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Angela Merkel announced Monday that she would not stay on as German chancellor past 2021, which would be her 16th year in office. She may well not make it until 2021 if her ramshackle coalition government falls apart.

From the New York Times:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Won’t Seek Re-election

By Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy, Oct. 29, 2018

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Monday took her first concrete steps to move away from political life, saying she would give up leadership of her conservative party while vowing to finish out her term as chancellor until 2021.

Ms. Merkel made her announcement, in a meeting of conservative leaders, after two disastrous results in regional elections that saw her party and its allies slump to near-record lows. Many observers, including in her own party, doubted that she could hang on as a lame duck until 2021, and speculated that elections could come sooner. …

On Sunday, Ms. Merkel’s conservatives won just 27 percent of the vote in the central state of Hesse, down from 38 percent five years ago — their worst showing in the state since 1966. Two weeks earlier, her conservative allies in Bavaria suffered a similar blow.

The rather short first take article doesn’t mention the events of August-September 2015 (although the longer follow-up version did). After all, there’s no agreed-upon name for that string of incidents, so it always takes quite a few words to remind readers of the pivot of her premiership, and who has room for that?

Dr. Merkel’s intention to hang on to the Chancellorship for 16 years has largely passed without comment in the U.S., where concern has been mounting about the trend toward national leaders serving for a long time — Xi, Erdogan, Putin, etc.

I haven’t taken a stance on the main issue of Merkel’s early years of leadership — her salted earth treatment of Southern Europe, especially Greece, following the financial crisis of 2008. The issues are complex and technical and arise from an instrument, the Euro, that I didn’t support.

Dr. Merkel came across as a nationalist punishing a fellow member of the European Union. The financial sins of the Greeks were many, so perhaps the German Chancellor’s nationalist stance was justified. I don’t know. But the Chancellor’s determination that Germany would continue to impose the, in effect, Greater West European Co-Prosperity Sphere on its Continent, including punishing ne’er-do-wells like Greece who couldn’t pay back their loans to German banks reflected a nationalist spirit that some earlier Chancellors such as Bismarck would have appreciated.

But her earlier fiscal scorched earth campaign against her fellow Europeans in Greece stood in striking contrast to her sudden decision in late August 2015 to use her unaccountable power as German Chancellor to suspend unilaterally EU regulations, in effect inviting in a million non-Europeans, largely through poor Greece, and then demand that the rest of the EU help her take some of this sudden burden she had imposed on Germany upon her own whim off her hands.

This of course was the classic instantiation of what I had identified as the ruling Spirit of the Age: leapfrogging loyalties. The power of the zeitgeist to warp decision-making was never clearer than in the sudden turn of a Chancellor previously noted for prudence.

By suddenly making blatantly tangible what had previously been abstract-seeming pot boiling — there were giant columns of marching men intent on penetrating your lands — Merkel’s Mistake made clear that what a few dissidents had been saying for years was where the Establishment was headed.

The German Chancellor’s whim did spectacular harm to the idea of the European Union as a vehicle for promoting the mutual interests of Europeans by prioritizing non-Europeans in the name of “European values.”

Overnight, the European Union’s raison d’etre — to make life better for Europeans — was implicitly redefined as racist; after all, Europeans are white, and therefore, by definition, to promote peace and prosperity among whites is hateful racism. The fundamental point of the European Union was retconned from promoting the welfare of Europeans in Europe to fighting the racism implicit in Europeans having the European continent by facilitating the racial inundation of Europe by non-Europeans.

Soon, support for Merkel’s Mistake came to be seen in the U.S. as a crucial test of support for the “liberal democratic world order,” with Ms. Merkel as its embodiment.

The German political system has had several opportunities to bail out the Western Establishment from this ideological ledge its has gotten itself stuck upon by firing Ms. Merkel for Merkel’s Mistake, but has, to this day, never quite managed that.

 
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  1. I, an Italian, really hope that Merkel goes away in the shortest time possible.
    However, I am puzzled about Sailer’s stance about Greece, a position shared by most conservative for reasons not really clear to me. Greece is a failed state, and the fault is not Merkel’s or Germany’s, but decades of semi-socialist policies dictated by state-assisted welfarism attitude: the same which affects my own country and whose long-term debilitating effects on economics, entrepreneurship and also public freedom are well known.
    Now, Germany has paid most of the debt of Greece: is it wrong that they have an interest on what they gave to Greece in order to avoid its collapse? Should Germans pay for Greece’s failure without any compensation or financial protection? I have no sympathy for Merkel, but less so for the bureaucratic and quite often overtly Communists politicians running and ruining Greece. I don’t see any real change in how Greece is governed, and blaming Germany for this country’s plight is neither fair nor useful.

  2. Regarding the invitation to invasion of the Moslem “refugees” to all of Europe, was ex-Commie Merkel simply “Obituary Shopping”, in the excellent terminology of Nicholas Styx? I don’t think it was any kind of mistake. She had to know the long-term damage this act would do to Germany.

    Not that the road to hell isn’t paved with them, but that 75 years-ago Chancellor, no matter how evil it all turned out, had good intentions for the people of his country. I can’t say the same for this broad.

  3. Anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve,

    Please add compelling visual footage of Merkel’s Mistake to this post. Maybe a looong column of foreign men, to accompany the long goodbye. And also a photo of her posing, flushed and twirling her hair, alongside a young male migrant.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @ben tillman
  4. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:

    This sounds like a draft for your Taki Mag pieces that get published on Wednesdays.

  5. jJay says:

    Bowie wrote two song about Germany, AFIK: Heroes and Where are we Now.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  6. If the raison d’etre of the European Union was simply “to make life better for Europeans”, then it was “racist”, and in a bad way.
    What I mean is that the very idea of Europe, sundered from any concrete culture, history, philosophy or religion, is in some sense a “racist” idea, in the sense that SJW’s critique. It is utterly arbitrary. It is not really geographical. And contra some white nationalists, “Europe” is not coextensive with any sort of “whiteness” in any biological or other sense. It is utterly arbitrary. Why should anyone care about it?
    The deep problem with “Europe” is that it presented itself as the heir of Europe, the driver of Western Civilization for millenia, while overtly and implicitly disavowing everything significant.

    • Troll: Bill B.
    • Replies: @Anon
  7. First, we take Manhattan. Then we take Berlin!

    And Brasilia in there somewhere.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. I believe Steve is correct that “Merkel’s Mistake” may have fatally wounded the so-called European Project.

    The people thought they were signing up to integrate Europe. But Merkel showed them it was all a bait and switch scam by the unaccountable elites, who want to integrate the Third World into Europe.

    Certainly there would have been no Brexit without this epiphany.

    On the Greek debt, I frankly don’t understand why it was ever a “European” issue to begin with. In the U.S. a state could default on its bonds and it would have nothing to do with the federal government or the dollar. But everyone just decided that Greece’s debt was different, so it was.

  9. Anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clifford Brown

    First, we take Manhattan. Then we take Berlin!

    What did he mean by that?

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  10. Fredrik says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    Agreed,
    Greece, and Italy for that matter, must get their act together and it’s only fair that the Germans voice their concerns as long as that isn’t happening. That said, this probably shows why the Euro is a bad idea financially.

    On the refugee question on the other hand…

  11. When I was in college taking economics from a prestigious professor, we were presented with a slide about eurozone economic integration prior to the euro. It was tongue in cheek, and it pointed out that some truly ridiculous aggregations of countries were technically more integrated than those of the future eurozone, including (if I’m remembering correctly) all countries starting with the letter M and all countries at a certain latitude. It was funny at the time, but brought up the very serious point that the eurozone countries probably shouldn’t share a currency, based on their economic and business cycles.

    The currency union has been an employment boon for Germany by artificially cheapening their currency (euro as opposed to DMark), and to understand the nature of this effect consider that China is accused of doing the same thing to its currency via a different mechanism. Cheap currency leads to cheap exports leads to more manufacturing jobs, etc. It has its downsides, of course. Greece (and Italy, etc.) got the raw end of this deal because by artificially strengthening their currencies it hurt exports and tourism. So the strong line taken by Merkel toward the southern European nations is a little disingenuous to say the least. The current problems with the Euro are unfolding along predictable lines.

    • Agree: slumber_j
    • Replies: @LondonBob
    , @Beckow
  12. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @jJay

    Heroes has been covered by a lot of people but the best was probably this one:

    Robert Fripp is often frippery, in the normal sense of the term,

    frip·per·y
    /ˈfrip(ə)rē/
    noun
    noun: frippery; plural noun: fripperies

    showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language.
    synonyms: ostentation, showiness, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, ornament, decoration, trimming, gilding, prettification, gingerbread; More
    finery, frou-frou;
    informalbells and whistles
    “a functional building with not a hint of frippery”
    a tawdry or frivolous thing.
    synonyms: trinket, bauble, knickknack, gewgaw, gimcrack, bibelot, ornament, novelty, trifle, kickshaw, tchotchke; archaicgaud
    “roadside shops full of fripperies”

    but here, he does a transcendent job.

    Blondie’s 1980 live recording of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ was released a as a bonus track on ‘Eat To The Beat’ in the 2001 re-issue of the Blondie back catalogue. The recording first surfaced on the 12″ of ‘Atomic’ after Deborah and the boys performed the song at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on January 12th 1980. This particular performance is notable for a rare live guest appearance by guitarist Robert Fripp who also played on the original version. Although unavailable on a Blondie release since that original 12″, the song was available on the excellent, if hard-to-find, ‘David Bowie Songbook’ CD. ‘Eat To The Beat’ is scheduled for a September 11th release.

    Fripp and Harry were at the time wanting to make a (what we would now call a) reboot of Godard’s Alphaville. That didn’t happen for various reasons, some rumored to involve Fripp marrying Toyah Wilcox, who put the kibosh on Fripp’s involvement.

    Fripp went on to his Guitar Craft workshops and cult, in which he cheekily propounds what he calls “New Standard Tuning”, which is the guitar tuned in fifths with one fourth or major third because you can’t tune a six string guitar in straight fifths with any normal string set and have it maintain any kind of intonation unless you go to a fanned fret or multiscale configuration. (That’s why pianos have much shorter treble than bass strings.) He has worked with entire guitar orchestras , much like the banjo or mandolin orchestras of the 1890-1930 period, with not much commercial success.

    His work with Bowie was his commercial zenith by far. C and D were huge Bowie fans and this is a one night performance in which they fully equal and maybe eclipse bowie at his own game.

    Live video of this appears to be unobtanium.

  13. J.Ross says: • Website

    Merkel was on track to being the most respected leader of her region and time until the Merkelboner. The conventional wisdom prior to this was that she was a textbook illustration of leadership. She had no scandals or crises and her economic stewardship was good. It is as if there were an innate Germanic tendency to fear success, to fail both as a bona fide of humanity, and as a proof of your perfectionism, since your failure was deliberate and within your control.

