Automakers know has always been: when they ask their customers to describe them the car of tomorrow, they their draw, to little things, the lighthouse model of today. On the subjects of society, it is more serious: there for some time, is squarely in the preference for the present to the regret of the past. Witness the antiphon of October: in 1936, was obtained leave, in 1945, full social security, in 1981, retirement at age 60; and should now decline Add to this plea distressing for the decay and then cherry on the cake, the redeclaration of love to the State: this is a country which is not really prepared to resist the blows of battering of the emerging nations. Nothing: the philosophy of the "it was better before" has run rampant.
(A) that the fault At the French It sees that there is, on the one hand, those who have knowledge and have mastered the rhetoric (what to do), on the other hand others: those who understand not what falls them on the head. To decrypt the State of mind of the "large number" and its accession to Pascal Bruckner calls the "party of fear", it would go very far, very upstream. In fact, it merely quick polls. And it is always step - or not really-l' current downturn on the past: the folder is not even opened. There is not only speed and superficiality. There are also errors in method. Take the teaching of Economics in high school: that of time lost, Committee after Committee! And it is still unclear if this education must train apprentice economists or should rather give to students the elements of general culture. The response, however, is: what students need, it is of general culture for understanding society. Less than equations, more history of the economic facts!
What are our elites to somewhat restorative messages The slogan "it was better before" do not long withstand a stream intense exchanges and visits to factories, which are now, for the most part, own, silencieuses and tours to the future! But need to be able to identify a serious synthesis between the field and the function of thinking. King of media, audiovisual does that poorly. And the "20 hours" continues to focus on decision-making of speech by which emits the number of decibels! And by the one who best defends the achievements of the past!
Another subject of surprise: reserve of executives on these topics. It is understandable that they give priority to their assembly lines and their labs, but it is not as it may prevent them from enriching the national debate, as regulators of the necessary microeconomic SAP. It is true that the current climate is appropriate little. Talking about many environmental and precautionary principle. Productivity and innovation, very little. And yet Bertrand de Jouvenel explained: "Those who clog the nose in the light of our technical civilization should remember in what misery, the price of what efforts the populations survive in countries where technological change has not yet appeared." A place all economy textbooks highlight!