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Der Spiegler has a frontpage article on their website that gives a fairly good response to the WSJ as presented by DowneastDem.

God versus the State

Teaser quote:

What Americans see as naturally paired -- individualism with tradition, Christian fundamentalism with open markets -- have been separated in Europe since the Thirty Years War.

The journalist, Alexander Gauland, does make a mistake by buying into neocon/neo-liberal propaganda when he wrote:

...Americans are used to minimal government...

As there hasn't been "minimal goverment" in the US since the militarization of the US economy in 1940.  Without the constant flow of funds, direct and indirect, and political support for the major corporations they would have fallen into bankruptcy decades ago.  

Other than that, the article presents the German side of the fundamental differences between the countries.  Something the "Free Media" (TM) in the US oddly doesn't want to push.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 16th, 2006 at 12:13:50 PM EST
I disagree with Gauland on several points (no wonder as I am no conservative), but good to see a German conservative drawing the line to US neocons.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jan 16th, 2006 at 05:30:24 PM EST
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