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DoDo nailed it. It's the Overton window in reverse. Large parts of the policies that Geissler and Lafontaine advocate were a part of the mainstream West German political consensus up until 1990. Now they've been displaced to the fringes of political discourse.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 03:47:03 AM EST
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So they are "conservative" policies in the etymological sense of the word, and they are advocated by people both on the left and on the right, while neoliberalism is "progressive"?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 04:59:51 AM EST
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To a large extent, yes.

And what do you mean "they"? It seems to me we often find ourselves here discussing how we to preserve the activist social state against the neocon radicals.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 05:31:32 AM EST
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"they" are the policies.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 05:43:06 AM EST
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Oops. Sorry.

Reading too fast is a major cause of accidents.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 05:48:31 AM EST
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Too bad Germany doesn't have speed limits on the information superhighway.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 05:53:18 AM EST
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