As i've alreay pointed out, this is neither an inferior or a superior system, it's just a different system.
I like less restricted systems better, and I suspect so do dlowan and others in this thread. Since I didn't say anything about "superior" or "inferior" in any objective sense, I'm going to leave it at that.
It may well be that "permissiveness" is greater in Gemany. But so what?
So Germany is a natural experiment by which we can gage the pressure of advertisers against swearing, in a setting where such pressure would make a difference. No difference is observable between private channels, who get all
of their revenue from advertising, and public channels, who get a little
of their revenue from advertising. We can therefore conclude that advertisers' pressure against profanity is negligible. That's the only reason I brought up Germany.
My overall complaint, though, is the constant niggling drum beat of criticisms, all of which seem to be predicated on a condescending attitude toward these differences.
Complain away. Personally, though, I find nothing condescending about saying things like "the US healthcare system sucks compared to Canada's", or "German coffee sucks compared to Italian coffee"---or "US TV censorship sucks compared to Australia's, Britain's, and Germany's". Indeed I would be surprised if you had never made comparisons of this type between the countries you've traveled and lived in.