Before having government "guarantee" income, we should probably stop it from destroying so many jobs through regulation, first.
Money and BanksMoney and Banking
U.S. EconomyU.S. History
No economy is made better off by destroying existing resources. But that's what "cash for clunkers" tried to do, while only driving up the price of transportation for middle and lower-middle class families.
While the US's central bank strikes a "cautiously optimistic" stance (as usual), central banks in developing countries are driven to easy money by economic uncertainty and a weakening dollar.
Labor and WagesWorld History
Far from making women "wage slaves," Europe's move toward urban wage work liberated both women and men from the isolation and low productivity of rural farm work.
The endpoint of the existing system of party democracy, social welfare, and state capitalism is state bankruptcy, misery, and suppression.
It doesn't look like French populism is going away, and this may be an opportunity to finally chip away at the country's paralyzing bureaucracy.