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Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 728

Have you ever watched that guy in a talk show or giving an interview?

Of course you didn't.

He plagiarized his Ph.D. for a quick win, which tells you all you need to know about his morals, but he was anything but talent-less. He was also comparatively young and good looking, with instant name recognition (although no relation to The Gutenberg).

The CSU is devoid of political talent. Of course he was a rising star.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 728

Yes, it did as interpreted by the courts at the time.

This is verbatim in the German article you linked. I take it you can't read German.

Grosz was later again dragged to the court in 1926, but was then acquitted, so the Republic grew up a bit before it collapsed.

Anyhow, it's heartening to see that you take up the case of this communist painter, whose art at the time was widely perceived as propaganda.

Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 728

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, you mean the guy who got completely disgraced due to his plagiarized Ph.D. thesis? Who was booted out as defense secretary? The guy who had to accept third rate EU admin jobs afterwards?

Yeah, that really makes your point very convincingly.

At least German laws aren't written by ALEC.

Find your stance absolutely comical. Kinda like when the US nowadays complains about torture in some other second rate countries.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 728

... it's an index of what reporters in a country believe press freedom to be

Good thing then that you are here to tell them what it really means.

You claimed that the laws of the Weimar Republic guaranteed freedom of speech, and they clearly did not.

Yes, it did as interpreted by the courts at the time. And during most of the republics existence this facilitated a much broader political news spectrum then what the average American Joe is nowadays exposed to. To say that there wasn't freedom of speech in the Weimar Republic is simply a falsehood.

It requires you to define the term to your liking to make it fit. But then again you also think you can tell journalists what press freedom means, just so that you don't have to concede a point.

Sorry to say, but I think you'd be as quick to redefine "up" as "down" as long as it allows you to win the argument.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 728

In the here and now Germany is doing just fine (much better than the US I may add).

As to the banning of newspapers, as the article you link notes, most of these were after 1930, when the republic was already on the ropes and in its death-throws.

Hugenberg on the other hand looks positively harmless in comparison to Murdoch.

For most of the time the Weimar Republic had a thriving press, which much more diversity than what you get in the US these days, running the gumut from Communist to Nationalist media.

To quote from Peter Humphreys book "Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe":

"During the Weimar Republic's short lifespan, there flowered a rich diversity of political reporting." (p.22)

And while press freedom wasn't as effectively protected by article 118 as it should have, personal free speech certainly was.

Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 2) 728

"... has time and again failed at democracy and that still idolizes authoritarianism."

Right, like the time that the highest court in the country, that had been stacked by the previous right wing governments, decided the election against the popular vote.

Where districts are constantly gerrymandered to engineer the desired voting results.

Voter roles are getting purged and the identification requirements made ever more difficult to ensure only the right people get to vote.

Lines for polling stations wind around city blocks in the "wrong" part of town.

A recent impartial study concluded that the system is not democratic but constitutes an oligarchy, and a former president concurred that this is indeed the case.

Oh, wait a second, ...

Comment Re:Why isn't Scott Walker on that list? (Score 1) 686

If you really think science can be completely outsourced to the private sector you are beyond delusional.

I am all for commercial, high quality R&D but businesses will never pay for basic research. Who in the private sector would have hired Einstein?

All our modern technology is based on Quantum Mechanics. Do yourself a favor, look up the people who created it, where and how they worked. To imagine that somehow the private sector would have funded this research is ludicrous.

If you kill the high quality state research universities, you will still have MIT, Harvard etc. i.e. the private universities that know why tenure works. They will still put out good science, but fewer Americans will then have access to that kind of education, or academic career.

It's just one more scheme to make sure the American century is over. I am sure the slack will be picked up by China.

Comment Re:Why isn't Scott Walker on that list? (Score 1) 686

Don't think you understand how academia works. Post-docs slave for ridiculously low salaries to have a shot at tenure, and you can not teach science on the highest grad school level if you don't produce top research.

Of course Scott Walker doesn't understand academia either. As far as I know he didn't even attend college.

Comment Re:The elephant in the room (Score 1) 119

Germany has a nice mix, that allows for local candidates as well as proportionality (two votes system).

Extremists are kept out via a 5% threshold that a party need to clear to get into the government.

German governments tend to be very stable, and the count of conservative chancellors outweighs the left of center one (they also tend to govern longer, i.e. Merkel, Kohl).

Also political aristocracy like you have in Japan is quite alien to Germany.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.