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Matthias HorxDie Presse
European youth are living in the past, said Matthias Horx in Viennas Die Presse. Just look at the French students, rising up in revolt, hippie-like, with their red flags and their kaffiyehs, demanding guaranteed employment. They think they are radicals, battling the forces of soulless capitalism. They may even think theyre on the side of progress, especially now that they have forced the French government to repeal a law that would have reduced job security. Still, the students are misapplying 19th- and 20th-century concepts to a completely new model of labor. In the 21st century, the very idea of holding a position in a company is becoming obsolete. Soon enough, there will be no permanent staff positions, but rather, shifting challenges and tasks. Workers will be free agents, taking on the tasks that suit them. Its the opposite of the industrial model, which kept workers secure but also dependent on the company. Sure its scary to be responsible for oneself. But when they grow up a little, European kids will realize that its also freeing.