May 9, 2010
I read John Berger as I walked the countryside. In one of his books, I have forgotten which, he had a simple drawing of various shapes of meat obtained from butchering a cow. The caption read "The idea of bounty". The French country side is bountiful to the extreme: the best grapes (wine), the best cheese, bread, meat from game, mushrooms, fruits from the sunny valleys of the south. Imagine the level of taxation that would bring its farmers to the verge of famine. Imagine how the central elite siphons this wealth to its galas, fashion shows and film festivals.