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Those Darn Germans
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, September 17, 2006

The German broadcast network Deutsche Welle is reporting that Germans are increasingly unhappy. Indeed, based on a survey taken by the prestigious German economics magazine, Wirtshaftwoche (Economics Week), they're quite a pessimistic and dissatisfied lot. They're unhappy with the economy. They're unhappy with the direction Germany is taken.

Unfortunately, that's not the only thing they're unhappy with.
And more and more, the report concludes, Germans are disappointed with democracy within the country. This is especially true for those living in eastern Germany.

Last year, only 38 percent of eastern Germans thought democracy was a good form of government, the study said. In 2000, it was 49 percent.

That percentage for Germans in the western part of the country was higher, with 80 percent in 2000 and 71 percent in 2005 believing it was a positive form of government.

The study found three-quarters of eastern Germans find socialism to be a good idea, but acknowledge it was poorly executed in the past. Only 46 percent of western Germans hold this view.
Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but it's always a bad sign when Germans become disenchanted with democracy. Because it's not like they are keen to embrace, you know, anarcho-capitalism as an alternative.
 
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The study found three-quarters of eastern Germans find socialism to be a good idea, but acknowledge it was poorly executed in the past.

The fallacy that wouldn’t die.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The study found three-quarters of eastern Germans find socialism to be a good idea, but acknowledge it was poorly executed in the past
This means three-quarters of eastern germans are flaming uber-idiots.

I’m tempted to say that I hope they get their wish....
 
Written By: Shark
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I have to agree with the dissatisfied Germans that democracy is not a good form of government. Instead, why don’t they try, oh, I don’t know...umm, oh, what about a Constitutional Republic? Seemed to work great for the USA. That is until, you know, we strayed from the formula.

Maybe Project Free State should start recruiting in Eastern Germany.
 
Written By: Joab
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As if anarcho-capitalism is even within contemplation here. German society is freer in many respects than the U.S. and less free in some. Germany is far less likely to imprison people for engaging in private behavior that violates Christian "precepts" and arguably has a much stronger democracy overall than the U.S.
 
Written By: william
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"As if anarcho-capitalism is even within contemplation here. German society is freer in many respects than the U.S. and less free in some. Germany is far less likely to imprison people for engaging in private behavior that violates Christian "precepts" and arguably has a much stronger democracy overall than the U.S."

What, pray tell, is your basis for the claim that it has a "stronger democracy overall than the U.S.?" I am interested to know. Considering the post you commented on, it would appear it is not so healthy. Is democracy there strong but sickly?

Is it the fact that one can use more drugs there? Or the prohibition on "far-right" political speech?
 
Written By: Alfred
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Greater involvement in voting by the population and a system based upon majority representation, that also includes minority parties, both of which are lacking in the U.S. system. The U.S. system is unlikely to be adopted by any emerging democracy, anywhere. Also, in Germany, the person who receives the most votes is elected as national leader, a practice followed in virtually every democracy in the world. In the U.S., both left-wing and right-wing speech are often curtailed but not illegal, in Germany, fascist speech is often illegal, a practice that the U.S. may emulate.
 
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As if anarcho-capitalism is even within contemplation here. German society is freer in many respects than the U.S. and less free in some. Germany is far less likely to imprison people for engaging in private behavior that violates Christian "precepts" and arguably has a much stronger democracy overall than the U.S.
Really. That’s a fascinating point.

So, tell me, how long have you lived in Germany?
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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In the U.S., both left-wing and right-wing speech are often curtailed but not illegal
Curtailed by whom? This is certainly the first I’ve heard of anyone but me restraining me from saying any "right-wing" or "left-wing" gibberish I want to.
 
Written By: OrneryWP
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And yet Germany has a cut off for party size before a party can gain seats in the parliament...gee, how undemocratic. Why would you do that? Oh, because for historical reasons you don’t want a lot of small parties like you had before WW II.

Also, member constituencies have advantages over proportional representation...but I figure you’ll need to explain to me why a party with say 3% of the vote in Germany cannot get even one seat...
 
Written By: Harun
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No need for Germans to worry, next stop .. the Caliphe.
 
Written By: Neo
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As if anarcho-capitalism is even within contemplation here.

Huh, what does this statment mean? Are you suggesting it SHOULD be?

As to Germany, being less democratic, please everyone remember, one of the great things about NATO is that the British, French, US, and Dutch troops ARE ALREADY ON GERMAN SOIL. Just in case the Germans get "tired" of democracy again....
 
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Now is the time on "Sprockets" when we dance!!!!
 
Written By: Riley, Not O’Reilly
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"British, French, US, and Dutch troops ARE ALREADY ON GERMAN SOIL"

Along with, at least in the case of the US, their families and thousands of US civilian support personnel. Spread out in lots of widely separated, sometimes indefensible, installations. With easily severed supply lines.
 
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