Charlie Hebdo's Money and How It’s Dividing France | Vanity Fair: "This is a ticklish development. A Catholic country that for decades after the war had one of the West’s largest Communist Parties, France tends to find money dirty. It is associated with guilt. It is something for which it is best to excuse oneself. There have been great French liberals—Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Raymond Aron among them—but the word “liberal” tends to conjure up the specter of Anglo-Saxon neoliberal capitalism, against which the Gallic world of solidarity must form a bulwark. As Jacques Rupnik, a prominent political scientist, remarked to me, alluding to Max Weber’s classic study on Protestantism, “Nobody has ever written a book called The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.” He laughed. “And now here’s Charlie, with its inherited hatred of money, suddenly sitting on 30 million euros in the bank.”"
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