Friday, October 10, 2014

Have the Germans Gone Totally Nuts?

Rebecca Schuman at Slate reports:
You Can Now Go to College in Germany for Free, No Matter Where You’re From
Last week, Lower Saxony made itself the final state in Germany to do away with any public university tuition whatsoever. You read that right. As of now, all state-run universities in the Federal Republic—legendary institutions that put the Bildung inBildungsroman, like the Universität Heidelberg, the Universität München, or theHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin—cost exactly nichts

Well, you might be thinking, isn’t that just wunderbar for the damn Germans, with their excellent supermarket commercials and their spectacular beach nudity and their pragmatically dressed Chancellor. Now with their free college they’re just showing off. Well, here’s the kicker: Germany didn’t just abolish tuition for Germans. The tuition ban goes for international students, too. You heard me right, parents of Amerika.
Can free food and housing, for the world, be far behind?  Isn't supporting the rest of the damn EU enough of a burden for  the  zweiter Klasse ?



  1. "Isn't supporting the rest of the damn EU.." I love your blog, but you need to tone it down a bit. You are becoming to sound a wee bit too arrogant. Germany is NOT the reason why all the other damned (??) EU states survive. That's just plain offensive! So take it down a notch. You're not God!

    1. The EU is a redistribution program that essentially taxes countries like Germany to support countries like Greece and Spain

  2. The Curse of Bismarck continues.

  3. I'm a non-European studying in Germany. I am mostly libertarian in my outlook. I'm not an ancap, though I agree with most of the things that ancaps say. I'm mostly a "whatever works" kinda guy. Comparing the quality of the science that comes out of the academia in Germany vs most other countries, I wouldn't mind at all if some of my tax goes into supporting such institutions.

    Yes, in an ideal world, there would be very little tax, and I'd have enough money from part-time jobs and savings to pull myself through university. However, if I compare Germany academia against that of any non-EU country, I'd say Germany does it better. Germany is the last place I'd point a finger and say "look at what these fools are up to". Of course, as can be expected, all these well-educated graduates pull the country's economy forward.