  14. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    I really don’t know where Merkel’s reputation, (as promulgated by the media), of being a ‘good and steady’ leader comes from.

    Nevermind the million man bumrush, two other significant decisions in Merkel’s long career indicate her fundamental incompetence. Firstly, there was the totally unjustified and panicked decision to abruptly cancel nuclear energy in Germany. The cost to German consumers, industry and taxpayers will be in the hundreds of billions of euros. Also, for the environmentally conscious, carbon emissions will doubtlessly skyrocket, and perhaps worst of all, the peculiarly German practice of permanently destroying hundreds of square miles of beautiful, productive and historic German coutryside to mine lignite, a low quality carbon rich fuel, will only increase.

    Secondly, was her arrogant and offhanded dismissal if former British PM David Cameron, in his attempt to negotiate a respite in the massive EU immigration into Britain. A little flexibility and a little understanding and things could have been very different…..

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon, pyrrhus
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Mr. Rational
  15. notanon says:

    i think the Merkelcide refutes the idea that her helping the banks loot Greece was based on German nationalism – a more consistent theory would be she is as bought by the banks as Clinton – the same banks that wanted Clinton to support open borders in the Americas wanted Merkel to open the borders of Europe.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  16. notanon says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    Greece is a failed state, and the fault is not Merkel’s or Germany’s

    if Greece was such a financial basket case why did the banks lend them so much money?

    they did it deliberately so that when Greece couldn’t pay it back the banks could swoop in and loot Greek assets.

    they’ve been doing this in the 3rd world for decades and now they’ve started doing it in Europe with the full collusion of the corrupt EU.

    Germany has paid most of the debt of Greece

    Merkel and the EU didn’t give money to Greece they gave it to the banks – they get their reward from the banks when they retire from politics like Barroso.

    https://www.goldmansachs.com/media-relations/press-releases/current/jose-manuel-barroso-appointed.html

  17. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve always thought people like Merkel deliberately wanted untermensch, a servant class that native Germans could rest their feet on and make do all the manual labor. A lot of historical societies have an elite class that keeps deliberately trying to create a downtrodden underclass for reasons of their own, though they often just screw over segments of their own people. One tactic was to go conquer another society and bring back large numbers of slaves.

    Making two other countries fight each other and absorbing the refugees from the mess is just a variation of this which attempts to hide the real blame for who caused the conflict. Actually having a society of equals is not acceptable to these elites. They really, really want a huge mass of social inferiors under their thumb, not a country full of people who think and really believe they’re as good as the leadership.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. Abyssal says:

    Wasn’t a mistake. The tearjerker photo of the dead boy on the beach provided the window of opportunity for her to push through her agenda, import millions of men (who happened to be culturally incompatible Muslims, but you gotta break eggs to make an omelet).

  19. El Dato says:

    Reminder that Chancellor Merkel singlehandedly shut down Germany’s nuclear power plant industry as smoke was still issuing from Fukushima reactors (this in spite of the fact that none of the German reactors are based on Westinghouse BWR design and tsunamis are hard to come by in Middle Europe). There was much rejoicing in the Land, especially by people who can’t pronounce “Dai-ichi”.

    This was followed by Germany mysteriously becoming a net exporter of electric energy practically immediately. Maybe that’s unrelated. Could have to do with all the wind power.

    Recently, RWE has been seen strip-mining for coal, destroying precious woodland, which lead to some protests and people falling from trees. But maybe that’s also unrelated.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
  20. Have you read David Fryes book Walls, Steve? He mentions all of the walls erected in Middle east in the last decade including a 287 mile barrier along Jordan’s border with Syria and a 125 mile barrier along the Tunisia border with Lybia funded by the Obama administration perhaps by design to funnel all of these migrants into Europe while publicly dismissing border walls as “wacky.”

  21. Clyde says:

    Her Arrogance needs to get the boot next month. The German people need to take her broad hint and get rid of her now. We can give her partial blame for the columns of asylum seekers headed north to our border.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  22. > a million non-Europeans

    At least 1.8 Million since late 2014, I added this up at https://www.facebook.com/marek.moehling.de/posts/253626198833914

    I can translate this if needed.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  23. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The inconvenient fact is that third world immigrants to Germany are, by and large, an enormous non-working class collective tax liability, who by elementary economics, must, necessarily be supported by the work of ethnic Germans.

  24. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of the Greek/Euro crisis, it’s pretty ironic that the shrill leftwing British press, as typified by the Guardian newspaper, is absolutely unrelenting and rabid regarding its hatred of Brexit and love of the EU, but is strangely silent about the anti-human cruel economic policies foisted upon the Greeks by its beloved EU.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  25. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    In the distant future, when the history books are written, and ‘set-in-stone’, so to speak, I just hope that one little interesting fact and anecdote about Merkel’s million man bumrush is recorded, as a ‘humorous’ aside illustrating the spirit of the times, if nothing else.

    Saudi Arabia, fabulously wealthy as she is, signally refused to offer to *any* of their needy coreligionists and Semite brothers ‘refuge’. They did, however, generously offer the German government sufficient funds to build, on German soil, a mosque for every 1000 or so ‘migrants’, to be constructed in German soil.

    *That*, as they say, ‘just about says it all’.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @anon
  26. @Anonymous

    A serious and well-respected economist like Bernd Raffelhüsschen says the average immigrant will cost the German tax payer 500 000 dollars.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  27. The title threw a curve at me, because Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, has been all over British TV holding up his little red box with the new budget, and I wondered why he might be making any departure, if it really was so bad.

    BTW, the one you are talking about has had the effect of being an Ossi doomsday weapon, but the prognosis for the potential successors is not heartening.

  28. @notanon

    Ok – money was given to the banks – and these handed it out to the Greeks – initiating a nation-wide deficit spending party like no one before in the rich Greek history of deficit spending.

    Thus creating- and this is just one example of lots of very very impressive ones: Creating the region with the highest density of Porsches in Europe (near the Mount Olympus). The Greek importer of German cars was for a few years the Greek company, that paid the highest taxes in the whole country…

    • Replies: @Ali Choudhury
    , @notanon
  29. @Anonymous

    “Please add compelling visual footage ….”

    If you can’t find the original footage, you can substitute recent footage of the caravan headed for the US.

  30. @Paolo Pagliaro

    The only profitable harbor in Greece is run – – – by the Chinese.

  31. LondonBob says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    The Greek debt was owned by French and German banks, a default would have collapsed the European banking system.

  32. LondonBob says:
    @Moral Stone

    I studied economics and the standard position was the Euro would not work, and it hasn’t.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  33. jim jones says:

    Travel on any bus in London and you will find it packed out with Africans, Merkel has a lot to answer for.

  34. @Dieter Kief

    Yes, no one in Germany asked Greek governments to boost public salaries by 90% in the ten years after they joined the Euro. They were only able to join by submitting fraudulent economic data. I am surprised by German bankers. You would have thought they’d have been more wary. They were also full-on participants in the US mortgage disaster. West LB is out of business and Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank have been crippled since then.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  35. @Anonymous

    What did he mean by that?

    Wikipedia:

    Cohen explained himself in a backstage interview: “I think it means exactly what it says. It is a terrorist song. I think it’s a response to terrorism. There’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired. The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive. I don’t like it when it’s manifested on the physical plane – I don’t really enjoy the terrorist activities – but Psychic Terrorism.

    I remember there was a great poem by Irving Layton that I once read, I’ll give you a paraphrase of it. It was ‘well, you guys blow up an occasional airline and kill a few children here and there’, he says. ‘But our terrorists, Jesus, Freud, Marx, Einstein. The whole world is still quaking.’”

    Also, this happened. (#32)

  36. notanon says:
    @Dieter Kief

    right, that’s how it works – the banks in collusion with corrupt politicians lend more money to a country than it can repay (cos too poor or too corrupt or both) and when they can’t repay the banks swoop in to loot assets.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/24/greece-is-rushing-to-sell-some-of-its-state-assets-before-a-crucial-bailout-deadline.html

    globalist organised crime

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  37. @Achmed E. Newman

    Unless it was Childless Woman Meets Crying Refugee Girl Syndrome, and the fact that she knew that the mass media and the elites at her back – look how they covered up the Cologne attacks.

    And once down that road, even had she realised what a clanger she’d dropped, they’d have been telling her what bad optics a reversal would be, how it would “empower the far-right” etc etc. As it is she put the brakes on via (IIRC) a deal with Turkey.

    The media lied through their teeth about how Germany’s shortage of workers would be solved, even though there were millions of unemployed in the EU, and even though Merkel had kept the Poles out in 2005.

    But then we know they lie through their teeth.

  38. Tyrion 2 says:

    All hail Angela of the House Merkel, the End of Her Name, The Unquickened, Queen of the Afghans, the Turks and the Last Men, Queen of Davos, Khaleesi of Globalism, Protector of low wages, Lady Regnant of post-nationalism, Breaker of the EU and Mother of “Refugees”.

    • LOL: Almost Missouri, Abe
    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @BenKenobi
  39. A lot of commenters appear to have forgotten that Germany has imported millions of Turks over the years before Merkel. They appear to have done a good job of keeping them in line. Maybe that’s why Merkel thought there wouldn’t be a problem; they’ve kept Moslem untermenschen under control before.

  40. Tyrion 2 says:
    @Anonymous

    Yes, but if your spouse regularly beats you, you’re cowardly and giving up by not staying and fighting for your marriage.

    Sadly, that is analogous to their usual response to your more than adequate point.

    But don’t worry, there are even bigger idiots hanging around on the right. “Something something Britain leaving the EU is allowing Germany to win WW2!”

    What these twits have in common is that they’re both appealing to traditional masculine virtues. Their problem is that they also fail to conform to reality in how they demand such virtues.

    Like: “a real man would have the courage and confidence to encourage his wife to sleep around.”

  41. jlee says:

    By contrast, Chancellor Hitler was in office for 12 yrs. Who did more objective damage to Germany? Discuss.

  42. @Paolo Pagliaro

    Greece is a failed state, and the fault is not Merkel’s or Germany’s, but decades of semi-socialist policies dictated by state-assisted welfarism attitude:

    Those policies were brought in largely to offset the costs of integration into the European Union. If Greece had stayed out, the value of its currency (the drachma) would have freely floated up and down, and Greek industries would have remained competitive on the global market. The political elite of Greece also used generous welfare benefits to neutralize opposition to replacement of Greek workers with lower-wage workers from other countries. “Greek” shipping is a good example: only its owners are Greek; the workforce has become almost entirely South Asian or Filipino.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  43. Realist says:

    Merkel should have been disposed of years ago.

