance of basic economics and such self-indulgent emotionalism should be prevalent at elite institutions of higher education is one of the many deep-seated failures of universities on both sides of the Atlantic.

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