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  •  Here's the sad part (3+ / 0-)
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    Hitler didn't have to introduce, or change, Germany's health plan, because Bismarck had introduced universal health care in 1883.  Apparently America in the year 2008 isn't as socially advanced as the consummate  Prussian Junker in 19th century Germany.

    A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. ~Edward R. Murrow

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Jun 09, 2008 at 04:49:03 PM PDT

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    •  Defending Bismarck (0+ / 0-)

      Calling Otto von Bismarck the consummate Prussian Junker is not the insult you think it is... Hitler hated and distrusted the Junkers, partly because Junkers suppressed the Beer  Hall Putsch, and the Junkers resented his politicizing the army. Von Stauffenberg, who tried to assasinate Hitler, was also a Junker.

      Bismarck himself was a social liberal by the standards of  his day or ours - he extended state-paid kindergartens throughout the German nation, enacted the first labor laws, the first national health insurance program, and the first comprehensive pension system. He also sang popular songs and German opera in soprano, which must have made him a hit at parties. Sure, he was a compulsive intriguer with plenty of flaws, but measured on his social policy, which was the aspect of his career you specified, he was a heck of a lot better than plenty of current politicians on both sides of the aisle.

      •  Bismarck was a smart conservative (0+ / 0-)

        Bismarck introduced those policies in order to undermine the German socialists. Basically, his idea was that if you have a welfare state, that means the workers are less likely to overthrow the existing economic system. Disraeli in Britain was a similar story.

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