  44. Something new is happening in Merkel-Germany, which gets little news coverage. And his dirty little something is group-rapes in peacetime. Freiburg (7 men at least (mostly Syrians)), Harsewinkel, Velbert…

    And this is quite unusual too – if not an all-time first: An Eritrean man is – in Freiburg too, – accused of having raped not only a woman but a goat and at least one sheep as well – all three cases proven by genetic analysis.

    The German press usually writes not much about these things; and never forgets to remember their dire readers, that these are all single cases (“Einzelfälle”). – I wonder how long it takes, before somebody starts to add these up.

  45. “Overnight, the European Union’s raison d’etre — to make life better for Europeans — was implicitly redefined as racist; after all, Europeans are white, and therefore, by definition, to promote peace and prosperity among whites is hateful racism.”

    I’m not sure this happened “overnight.” Since the end of WWII the Germans have been instructed (first by the occupying Allies, then by the Frankfurt Philosophers with the aid of Adorno’s infamous “F-Scale” instrument) to constantly worry that Fascism was in their DNA (or their white Christianity) and was always on the verge of resurgence.

    With the third world boiling over with the poor and oppressed Merkel found her “serious crisis that would not go to waste” — a chance to show how non-Nazi Germany really is (right now), and to ensure that in a generation or so there wouldn’t be enough Jurgens and Helmuts left to have to worry about the return of the Adolfs.

    See: http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2017/06/angela-merkel-stalin-in-drag.html

  46. Aardvark says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Technically a default of any State or municipality is not an issue of the Federal government, but there is always pressure to do something anyway.

    Back in the 70’s when New York City was in financial trouble it wanted a bailout from big gov. Ford was President at the time and he declined to help. The next day a prominent NYC newspaper ran a hefty headline “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD”.

    Since newspapers and TV news carries some sway (albeit seemingly less under Trump), no politician relishes another headline like that.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/president-ford-announces-won-bailout-nyc-1975-article-1.2405985

  47. Mitleser says:

    Dr. Merkel came across as a nationalist punishing a fellow member of the European Union. The financial sins of the Greeks were many, so perhaps the German Chancellor’s nationalist stance was justified.

    A nationalist stance would be anti-Euro, not saving the Eurozone by bailing out European banks at the expense of German and Greeks taxpayers.

    The AfD was founded in order to advocate the former stance, Merkel and her party did the latter.

    • Agree: Dieter Kief
  48. Mitleser says:
    @El Dato

    Precious woodland is destroyed for the sake of more volatile wind power.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  49. Dr. Merkel came across as a nationalist punishing a fellow member of the European Union.

    Total misinterpretation, Merkel has never been “nationalist”, her entire chancellorship has consisted of selling out German interests, and that includes her handling of the Euro crisis.
    Anyway, she’ll probably be gone in the not too distant future, but it’s unlikely to change much, since her replacement is likely to be horrible as well and since more than 80% of voters keep voting for the anti-national parties and think the biggest threat is a repeat of 1933.

  50. @Dieter Kief

    I wonder how long it takes, before somebody starts to add these up.

    There are several sites collecting “refugee” crimes like the gang rape in Freiburg.
    e.g.:

    http://www.politikversagen.net/

    https://www.refcrime.info/de/Home/Index

    Problem of course is that most people don’t read something like this, especially the semi-senile boomers who continue voting for CDU because they’re only watching tv and Frau Merkel is such a nice woman.

    • Replies: @istevefan
    , @Dieter Kief
  51. Hans says:

    Perhaps she’ll bemounted in a public place as a icon of the new “Germany.”

    I’ve never understood why Mr. Coudenhove-Kalergi would be surprised to find certain bankers willing to bankroll his anti-diversity agenda:

    “Coudenhove-Kalergi in his autobiography: “At the beginning of 1924, we received a call from Baron Louis de Rothschild; one of his friends, Max Warburg from Hamburg, had read my book and wanted to get to know us. To my great surprise, Warburg spontaneously offered us 60,000 gold marks, to tide the movement over for its first three years ….Max Warburg, who was one of the most distinguished and wisest men that I have ever come into contact with, had a principle of financing these movements.
    He remained sincerely interested in Pan-Europe for his entire life. Max Warburg arranged his 1925 trip to the United States to introduce me to Paul Warburg and financier Bernard Baruch.

    http://balder.org/judea/Richard-Coudenhove-Kalergi-Practical-Idealism-Vienna-1925.

    But upon reflection, that couldn’t be true as our modern day media bans all nonsensical talk of international financiers involvement with “refugees” and migration.

    • Agree: 3g4me
  52. @Dieter Kief

    You’re not supposed to notice patterns. Shame on you. You’d better hope nobody at the NSA (or any Sergys of the Google-Cloud-Internets) notices your file. They can ruin your life you know, stop you from buying and selling (as in Revelations).

  53. @notanon

    Exactly. It never ceases to amaze me how many people still don’t get this. Greece–if not the whole euro project–was never more than a pump-and-dump scam from the start. That’s why Goldman-Sachs helped Greece cook the books to ‘qualify’ for the euro: they knew they could make some quick money at the front end by encouraging an asset bubble in Greece, then, when the shit hit the fan, they would get a bailout at the back end.

    Nice work if you can get it!

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  54. Sammler says: • Website

    @Steve — proofreading needed in this article

  55. @Tyrion 2

    Mhysa Merkel.

    (I would amend it to: Queen of the Afghans, the Turks, and the Last White Men, Breaker of Borders)

  56. Anonymous[974] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter Kief

    ‘Harsewinkel ?’

    Unfortunately, shapely butt provokes more than a wink in Merkel’s Germany.

  57. @Paolo Pagliaro

    Sailer’s not particularly conservative in that sense.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  58. @Desiderius

    Or perhaps Sailer’s the conservative one, while ConservativeInc are the fakes.

    cf. the welfare policies of Christendom.

  59. Flip says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    On the Greek debt, I frankly don’t understand why it was ever a “European” issue to begin with. In the U.S. a state could default on its bonds and it would have nothing to do with the federal government or the dollar. But everyone just decided that Greece’s debt was different, so it was.

    You mean we are not going to throw Illinois out of the Union after they default?

    The UK forced Newfoundland into Canada after they defaulted.

  60. George says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    “Greece is a failed state” It appears that Greece is making up for its financial deficit with Germany by exporting its failed state status. Bwa ha ha ha

    German policy was little more than asset stripping the Mediterranean. Merkel’s Greek policy was based on the idea that Greece would have to maintain huge deficits to fund its increasingly hopeless attempt to maintain military parity with Turkey. Compare German and Greek militaries on Wikipedia to see how Germany shifted defense costs to Greece, Italy and Spain. Take note of the large number of U-Boats Greece bought from Germany.

    Merkel’s policy assumed there would be no cost to Germany as the European periphery slowly collapsed. After all many millions of refugees slowly trickled through Turkey. The refugee invasion could have been avoided but Merkel refused to fund refugee resettlement to the South away from Europe and refused to fund Frontex, the EU border protection agency while flooding Iraqistan with weapons. The collapse of a bankrupt Greece was almost instantaneous sending an invasion of millions toward Germany and Sweden. Merkel did not invite the invasions, she caused it, and could do nothing to stop it.

    While Germany seems to be able to import Russian natural gas directly from the North Stream pipelines, Greece and the Balkans are forced to pay higher prices as NATO has blocked the South Stream pipeline to Bulgaria.

    Events have shown that Merkel’s plan to bankrupt failed states Spain, Italy, and Greece has led to the destruction of Germany. This is an old problem. The center sees no need to fund the defense of the periphery and proceeds to strip the periphery of assets. But what happens when the periphery falls? The periphery becomes the border.

    • Replies: @notanon
  61. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    For those familiar with the politics of modern day Quakers, that is an eerily apt choice of words.

  62. peterike says:

    Merkel represents a new kind of female royalty wielding power across Europe: The Barreness.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  63. gruff says:

    how about calling it “Merkel’s Cunning Stunt”

  64. Bassae says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    Well let’s not forget that Greece frittered away most of the money it borrowed on German products.The Germans knew the state of the Greek economy and political system very well.They were the main beneficiaries of Greece’s bad decision making.I never heard German protests about Greek corruption and financial mismangement when Greece bought the same submarines sold to S.Korea at almost twice the price per unit.Nor did they complain when Greece bought security systems and rail signalling equipment from Siemens when the competing bids were much lower.

    At the end of the day Greece was pushed by the US into the EEC after the fall of the junta to act as a market for west European (mainly German ) inustry and agriculture.That is why the pro business and pro growth policies of of the Greek govt in the first 30 years after the war were replaced by an active hostility to entrepreneurship after 1974.Successive PASOK and New Democacy governments helped shut down a lot of industrial and agricultural producers over the past 40 years to pave the way for German imports.

    Bottom line is that Greece was never ready for the EEC. It was still a developing economy at the time very similar in structure and culture to other American clients like Korea,Taiwan and Singapore. And like those countries Greece needed to stay out of trade blocs and protect its domestic production with tariffs(like those countries still do today).Greece’s natural trading area was and is the Med and Black Sea basin instead of NW Europe

  65. It’s all about the ECB and the euro with the Krauts.

    If the Krauts went back to the deutschmark it would destroy the German export machine.

    Stronger deutschmark would make it harder for foreigners to afford German goods.

    Tweet from 2015:

  66. @Dieter Kief

    “gets little news coverage. And his dirty little something is group-rapes in peacetime”

    In Rotherham police are apparently investigating more than 420 men suspected of child abuse (i.e. grooming/drugging/raping under age girls). 420 ! In one town !

    If the men were white this would be headline news for months, maybe years, maybe decades, as the murder of Stephen Lawrence is. Instead it’s two thirds down the Daily Mail site.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6332387/More-420-suspects-investigated-100m-Rotherham-grooming-inquiry.html

    And if you want to know what exactly is going on, on the other side of the Pennines let a serving officer fill you in on one case. He is still employed AFAIK but they made him take his blog down after a Times journalist doxxed him, hence the wayback link.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20090427145923/http://nightjack.wordpress.com:80/2008/03/23/only-24-hours-to-crack-the-case-part-2/

    • Replies: @notanon
  67. Merkel had been flooding Germany with Third Worlders long before 2015.

    Germany and the United States are run by treasonous rats who flood Third Worlders into their own nations.

    Evil non-Europeans and non-Christians have made it their goal to destroy all European Christian nations.

    Treasonous White rats such as George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush #1, Tony Blair, Merkel, Macron and many more have colluded with evil Globalizers to racially transform their European Christian nations.

    Tweet from 2015:

  68. TG says:

    Merkel did not make a “mistake.” Letting in all these third-world refugees was a vicious cynical operation in the service of her wealthy donors. It’s all about the cheap labor.

