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Info/thoughts about the Greens in Germany and the power lag of Greens in the US

How green are Germany's Greens?
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Germany's Greens are the most successful green party in the world
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11/10/2018

Forget about the Greens in the US. They seem to be more engaged in theoretical squabbles than practical politics.

The root sources of the US lag in green politics are manifold and more difficult to tackle than greening the people in Germany.

Just one very important aspect: Most Germans have (much) more personal time available to inform themselves, discuss matters with friends and engage politically.

Our form of Capitalism is less exploitative and our social safe net is larger but fraying under the pressures of economic competition.

I believe Germans are generally less addicted to sports (except soccer) and all kinds of entertainment (particularly TV) than average Americans and more interested in matters of global and local environment health [with significant exceptions such as hazards from smoking and diesel] and effective, citizen-friendly infrastructure; when governments don't respond to people's needs Germans are quicker to revolt in much greater numbers than in the US.

I also think the educational level of the lower rungs of the American electorate are less informed, globally, not just about their own country; their knowledge of geography, culture and politics of other countries is less than dismal. When pointing that out I get the response... "What does it matter" [they are partially correct]. How many Americans, do you guess, read up about global warming to be reasonable informed? Not all their fault to be fair. Naturally, small, less militarily bloated countries like Germany have to know what the big guns up to to fend off criticism, blackmail and threats. The US still attracts armies of well-educated foreigners, particularly from China and India, to do post-graduate or post-doctoral research; many who take the bait simply fall prey to the prospects of money. Many of them find ways to remain in the country and get hired by big names like Google, Amazon, Intel, etc.. Scores of Authors in medical journals (my occupation) carry Chinese and Indian names, children of first generation immigrants. I don't know whether you know: In the US educational resources dispensed to pre-graduate schools depend largely on cities' and counties' tax base while those in competing foreign places are (much) more stratified, independent on their economic productivity and the wealth of their citizens.

You know where the money goes to in the US: in militarily (violently) enforced global control, speak, imperialism, corporate welfare and the rich. Germany and the EU (except the UK) including Russia as well as China and India like to compete with the US, however without the use of force. Their military budgets are a fraction of the US 'defense' budget.

That's just for an introduction... the topic needed much more detailed discussion and consideration.

Gunther
 
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