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The Fall of France
Newsweek, by Janine di Giovanni

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/5/2014 5:59:23 AM

It’s a stretch, but what is happening today in France is being compared to the revocation of 1685. In that year, Louis XIV, the Sun King who built the Palace of Versailles, revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had protected French Protestants – the Huguenots. Trying to unite his kingdom by a common religion, the king closed churches and persecuted the Huguenots. As a result, nearly 700,000 of them fled France, seeking asylum in England, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and other countries. The Huguenots, nearly a million strong before 1685, were thought of as the worker bees of France. They left


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Zarin, 1/5/2014 6:28:21 AM     (No. 9680077)

Oh, My! Socialism is bankrupting France. Worth the read to learn the ridiculous ´social´ benefits to new mothers like free diapers & PT. Add the innervating unemployment system. People who do not need the help are abusing the system as is the wont of most humans. Taxes are through the roof. France is not producing much anymore other than agriculture. There is a brain drain & an anti-business climate. Much is the result of the closed national education system. Professionals like lawyers are going to England to make a living. Some compare this to Downton Abbey where the elites can´t give up the servants.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/5/2014 6:56:49 AM     (No. 9680100)

Anyone who doesn´t leave is playing into the hand of the socialists. The only way to stop socialists is to starve their schemes of the economic engine that fuels their idiocy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer, 1/5/2014 7:31:33 AM     (No. 9680143)

Fine article explaining why France is now off my list of places about which I give a fig. The French lion has become the Commie pussycat, soon to be (she pc-NewsWeak-wise makes no reference) the mooslum rat. I´m sure the average Francotard in Frogistan would say: "je ne regrete rien".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kahunavol, 1/5/2014 8:23:23 AM     (No. 9680210)

The writer is so self-absorbed that she extols the wonderful benefits she gets (three course meal plus cheese plate for her son in his school) while bemoaning the waste in the benefits others get, and never sees that she is part of the problem.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 1/5/2014 8:30:38 AM     (No. 9680225)

FTA...."Part of this is the fault of the suffocating Nanny State". Don´t hold back on the other half. This is exactly where it belongs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/5/2014 9:17:19 AM     (No. 9680282)

Shock, this is in Newsweek, as Rolling Stone magazine has a writer extolling Socialism over Capitalism. I thought they were on the same team.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hubertsmom, 1/5/2014 9:43:05 AM     (No. 9680311)

We seem to be following in their footsteps. Just look, for example, at the double and triple pension plans our Civil Servants demand, periodically changing goverment jobs, along with their various disability checks as they buy their vacation homes in Mexico and as "we the people" struggle to get through our once, "very-well-financially-thought-out lives. We may laugh at France; but at this time in history, isn´t the US right behind them?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/5/2014 9:43:41 AM     (No. 9680312)

New York city will be the American French model soon.
There is no mention of the Muslim onslaught in the article. I wonder why, was it to obvious to mention? Socialism soon collapses under it own weight or war and occupation take over. France is there with the Muslim population.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/5/2014 10:18:03 AM     (No. 9680395)

We already have France here in the US...it´s called California. The weather, scenery, lifestyle, intellectual vibrancy, etc., are so seductive that many of us just suck it up and continue to support the insufferable "eloi" around us who leech off our ever-increasing labor.

As a business executive permit me to also make an observation about a fatal omission in our education system and popular culture about the critical aspect of our capitalist system that is not well understood about why our system has worked so well...profit.

Why profit? What is profit really? Unlike the popular view that it is what drives the greedy Gordon Geckos to excesses and results in "income inequality" and all sorts of social abuses, the real meaning of profit is critical to understand if we are ever to have an efficient and effective government. Namely, profit is a tangible measure of successfully operating a task/project/group/enterprise for less cost than was originally thought necessary. Think about that for a moment. Less cost. Successful operation. Sustained.

People in government despise the concept of profit. Ergo, government never seeks nor ever achieves "below cost" efficiency. "Over budget" is designed into government.

Does it have to be this way? No. The key is to outsource the vast majority of government functions to private businesses on fixed term contracts on a competitive basis. End all government unions. Require achievement of goals as a condition for renewal. Result: lower cost, good service, goals achieved.

You want "American Revolution II"? THAT would be American Revolution II...a real "fundamental transformation" that would permanently restore the greatness of America.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/5/2014 11:01:47 AM     (No. 9680469)

Europeans are raised from the cradle in an entitlement society where government ´benefits´ are always available. They vaguely understand that someone else pays for them but they cannot conceive of them ever being taken away. That is what the slow rot of socialism does to society and the walk back from it, if not nearly impossible, is extremely painful. We are rapidly headed down the same path.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/5/2014 11:09:52 AM     (No. 9680490)

FTA: "The Huguenots, nearly a million strong before 1685, were thought of as the worker bees of France. They left without money, but took with them their many and various skills. They left France with a noticeable brain drain."

