EU 35-hour week? India 35-hour day!

Tom Friedman improved his score with this op-ed:

BANGALORE, India It was extremely revealing traveling from Europe to India
as French voters – and now Dutch ones – were rejecting the EU constitution
– in one giant snub to President Jacques Chirac, European integration, immigration,
Turkish membership in the EU and all the forces of globalization eating away
at Europe’s welfare states. It is interesting because French voters are trying
to preserve a 35-hour workweek in a world where Indian engineers are ready
to work a 35-hour day. Good luck.

Voters in "old Europe" – France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy
– seem to be saying to their leaders: Stop the world, we want to get off;
while voters in India have been telling their leaders: Stop the world and
build us a stepstool, we want to get on. I feel sorry for Western European
blue-collar workers. A world of benefits they have known for 50 years is
coming apart, and their governments don’t seem to have a strategy for coping.

Yes, this is a bad time for France and friends to lose their appetite for
hard work – just when India, China and Poland are rediscovering theirs.

(ht: David
Warren
)

For more on Friedman’s second book on Globalization, see this interview.
I’m not plugging it, haven’t read it yet. The Lexus and the Olive Tree was
good, odds are the new book is worth at least a library loan.