Workplace Prof Blog points to some articles on what the French riots say about work and retirement:
Marc DeGirolami (St. John's) discusses over on ProfsBlawg an article by Robert Redeker in Le Monde. Redeker argues that the current French outcry over raising the the retirement age should be understood in the context of a general French tendency to mythologize retirement generally, as a Candidian (not Canadian) earthly paradise (70 virgins? in retirement?) where the best of life will be concentrated. Redeker argues that this false vision of retirement renders the populace more docile about social ills such as inequality, exploitation, and submission: the promise of retirement "erodes social progress" because people are holding out for a future that will never come.