“she had been secretary for “Agitation and Propaganda” in the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ) youth organization at the institute. Merkel, a trained physicist, worked at the academy from 1978 until 1989″
Oh well, being the daughter of a pastor, that most likely lived the national socialist age, and having grown up in an eastern block country, now she knows a couple of things more than many, of the problems of national socialism, clerical socialism and marxist socialism.
Many of my friends here in the US, one former Army telephones centrals specialist, the other former USSR tank commander in Afghanistan, used some humorous expressions addressing draconian choices in the mix of business greed and religion absurdities characterizing the american market dogma, such as: “Oh, I understand well, just like in Russia” 😉
Having myself grown up in Italy, and being familiar with both sides of parsonage neo-fascism, parsonage economics, parsonage neo-marxism, and parsonage theocratic conservatism, besides having lived in the US for decades, and being as familiar with parsonage neo-eugenics and parsonage-capitalism dogma, I’m absolutely sure that one thing we probably all share and all know by now, which is how “not to” run a government or an economy.
It is rumored that Edison failed many times before finally designing a working light bulb. When asked about it, Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”