Tuesday, June 10, 2008

L'Ami Qaddafi

Sarkozy may have thought he'd done enough favors to earn a little consideration from Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, but the latter said today he wouldn't allow the proposed Union for the Mediterranean to wreck "the unity of the Arab League." He perfidiously added that France's partners had already refused to allow the idea to wreck the unity of the European Union, which is why the proposal has already been scaled back from the original Mediterranean Union to the current Union of the Mediterranean. Let Europe deal with the Arab League and the African Union, Qaddafi said, if they want to establish a dialogue.

The Price of Diesel

An excellent Econ 101 lesson from Éconoclaste: why has the price of diesel fuel gone up faster than the price of gasoline.

La Condition noire

La Condition noire is the title of a new book by Pap Ndiaye. Rue 89 notes that there are more books published on American blacks in France than on French blacks. Ndiaye tries to shed some light on this relatively neglected component of France's "visible minorities." If there is to be a French Skip Gates, it is surely Pap Ndiaye.

Revealed Preferences

Travailler plus pour gagner plus: that's what the French voted for, we have been told, hence that is what they want. But not according to a new poll, which shows that 79 percent do not want to exchange their RTT (comp time for work above 35 hours per week) for cash.

La pensée anti-68

Samuel Moyn, an amazingly versatile young intellectual historian, reviews Serge Audier's Pensée anti-68, a work that argues that if Ferry and Renaut imagined a supposed "pensée '68" that never existed, it is nevertheless possible to see a certain unity in the reaction that developed against the revolt, which Audier would like to describe as "an intellectual restoration." Among the figures discussed in the review and Pierre Manent and Marcel Gauchet. A thoughtful review of a provocative book.