January 6th, 2008

Как восточные немцы научили западных правильной жизни

In Germany, right turns on red are permitted when a specific sign is present. This rule was first introduced in 1978 in the German Democratic Republic and was originally supposed to become obsolete together with the East German highway code by the end of 1990, following German reunification. However, authorities were unable to remove the signs in time, and public opinion caused them to leave the regulation untouched, even extending its scope to the former areas of West Germany in 1994. By 1999, there were a mere 300 turn-on-red intersections in West Germany while East Germany featured 2,500; the numbers in West Germany have risen considerably since then, though, and as of 2002 a total of 5,000 turn-on-red intersections were counted, with 48% in West Germany.


Марк Фальков о политической культуре Аргентины

Historically pluralism has ranked low in the hierarchy of Aegentine virtues. Power is respected above all things. All governments enjoy a supportive oficialista press. Political movements aspire to complete hegemony, including democratic parties like the Radical Civic Union. The lonely dissenter enjoys little respect in a society in which the practical outcome between success and failure is so enormous.

Among other things, this means that Argentines display a "herd instinct" that pushes them from one position to the other almost overnight, with no apparent contradiction. It explains how so many of the same people could favor the government of the Peróns, its overthrow by the military three years later, the counterterrorist campaign, the war in the South Atlantic, and the return to democracy in 1983.
Mark Falcoff "A culture of its own. Taking Latin America seriously" Transaction Publishers. 1998. Стр. 265.