This is on a rainy sunday afternoon without real rain yet. Feels like Germany overall. You know it soon will be wet to the bones but it simply did not come yet.
When did all this start? 60ies, 70ies? When did peopel decide that money printing was a solution, that future generations did not matter, that fun and happiness was a human right for all and thus being pursued in the utmost ridiculous ways? When is the next time generations will clash? Last time, I read lately in an interesting work of a sociologist, was when a little Austrian decided not to be little anymore and crashed the whole country to pieces.
Lets face it: we have two markets: the old ones who have and the young ones who also have, but latter nothing but trouble. Trouble to make ends meet, trouble to pay their dues, trouble with a society in which parents are not automatically grand-parents any longer taking care of their kids offspring but manage timeslots from golf course or meditation class.
There was never a more selfish generation that todays elderly. There was a cool book out by a famous German journalist on the issue. There will be more to come.
Read, enjoy, experience. “Its my belly” became “its your kid” translates into “sorry, I have so many things to do take care of your little beggar yourself”. Whole generational concepts break. And you have an archetype of the whole movement: our leadership. Smilingly avoiding responsibility. Shooting from the hip, living in the day.
Sometimes I get the impression that our leader caters only her electors, the elderly pensioeers, big bank accounts, against everything, down with nuclear power plants (we made our money in heavy industry, now we want tranquility)! in with all refugees of this world to make us feel better (and no matter what, they will be integrated in the kindergardens she just closed down).
She makes the world look simple. Dont ask. Dont worry. She has everything under control.
I cant see her concept. No plan behind it. She gives me the impression of thowing candies from a carnival car. And people give me the impression they are perfectly ok with it.
Like this, social fabric is torn, the formerly warm social overcoat of Germany is nothing but a thin blanket nowadays. The old generation ate up the cake, matter of fact, under guidance of Berlin.
Do the elderly really believe they will get away with that?
At the same time whilst – because of their selfishly induced spending spree of politicians they elected – kindergardens are closed, schools are closed and all kinds of services for young parents, young workers, young people are cut back.
A bit risky I would say.
I am constantly waiting for a group to say: “ok, we stop paying to social welfare” or “wait a minute. Did you really pay into your pension fund?”
In the end, reckless politicians will make politics for a social aggregate that promises to elect them. After election, they will get a positive feedback loop by election gifts. One wants to be re-elected. It must be hard to fall out of the “king of Germany” bed (limousines, drivers, security staff and all the insignia of power). Actually it almost never happens. As our parties decide, who is elected. Voters only decide which party is it.
But none of them thinks about the “real end”.
Germany surfs on 0,7% on 10 year bunds. In other words: free lunch. Let interest rates come back after their 5000 year low to say 2,1%, that means, let them triple and where do you think Germany will stand?
Wet to the bones.
More schools, more kindergardens … simply more closed.
How else would one call that but political destruction? Its not they dont see it. Its not they could not turn around. Problem is a turnaround takes more than several legislation periods. And thus, no politician is interested in it.
In final consequence that means in a democracy with 4 year election cycles it is impossible to achieve real change. That leaves two options open: the system is changed or change becomes systematic.
One thing is sure: times wont get boring anytime soon.