Germany has no active public debate in regards to choices between freedom and statism, and libertarian ideology has zero public presence. After a
decade and a half since the fall of Berlin Wall, a huge number of votes for the Communists will prevent the formation of an electoral coalition
towards reform. This trend means Germany will plunge further into socialist-style welfare state, eventually ruled by the former Communists of East
Why do people vote for Communists?
Before getting to the details of the most recent elections, consider the history. In the decades since World War II, Germany has turned into a
welfare state of incredible dimensions: six weeks of paid vacation per year for every employee (guaranteed by law), myriad possibilities to shorten
the working life (only a handful of German citizens over 60 still work), a working week of only 35 hours in many industries, and extensive social
security and health insurance.
On September 18th Germany's conservatives won a narrow victory against the coalition of the Social Democrats and the Green Party but fell short of
the majority needed to form a center-right government with their preferred partners, the free-market orientated and pro-business Free Democrats. The
Communists were the reason.
The lower-than-expected number of seats makes it impossible for the conservative top candidate Mrs. Angela Merkel to form a center-right coalition.
The preferred partner, the Free Democrats reached 10% of the votes, which is fantastic for this party. But it gives them only 61 seats in the
Bundestag, which is not enough for a center-right coalition.
And so the tragedy is clear: the continuation of socialist-style policy is the means that the German political establishment will choose in order to
avoid granting more power to the former Communists of East Germany. Communists controlled less of Germany 20 years ago than they do today. It does
make one wonder who won the Cold War after all.
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Is it really much easier to live in a communist society, where everyone
else is responsible for your actions. Are the German's giving up on a freedom, because they're too addicted to their 6 week vacations and lucrative
Now comes a time when we may ask,"Who are the real winners of the Cold War and the fall of the wall?" The trend is growing in Europe and "Soziale
Marktwirtschaft" is dead.
Germany has sold out freedom for welfare.
[edit on 11-10-2005 by Regenmacher]