A trash can for late capitalism


Gini coefficient germany




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Created Date

December 9, 2021 - 9:30am

Contributed date

December 9, 2021 - 9:29am

Critical Commentary

Germany is a world leader in wealth inequality. In few other countries do the rich posess such a large part of the total wealth. By privatizing the profitable parts of Saxony-Anhalt's chemical industry while the public has to pay for remediation efforts and clean-up operations, the German federal as well as local government are deepening the gap between the rich and the poor. The intransparency of lobbyism in Germany enables powerful, yet often invisble influcence of corporations on government officials.

This is especially pronounced in East Germany, a region with a history of disadvantages which is not well represented in the federal government and thus becomes a giant trash can for toxic waste disposal from international companies.



Cite as

Philip Max Baum, 9 December 2021, "A trash can for late capitalism", contributed by , Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 December 2021, accessed 3 July 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/trash-can-late-capitalism