The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection$
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewPaul Gottfried Archive
Thilo Sarrazin, and the Germans’ Great Mistake
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • B
Show CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

Throughout the summer, former director of the German Bundesbank and a longtime adherent of the German Social Democrats, Thilo Sarrazin, remained in the crosshairs of the German political class for his controversial work dealing with the relation between high crime and Germany immigration policy. Only by the peculiar standards of Germany’s national parties, courts, and educators, could Sarrazin’s work, Deutschland schafft sich ab, be considered even edgy. Sarrazin was long in a party that spends much of its moral energy apologizing for the entire German past and trying to obliterate German national identity through Third World immigration. He represented the Social Democrats in Berlin’s very leftist municipal government and achieved his position at the Bundesbank because of his party connections.

Sarrazin’s book, which climbed to the top of the German bestseller list, is, moreover, far from a blanket condemnation of immigration. The author argues that having uneducated and crime-prone Muslims settle in Germany has been bad for the country. The costs have far outweighed the benefits in terms of violent crime, urban disruption and financial costs. If Germans need more foreign workers (which given its 11% unemployment rate and continuing brain drain, they plainly do not), it might be best to import Jews from Eastern Europe.

Sarrazin laments the Nazi treatment of the Jews, whom he presents as a cognitively gifted and productive people. He calls for replenishing Germany’s Jewish population, and thereby ensuring a mental enrichment of German society. It might be objected that this policy would result in taking jobs away from vulnerable Germans. And unless the German system of having employers pay for many of the workers’ benefits can be rescinded, it would do no good bringing more immigrants to Germany, even if they test well on IQ tests.

Despite this gushing Philosemitism, the vehemently anti-German but Jewish nationalist Central Committee for Jews in Germany, and its predictably hysterical chairman Stefan Kramer, denounced Sarrazin as a threat to German democracy. Kramer insisted that Sarrazin be stripped of all his public honors and that action be taken against him for venting pernicious opinions, which reminded Kramer of (what else?) the Third Reich. Obviously Hitler too had planned to fill Germany with Ostjuden and to lavish on them, once they arrived, high-paying jobs. Significantly, two until recently very leftist Jewish German journalists, Ralph Giordano and Henryk Broder, thundered against the Central Committee for its scare tactics. Both praised Sarrazin’s book for alerting Germans to the perils of Muslim immigration and for saying very nice things about Jews.

But despite this praise from unexpected quarters, the Social Democratic Party Committee expelled Sarrazin and on September 3, he was forced to resign from the directorship of the Bundesbank. With equal fury, the faux conservative Christian Democratic Union also weighed in against the beleaguered author. The chancellor Merkel attacked his “insane, absurd opinions,” while the Christian Democratic German president Christian Wulff has not only decried Sarrazin as an unhinged bigot but in a speech last week before German journalists, called for tighter laws against “expressing views out of context.” This was a threatening reference to Sarrazin by a supposed German jurist of high standing as well as the current German president.

In contrast to the German political class, which is confined to a narrow spectrum located between the Village Voice and sheer lunacy, most Germans appear to agree with Sarrazin that “Germany Is Abolishing Itself.” According to polls, Germans are not only running out to buy his book but a majority of them applaud Sarrazin’s candor. Other poll results, some of which have been played up in the patriotic tabloid Bildzeitung, suggest that Germans are chaffing under the enforcement of Political Correctness. The majority demand the freedom to present unconventional and even pro-German national views, without having to worry about being dragged into court as “enemies of democracy.”

This, by the way, is a criminal charge that can be brought against individuals and groups under Germany’s whacky constitution, and the thought restrictions are almost always applied against conservative Christians and insufficiently antifascist journalists and educators. The danger to German democracy charge has also been used with remarkable success by the Christian Democratic Union, against right-of-center parties that are cutting into its vote totals. Since the judges in courts created specifically to “defend Germany’s liberal democracy” are political appointees, the scare tactics employed have worked to preserve the party oligarchy.

