Konrad Werner: Coalition of the chilling



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Disaster Capitalism

It's 15.2% in Germany as a whole (a new record), but 21.4% in Berlin -- and certainly much, much higher than that in several Bezirke:


... and this in the capital city of "Europe's economic powerhouse" (which makes it one of the richest countries in the world). Worth thinking about if you're a tourist -- or prospective property-owner -- in, say, Kreuzberg, or hip 'n' happenin' Neukölln, two of the poorest boroughs in Berlin.

Of course, the gulf between rich and poor is in fact increasing rapidly everywhere. In the USA it is now more extreme than in the 1920s. In Great Britain, meanwhile, the vilest government in living memory literally laughs (and leaves) when the topic of food banks is "debated" in the Commons:


From the Independent, Oct 2013:

"The Red Cross will this winter start collecting and distributing food aid to the needy in Britain for the first time since the Second World War, as welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks across Europe.

In what could be the start of an increased role in Britain for the Geneva-based charity best known for its work in disaster zones..."

Disaster zones. Yup. Capitalism is eating the planet, now almost literally. The so-called "economic crisis" was, and still is, a massive act of theft.

MacCruiskeen more than 7 years ago

CSU - a glitch in German democracy

Konrad, can you tell me why on earth the Bavarian Lederhosen & Laptop crowd get to keep their own "Christian Social" party, hence so much power - and so utterly disproportionate to the population they represent?

Seymour Gris more than 7 years ago

I know, right?

This really bothers me too. I also don't understand why the Greens and die Linke don't make a bigger deal out of it whenever the CSU champions a different, more right-wing policy to the CDU. They get three ministers in every CDU-based cabinet, and yet no one outside Bavaria can vote for them. I think agriculture and transport is ok (notice that chump Friedrich got dumped into agriculture this time round) but if you ask me they don't have a mandate for any other ministry.

Ben Knight more than 7 years ago

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