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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?|
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
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
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
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
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
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
[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
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
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital