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Friday, June 24, 2005

Making Fun of the French

As usual, Tom Friedman puts it well in making the case for CAFTA:
Ah, those French. How silly can they be? The European Union wants to consolidate its integration and France, trying to protect its own 35-hour workweek and other welfare benefits, rejects the E.U. constitution. What a bunch of antiglobalist Gaullist Luddites! Yo, Jacques, what world do you think you're livin' in, pal? Get with the program! It's called Anglo-American capitalism, mon ami. Lordy, it is fun poking fun at France.

Friedman's The World is Flat lays out in more detail how protectionism hinders economic development. It's a must-read for anyone interested in international economics. "Things just get better with fewer walls."