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Sounds like a metaphor for Europe.Anon.
Europe seems to be undegoing a Thatcherite revolution these days. Old industries are dying and people is suffering.
I think that true capitalism, which is inherently anti-nationalistic, and by its nature opportunistic, is not compatible with old-style conservatism.This is a huge dilemma for the Right, because the Right doesn't like Communism either. We know how Hitler solved this dilemma, with "National Socialism", in which he (apparently) managed to get most of the various social strata in Germany working together in the greater interests of Der Volk (Das Volk? Die Volk? - K, please correct me here). However, this economic strategy, which might be the only one that could guarantee the jobs for the workers of Europe, the USA, etc (by banning out-sourcing, and 'globalization'), can hardly be discussed rationally in public.Anon.
It used to be Das Volke like "Dem Deutschen Volke" on the REichstag. But I am not sure if that is correct in modern German. I presume in South Africa it has a clearer meaning.
In South Africa, the correct usage is "Die Volk", but this is hardly ever used. More commonly, you have avuncular characters talking about "Onse Mense".The Blacks, taught by white Communists, frequently talk about "The People", meaning exclusively blacks, as if other people didn't exist or don't matter. Anon.
In German the definite article has number, gender and case. Volk is neuter singular (a collective noun - even though the people implies more than one, they are one people). In the nominative and accusative, it is das Volk. In the dative, dem. Implicitly the Reichstag inscription means [Dedicated TO] the German people, so it is dative - "dem". Volke is an archaic spelling. In Yiddish you say "Unserer Menschen". My parents would use it ironically, such as when someone like Madoff was caught.K
SING. PLUR.Nom: Mensa MensaeVoc: Mensa MensaeAcc: Mensam MensasGen: Mensae MensarumDat: Mensae MensisAbl: Mensa MensisTakes me back; I can't believe I did Latin for 10 years. Anon.
Formicae laboriosae sunt. Unforgettable.
Caeser adsum iam forte. Anon.
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