In proposing a tax-cut law last week, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde bluntly advised the French people to abandon their “old national habit.”Making speeches citing de Tocqueville is no way fix France's "thinking problem." If the new leaders of France sincerely want French people to think less, I suggest they look into launching a French version of Fox News. That's the tried and proven means of turning citizens into uncritical thinkers.
“France is a country that thinks,” she told the National Assembly. “There is hardly an ideology that we haven’t turned into a theory. We have in our libraries enough to talk about for centuries to come. This is why I would like to tell you: Enough thinking, already. Roll up your sleeves.”
Citing Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” she said the French should work harder, earn more and be rewarded with lower taxes if they get rich.
President Sarkozy ought to give Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch a call. Perhaps Murdoch could also be talked into buying Le Monde.