    Why do you think that the United States has opened its doors to ever more third-world refugees? No it’s not compassion – it’s all those lovely profits that instantly flow from replacing $20/hour labor with $5/hour labor. The consequences – increased poverty, increased crime, increased crowding, decreased social cohesion – are not born by the rich and powerful, and are not any concern of theirs.

    Merkel grew up in East Germany. The thing is, East Germany was very much a top-down society: you do what the rulers want. And that’s why Merkel has done so well: she has simply done whatever her wealthy patrons want. Bail out the banks with public funds, flood the labor market with cheap third-world labor – it’s what any self-serving go-along-to-get-along communist apparatchik would do.

    It’s funny, but growing up in a communist state is in some ways perfect training for service in a corrupt crony-capitalist corporate state.

  69. dearieme says:

    “there’s no agreed-upon name for that string of incidents”. ‘The German capitulation’ might do, except that there have been two others in living memory.

    ‘Merkel’s Menopausal Moment of Madness’ alliterates well but is presumably factually inaccurate.

    How about ‘the Deutsche Debacle’?

    Or ‘the Bosch Botch’?

    ‘The Hun howler’?

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  70. Beckow says:
    @Moral Stone

    …employment boon for Germany by artificially cheapening their currency (euro as opposed to DMark)

    The actual error was not as much the euro itself, but the agreed on conversion rates as Greece, Italy and others adopted euro. For political reasons they were set too generously for Italy, Greece, and to a lesser degree for Spain, France,… The big bang conversion rate was once in a generation ‘reset’ moment – it made Greeks and Italians suddenly richer, they lived it up for a few years, they borrowed using the new ‘euro’ credit and their overvalued assets. Then the fundamentals of their economies kicked in (2009-10) and it has been pretty sad since then.

    If the conversion rates 20 years ago were set more realistically, we might have less of a problem. But that was not politically possible: there would be no Euro currency if it was based on the (harsher) realities of actual comparable values.

    A number of eastern countries were offered miserable conversion rates (almost expropriation level) and they refused to join (Czech R., Hungary). They have done much better since then.

    This was driven by the French, not by the Germans. The idea was of the French grandeur; the French are incapable of accepting their real standing in the world. There is no solution at this point other than a comprehensive reset that would be very destabilising. They will learn how to live with it – the essence of European way is to learn how to live with past mistakes. Or maybe massive inflation can fix it all…

  71. Stick says:

    If the German penchant for masochism and sadism remains intact I can foresee the German’s dumping their new untermensh on the Greeks. Once a nation finds a punk, they will punk it again and again and again. Nations exist for real reasons. They are not arbitrary constructs – they are flesh and bones. Some of them have sharp elbows, too.

  72. @Hypnotoad666

    It’s a “European” issue because the EU’s prime directive is to protect the banks’ loans, no matter how unwise, at the expense of the people. Just like here in the United State.

  73. Anon[204] • Disclaimer says:

    Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade

    At an occupational level, compensation costs increased 4.8 percent for information technology and 3.5 percent for sales and office and service occupations.

    It would be even higher if we abolished H-1B, and rebalanced the tech industry out of Silicon Valley and into the rural areas.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/31/wages-and-salaries-jump-by-3point1percent-highest-level-in-a-decade.html

  74. @Anonymous

    That’s immaterial to the ruling classes, who do not pay the costs, but benefit from the chaos caused by uncivilized immigration. It leads to a deracinated native population unable to come together to oppose them.

    If your people are at each others’ throats, you can divide and rule; a principle the British used to excellent effect in their empire. And third-world immigration results in the impoverishment of the natives, which robs them of the resources to mount effective resistance.

  75. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Cohen is being extremely facetious in the interview you quote.

    It’s common knowledge that this song was a dig at Germany’s Red Army Faction and their radical-chic enablers in the USA.

    I’ve seen leftists post the song online in an anti-Trump context. Um, no. This one takes aim at their side.

  76. ic1000 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    > Not that the road to hell isn’t paved with them, but [Hitler] had good intentions for the people of his country.

    Rhetoric needs to be dialed back. Getting the people of your country on board for a giant colonization project (Generalplan Ost at Wiki) that is built on starvation and ethnic cleansing of tens of millions of your neighbors does not remotely count as “good intentions” for fellow Germans. Nor does the Holocaust.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    , @Almost Missouri
  77. Luke Lea says:

    The Euro (which asked for but did not compel balanced budgets among the member states) and Schengen (free movement of nationalities within the EU, including from the poor countries of Eastern Europe to the rich ones in Western Europe) were unrealistic extensions of the EU project that were bound to cause serious strains over the long-term. Merkel’s Mistake was only different in that the unrealism was immediately and undeniably obvious to the man (and woman) on the street.

    Can the EU project retreat to its earlier form of being primarily a customs union? I don’t know. Maybe a customs union of all OECD members makes more sense. It could replace the WTO, which was also fatally flawed when it gave most favored nation status (meaning all member states had to be treated to same when it came to each member’s tariffs) to China and other low-wage countries in Asia. That combined with free mobility of capital was bound to have negative consequences on the living standards of Western workers even as it enriched their governing elites, whose incomes are derived primarily from capital (including human capital) as opposed to physical labor..

    In theory a globally administered graduated expenditure tax could theoretically solve the problem. See here for one form it might take:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WIdVnQEWdYgYYly9iKkesWCVhfINvbtwuVq2GMOxMbw/edit?usp=sharing

    But the diplomatic obstacles to administering such a tax on a global scale mean it is not going to happen anytime soon. In the short to medium term the only solution is a “wage-price equalization tax” on low wage imports from Asia, which is the only realistic way to level the playing field on which Western workers are expected to compete. A great deal of international trade and investment could still take place under such a protectionist regime, which would enjoy all the comparative advantages that Ricardo first pointed out.

    Of course these are just the personal opinions of an amateur economist and, as International Jew once pointed out, who am I to voice them?.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @YetAnotherAnon
  78. Mike1 says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    As a lender, the answer is simple. The entity lending is the adult in the room. All people, companies and countries, virtually without exception, will sign anything to get money in their hands. The lender is supposed to pay attention to the borrower’s ability to repay.
    The reality is the German banking system is a vast joke. Deutsche Bank borrows money at 6% on its CoCo bonds which don’t even trade at par! For money that Deutsche Bank intermediates it has to cover 6% before they even pay for a single salary or power a light bulb.
    So Deutsche Bank and their peers have to go hunting for people even dumber than they are to sell loans to. They found some in Greece. Unfortunately dumb people with poor incomes are not good long term customers.

  79. Anon[204] • Disclaimer says:
    @Luke Lea

    Supporting displaced Western workers (a growing portion of whom are not Western) looks unsympathetic in comparison to the African population bomb. The low wage undesirable jobs taken by foreigners look to become increasingly automated. An untold number of immigrants have worked as taxi drivers, a position that will go extinct within 10-20 years. The large Amazon warehouses of today are a fleeting moment in a process of full automation, a similar action as what occurred to the longshoremen upon container standardization.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  80. Germany would continue to impose the, in effect, Greater West European Co-Prosperity Sphere on its Continent, including punishing ne’er-do-wells like Greece who couldn’t pay back their loans to German banks reflected a nationalist spirit that some earlier Chancellors such as Bismarck would have appreciated.

    Don’t tag Bismarck with the expansionist megalomania of Wilhelm II or Hitler’s foreign policy. Bismarck took advantage of circumstances to unify Germany under Prussian leadership, but his ambitions ended there. He blocked the conquest of Austria by Prussia in 1866; he unsuccessfully opposed the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine from France in 1871; he opposed colonial shenanigans in Africa and the South Pacific. After he achieved his goal of unifying Germany, he wanted peace, and he kept it for twenty years until Wilhelm II fired him.

    • Agree: Prester John
    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Mitleser
  81. Hopefully, Frau Mutti will be told to “Hau ab!” and depart via the back door of the Bundestag. Can’t come soon enough.

  82. @Raymund Eich

    Around 1896, Bismarck wrote that Europe had at most twenty years before the house of cards would collapse. Turns out he wasn’t far off.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    , @Anonymous
  83. @Anonymous

    It’s a black mark upon the CDU members, their CSU partners and German voters in general that they have failed to dispatch the worst Chancellor in the history of Germany. (Which was a very very low bar she really had to slither down in the muck to get under.)

    How can you literally destroy the future of one of the world’s greatest nations … and get re-elected? If people won’t vote out a leader who destroys their children’s future out of ego and whim, what can you say about them?

    (Of course same could be said about whites in the US–but at least a majority are not voting for the party/people who want to murder them.)

  84. @theo the kraut

    Facebook won’t let one read all of it without being a subscriber.

    Maybe put it on something more platform-agnostic?

  85. Anon[277] • Disclaimer says:
    @SporadicMyrmidon

    Why is race “arbitrary”, unlike “concrete culture, history, philosophy or religion”? What could be MORE concrete than biological race?

  86. notanon says:
    @Dieter Kief

    the media have been successfully covering up mass child rape in Europe for years so i think they will continue to do so *if* they can maintain a monopoly on information – hence their ongoing attempt to shut down alternative media on the internet. i think Trump enforcing the #1A on US based social media (or maybe some other country outside the West providing a free speech platform) is the only way what is happening in Europe will ever get out.

    (nb apparently Bolsonaro’s election involved a lot of Brasilians getting around facebook etc censorship by going on gab so i wonder if that was the real motive for shutting them down?)

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  87. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:

    “Rhetoric needs to be dialed back.”

    Ironic. I just saw a picture of “Comedy” Central’s Jon Oliver comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. I wonder if that is new or maybe he’s mad over the border thing. There’s nothing people like more than a guy who comes into someone else’s house and acts disrespectfully. But then again, LA isn’t exactly our house anymore. Yet another reason to oppose mass immigration. Good borders make for good nations.

  88. @Dieter Kief

    Einzelfälle

    In the English language press, they say “isolated cases” when they bother to cover such events at all.

    For Muslim terror attacks they used to say “lone wolf”, until they remembered that wolves have packs and readers might inadvertantly remember that little fact too.

    By contrast, every untoward act by a lone white gentile among hundreds of millions is immediately proof positive of the collective guilt of all. Robert Bowers being the most recent.

  89. anon[404] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    Germany has benefitted enormously from a weak Euro vs the counterfactually strong Mark. This was hardly charity.

    Lets not forget the other counterfactuals: Cost of European warefare and savings from reduction of defense expenditures to a figure that rounds to zero.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  90. @Anonymous

    Firstly, there was the totally unjustified and panicked decision to abruptly cancel nuclear energy in Germany.

    The panic was world-wide and driven largely by decades of fear-mongering by “environmentalists” (fronting mostly for coal and oil interests) such as the Greens.  There was even a Canadian idiot who declared that Fukushima had turned California into a wasteland.

    The cost to German consumers, industry and taxpayers will be in the hundreds of billions of euros.

