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by Christopher Chantrill
September 07, 2005 at 11:29 am
YOUD think that the chaps at Britains lefty Guardian would love German Chancellor Schröder. Hes as solid a Social Democrat as you could imagine. Hes defending the European social model from the evil forces of Anglo-American globalization. Hes earned standing Os for his strident (and convenient) anti-Americanism. So why is Martin Kettle bailing out on the Unions-Kanzler?
Well, its because of a personal failure of leadership, whatever that means.
The SPDs central failure has been its inability to provide a coherent social-market-based answer to the problems posed for the nation state by globalisation.
Well thats a thought! The problem is, of course, that there is no coherent social-market-based answer to the problems posed by globalization. The whole idea of the social market is to ignore the market and promise big fixed benefits and pensions to your supporters when you dont have a clue whether you will ever be able to pay those benefits without bankrupting the nation.
Actually, the Social Democrats in Germany and elsewhere do have a coherent plan to solve the problems posed by globalization. It is to retreat as slowly as possible, pretending that they are delivering on their promises while slowly withdrawing them, bit by bit.
But the laugh is on Kettle. Recent news indicates that the German economy is finally starting to perk up after 15 years in the doldrums. Wage costs are down and exports are up. Its all probably due to Germanys famous Mittelstand, the medium-sized business that dominate Germanys exports. If Angela Merkel wins the election and becomes Chancellor then she will get the credit for the economic upswing that is already in progress.
Does Martin Kettle really want that?|
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State