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In fact, Germany is the one country with the greatest amount of troops involved in NATO operations. We are involved in about 15 NATO missions from the Balkan countries down to Sudan, the Indian Ocean and Afghanistan. In terms of military undertakings, the current German government is not very reluctant. Strange enough: none of the German "peace-mongers" complains about this; the public is very well uninformed and our media are quite faithful to the government so that you won't hear much about it. For example there wasn't much news coverage on the European Parliament rejecting the German claim to a seat in the UN Security Council. Still, there is some interesting website which regularly publishes news and comments on German foreign and military policy: http://www.german-foreign-policy.com
But be careful; the website delivers some interesting information, but it is written by nasty leftist bastards, so you should not believe every nonsense they write and comment on. They have quite a talent in seeing conspiracies where there are none (at least I think so).
What Germany really needs is a lot of Objectivism and Austrian Economics. Only a cultural revolution can still save Germany - and Europe - now.
A literal translation would have been "Atlas zuckt mit den Achseln" which sounds quite ridiculous. Another possibility would have been "Atlas wirft die Erde ab" (Atlas throws off the earth) which I think in fact was the title of an earlier translation. But "Wer ist John Galt?" (Who is John Galt?) is far better, I think. As far as I remember there has also been someone who suggested naming it "Der Streik" (The Strike) as its working title was, but the publisher said he didn't want to ask Peikoff if such a change would acquire his agreement.
Austrianism is fairly unkown in Germany. In fact there is not a single university which hosts an Austrian. Germany's major Austrian thinkers, i.e. Hans-Herman Hoppe and Jorg Guido Hulsmann, had to leave the country in order to get a chair in Economics, the former went to Las Vegas, the latter to Angers in France. I think the only German economist who is a true Austrian is Roland Baader who lives in a small town named Waghausel (near Hockenheim/Karlsruhe/Heidelberg) in South Western Germany. He has done a lot to spread Austrianism in Germany again, quite successfully, I think.
German economists have always been very reluctant to adopt Austrian doctrines. When Carl Menger founded the Austrian School, German universities were dominated by the (quite socialist) German Historical School and its leader Gustav von Schmoller. Menger had his famous Methodenstreit with Schmoller.
In Vienna, there now exists the "Liberale Initiative" which is quite pro-Austrian and made possible a seminar on Austrian Economics at the University of Vienna. As far as I know, they are also planning some seminars on the topic at German universities. Some weeks ago I spoke with libertarian philosopher Hardy Bouillon, who teaches at the University of Treveris, and he told me that he was going to give a seminar on Austrianism next summer. I am really looking forward to that because I then will be (most probably) a student at the University of Treveris.
And as to the writings of major Austrian economists: It is quite difficult to buy them here in Germany, especially in German language. But there is a new online bookstore ( http://www.buchausgabe.de ) which sells the complete works of Carl Menger, some German language works by Ludwig von Mises and so on. I think that Austrianism is on the rise in Germany, although it is still too early to tell whether that'll be successfull.
(Edited by Sascha Settegast on 7/21, 5:52pm)