    Already has been.  Nuclear-powered France has electric rates well under the German base rate, without the “environmental fee” which pays for the Energiewende.

    Also, for the environmentally conscious, carbon emissions will doubtlessly skyrocket

    They haven’t quite, but they’ve stopped dropping and Germany had to abandon its 2020 emissions targets because they are unattainable.

  91. Merkel was pushed to use mass immigration as a demographic weapon against Germany by Jew billionaires and other Globalizers.

    The United States and Germany are under attack from Jew billionaires and other Globalizers.

    The Globalizers and Jew billionaires are using mass immigration as a demographic weapon to attack Germany and the United States.

    God Bless Germany And The United States

    To Hell With The Evil Globalizers And Jew Billionaires Who Push Mass Immigration

    Tweets from 2015:

  92. @Luke Lea

    Luke – all EU citizens have free movement to any EU or EEA country (which is why UK is unlikely to join EEA, “the Norway option”) – Schengen means no border controls, so once you get into a Schengen country you can move freely inside the Schengen area – that’s how the Bataclan killers got their weapons.

    UK is not part of Schengen, thank God. Our borders are porous enough as it is.

    AnotherDad – whether Merkel’s the worst ever German Chancellor depends on whose viewpoint you have. While she’s not started any wars with tens of millions dead, she’s changed Germany for the worse and that change looks like being permanent, whereas Hitler came and went in 15 years.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
  93. Neoconned says:

    Germany, perhaps out of necessity despite it’s history of genocidal campaigns has often found itself allied with non European powers.

    Think about the Ottoman Turks or the Imperial Japanese or in earlier eras it’s relations with the various czars. Germany is both hated and desired by European powers. Hated for the fact it’s linguist cultural nature promotes a German superstate in central Europe and it’s conservative saving anti-credit money system prefers cash over various types of credit cards. American trade reps clinch their teeth because the stingy Germans refuse to be reckless like us and remain skimflints who build stuff for export instead of consuming shit like the London NYC banking cartel would prefer.

    They also list after the Marks strength and buying power. It was this shotgun marriage where the Germans were forced to marry the French in monetary union that is the entire foundation of the Euro. American and UK leaders bristle at Merkel and her trade relationships w Putin’s various energy conglomerates. Germany has a pipeline directly from Putin….why play politics w greedy American energy firms or mentally unstable Arab OPEC bureaucrats when Putin just wants a stable business partner….

    Germany has been occupied by foreigners for 7 decades now. I think a lotta Germans secretly think “whatdoes it matter if we bring in a few more?

    Who cares? Germany will be a Muslim state dominated by their old allies the Turks in 4p yrs anyway…..given current demographic trends….

  94. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump are sitting back and sipping iced tea while their nations are being swamped by a horde of Legal and Illegal Immigrant Invaders.

    Trump had the gall to call Merkel’s mass immigration invasion plot to destroy Germany by flooding Germany with non-Whites as “insane.”

    Trumpy is sitting back while sipping diet cola while almost TWO MILLION legal immigrant invaders are flooding into the United States.

    The treasonous rats in the GOP ruling class are wild with joy at all the legal immigrants pouring into the United States. The evil Globalizer Teddy Cruz says legal immigration is good. Are almost 2 million legal immigrant invaders good, Teddy, you Goldman Sachs husband scumbag!

    To cool down I’ll think of the lovely Jessica Vaughan. That’s better!

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  95. Mitleser says:
    @Raymund Eich

    The main difference between Bismarck and the others is that he was a Prussian expansionist who was successful.

    Bismarck took advantage of circumstances to unify Germany under Prussian leadership, but his ambitions ended there.

    And their ambition was to unify Europe under German leadership.
    The only diffence is scale.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  96. @YetAnotherAnon

    Merkel’s Immigration Invasion Army and the Gasterbeiter Turk cohort can be forced or bribed to leave Germany.

    When the next phase of the global financial implosion hits, that will be the time to remove the non-Germans from Germany.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
  97. @Desiderius

    They make Unitarians look like the Orthodox.

  98. I’m on board with almost all Sailerisms:

    Invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world.
    Who–Whom
    Strange New Respect (haven’t heard that one lately)
    First Law of Female Journalism
    Merkel’s Mistake/Boner
    Rape of Russia
    Victory Riot
    etc.

    But I’ve always been skeptical of “leapfrogging loyalties”.

    Not that it doesn’t address a real and important thing. It does. My objection is that it implicitly accepts part of the enemy’s frame: that the leapfroggers actually have some loyalty to those to whom they leapfrog. They do not.

    In reality, what appears to be leapfrogging loyalties is just an optical illusion caused by the one-upmanship virtue signalling spirals of our mentally and morally debased elites. It leads to an unintentional game of brinkmanship where someone occasionally goes and actually does the stupid thing that everyone else was just using as a phony prop to signal with. Then something fatal happens, like hitchhiking though the Middle East in a wedding dress, or letting a couple of million hostile foreigners into your country.

    As best as I can tell, Angela Merkel was not part of a sinister plot to end Europe. Remember, she had already declared multiculturalism to be a “failed policy” back in about 2012. When the first invader columns (which the media were spinning as “asylum seekers”) showed up at the borders, she had no clear plan of action. Instead, her latent cat lady id got snagged up into a virtue spiral by the fear of negative media coverage/prospect of positive media coverage. And so in a series of rash ad hoc acts, she sold her country down the river in exchange for ephemeral media plaudits.

    Anyway, do I have a better term for “leapfrogging loyalties”?

    Not a catchier one. “Virtue signalling overreach”? “Moral brinkmanship fails”? “Virtue auction winner’s curse“?

    These lack “leapfrogging loyalties” fun alliteration, unfortunately. But I think they are more accurate.

    P.S. Steve occasionally kicks around the idea of writing a book, without it ever quite going through the formality of coming into existence (another Sailerism!). If this project is stalled for lack of an organizing principle, maybe a glossary of Sailerisms would be it? E.g.:

    Merkel’s Mistake chapter heading.
    Steve’s background comments.
    Then a series of already existing iSteve articles.

    Who–Whom chapter heading.
    Steve’s background comments.
    Then a series of already existing iSteve articles.

    Rape of Russia chapter heading.
    Steve’s background comments.
    Then a series of already existing iSteve articles.

    Etc.

  99. notanon says:
    @George

    German policy

    EU policy

    (aka banking mafia’s policy)

  100. Neoconned says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I think a lotta Germans of various political stripes have simply given up hope as they are still “occupied” by foreigners troops under the guise of NATO protection.

    They are dependent on the Russians for their energy and the USA, Europe and Asia for their exports….

    What does it matter if they bring on a few million more foreigners? Or at least that’s “the logic they are using”….

    • Replies: @Jack D
  101. Neoconned says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    I dunno, I think the Turks and Muslims are here to stay in Deutschland….

  102. @Charles Pewitt

    Trump wasn’t President in 2016.

    But the prospect of a Trump Presidency probably caused some immigrants to move their plans forward in case Trump wins, and the deep state to accelerate the flows while it could.

    Of course, by 2017, both found out that Trump wasn’t as formidable as they had feared.

  103. Olorin says:
    @ic1000

    Rhetoric needs to be dialed back.

    Nor does the Holocaust.

    You go first.

    • Troll: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @ic1000
  104. notanon says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    In Rotherham police are apparently investigating more than 420 men suspected of child abuse (i.e. grooming/drugging/raping under age girls). 420 ! In one town !

    a lot of this is about young girls being beaten into prostitution to service the hordes of illegal workers – hence the huge number of men involved.

    (the media won’t report this aspect of course as it damages the open borders narrative)

    a similar thing happens in the states for the same reason (servicing illegal workers who have very little spending money) except as the illegal workers are mostly hispanic the girls are mostly trafficked from Mexico etc

    (although i expect nowadays lots of little “Rotherhams” have started in areas of the US with lots of refugee resettlement e.g. Minnesota.)

  105. I wish that the one politician in Europe, not elected through a vote of the populous, would start a long good bye, but with a closer end date. And that would be Pope Francis.

  106. Anonymous[237] • Disclaimer says:
    @LondonBob

    Ironically, The Economist magazine was a rabid supporter of the Euro, and being The Economist, got within an ace of bullying and browbeating the gullible British political class into joining.

    Only a rebellion by a small handful of ‘eurosceptic’ Conservative MPs, led by that most unlikely of heroes, Bill Cash, managed in a desperate way to thwart The Economist.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  107. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Clyde

    The German people need to take her broad hint
    Quick! Rewrite it as an unambiguous command!

  108. Anonymous[237] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ali Choudhury

    The point is that the EU powers-that-be *MUST* have known that the relevant Greek ‘Maastricht’ criteria were fraudulent – the entire world at the time *KNEW* the statistics were fraudulent.

    The Euro was and is an entirely political project. The eurocrats deliberately overlooked the fraud to get Greece in, for purely political reasons.

  109. @Redneck farmer

    That’s a good point, about the Turks. However, I’m sure most Germans, when talked with in private, would have lots to complain about regarding them too. I don’t know how you could be stupid enough to think that these majority young men, would just fit into society and the economy, as if it were the 1960′s.

  110. Anonymous[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter Kief

    Worst than that, in the long term it will occur interbreeding between the native germans and the Arabs. Your country will lost it identity forever.

  111. @notanon

    I agree – and let me just add – I know of hardly another blog where such topics can be reasonably discussed. Long live Factship Enterprise, iSteve & Unz.

  112. @notanon

    The timing of the Gab shutdown (after the election was complete) was way too late to affect Bolsonaro’s chances, and makes it look more like revenge.  If all it does is drive Gab to a more robust hosting solution, it will be an own goal.

    It would have made more sense to keep Gab on Joylent so it could be taken down during the next critical period for something, so it seems more likely to me that the de-platforming was either misguided punishment or part of the on-going harassment of Alex Jones and wrongthinkers/Badwhites in general.  As the de-platforming is generating sympathy and support (Gab allegedly shut down over Bowers while Twitter and Facebook still allow Islamic terrorists) I’m going for the wrongthinkers hypothesis.

  113. istevefan says:
    @German_reader

    Problem of course is that most people don’t read something like this

    This reminded me of an essay I read by William Lind about his recent trip to Germany. He was surprised that many of the Germans he met had little knowledge of their history. Here is an excerpt:

    When I spoke of historical facts such as that the Second Reich, 1871-1918, was a normal country and a good country, that in 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II neither wanted war nor expected war (so President Woodrow Wilson’s advisor Colonel House wrote to Wilson after spending substantial time with the Kaiser) and that France and Russia bore heavier responsibility than Germany for starting World War I (see Christopher Clark’s definitive book, The Sleepwalkers), the Germans were fascinated. Many said they had never heard such things before; they were taught to be ashamed of the whole of their country’s history. When I went on to suggest that if the Central Powers, Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, had won the First World War the world would probably have had a better 20th century – no Hitler, no Stalin – they were even more intrigued. Some asked me for my card, others what they should read to learn more. They were thirsty for reality like a German lost in the woods is thirsty for beer.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    , @Matra
    , @Anon
  114. 3g4me says:
    @Redneck farmer

    @40 Redneck Farmer: “A lot of commenters appear to have forgotten that Germany has imported millions of Turks over the years before Merkel. They appear to have done a good job of keeping them in line. Maybe that’s why Merkel thought there wouldn’t be a problem; they’ve kept Moslem untermenschen under control before.”

