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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Maybe the Germans Are Onto Something

I notice in this morning’s news headlines that Germany’s national elections yesterday resulted in a stalemate, with neither of the two coalitions on the ballot gaining a clear majority. The impact of this situation on the world’s markets notwithstanding, I’d like to think that das deutsche Volk have done the rest of the world a service by sending the message “we’re sick and tired of politics and don’t really give a damn who governs this country; after all, it’s not like any of these politicians have our interests at heart and are going to rule according to the will of the people anyway. Just look at fact that they wouldn’t let us hold a referendum on EU membership.”

My own experience has always been that no matter how they label themselves politically, the average German has always been a Eurosocialist at heart. But maybe, just maybe, the fact that the rest of Europe expects the German economic powerhouse to sustain and subsidize the rest of the EU is finally dawning on the average German voter, who has only to look at his own wallet and prospects for sustained employment to know that this is a losing proposition. I certainly don’t expect the average German to undergo an evangelical conversion to Austrian School economic philosophy, particularly since the average German (indeed, the average European) is as economically benighted as his American counterpart. However, it looks like the German voter has finally worked up the courage to say that the gravy train has pulled into its last station, that neither political faction has captured the confidence of the voting masses, and that government gridlock may not be such a bad thing after all (could it be that they’re finally learning something useful from American politics?).

Whatever the ultimate outcome, it would be interesting to see if the German politicians (or the rest of Europe) take note and start changing their way of doing business.


Blogger MikeCamel said...

We've got a party over here in the UK called the Liberal Democrats. They're the third largest party in the UK, and had a good showing in the latest general election. They've got a reputation for being consistent in their stances (anti-nuclear deterrent, fairly realistic ideas about taxation, that sort of thing), and they're currently having their annual party conference. What has this got to do with the German election? Well, one of the major planks of their ethos has for a long time been PR: proportional representation. This is understandable as a small party, I guess, which often could be seen to be losing out in our "first past the post" electoral system. But I can't see myself voting for them while they hold onto it. I keep wanting to phone them up and say: "Look at Germany! We don't have problems with hung parliaments very often. Is this what you want? Drop PR!"
Wow. Feel better for that. Hope you don't mind other people ranting on these pages, liberranter!

10:22 AM, September 20, 2005  
Blogger liberranter said...

That's what we're here for, my friend. Rant away!

12:11 PM, September 20, 2005  
Blogger individ said...

They've got to realize that the failed socialist-lite experiments they have been running in the EuroZone are approaching a critical point. I agree with you: a little divided government is exactly what they need. Milton Friedman always said that that is what he preferred; and watching the Republicrats as they run the show here, you can see why.

2:20 PM, September 23, 2005  

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