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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Which nation's populace has the better response?

From the New York Times, Oct 22:

More Than the Channel Divides Britain & France:  "It was instructive this past week to observe the responses on both sides of the Channel to Europe’s economic malaise spreading like a dark fog occluding the future.

Faced with the prospect of a longer working life until a minimum retirement age of 62 (up from the current 60), a million French citizens took to the streets, as strikers closed refineries and blockaded fuel depots, leaving motorists to fume in line for gasoline and diesel.

But, (in England), confronting government measures promising not only a longer working life but 19 percent cuts in public spending, the loss of almost half a million public-sector jobs, steep reductions in welfare payments and five bleak years of austerity, the British barely seemed to blink"

~ So which populace has the better; the more empowering response?  Passionate protest, or to taking it all with a stiff upper lip? 

 "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result" -- Gandhi

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