    Initially Germany sought more culturally compatible people as guestworkers; the U.S. pressured them to take Turks because we wanted to bind Turkey to Europe. And, contrary to your comment, they have not done particularly well. An extremely large percent of the Turks there are on welfare, the 2nd and 3rd generations are stridently Turkish (have you perhaps missed the reports on street riots and conflicts on German soil related to Erdogan?), and they tend to live in distinct ethnic clusters – i.e. Turks are not now, and never will be, German.

  115. @istevefan

    German historical memory is almost completely limited to 1933-1945. And it has actually gotten worse with increasing distance in time from the Nazi era. The federal republic today is basically an authoritarian “antifascist” state whose “elites” are pushing a highly ideological anti-national programme that is continually justified with reference to the Nazi past (which serves as the negative foundation myth of the federal republic).
    Clark’s Sleepwalkers book was something of a bestseller a few years ago though, much to the dismay of German establishment historians. One could have interpreted this as a sign of normalization. But since 2015 German society has become extremely polarized, with the public debate being almost totally dominated by extreme anti-national, pro-open borders positions.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  116. @Redneck farmer

    Oh, sorry, R.F., by how could “you” be so stupid, I meant Herr Merkel. She was a chemist or physicist back in the old East.

  117. @German_reader

    Ok and I would add

    the weekly: jungefreiheit.de (***)

    achgut.com(****)

    don alphonso blog on welt.de (****)

    tichyseinblick.de(****)

    danish.de(**)

    tumult.de(****)

    michael-klonovsky.de (****)

    publicomag.com (***)

    and nzz.ch (*****) and

    for the economy hanswernersinn.de (*****).

    Best political (and economic) analysis in Thilo Sarrazin’s monthly columns on weltwoche.ch and achgut.com (here for free).

  118. @anon

    Germany would not have needed the Euro – the Euro was a concession to France for the reunification.

    cf. Thilo Sarrazin – Deutschland braucht den Euro nicht, DVA, München 2012.

    Or for those not too inclined to theories: Just have a look at GB or Switzerland (they still have their Swiss Franc).

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  119. @Mitleser

    And their ambition was to unify Europe under German leadership.
    The only diffence is scale.

    And language. And culture. And religion. And history.

    Is Mitleser German for “lurker”?

  120. Matra says:
    @istevefan

    When I spoke of historical facts such as that the Second Reich, 1871-1918, was a normal country and a good country, that in 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II neither wanted war nor expected war (so President Woodrow Wilson’s advisor Colonel House wrote to Wilson after spending substantial time with the Kaiser) and that France and Russia bore heavier responsibility than Germany for starting World War I

    Americans paleocons say the Germans dindu nuffin as often as American neocons bring up appeasement/Neville Chamberlain.

  121. @Peter Frost

    There never existed something like a competitive Greek industry. There still are some canneries and breweries – but just to illustrate how incredibly inefficient the Greek economy is: Lots and lots of the olive oil consumed in Greece is imported from – – – Germany (if my memory serves me well, it’s 50%+).

    The last Greek textile factories closed way before Greece – – – conquered – – – the Euro (by fraud with the help of – – – – – Goldman Sachs, London).
    Lots of Greek tomatoes come from – – – – The Netherlands. As just to give you an impression, think about this saying of – if you don’t mind – German engineers: You’ll have a hard time finding just one item with a switch that could be sold elsewhere and is being – or has been – produced in Greece.

    • Replies: @Matra
    , @istevefan
    , @Anonymous
  122. Matra says:
    @Dieter Kief

    Lots and lots of the olive oil consumed in Greece is imported from – – – Germany (if my memory serves me well, it’s 50%+).

    German olive oil? I could believe Spanish and Italian olive oil producers being owned by German companies then sending the product elsewhere. It doesn’t sound right though. Greece is the world’s third largest producer of olive oil.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    , @Dieter Kief
  123. Interesting Guardian piece on a likely Merkel successor, Friedrich Merz. How refreshing to hear a politician describe themselves as economically liberal but socially conservative!

    This woman should never have been allowed to become chancellor,” he once said privately, according to Der Spiegel. “If I have to blame myself for something, then it would be the failure to have understood her character. She is not capable of loyalty.

    Long before immigration and integration dominated political debate, Merz insisted anyone wanting to live in Germany should “conform to Germany’s prevailing liberal culture”, sparking a furious national debate in which he was accused of illiberalism and racism.

    That record may well prove appealing to a party increasingly alarmed by the way it haemorrhaged votes in last year’s federal election, and in state polls this month in Hesse and Bavaria, to the far-right, anti-immigration AfD.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/31/rightwinger-leads-race-to-succeed-angela-merkel-as-party-chair

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
  124. @Mitleser

    As bad as the volatile electricity is, the non-volatile “renewable” electricity is worse.  Germany is clear-cutting ancient forests to supply “renewable biomass” to fill in when the wind doesn’t blow.  Not only does this dump more CO2 per MJ than the same amount of coal, the carbon-capturing ability of the clear-cuts will be massively reduced for decades.

  125. istevefan says:
    @Dieter Kief

    I know a Greek in America who once told me, “all the industrious Greeks left”. The USA and Australia have a decent size diaspora who don’t seem utterly dysfunctional. So perhaps there is some truth to that. Maybe emigration hurt Greece as its best human capital fled, or was chased away by the deadbeats.

    If this is true, or even partially true, it should be a warning to the open borders crowd that siphoning off the best talent from most nations is not beneficial to those nations. It leaves them depleted of their human capital. A few nations like Germany seem to be able to lose talent through emigration and don’t miss a beat. But most are probably like Greece.

    We need to stop extracting talent from these nations because they will never develop without it.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    , @Anonymous
  126. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/10/orban-europe-must-defend-its-cultural-identity-now/

    End or Defend, that is the question.

    Nationalists want to defend their nation, globalists want to end their nations.

    Defenders vs Enders.

  127. Ibound1 says:

    Merkel is part Polish. Her grandfather was Ludwik Kaźmierczak, a Polish nationalist. Maybe a little revenge for that nastiness 1939-1944. Anyway, is the Merkelbunker defended?

  128. Anonymous[163] • Disclaimer says:

    the Chancellor’s determination that Germany would continue to impose the, in effect, Greater West European Co-Prosperity Sphere on its Continent

    Sounds better in the original Japanese: Kyoo-Ei-Ken.

    Perhaps we should just call it the K.e.K Monarchy in line with the historical “K.u.K. Double Monarchy” (i.e. “Kaiser of Austria and King of Hungary”), aka as the Austrian Empire.

  129. eagles says:

    I don’t see how she can legally remain as Chancellor and not be a party leader.
    She has no support from anyone

  130. @istevefan

    I came across a few of the guys who sat in the economy class flights to New York City in the years 2000 ff. making the super-deals with AAA papers -all working for BW-Bank and West-LB and so on. The equation was so easy, that you would not have believed it was true: Lend money in NYC for 2% and hand it out in Germany for four or even five percent – what could go wrong? – Well – everything, as it turned out. The whole thing was a fraud AAA+++ – – – – = HaHaHa+++…

    At the Deutsche bank were a few, who somehow dug that there was something funny going on – that these deals smelled – and they went short and – for a short time …. even made money during the collapse of 2008. but these guys were the rare exception, and the Deutsche Bank, later on, was pretty much dwarfed by US legal means – – – – ok – just in case somebody at the headquarters of Deutsche Bank would have gotten the impression, that there was a Free Ride -there never is a free ride – unless you’re on the top of the pyramid…: Take That, Frankfurters!

    PS

    Matt Taibbi covered much of the 2008 meltdown and the fraud coming along with it – and the damage done to US pension funds for example and especially the damage done to the US taxpayer! But as far as I can see, the reception of Taibbi’s books and articles in Rolling Stone was close to zero in Germany (I don’t know about GB – an interesting subject, now that I think about it). One reason that I – as I have to admit, think about from time to time, is that Taibbi was very outspoken about the numerous Jews in all these shenanigans. – What I really miss are essays about the following questions: 1 Was Taibbi by and large right? Who else could be considered if analytically reasonable reporting/ analyses about the 2008 financial crisis is concerned? William Greider? Nicholas Taleb? And? Michael Lewis (partially, I think).

  131. Hibernian says:
    @Matra

    It’s a reasonable perspective on WW1, not WW2.

  132. In blade runner 2049, there is the scene where Deckard asks something like ” You don’t have any children, do you?” to Niander Wallace and Wallace replies that he has “millions of children” meaning replicants.

    Angela is the same way she has “millions of children” in her mind, but completely doesn’t understand what having children is.

  133. eah says:

    ramshackle coalition government falls apart

    It isn’t “ramshackle” and it won’t ‘fall apart’ — Merkel’s recent more or less meaningless statement was a pro forma reaction to the CDU’s relatively weak showing in recent state elections in Bavaria and Hesse (especially: the CDU fell from 38% to 27%)– re the coalition specifically, the truth is that at this point she can count on the support of the Greens, the (somewhat) surprising winner in the abovementioned recent elections (while they would not admit/put it that way, the AfD must be disappointed not to have reached 15% in Hesse, while the egregiously bad Greens pushed 20%) — the most interesting political phenomenon in Germany today (where not much is all that interesting) is the developing ‘disunification’ as support for the AfD may very well grow to the point they will be the most popular party throughout the entire former East Germany.

  134. eah says:

    OT

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  135. eah says:

    OT

    You ought to pay at least some attention to how the authorities, including the Trump/Sessions DOJ, are legally going after/persecuting Alt-Right type guys who defended themselves in Charlottesville and recently in NYC, while letting violent Antifa types off and ignoring the culpability of local government, especially in Charlottesville:

  136. 1661er says:
    @Redneck farmer

    For some one of Merkel’s generation in East Germany, rather than Turks, she may had encounters with (North) Vietnamese “guest-workers” imported as part of socialist block unity. Some were in East Germany for pretty long term. Over 100,000 Vietnamese were in East Germany for various duration. That program worked decent enough for GDR. So that may explain part of it.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  137. @Dieter Kief

    Or for those not too inclined to theories: Just have a look at GB or Switzerland (they still have their Swiss Franc).

