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This was a very nice, well-articulated post about an article which, unfortunately, I have not read.

There is, of course, as you point out, something a bit naive in the Anglo-Saxon tendency to denigrate the French proclivity for self-criticism (I would actually refer to it more as "self-analysis.") Calling it "morosity" is a bit far-fetched.

Remember your other essay about the feminization of France? America embraces action and all of its "macho" qualities, and deems the French contemplative stance "effeminate." This, to me, is a very short-sighted way of looking at France and at the French.

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