Monday, November 21, 2005

In France,
Police Are
More Likely
To Provoke
Than Prevent,

Writing in Le Figaro, one of France's leading dailies, Pierre-Yves Dugua, in light of the French Intifada, muses on America and it's inferior treatment of immigrants:

It’s true that the U.S.’s purely capitalistic economy has created more jobs for immigrants, and that the big cities have some racial integration. But at what cost? Because the American system “places such a high value on protecting private property,” U.S. cities have a shockingly large and visible police presence, with minority neighborhoods looking like an occupied nation.

In France, where civil liberties are seen as more valuable than mere property, the sight of uniformed police patrolling the streets would be likely to provoke, rather than prevent, violence.

The idea that we, in America, consider property to be more important than "civil liberties" is a joke. Property is one of our rights. I believe I speak for most Americans in saying that our first right is Freedom of Speech. And, there are a whole host of rights that many of us would be willing to die for.

In France, apparently, well, at least according to Pierre-Yves here (he must be married), they consider policemen patrolling the streets an infringement of their "civil liberties." Honestly, I would consider police not patrolling my streets evidence of taxation without representation, since security is about all government should really be involved in.

The French idea of Libertie is so different from the American idea of Freedom that, it would seem there could almost be no rational discussion between our cultures on these issues.