Paul Revere and John Jay were among the American patriots of Huguenot (French Protestants) descent. France´s loss was our gain.

We should not rejoice over France´s decline. Indeed, we should not be rejoicing over Europe´s decline. France gave the world Blaise Pascal, and Marie and Pierre Curie, among many others. Rejoicing over France´s decline is failure to recognize that something far worse will take its place, namely Islam, and also the fact that many in France, particularly the young, are waking up and sounding the alarm. Génération Identitaire is one such group. We MUST stand with them.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/5/2014 11:22:34 AM     (No. 9680507)

There is certainly something about human nature that has caused and will cause countries to sucker themselves into the socialism/fascism borg. France is another obvious example....and now, America is becoming similar to the Lenin/Stalinist Soviet Union - uttering amazing. The civil society we once had here.......

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 1/5/2014 11:23:18 AM     (No. 9680509)

I can confirm the authenticity of some of what Di Giovanni wrote. Just weeks ago - - I rented a vacation apartment in the South Kensington borough of London - - and walking along the streets I heard more French spoken than English.

Now I know why!

Socialists never learn - - because they simply don´t want to. They are the least curious and most ill-informed people on the planet.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 1/5/2014 1:42:48 PM     (No. 9680642)

People leave or just quit working in a Socialist paradise. The Socialists don´t care since all they do is line their own pockets with other people´s money. Of course they might just start taking everything at the point of a gun...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mulhaven, 1/5/2014 1:58:12 PM     (No. 9680665)

There is a fundamental basis for the decline of France. The French culturally promote pretentiousness. This, in turn, provides them a blind eye to a vast number of realities. They promote themselves as having many superiorities. However, they are a secondary power in the world, and they are without all that much to crow about. Socialism, statism, is a wonderful religion for the self-possessed, allowing them to create a sense of self-satisfaction without accomplishment. This is a religion for an enervated population seeking idleness.

The problem for humanity comes when their government finally eviscerates the productive elements of its subjects. Then the hotheaded rhetoric, attraction to violence and deceit will cause them to take their self-serving agenda beyond their borders. As they have, for example, done in promoting the creation of the EU.

The U.S. is doing its part to help the declined nations by putting in place a federal government that is intent on undermining the successes of man in an effort to create an "equality" of mankind. If the U.S. were to progress as it has in the past, leaving statist nations far behind, then those statist nations will suffer in the comparison and their pretentiousness will also suffer with the shame. This could easily become dangerous, as we witness today with seventh-century-based societies.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/5/2014 3:07:16 PM     (No. 9680734)

The acid fog of SoCiAlisM is creeping across the world...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: little guy, 1/5/2014 4:35:59 PM     (No. 9680815)

I suffered through the whole article with this big lib crying that the gravy train she´s been riding on for years is getting derailed! Tough darts.

Not once did she indicate that she was receiving too many benefits that she didn´t pay for herself, didn´t really need but took anyway and not once did she say she wanted the largess to stop! Yes, make it stop --- after I get to use it all.

At the end of the article she says she wants her newborn son to stay there --- despite the obvious crushing weight of taxes and a bleak future he would have of little opportunity being that he is only half French. The snobs she lives next to won´t give her son a break on anything. The fool. Wallow in the cesspool you helped create, sweetie!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/5/2014 4:57:17 PM     (No. 9680837)

Author is yet another leftist hoping against all history that one day someone will invent a successful form of socialism. Ain´t gonna happen. Hasn´t worked in any part of Euripe to date.

Btw, she glosses over the sordid story of the revocation of the Treaty of Nantes. The Huguenots suffered nothing short of a holocaust from French Catholics, as a result of this. Those who were fortunate enough to escape with their lives had to do so with nothing but the clothing on their backs, because the people of France were pillaging everything they had owned. France destroyed the producers, called the Huguenots, and Germany destroyed the thinkers, called the Jews. Neither country has ever totally recovered from these sins against God.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: texaspast, 1/5/2014 10:29:31 PM     (No. 9681051)

My own forebears left France soon after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, first going to England, then to the New World, arriving in Virginia in 1709. The descendants of Hillaire Rousseau are grateful that he decided to leave France to find a better life in the New World. His great-great grandson rode a mule from Georgia to Mississippi to Texas in 1867, at the age of 91, and started another ´new life´ for his family. I believe that it is here that we will have to make our stand.

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