Get Off Your Cheese Eating Ass

So says Christine Lagarde, the new French Finance Minister. Well, she didn’t say it in such eloquent terms but she did urge her fellow countrymen to think less, and to start taking action to better France.

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NY Times) In proposing a tax-cut law last week, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde bluntly advised the French people to abandon their “old national habit.”

“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.


I think sanity has found its way to our petulant friends in frog land. And I can't believe that I’m starting to like the French government a little more each day. -But how will the French intellectuals feel about the thought of actually working for financial stability and creating incentives for entrepreneurship?

They’re appalled!


“How absurd to say we should think less!” said Alain Finkielkraut, the philosopher, writer, professor and radio show host. “If you have the chance to consecrate your life to thinking, you work all the time, even in your sleep. Thinking requires setbacks, suffering, a lot of sweat.”

Bernard-Henri Lévy, the much more splashy philosopher-journalist who wrote a book retracing Tocqueville’s 19th-century travels throughout the United States, is similarly appalled by Ms. Lagarde’s comments.

I love that attitude: “If you have the chance to consecrate your life to thinking, you work all the time, even in your sleep”. -What?