Low cost snow… for sale!

First there was the polish plumber, a well-known threat for the Western Europe labour market, an unfair competitor from the East. Now time has come for the polish farmer, recycled as a « snow farmer« . According to local sources, this business would be very profitable, as snow falls for free. A great opportunity since a cold…

A conflict multiplier

The mass media often play with our senses, spreading headlines about conflicts all over the world. Playing with fear and anxiety, curiosity and envy. Conflicts are depicted like a daily show, with weapons and blood, with casualties and pain. All conflicts are depicted in a very simple way, as if we were children, as if…

Economics for Simpleton

Economics are a simple matter, at least at first glance. A pleasant topic, with great newspapers and pseudo-economical widespread magazines. Winners and losers, dollars in or bankruptcy out. For a long time, economics resembled alchemy or a technical equilibrium. To revive consumption, to devaluate the currency, to limit inflation, to lower interest rates: for the…

Secularism: France’s lost glory?

Once upon a time in France, Enlightened and romantics were filled with revolutionary sentiments. Rejecting people’s violations, atrocities such as Inquisition and absolute monarchy, and dreaming of a uniting spirit of self-confidence. A belief that whatever unites the french people would be stronger that what divides them. Hence the Declaration of Human Rights down to 1905’s law…

Welcome aboard, jolly cradle!

The excessiveness of globalized economy, hordes of giant container ships, flows of raw materials, goods and large scale services, its « historical » impact on the environment and side effects on health and labour, starts hitting our consciousness. Europe is probably the most advanced continent in terms of social and environmental protection so far. Though it’s far from…