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? It doesn't matter. You don’t have to speak a word of German to get a real laugh out of this comic collection of frightful faux pas.
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The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.
- Frederic Bastiat
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
- Margaret Thatcher
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H.L. Mencken
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
- Marshall McLuhan
It is like information theory; it is noise posing as signal so you do not even recognize it as noise. The intelligence agencies call it disinformation. If you can float enough disinformation into circulation you will totally abolish everyone's contact with reality, probably your own included.
- Philip K. Dick
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
- Henry Kissinger
Hegel, installed from above, by the powers that be, as the certified Great Philosopher, was a flat-headed, insipid, nauseating, illiterate charlatan, who reached the pinnacle of audacity in scribbling together and dishing up the craziest mystifying nonsense. This nonsense has been noisily proclaimed as immortal wisdom by mercenary followers and readily accepted as such by all fools, who joined into as perfect a chorus of admiration as had ever been heard before. The extensive field of spiritual influence with which Hegel was furnished by those in power has enabled him to achieve the intellectual corruption of a whole generation.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
German schadenfreude knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to the United States. The country loves to feel superior to a superpower like America. Yet Germany also harbors a childish infatuation with Obama — one which has little political grounding. The reasons are psychological. …The criticism of America has always been a bit infantile. One is familiar with the theory from psychoanalysis, when people talk about transference, or when suppressed feelings or emotions are overcome by projecting them onto others. It may work for a while, improving one’s feeling of self-worth by devaluing an imagined adversary. But it always falls short. Which is why the ritual must be constantly carried out anew.
- Jan Fleischhauer
Intellectuals, in the words of the writer Eric Hoffer, "cannot operate at room temperature." They are excited by daring opinions, clever theories, sweeping ideologies, and utopian visions of the kind that caused so much trouble during the 20th century. The kind of reason that expands moral sensibilities comes not from grand intellectual "systems" but from the exercise of logic, clarity, objectivity, and proportionality.
- Steven Pinker
The difference between Greek pessimism and the oriental and modern variety is that the Greeks had not made the discovery that the pathetic mood may be idealized, and figure as a higher form of sensibility. Their spirit was still too essentially masculine for pessimism to be elaborated or lengthily dwelt on in their classic literature... The discovery that the enduring emphasis, so far as this world goes, may be laid on its pain and failure, was reserved for races more complex, and (so to speak) more feminine than the Hellenes had attained to being in the classic period.
- William James
A doctrine must not be understood, but has rather to be believed in. We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. A doctrine that is understood is shorn of its strength. Once we understand a thing, it is as if it had originated in us. And, clearly, those who are asked to renounce the self and sacrifice it cannot see eternal certitude in anything which originates in that self.
- Eric Hoffer
Les hommes ne croient jamais les autres capables de ce qu' ils ne le sont pas eux-mêmes.
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It’s specious too. What isn’t counted as savings by Americans are investments, which is where almost all of by retirement savings and investments are. If you had a government bond, even THAT would not be called savings.
Unlike most of europe, Germans actually do invest, but not even to the degree that non-europeans do, who depend almost universally on the state to fund feeding, clothing, and housing them in retirement.
So to say that we don’t save is either ignorant or evasive.
“Möglich, dass Obama dann (nach der Wiederwahl) wirklich anfängt zu sparen.”
actually, people stopeed spending money because they were panicing. So if they want to call that “saving” because it was sitting in the bank, sobeit. The economy genuinely fell crestfallen and fearful on the week of his inaguration, and owed that dip entirely to what his nacent administration’s policy positions. It scared the markets and the entire population that actually goes to the effort to start businesses and save for themselves.
Otherwise: if you expected to live off of the relative largesse of your neighbors, you would have been elated.
The Spiegel writer, rather predictably, is writing from inside his very small heimat-bound bubble.
Yeah, Joe. I also think it’s funny (cute?) that Obama’s reeclection is already a foregone conclusion here. And then that quote: “It’s possible that Obama will THEN begin to really save.” Talk about living in Wayne’s World. Yeah, and maybe it’s possible that monkeys fly out of my butt.*
* For our German readers: It is a figure of speech suggesting something completely impossible (like monkeys flying out of your butt).
Obama will save FOR US? Where do they get this stuff? What does our savings rate have to do with them, besides reduce German exports?
All an Obama re-election will yield is 4 years of national-suicide policies by an ideologue with nothing left to loose.
I know that they are in love with their wishful thinking, but Obama is not a shoe-in, and may never be. A good measure of middle-of-the-road people whom you never hear discuss politics simply detest his presidency, and find most of the people around him creepy, secretive, and invasive. He’s completely incapable of doing International Affairs, and if it weren’t for Bernanke and Geitner, we’d be waiting in bread lines.
The pall that Obama put over the economy the week he was inaugurated is no joke and no exxageration. The bottom truly fell out from under teh economy that week, and unemployment didn’t reall shoot through the roof until that quarter.
If Germans love him, they can have him. That some think him not a native-born American is irrelevant – he’s alien to American culture and society.
I think creepy, secretive and invasive are the nice words for it, Joe. I’m not paranoid or anything (having to say that is pretty creepy too) but I was reading The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper the other day and had to think of our current administration when reading this one passage (Popper is taking about totalitarianism here, I know, but still):
Aestheticism and radicalism must lead us to jettison reason, and so replace it by a desperate hope for political miricles. This irrational attitude which springs from an intoxication with dreams of a beautiful world is what I call Romanticism. It may seek its heavenly city in the past or in the future; it may preach “back to nature” or “forward to a world of love and beauty”; but its appeal is always to our emotions rather than to reason. Even with the best intentions of making heaven on earth it only succeeds in making it a hell–that hell which man alone prepares for his fellow-men.
Woah. He nailed it. It should have been required at theRaucherecke… at that school we both know a little bit about.