Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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"The Greatest Generation" -- still the greatest

"The Greatest Generation" -- still the greatest

There's not enough of them left, but comes now a memner of "The Greatest Generation" that won World War II to remind us that, 66 years later, there are some things in life still worth fighting for.

The plot twist? Not unlike Beldar Conehead, he is from France:

Hessel's book argues that French people should re-embrace the values of the French resistance, which have been lost, which was driven by indignation, and French people need to get outraged again. "This is an appeal to citizens, young and old, to take responsibility for the things in our society that don't work," he said. "I wish every one of you to find your own reason for indignation. It's precious." Hessel's reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France's shocking treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to re-establish a free press, protecting the environment, the plight of Palestinians and the importance of protecting the French welfare system. He calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection.

Hessel's pamphlet is currently the No. 1 best-seller in France. Hopefully someone will send a copy to Glenn Beck so he can make it a best-seller here, as well.

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