    Of the seven countries entering this century using the crown as currency, four are republics. Slovakia and Estonia haved switched to the Euro. The Czech Republic has agreed to, but are dragging their feet. Iceland retains it.

    Of the three monarchies, Sweden and Denmark are both resisting a switch, but may have obligated themselves to it. Ask a lawyer. Norway has spurned the EU.

  138. nebulafox says:
    @Matra

    WWII? Unquestionably yes. The New Right has to stay away from anything smacking of Nazi apologetics. Both immoral and stupid on too many levels to count.

    WWI? Helluva lot more ambiguous whether we should have intervened, especially given the state of the conflict by 1917. Certainly the hatred American progressives had for the Hapsburgs and their complete unwillingness to understand the realities of German political culture and society (not too dissimilar from neoconservative refusal to understand Iraq as it was to the locals rather than how they wished it to be from DC) did Europe no favors in the long run.

    • Agree: ic1000
  139. WWII? Unquestionably yes. The New Right has to stay away from anything smacking of Nazi apologetics. Both immoral and stupid on too many levels to count.

    Not to mention that any rightist worth his salt will see National Socialism as somewhere to his left. Not to everybody’s left, but to his own for sure.

  140. nebulafox says:
    @1661er

    The Vietnamese were kept totally segregated from the East German populace. For all their progressive platitudes, the East German government, like the rest of the Warsaw Pact, had no time for multiculturalism in practice. Merkel wouldn’t have interacted with them much.

    Naturally, this led to them struggling a lot after the Wall fell (see the cigarette gangs), as they were more or less thrown into the deep end with no life raft. Vietnam was still struggling to emerge from the dark, famine spectered days of the 1980s, so returning home wasn’t an option like it was for the Turks. Yet despite being given far less help from the government than their Western counterparts, they’ve managed to outscore the Germans-you can imagine the gap between them and the Turks and Arabs-on standardized tests, and the younger generation generally speaks fluent German and is assimilated.

  141. @Achmed E. Newman

    Before linking to Peak Stupidity again, consider that “peak” may have reached its peak:

    Peak peak

    Hey, Ron, where’s the AMEN button?

    Why, it’s right here:

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  142. nebulafox says:
    @German_reader

    Joachim Fest commented many decades ago on how Germany’s over-the-top obsession with the Nazi era-initially, an understandable 180 gut impulse rejection of the forced amnesia of the 1950s on the part of the 68 generation-was unhealthy and preventing it from experiencing normal development as a nation.

    I don’t think he could have ever dreamed it could get this bad. It’s contrary to all normal rules that this sort of thing gets stronger with time. Unless it becomes the new national ‘religio’, to wax Latin.

    • Replies: @BigDickNick
  143. nebulafox says:
    @Prester John

    “Jena came 20 years after the death of Frederick the Great, the crash will come 20 years after my departure if things go on like this.”

    It came true within the month.

    Bismarck’s fatal flaw was the same as Diocletian’s, 1600 years earlier: he created a system that required him and his genius to work. Things crashed with lesser men came along and didn’t juggle all the balls successfully.

  144. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter Kief

    Also most of Greek shipping flies foreign flags of convenience and doesn’t pay taxes in Greece.

    Most olive oil produced in Greece has to be exported to Italy for bottling because there’s no significant bottling industry in Greece. Italy is literally a bottleneck for Greek olive oil and able to capture a huge portion of its value because it’s able to bottle the stuff and then distribute it around the world.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  145. @Anonymous

    That Economist was a much different animal than today’s Economist.

  146. @Almost Missouri

    I agree that ‘leapfrogging loyalties’ is not quite what’s happening. Western virtue-signalers don’t really feel ‘loyal’ to the recipients of their dubious largesse.

    The Holy Other is mostly an abstraction; it’s more ‘peoples’ than actual people, i.e. individuals. That’s why it’s so natural for Our Betters to assert that there can’t be criminals or cheaters or scam artists in the caravan. The Caravan is Good, so its constituent elements — i.e. real individuals, all of them human, all of them sinners, some of them no doubt evil actors indeed — don’t really exist.

    The cultural elites who buy into this worldview — i.e. ‘privileged’ westerners rescuing and redeeming the oppressed — suffer from I’ve been calling ‘Substitute Savior Syndrome’. They’re so engorged with pride in their own virtue and importance that they believe they can do the job of the real Savior.

    But this is also why they pointedly don’t follow Jesus’ admonition to love their neighbors: their neighbors are real people. Skyler down the street’s got a drug problem; that’s messy and hopeless. Olivia in the next apartment dates losers and now is getting knocked around by one of them; at this point, she’s a lost cause. The boss is a white man who voted for Trump and made me work overtime; he’s literally Hitler. They’re all too difficult to love, much less save.

    But as for the nice smooth uniform masses of the victims of US imperialism, globalization, racism, etc. — hey, I can cast a nice clean easy vote for open borders, make a nice clean easy donation to an NGO that does advocacy for asylum seekers, maybe even march in a nice clean easy demonstration where everybody thinks like me and pats me on the back. That’s some simple, straightforward saving that makes me feel good, but costs me little to nothing.

    But don’t expect me to really get to know the victims I’m ‘saving’, and be ‘loyal’ to them. Once they’re really my neighbors — like in Rotherham, Cologne, and so many other places — well, I’ll just close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears, and hum a happy hymn of self-regard that blocks out the ugly reality. Oh, and project all my barely-suppressed fear and hate onto my real neighbors who don’t appreciate the great work I’ve done.

  147. @YetAnotherAnon

    You can’t really be economically liberal and socially conservative, not in the modern era anyway. For example, if you have free trade between industrious countries and non-industrious countries, the industrious countries will end up being swamped by unemployed immigrants from the non-industrious countries. Nationalists understand this, which is why most nationalists are sceptical of free trade. The mainstream centre-right doesn’t.

  148. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prester John

    Around 1896, Bismarck wrote that Europe had at most twenty years before the house of cards would collapse. Turns out he wasn’t far off.

    Why did he think Europe was a house of cards? What was his reasoning?

  149. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    Any Greek with any drive or ambition emigrates. That’s been true for a long time, and much more true in modern times.

    We are stripmining the talented and capable fraction off many countries with our acceptance of mass immigration. India will never deal with its field-shitting low IQ masses, because most people capable of understanding the problem and who want it to end will just go to some school where they can emigrate to a first world country, then they will bring more Indians in, and on average they won’t be quite as smart. Anyone who has had to deal with a lot of Patels in hotel management knows what I mean. Most of the Patels are not field shitters, but they are not up to Western standards either.

    The real field shitters are mostly an unsalvageable pile of dummies and probably upstat Indians will have to bribe or otherwise induce them to not have kids if they want to live in a better India.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational, Desiderius
    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  150. BenKenobi says:
    @Roderick Spode

    Dude seems pretty based, naming four jews as the eternal terrorist die-welt.

    I’m only half joking, of course (but which half?).

  151. @Matra

    Not to mention… where in Germany will olive trees even grow?

  152. @Roderick Spode

    It’s common knowledge that this song was a dig at Germany’s Red Army Faction

    Any legit citations? All I could find were echoes of a misperception, the origin of which is described here:

    For Warnes, Cohen’s song is about a 1980′s-style Red Army Faction terrorist, about to launch a campaign to conquer the world through catastrophic violence.

    According to Cohen biographer Ira Nadel, Warnes “disliked” several stanzas previously recorded by Cohen and tried to get him to rewrite them. Although Cohen participated in the Warnes video and subsequently in a similar video by Dominique Issermann his comments on Norwegian radio shortly after Warnes album was released suggest that he understands that his song operates via a suppler metaphor and subtler dynamic. After acknowledging the seductive nature of extremist ideas, he ably describes his lyrics’ true focus:

    “…there is some kind of secret life we lead in which we imagine ourselves changing things, not violently, maybe gracefully, maybe elegantly in a very imaginative way and with a shake of the hand. The song speaks of longing for change, impatience with the way things are, a longing for significance; we deal in the purest burning logic of longing.”

    Nothing in Cohen’s comment then, or the original song as he continues to sing it today, suggests that the narrator is a German terrorist, although his grievances are deeply felt, and their expression emotionally powerful …

    There are other snippets where Cohen is asked about the meaning of the song, but aside from my original post quote, all the answers he gives are all squid ink and vague jokey dismissals. Nowhere have I read cites where Cohen himself says it’s about the Red Army Faction.

    The lyrics aren’t ironic at all, they’re about his true feelings, and seem to describe events from Biblical signs to the Manhattan Project to the Holocaust and beyond, from a rueful Jewish outsider perspective. And given other things he’s sung and said (read the thread I linked to), it’s obvious his quoted explanation that you dismiss is his real point of view.

    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
  153. @Achmed E. Newman

    Hey, Ron, where’s the AMEN button?

    Not to mention…

    • Talk to the hand
    • Oh no you di’int
    • Yassssss
    • Gurl please
    • ~neck roll~
    • You crazy
    • He said whaaat
    • Oh sweetie I’m sorry
    • Daayyyum

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  154. @Matra

    What anonymus answers to my post 122 plus this here – – –

    - – – The big retailers make the big chunk of the olive oil business and quite a few of them are German – in Greece too.

    Hans Werner Sinn, former head of the well-known IfO – Institute in Munich wrote this:

    https://www.wiwo.de/politik/europa/denkfabrik-griechenland-ist-wie-die-mongolei/8784366.html

    He compares Greece here to Mongolia, which imports frozen milk from New Zealand – while having 40 Million animals and only 2,9 Million inhabitants – same with the Grek, who do indeed import olive oil!

    By and large the olive oil example is just a detail in this story of Greek economic miracles. Thing is: There are lots and lots and lots of such strange things going on in Greece – cf. Michael Lewis in the Atlantic or

    This article about the Greek malaise is good and in English, too:
    ttp://www.politico.eu/article/why-greece-will-welch-on-a-deal-government-history-blame-germany-capitalism/ – it’s based on the decades-long work of the above mentioned historian Heinz A. Richter

    This article is good, but in German:

    http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/die-gegenwart/schuldenkrise-in-griechenland-chronik-des-desasters-13686169.html)

    This book by Ulf-Dieter Klemm is great – if – sigh – hardly ever noticed:

    https://www.amazon.de/Die-Krise-Griechenland-Urspr%C3%BCnge-Verlauf/dp/3593503085

    This book of Ulf-Dieter Klemm about Greece could well use a translation into English, by the way – it is clear and profound and – there seems to be nothing like it anywhere – at least, taht’s what Greeks say, whom I talk too).

