April 4th, 2003

Marvin

The French Way

I do my best to live under a rock and not know what's going on in the world. This is an immature way to live one's life, I know, but it makes me a happier person for the time being.

Those of you who know me well know that I don't hold very strong political opinions. I'm a radical moderate if there ever was one. For the most part, I don't feel that I'm educated enough about the issues to hold hard and fast to my opinions. There are exceptions to this rule of thumb, of course, but aren't there always? Anyway, I'm on a tangent. My point was that I don't typically get riled up about world events. A failing of mine, actually, but a personality trait nonetheless.

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So I have two basic questions that arise from this

1. Where is the public outrage? Why don't we hear about this? Why can't I find any article on this in English? Shouldn't the US be outraged that France so blatantly squashes any freedom of speech for these parents?

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2. What can I do? How can I make a difference? jeannegrrl suggested not buying French products. To the best of my knowledge the only French product that I buy with any regularity is my perfume, which I haven't bought in over a year, so I'll avoid buying French products, but that's not a huge impact. How can I really make a difference?
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