As Russell W. said in sending me this hour-long BBC doco about a British family “learning to be German” in order to discover why it is so productive, “some good insights here.” [And also from one of the “made Germans’” blogs here.]
There are many. One of the early ones comes from a visit to Nuremberg’s former rally grounds, and the German reaction to losing the War. It seems to give support to historian John David Lewis’s thesis.
Another is how the culture values productivity. Highly. Along with going home early.
How Mittelstand companies reflect those values.
How German capital if used more for investment than consumption.
The all-pervasive ethic of duty. The continuing influence of Kinder-Küche-Kirche.
Oh, and immigrants…and pretending you’re not living next door to a racist.