Friday, November 03, 2006

The Germans are disgruntled. And angry. Yikes.

These particular frauleins seem flushed with the joys of life. However, the Germans are an increasingly miserable and disgruntled bunch. And we all know what can happen when the Germans get unhappy with their lot. A newly released survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ARD showed that while 49 percent are content with the level of democracy in their country, 51 percent have lost faith in the justice system and trust in the government. The new poll, for which 1,000 people were interviewed, showed an 11 point drop from the previous survey in September 2005. It is the lowest figure measured in Germany in a questionnaire regarding democracy since...well, I think you can guess when. In the east of Germany, just 7 percent were satisfied with democracy in the country. Last year, another study by the German Statistics Office and the Social Science Research Center in Berlin found that only 38 percent of eastern Germans thought democracy was a good form of government. In 2000, it was 49 percent. Cause for concern? Is a re-run of the Weimar Republic on the cards? I think not. Should we be worried? Perhaps….


Colin said...

The situation is easily explained. Imagine a British government consisting of David Cameron and Gordon Brown with the former promising to take into account the people's feelings against the EU constitution, Turkey's accession, and the increasing socialism, and the latter to keep the benefits of the welfare state.

Contrary to their pre-election promises, they now want to reestablish the EU constitution, help Turkey to become a member of the EU, increased regulations and taxes and cut social benefits.

It is hardly surprising that many have lost confidence in a system designated as democracy which is obviously irresponsive to the wishes of the people. In order to protest, many are voting for the non-governmental parties, i.e. the liberals, communists and nationalists. The same happens in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Danemark ..

The immediate reaction of the polical class in Germany and elsewhere, which favor the EU and their multicultural agenda, is to warn of a return of Nazism. Undoubtedly, there are some Neo-Nazis. Officially, these are approx. 7.000. And they are mostly stupid. However, nearly nobody talks about a much larger number, the offically known 30.000 organized Islamists mostly from Turkey living in Germany and willing to conquer Germany and the EU.

Since the Nazis managed to destroy Germany and to lose half of its territory, only a very small minority is willing to follow a movement with such a disastrous tack-record. The few Nazi idiots are very unlikely to ever get a chance to rule Germany. This time the danger is coming from the left. The soft version of socialism including multiculturalism and the EU is the established state religion. Whoever dares to question its received wisdom is labelled as an Nazi extremist, a convenient approach to silence critics by using as weapon Germany's past which is still haunting Germans. It broke their back and made them susceptible for multiculturalism as a soft of reparation. Nowhere in the world have I ever seen normal people trying so hard to show foreigners that they are welcome than in Germany. And I lived in several countries and visited many more.

istanbultory said...

I agree. The danger in Europe comes not from the deluded neo-Nazi fringe but from the centre-left and their acolytes, who are so intent on dissolving Western civilisation.

Voyager said...

HArd to blame them. Merkel led in the polls to introduce long-awaited reforms then Schroeder stepped up the pressure by accusing her of "Slash & Burn Capitalism" with Paul Kirchoff and in so doing got SPD voters out and produced a hung Bundestag.

Really they should have re-run the election. The last Grand Coalition in the 1960s produced the Baader-Meinhof when noone could get anywhere against the Government Block.

I doubt even Britain would get away with what went on between 1935 and 1945 again.

Merkel is not leading - she is moderating

Colin said...

Merkel is not leading - she is moderating

It's even worse than that. In her talks and implemented politics, she has become the chancellor of the social democratic party.

The same trend appears to be visible in the UK. Christopher Booker gave an interesting speech at the Bruges Group and said:

"A peculiar myth has grown up with the new leadership of the Tory Party that one of the reasons why the party has done so badly in the era of Tony Blair is that it has been too ‘right wing’. And the supreme example of this, we are told, is that the party has been too obsessed with what they call ‘ Europe’.

Part of the new deal laid down by Mr Cameron and his friends is that their new Conservative Party must stop talking about anything that can be construed as ‘right wing’, which therefore means, as Mr Cameron puts it that it must stop ‘banging on about Europe’...

And so we come to that moment a year ago when, thanks largely to a single speech when he showed that he could address conference without notes, the Tory Party came to pick as its leader the man who thinks that one of the biggest mistakes made by his predecessors was to keep going on about ‘Europe’.

The chief principle guiding Mr Cameron in his first year in office, it has appeared, is that he wants to seem as unlike a Conservative as possible. List all the principles traditionally identified with being a Tory, and the rule is now, it seems, that the Tory Party should no longer be seen to stand for them. One result of this, as the latest polls have borne out, is that it has now become a major puzzle for most people to know just what the Tory party is meant to stand for on anything these days.

Much better, the thinking seems to have been, to divert attention from policies by going overboard for saving the planet. If ties are worn at all, they should at all times be green. The important thing is flying off to watch glaciers melt (while being careful to avoid those which are still advancing). Cycling to work (while the chauffeur purrs discreetly behind, and out of shot, with a clean shirt). Putting a mini-wind turbine on one’s roof (which even that great turbine fanatic George Monbiot has realised is a total waste of time and money)...

a great deal of the way our country is now run has been handed over to a peculiar form of government which is beyond any democratic control. And almost the first rule of politics these days, whether one is Tory, Labour or Lib Dem, is that we mustn’t talk about it. Even if in practice that system is demonstrably failing us, and failing us very badly. Because there is nothing we can do about it. Don’t mention ‘Europe’. It has become the massive great ‘elephant in the room’ of our politics."

I really wonder about the reasons for the leftist trends among the so-called "right-wing" parties in the EU. If anybody has an explanation, please do not hesitate to enlighten me. Meanwhile, I assume that the reason for this trend is the dependency of the population on the welfare state, which appears to have been invented by Bismarck.

The latter faced the same problem as the EU, namely to convince a diverse population to accept his newly founded superstate. How did he solve the problem?

Here is what he said: "I have lived in France long enough to know that the faithfulness of most of the French to their government…is largely connected with the fact that most of the French receive a state pension." (Otto von Bismarck)

"My idea was, to win the working class or should I say to bribe them to look at the state as a social institution, which exists on their behalf and which wants to take care of their well-being."(Otto von Bismarck)

Isn't that what all politicians in Europe are doing in order to win elections and gain power, i.e. trying to convince the population that they will take care of their well-being?

But are they really able or just pretending to take care of the people's well-being?

The conservative party of the UK seems to have some intelligent and honest politicians such as Douglas Carswell MP who stated clearly "Europe..., since about 1400, had suffered from no political centralisation and no political elite which could stifle innovation and enterprise. When they tried to ban the printing press in one European territory, they simply moved it to another. When high taxation prevented one group of merchants from trading, trade simply moved elsewhere. There was no central or political authority that could stagnate Europe until the Treaty of Rome. China’s trajectory and India’s trajectory has been upwards because they have believed in localism and devolved decision making. Europe has centralised and stagnated as a result. The secret to Europe’s success, the reason why this windswept, godforsaken, not very blessed corner of the world dominated human history for the last 400 years, is its lack of political centralisation of political authority, which has been replaced by a system where the politician and the unelected commissioner have been able to prevent, stifle and stagnate innovation.

For the sake of everyone in Europe, I believe that we should leave. I believe that we should save our exertions and save Europe by example."

I couldn't agree more!

istanbultory said...

"...she has become the chancellor of the social democratic party..."

I am growing increasingly concerned at the way Germany is being misgoverned....