This judicial harassment takes place almost exclusively against the Right. Such leftist parties as the Greens and the Party of Democratic Socialists, which happily recruit former Stasi spies and put them into leadership posts and which often resorts to violent means in order to keep “fascist” opinions from being publicly aired, have generally enjoyed immunity from judicial investigations. Presumably only those who complain about the high crime rate among Muslim immigrants or who dare to write politically unacceptable scholarship constitute an antidemocratic threat. Parties of the Left are free to organize riots in Dresden, Berlin, and other German cities, while the authorities look on indulgently.

From reading Bildzeitung and even the moderately non-leftist Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one might imagine that Germans are reacting against this rule of antifascist, antinational busybodies. Almost daily I receive letters and email messages from German friends assuring me “ein Rechtsruck steht uns bevor.” Everything is about to swing to the right. Unfortunately these Germans are missing what’s really going on. Decades of brainwashing, since the American Occupation after World War Two, when we imposed on a defeated country cultural Marxist “re-education,” have conditioned Germans to believe certain things.

First, they should not trust their own political judgment, since their entire collective past is full of would-be or genuine Nazis. The only moral salvation for Germans must come from those who humbled them, whether the Soviets or the Americans. By now German leaders are not real Germans but stand-ins for some imaginary world opinion, the World Zionist Congress, or the American media.

ORDER IT NOW

Second, Germans must do all they can to remove the monkey from their back by ceasing to be Germans. This can be brought about both by repopulating Germany with non-Germans and by merging their demoralized country with some world government. If all goes according to plan, Germany will soon be losing much of its sovereignty to the EU. Predictably of course the government has not even permitted its subjects to vote on this matter.

Rather than engaging in angry outbursts, most Germans seem to go along with this “pro-democratic” decision. Most of them have no interest in remaining German, and their large business enterprises are making English into the Amtssprache (language for discussing business). This tendency has not met in Germany with the same irritation it caused in France. Germans live with a rapidly declining native population and an official ideology of national self-hatred, and most of them apparently have no desire to remain German, politically or linguistically.

This can be shown in the way Germans are expressing their electoral preferences in polls, as recorded by the German press agency (DPA). If a national election were held this week, the biggest gainer would be the ultra-PC Greens, with 17% of the vote. The retread Stalinists in the PDS, who are now featuring a mix of multiculturalism and Communist economics, would poll 10%. The CDU Union is holding at 32% and the Social Democrats at 31%. There is no significant support for any party to the right of the CDU Union, which represents fully the antinational, multicultural ideology of the German Left. The Greens, to whom the Germans are now swarming, would, if possible, flood Germany with Third world immigrants. Moreover, its leader Claudia Roth deplores the fact that Sarrazin has not yet been tried as a criminal given his published fascist opinions. So much for the imaginary Rechtsruck, which might only happen if the Germans had their brains laundered a second time.

During the summer there was talk of organizing a German classical liberal party, with a patriotic edge, the Freiheitspartei, as a reaction to the leftward rush of Merkel and her followers. A disillusioned member of the CDU and author, Rene Stadtkewitz, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for this new force, and Stadtkewitz tried to draw into his project such conservatively inclined politicians as Friedrich Merz, a onetime high-ranking CDU functionary whom Merkel pushed out of his position as party whip. No prominent CDU member, however, would join the Freiheitspartei on the grounds they didn’t want to “divide the Right.” But as Stadtkewitz noted, there is nothing in the party leadership or in Merkel’s public statements that should give any cause for optimism to the Right or to anyone who values freedom. Unfortunately there is no German Right, outside of isolated skinheads who have not yet been sent to jail, or aged retired professors, or the editorial boards of certain magazines with depressingly limited circulations. But if present trends continue to unfold, there may soon be no more Germans, as opposed to Third World people inhabiting Central Europe, and sterile robots speaking broken English and apologizing for their real or imaginary ancestors.

(Republished from Takimag by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: European Right, Germany 
Current Commenter
says:

Leave a Reply - Comments on articles more than two weeks old will be judged much more strictly on quality and tone


 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
$
Submitted comments have been licensed to The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Commenting Disabled While in Translation Mode
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All Paul Gottfried Comments via RSS