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Mehr Demokratie

Fri­day 4 Septem­ber 2009 22:54

It was sup­posed to be about Volks­ent­scheid ins Grund­ge­setz but oth­er in­ter­est­ing things turned up as well.

In­ter­est­ing was the po­lit­i­cal land­scape. Bern­hard Müller seemed tor­ment­ed, like a dis­tin­guished tourist in a place where peo­ple from his coun­try are known for mis­be­hav­ing. His point was that the be­hav­ior of oth­er po­lit­i­cal par­ties are ru­in­ing it for every­one, and the CDU il­lus­trat­ed that per­fect­ly tonight. Kat­ja Sud­ing was busi­ness as usu­al, but prob­a­bly not hap­py with the black part of a fu­ture Schwartz-Gelb. Katha­ri­na Fege­bank seemed very in­ter­est­ed in keep­ing the fo­cus as far away from Ham­burg as pos­si­ble, so the con­nec­tion be­tween GAL and CDU wouldn't come up. Ingo Egloff was busy fend­ing off some Wands­bek NIMBY posse or some­thing.

Robert Heine­mann (CDU) was the only one list­ed as against more democ­ra­cy, and he didn't con­vince. Every point against Volks­ent­scheid ins Grund­ge­setz could also be made against democ­ra­cy in gen­er­al: It gets in the way of the peo­ple in pow­er try­ing to do their job, it can be abused by pop­ulist forces, sub­jects can be to com­pli­cat­ed for most peo­ple to be able to prop­er­ly judge them, etc. Those are the same ar­gu­ments lead­ers in less de­mo­c­ra­t­ic states use to try to stay in pow­er. Giv­en enough spin a pow­er­ful dic­ta­tor­ship can be pre­sent­ed as an ex­treme­ly ef­fi­cient democ­ra­cy. Like death is able to cure any dis­ease.


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