France was once a role model for what big government can do for its people, the very model of socialism sought by the American left. Now the place is in shambles.
The classical liberal must remake the moral case for individual liberty and the individual rights without which freedom cannot last in the long run – and remake the case for why the paternalism of socialism and the welfare state leaves us less human than we can or should want to be.
When positive change finally does come to Venezuela, the nation will have its chapter of the Bastiat Society to thank for growing and maintaining the bottom-up foundation of a free market economy.
For two weeks in France, and now Belgium and the Netherlands, a European Spring has been building. What we see in Paris today might be the end of social democracy as we know it, and what comes in its place is what the battle of ideas today is really about.
Under a regime of democratic socialism, for an individual to have the opportunity for any such changes in many aspects of life, it would be necessary for him to change enough other minds that the next time voting is held on these issues, new decisions would be made about these everyday matters.