    • Replies: @notanon
  155. @eah

    Interesting – and quite logical, too: If you fear disagreement a lot you kinda have to be intimidated by the very idea of sharing your opinions – especially when being young and in the past-puberterian turmoil.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  156. anon[107] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Saudi Arabia, fabulously wealthy as she is, signally refused to offer to *any* of their needy coreligionists and Semite brothers ‘refuge’. They did, however, generously offer the German government sufficient funds to build, on German soil, a mosque for every 1000 or so ‘migrants’, to be constructed in German soil.

    Citation?

  157. @nebulafox

    in 2050, learning about history will probably mean:

    1. the holocaust
    2. slavery
    3. jim crow

    everything else will be deemed unimportant.

  158. NickG says:
    @Paolo Pagliaro

    It’s more complicated. The effect of the Euro includes making German goods cheaper abroad than they otherwise would be. Greece is – in effect – subsidising German exports.

  159. notanon says:
    @Dieter Kief

    This article about the Greek malaise is good…

    all of this is true but it underlines a deeper truth which the media is lying about.

    if the banks were operating as honest investors i.e. loaning money to make a profit on the loan, then they would never have loaned so much money to Greece.

    they were loan sharking to create a situation where they could strip Greek assets (ports, mines, airports etc).

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  160. @Anonymous

    upstat Indians will have to bribe or otherwise induce them to not have kids if they want to live in a better India.

    This comes up against two things:

    1.  The Hindu religion codifies the existence of underclasses into which the less-virtuous can be reincarnated.  Without them, who will the Brahmins look down upon?

    2.  The social trend is solidly the other way, such as affirmative action for Dalits.  Doesn’t matter if they’re objectively stupid, they’re being advanced just like Blacks in the USA.  I understand that the results are much the same.

  161. Bill B. says:
    @Redneck farmer

    As Christopher Caldwell pointed out in A Revolution In Europe the first wave of Turkish guest workers found work in an as yet still largely non-automated industrial economy – but subsequent waves of arrivals largely did not join the workforce at all. Indeed as the number of Turks in Germany expanded the actual number of workers remained remarkably static. In other words the newcomers, nestling in Turkish enclaves, happily lived off welfare. It is not a happy situation.

    Germany has had a program of attempting to bribe Turks to go back home; I’ve no idea what happened to this program.

    Merkel, as others of suggested, is a supremely mediocre leader who has failed at every critical test that demanded of her the one quality that her lickspittles claim she has in spades: leadership.

  162. Jack D says:
    @Neoconned

    I think a lotta Germans of various political stripes have simply given up hope as they are still “occupied” by foreigners troops under the guise of NATO protection.

    This has no resemblance to reality whatsoever. The vast majority of Germans outside a small radical fringe (on both left and right) don’t think of themselves as occupied. If you were going to pick some nationality to occupy your country you would definitely want the Americans. Every once in a while some black soldier rapes a fraulein or steals something but on the whole the burden of American “occupation” is light and not without its benefits too. Especially with the Russian military resurgence they think of NATO as a small price to pay for keeping the Russians from visiting again. And what’s not to like about having the American taxpayers shoulder your defense budget so you can have social programs up the kazoo? Most Germans are comfortable and prosperous and have not “given up hope” at all.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @Anon
  163. @notanon

    I agree, and I too would add one more thought: This whole Greek affair was by no means business as usual.

    Krugman might not be the brightest economist, but he too did not – at least not fully – believe in the “investment” part of these huge loans to Greece. Greece is strategically important since it helps the West to get along with Turkey.

    Except for that: Turmoil is good for the international markets, whereas a stable situation like the one in Japan is poisonous.

    Then of course: The dollar as the leading world currency allows the US to print lots of money. Would the euro work better, this wonderful way to compensate the US deficit (not least caused by the military as a kind of world police) might someday not work as good as it still does. Then what? Bomb the European Central Bank or the National Bank of China?

  164. @Desiderius

    Sixty women raped in Chemnitz in 2018 – 56 by asylum seekers and the like, 4 by unknown persons (=white nationalist neo-nazis – sarcasm off…).

    https://www.deutschland-kurier.org/jetzt-sind-wir-alle-chemnitzer/

    This happened last week, not far from where I grew up: – The daughter of a very close friend of mine is a young (Catholic) social worker – and actually works right there, trying to – – – – help – – (I like her a lot – she’s tough, she survived an orphanage in San Salvador)… young boy made drunk and raped by two asylum seekers:

    https://www.heidelberg24.de/region/waghaeusel-vergewaltigung-in-wohnung-maenner-missbrauchen-minderjaehrigen-jungen-10410970.html

    A few hours after I had visited the Emperors Dome in Speyer in August a woman was raped there right at the dome (I don’t recall a single event like this from the maybe fifty years before, that I remember…).

    This goes on day in day out.

    Masturbating in public is quite common now in Karlsruhe, half an hour south from Waghäusel – up until now, there were at least a few dozen incidents this year recorded by the police – most (=practically all….) caused by asylum seekers.

    In Freiburg, where the goat and numerous sheep and at least two women were sexually assaulted by the same Eritrean, and where one young girl was raped by a group of at least seven men (six of them Syrians), one more incident took place yesterday: A sexual attack on a young woman who was rescued from a passer-by who intervened.

    This goes on on on and on. Good source for information is the blog Politikversagen.de

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @RadicalCenter
  165. @Anonymous

    Usually, Taki Theodoracopulos takes life lightly. But try this one on him and you better watch out for quite a few harsh words… That the Greek constitution prevents the upper crust shipowners from paying taxes at home is another little fact, which is exclusively Greek…and very much to Taki’s and his tasteful wife great pleasure.
    Hehe.

  166. @Anonymous

    Please add compelling visual footage of Merkel’s Mistake to this post.

    More like Merkel’s misanthropy.

  167. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    You seem to be correct. Common knowledge, indeed! Still:

    Ever succeeding moment changes what has happened the moment before. In the stream of writing, all that is written changes its meanings by what is written subsequently. “First We Take Manhattan” might be understood as an examination of the mind of the extremist. In a way it’s a better song now (*) than it was before and I would probably sing it in concert if the circumstances were appropriate.

    (*) The Chat took place one month after the terrorist attacks in NYC and Washington D.C.

    I get the impression that the Red Army Faction interpretation was more a tide against which he chose not to swim than his true authorial intent.

    I like this too:

    Thank you so much, comrades. I do not concede the word “comrades” to the communists. I use it freely.Yes, why should they have special parts of the English language? And the extreme right too, why should they have blood and soil, honor, integrity, family? I like those words. I intend to use them freely. You’re very kind and it’s true, you are kind and very warm and it’s not for me to stand up here and judge the people who come to see me. But I want to tell you that even though your hospitality is profound it will not detour me from my appointed task which is to take Manhattan, then Berlin and several other cities…

    A class act he was.

  168. @ic1000

    Picking a nit perhaps, but whatever the evils of Generalplan Ost, Hitler signally failed in “getting the people of [Germany] on board”.

    Despite the fact that millions of Germans had already settled in and lived among Eastern Europeans productively and mostly peacefully for centuries, Hitler’s new and improved Ostseidlung never attracted more than a few thousand new settler candidates. Most Germans in Germany liked Germany and saw no reason to move east, even under the influence of the Nazi propaganda machine.

    Indeed, Generalplan Ost might rank as the worst colonization program in history. In an unpopular attempt to settle a few thousand of their malcontent kinsmen into a huge land that was anyway chronically underpopulated, they got many millions of both their own kinsman and the indigenous populations killed, got thousands of centuries-old prior settlements of their kinsman wiped out, ended up losing their original country, much of it permanently, and got their own name damned for eternity. “Epic fail” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

    • Agree: ic1000
  169. Anon[260] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    Colonel House was well off in cloud-cuckoo-land.

    Otherwise your point is well taken.

  170. @Jack D

    German is not as prosperous as it was, and it’s not improving.

    https://www.dw.com/en/germany-poverty-threatens-almost-20-percent-of-population/a-46100497

    Outmigration by Germans from Germany may help to illustrate that the situation is not hopeful for many Germans, in terms of physical safety and peace and not merely prosperity or economic opportunity. Anecdotally it appears that the outmigration is just starting, with the big exodus to come within 20 years max, maybe much sooner.

    • Replies: @Anon
  171. @Dieter Kief

    Thanks for the link to the German site.

    All is not well in Germany, and the daily physical threat from the invaders is more serious than many Germans will let on.

    Our kids have been learning German from a very young age, but we are doubting whether it’s worthwhile to continue. We already would not want them living in many cities in Germany — particularly our girls — and it’s getting worse fast. Maybe a more rural area in austria or Switzerland would be a better option, but all of them will be unrecognizable soon if the Germans don’t start deporting and excluding nonEuropean aliens and HAVING CHILDREN.

  172. @Desiderius

    Not this one, as future generations will take for granted.

  173. Anonymous[208] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    “Black Wednesday” in 1992 (long before the euro) permanently soured the British ruling class on European monetary union.

  174. @Anon

    Probably not very much of it.

    The problem is that it might even be illegal to collect statistics to find out if that’s the case.  France outlaws collection of racial statistics, and researchers have to infer immigrant birthrates from details like the number of tests for sickle cell and thalassemias among newborns.

  175. Blubb says:

    “including punishing ne’er-do-wells like Greece who couldn’t pay back their loans to German banks reflected a nationalist spirit that some earlier Chancellor”

    Sorry, Steve, but you have absolutely no clue about Merkel’s policies.

    German banks did not initially have large exposure to Greek debt. Only when the country started falling – threatening to take lots of French banks with them, as the French had intentionally pumped money into the South in order to become the chieftain of the “Med-faction”, so to speak – did Merkel ask German bankers to jump in. The idiots did.

    Germans are honest and loyal, and for many it is difficult to understand how underhanded and backstabbing other peoples can be. Like the concept of the “white lie”? Doesn’t exist in Germany.

    The head of the Volksbank publicly uttered his disbelief about how blatantly he had been played for a fool.

    No, Merkel knowingly and coldly shifted the problem on the shoulders of the German citizens, without any nationalist feelings.

    But because Germans see that their wealth is diminishing with every passing day, they didn’t take kindly to having to pay for the lavish pensions of the Greeks, while our own pensioners, who rebuilt the country from ashes, are digging through the trash. So she couldn’t be *seen* to shovel money at the Greeks.

    Then there is also Target II, which essentially makes the German taxpayer pay for every export to the EU the country does.

    There is the energy switch, which will leave Germany sooner or later in the dark.

    The woman genuinely has not a single nationalist success to her name. Every decision she has made in the past 13 years was to the disadvantage of the German people.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  176. Anon[377] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Especially with the Russian military resurgence they think of NATO as a small price to pay for keeping the Russians from visiting again.

    Right, because with enough wiggling it’s possible to posit Slavs of some sort invading Germany at least once for every ten times Germans have invaded Russian or Polish lands. Those slimy Slavs!

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