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From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 06:18:07 -0400

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From: Russ Nelson <nelson () crynwr com>
Date: April 9, 2006 2:41:19 AM EDT
To: Chris Beck <cbeck () pacanukeha net>
Cc: dave () farber net, Steven Hertzberg <stevenstevensteven () gmail com>
Subject: Re: [IP] more on French protests

Chris Beck writes:
Rumour has it David Farber, on or about 08.Apr.2006 08:11, whispered:
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The effect of the bill will be to make it easier for young workers to
be fired. But consider the current state of affairs. Right now it is

Surely there is a middle ground between guaranteed employment and
"Fire at will!"?

Did you misread what I wrote as "guaranteed employment"?  I wrote
"guaranteed unemployment."

The "middle ground" you hope exists is a situation where some young
workers have jobs they can't lose, and the rest of them are
unemployed.  Perversely, that might actually be an optimum solution.
You see, nobody has any fear or uncertainty.  The employed young
workers know they won't lose their job, and the unemployed young
workers also know they won't lose their job, because .... they don't
have one to lose.

If you're in the situation that France is in, with lots of young
workers going without jobs, and you think that's a bad thing, you
should remove all barriers to employment.  An inability to fire a
worker is a barrier to employing them in the first place.

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