Sunday, November 06, 2005

France's Katrina

Paris is still burning, after ten days. Is this going to be France's Katrina? Is this the disaster that shows the deep structural flaws in French society? Clearly, the perpetual underclass is not going live in sowettos forever. And yet, the police clearly cannot turn over les banlieus to gangs and thugs, which would basically be an act of nihilism. So, what to do? Maybe both police enforcement and economic development are needed. But, how do you bring into the fold an underclass that has been so far outside the fold since the 60s? Is this the future? Will it go global?

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