As long as individuals are required by law to pay into a system not of their choosing and without an option to leave, corruption will flourish and pensions will suffer. When coercion enters, virtue and excellence leave. The people of France are headed into a long conflict in which both of their options are doomed.
After representatives of the Yellow Vest movement accused the French government of failing to stop black bloc anarchists from crashing and marring their protests this weekend, the French government is using the violence by the black bloc as an excuse to ban rallies in wealthy areas and to give riot police more power.
Jerome Rodrigues, a 40-year old construction worker, known for his role in organizing Yellow Vest protests, was struck in the eye with a ‘flashball’ rubber bullet by police. Rodrigues warned protesters to leave the Bastille due to far-left “black bloc” agitators who had arrived to attack the police.