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Amerikanische Verhaltnisse--"American Conditions"--is a term of disdain in German politics, meant to suggest the inhumanity of American capitalism.

Actually, no - it more refers to the political culture. E.g., the picture they have of too much media presence, potemkin parties and all-show party conferences, lobbies stuffing politicians with money and so on.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jan 16th, 2006 at 05:25:48 PM EST

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