That's clever. Whenever I get asked to watch another person's stuff in a cafe, I wonder to myself why they think I'm so worthy of their trust. Recent laptops which suspend quickly and lack delicate hard drives are easier than ever to move with you at all times, so the problem is easy to obviate.
+1000 this. Having lived in both countries, I now think that the core model in France (like in most european countries) is basically good and needs adjustment at the margin to allow / stimulate risk-taking and entrepreneurship.
The US model on the other hand has a few good side effects, but is so meaninglessly violent, stupid and wasteful that even then more is destroyed than is created.
To put it another way, there may be two sides (or N sides), but some sides' perspective are often more worthy than others. Not to Godwin the thread, but, yeah. Both sides' perspectives are not always equally valid. (I dutifully acknowledge that the offenses are not the same magnitude, and all the caveats that go with referencing The Big G.)