The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

From the BBC:

France hopes to soften hostile attitudes towards capitalism by promoting financial know-how and greater enterprise through the media.

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[Some senior ministers] are worried about what they see as an over-reliance on the state and a lack of entrepreneurial dynamism.

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France hopes to soften

France hopes to soften hostile attitudes towards capitalism by promoting financial know-how and greater enterprise through the media.

How are they going to do that? Buy a lot of advertising? Or do they own the media? I think they own some of it. But the article doesn't answer the question, which seems to me a central question.

And if people don't like it

And if people don't like it they will send Zidane to head-butt people.:wall:

Don't be fooled. I'm french

Don't be fooled. I'm french and have seen this happen for decades over and over.

Step 1: Politicians admit there is an elephant in the living room.
Step 2: They vote themselves a budget increase for "fixing the problem"
Step 3: They profit from the loot directly.

In the words of our deeply missing Frédéric Bastiat: "Sometimes the State takes and does not give back in return. This has been seen and is explained by the porous nature of its hands, which always absorb a part and sometimes the whole of whatever they touch."

A french representative in the Assembly, when elected, receives an informal wealth worth millions in the form of free bank credits, free telephone, free rent of a luxuous appartment, free postage (and Goddess knows they make use of it to advertise themselves), free car with driver and free gas for it, among many other things (paid -yes, paid!- travels abroad, subsidised lunches and dinners, the list goes on and on). Of course this wealth is free of taxes as well. We perfectly know this ain't "free" in the end.

So I predict they will form Yet-Another-Observatory or Yet-Another-Comittee where they will nominate friends and relatives. These people will be paid and receive the free services mentioned above, and will employ their time to devise new ways of furthering the plundering of the french people. As a way to "promote financial know-how", they will certainly rise some taxes to pay for the printing of some leaflets (enriching the national printing press, which has a state-monopoly on this kind of production, and is owned by Guess-Who), then these leaflets will be sent through the state-owned postal company, enriching yet some more the political syndicates that own it. The initial budget for this will be expended multiple times. In the end the propaganda will have bought some people's votes with their own money, at a very high price (a princely treatment, really).

Watch it unfold over the next few months. Cringe with me.

OK, so I went and read the

OK, so I went and read the article... As I feared, the only solution they are willing to propose for reconciling France and economic liberalism is: creating a public organisation using public funds. Way to go ! This "Council for the Diffusion of Economic Culture" has been given to Claude Perdriel, probably as a prize for helping in brain-washing the paying masses.

In case you don't know, Claude Perdriel has been involved in public affairs for years, as head of companies that did direct business with the State (in building and press). He participated in Miterrand's presidential campaign in the 70s.

So far the scenario unfolds as predicted... Let the looting of the masses begin.

There will of course be no control on how public funds will be used (and how much) by this "Council". I am pretty sure the inauguration ceremony and consecutive dinner will be the subject of much rejoice by those invited (leading to the purchase of some more votes), and cause yet more jobs to be destroyed in the french economy.

Hmm, weird, my previous

Hmm, weird, my previous comment did not show up, but the follow-up did appear immediately ?

Hmm, weird, my previous

Hmm, weird, my previous comment did not show up, but the follow-up did appear immediately ?

I think it did eventually...? I appreciate your comments, they answer my question. I cringe with you.