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The Course Of German History [Hardcover]

A.J.P. Taylor

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5.0 out of 5 stars try to define bad karma 5 Nov 2012
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I have been reading very partisan views of modern American political approaches to a global splatology of interests, so what really strikes me as parallel to this history of Germany is the 2006 book by Bill Press, Train Wreck: Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon). Germany had a few functioning democracies on a local level, but the attempt to form a model constitution after World War I with militarism limited by the terms of the treaty signed in 1919 was doomed by attempts to make everything the scapegoat for a poverty that followed the financial commitments the central government needed to wipe out in an inflation that ruined the German middle class.

Taylor is quick to praise politicians who could be compared to the late U. S. Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota. In German history, such leaders were likely to be killed outright instead of having a plane crash in 2002.

Norm Coleman was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1998, when it seemed to me government projects had a tendency tro make money for someone. On the issue of affordable housing involving the block I have been living on since 1996, Norm Coleman seemed to be interested in thinking about the good neighborhoods in Saint Paul. Norm Coleman had come to Minnesota from New York and had been elected mayor as a Democrat, but in order to run for governor and US Senate he became an Independent-Republican, the kind of deal maker that he considered superior to Paul Wellstone. As a US Senator from 2003 to 2009 and then the candidate to do it again, he made sure the Republican Party had attorneys arguing in the Minnesota Supreme Court for a miraculous reelection for months after the polls had closed. The election seemed to close to come out right either way.

The issue in The Course of German History (1946, 1962) by A. J. P. Taylor involving the balance between the central government and local provinces is also very much like the United Statesw Supreme Court decision for Bush v. Gore in December, 2000. When the central Reich was ruled by the right and had the power to push a province in a direction to the right, there was a tendency for direction from above. Issues of states having rights against the federal government, as provided by the United States Constitution, have the characteristics of the ditch of finiteness by the side of the road to Hegel's bad infinity since a Great Society attempted to put Americans in trench warfare to get the kind of bad karma Germany personifies in Taylor's history.
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