It must be “Germany Day” on my blog. I just came across this interview that some will find interesting. It is essentially a discussion between two individuals who are clearly on the “liberal” side of the political spectrum, one of whom, Thomas Geoghegan, is the author of the book Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? and is clearly a europhile. His preference for Europe’s values and ways over America’s may ruffle a few red, white, and blue feathers among some here, but it is still an interesting read. And it isn’t just a “left-fest.” For instance, Geoghegan criticizes the currently reigning progressive Democrats in the U.S. for not being as “sophisticated” as their German and French counterparts for their foolish willingness to run up the national debt.
But I mention it mainly to quote this passage from the interview:
According to Geoghegan, “Since 2003, it’s not China but Germany, that colossus of European socialism, that has either led the world in export sales or at least been tied for first. Even as we in the United States fall more deeply into the clutches of our foreign creditors — China foremost among them — Germany has somehow managed to create a high-wage, unionized economy without shipping all its jobs abroad or creating a massive trade deficit, or any trade deficit at all. And even as the Germans outsell the United States, they manage to take six weeks of vacation every year. They’re beating us with one hand tied behind their back.”
The two Geoghegan quotes that wrap up the interview — “Without an industrial base a democracy dies.” & “Countries like Germany do both capitalism and socialism better than we do.” — grabbed my eye, as well.
Passed on here for your clicking consideration: “Why Germany Has It So Good–and Why America Is Going Down the Drain”