Majority of Germans: We Don't Have a Real Democracy

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Majority of Germans: We Don't Have a Real Democracy

New poll also shows a third of respondents say capitalism is root of hunger and poverty.

A sign posted in Berlin.  (Photo:  aesthetics of crisis/flickr/cc)

A new German survey has a finding that may strike a particular chord with those in the United States.

Over 60 percent of Germans said their country did not have a true democracy because business has a bigger say than the electorate, the survey by the Emnid polling institute for the Free University of Berlin found.

The finding echoes results of a previous study in the U.S. that found a similar percentage opposed the 2010 Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections, and said that the voices of the electorate were being drowned out by big-moneyed interests.

Twenty percent of the German respondents also said that improved living conditions will be achieved through revolution, not reforms, and a third of respondents said that capitalism was the root of hunger and poverty.

The survey also touched on the issue exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: vast state-level surveillance.

Nearly half of those polled said there's been an increase in surveillance of left-wing dissidents, and 27 percent said that by spying on its citizens, the country is headed towards a dictatorship.

The Local reports that the poll shows "a public much further to the left than previously thought."

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Nice to see. Has anyone done similar polls in the U.S.? I have read that 60%
of Americans want a third party. How many would go left, and how many to
the right? Social Security cuts are opposed by about 3/4 of Americans. (And
watch out for who does the polling.)
I think the results would bode well for the Green Party, since the truth of
Marx's prediction about the concentration of wealth has been reported, even
in corporate media! And hats off to the Occupy movement for spreading the
word, and hammering the point home.
Now we need a non-corporate party like the Greens to represent our non-
corporate majority. Lenin emphasized the need for a revolutionary party to
seriously study issues, history, strategy and tactics- so we don't repeat
mistakes of the past. We have a good number of such parties, with different
takes on things. People should check out as many as possible. You can
search them online. (Yay, internet! But can "they" control the internet too?
Keep some back-up technology.)
Most Americans are not socialist yet, so the Green Party is a good
formation for disaffected true-liberals, (No neo-liberals, please! Neo-liberals
are "Democrats" who think and act like Republicans, enabling and
encouraging Republicans to move further rightward into wacko-land.)
I believe Dr. King was killed because he was really threatening "our" ruling
class by starting to bring together 3 major movements: Civil Rights, Anti-
war, and Labor. And he was starting a multi-racial Poor People's Movement.
Four such major movements with proper solidarity could have formed a
new progressive majority party. And King was becoming a socialist. That
could have been a real threat to the 1%. Talk about a motive for murder!
And Malcolm X was openly hostile to the Democratic Party. "They show
you the teeth of the wolf so you run to the jaws of the fox." Small wonder
that the 1% killed, or allowed him to be killed!
While most of us would love to have a non-violent revolution, the above
murders and genocidal wars show the violent nature of the forces against
us. And that shows us how necessary it is to remove that group,and
their system, from power. Remember Nuremburg! It IS our responsibility.

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