Socialism not only causes problems on the university level, but it also causes disasters like the one in France during the last few weeks. Since World War II, the French people have expected their government to provide everything for them: wage stability, jobs, and the like. As a result, France has battled systemic unemployment and slow growth, especially among its poorest citizens. In the socialist environment of France, the (economically) poor individuals have no one to blame but the government. But even as the government strives to provide more for its citizens (instead of allowing them to freely work) it pleases no one.
Here is a great example: I was reading a news article the other day that quoted a French boy who blamed the French government for poor conditions. “The government,” he said, “is not serious. They are not doing enough for us… We don’t even have a proper cinema, nothing. Nothing is going to change.”
As you can see, he was complaining that the government was not providing, of all things, a cinema. These are the “poor conditions” in which he is living and, theoretically, caused his rioting. Does this mean he is spoiled? No. He has grown up in a country where the government is expected to provide everything – even entertainment. Socialism as France has practiced it for over fifty years only breeds discontent. And in the final analysis, the French government has only itself to blame.