Arnon Grunberg



Der Spiegel on the end of the end of history:

"In human history, there has hardly ever been such a rapid rise - which really is just a return to form - as that of China over the past 30 years. The country has long since begun financing other states without paying attention to issues like democracy and human rights: The old "Washington Consensus," is being replaced by the "Beijing Consensus." The Chinese model fascinates those that wish to replicate it because the party appears so resolute and closed while the society is so young, vibrant and hungry for start-ups. Western societies on the other hand are aging. Many citizens see their wages stagnating, while education, homes and healthcare are becoming unaffordable. The old maxim that rising GDP translates into prosperity for all is being exposed as a fallacy."

Read the editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer here.

Fair enough, but Western societies have been financing other states without paying too much attention to human rights as well. I prefer the Washington consensus to the Beijng consensus, but what if the Washington consensus starts resembling the Putin consensus.

What Der Spiegel is saying: So many nations turn their lonely eyes to Merkel and Macron.

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