I leave for France (for two weeks en route to Russia) on November 4, two days after Election Day. This fits in nicely with the stereotype of the American left being a bunch of Francophiles — escape to France right after the election! I’m not embarrassed. I think it’s great.

Anyway, I just discovered a great factoid about France: the price of baguettes is determined by law. Isn’t that fabulous?

I just got a book called “The European Dream.” It compares the American Dream* with the Western European standard of living and seeks to demonstrate that European social democracy produces a better quality of life than does our unfettered capitalism. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I’ll let you know how it is.

* There are alternatives. Check out the Center for a New American Dream.