• ” Unlike the New Deal in the United States, postwar affluence in Germany was not explicitly premised on racial stratification. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to sense a connection between the kind of solidarity that underpinned the postwar system of “social market capitalism” and the fact that the massive amounts of wealth created never went to the new arrivals in the country—the Turks, Italians, Greeks, and Yugoslavs who were at any rate still referred to as “guest workers,” even after decades in the country, sometimes even after obtaining German citizenship. “ <— read the whole thing: Adrian Daub: There Is No Alternativelessness - What’s been hiding Germany’s hidden crisis?
    • The pandemic is as good a time as any for Germany and the other wealthy EU countries to start helping disadvantaged folks in all of Europe including those in their countries achieve the same standard of living as middle class Germans !

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