Tear down this wall too

It didn’t take long. The European left is faux-celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall (which they erected) and warning that “populism” (democracy) is threatening to divide the Continent anew. In the British Independent, Borzou Daragahi arrives on site with a lorry-load of rebar for this new barrier. Like its predecessor, its role will be to keep the sovereignty of free peoples at bay. Daragahi shamelessly references as evidence for the evils of “far right” populism various attacks on Jews (of which there have been few compared to the exterminationism unleashed by “immigrants”). In more than 900 words of analysis, Daragahi neglects to mention Ronald Reagan and Pope St John Paul II. As antidote and backgrounder, contra-dross, Andreas Lombard – editor in chief of CATO, Germany’s leading conservative magazine – has written a truly excellent essay that deserves a wide audience: The Vanity of Guilt. In it, he explains how pathological self-hatred has destroyed the resolve and pride of the German people, leaving them prey to their own expiatory predation. A kind of cannibalism. The irony is that a sickness in the thinking of powerful Germans is once again spreading beyond their borders – I should say, their nominal borders – to the detriment of Europe as a whole. Plus ça change

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12 Responses to Tear down this wall too

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Berlin Wall was designed to keep people from escaping, like from a prison. What they were trying to escape was socialism.

    People are currently voting for “populist” parties because they wish to escape the same thing, which has been slowly taking over their lives. If the Left weren’t controlling what they think, what they say, what they do and what they can spend their money on (if they’re allowed to have money, which they increasingly aren’t) then they wouldn’t be voting for parties like AfD. I hope the major parties get the message, but I doubt they will before the people finally make their escape.

  2. stackja

    Germany on 9–10 November 1938 broke glass.

  3. Beachcomber

    Orwell could not have imagined that the New Totalitarians and Big Climate would use 1984 as an instruction manual.

    Big Climate is watching you.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    the resolve and pride of the German people

    Sorry, but we’ve all had enough of that to last us several centuries. As it is, humanity will never recover from their depredations and I say that as someone who is basically a Kraut (i.e. a northern European), whose forebears made the sensible decision to get out the hell out of there around 1870.

  5. Percy Popinjay

    As with economists, there are two types of people on this planet.

    Those who think the novel 1984:

    – is a terrifying, monstrous warning about the evils of totalitarianism

    – is an instruction manual

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Good one C.L.

    The other day I asked a question about how the mechanical, orderly Volk could stand the flood of slovenly migrants on their turf.

    Lombard’s gem explains it nicely.

  7. There are two kinds of people.

    Those who we have always been at war with, and those from airtstrip one.

    To make an analogy, those whose chocolate ration has been halved, and those whose chocolate ration has been doubled.

  8. thefrollickingmole

    Thats a very good article>
    Vanity of guilt.

    In 2013, a well-known judge and professor in Frankfurt wrote in the journal Merkur that the German state could no longer create positive family policies and that demographic decline should not be stopped. Because of the crimes of National Socialism, she went on to say, it would only be fair if the territory “on which Germany is located currently” were to be “colonized by other ethnic groups or given back to nature.” This is no isolated opinion. For many years, the German Federal presidents have been referring to “people in Germany” rather than “the German people.”

  9. Too late for that, time has made that a monstrous idea.

    However, after WWII, completely destroying Germany and Austria as countries forever would have been righteous. Simply given away to their neighbours and European survivors of German led genocides (more than one group).

    Sort of like the Morgenthau Plan on steroids.

    …and no, this is not comparable to violence against ethnic Germans in central Europe after the war.

  10. Old Lefty

    Meanwhile, German anti-theology (with the glorious exception of Ratzinger and his beleaguered friends) has been undermining global Christianity – CF. The Amazon synod farce animated by the aptly named Bishop Krautler.

    Closer to home, urgent complainants to the ABC editorial standards department, and to SBS. They have run reports referring to the Berlin Yas, welly, the Berlin Wall. Surely it should be the Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier of the Progressive Peace and Freedom Loving German Socialist People’s Democracy?

  11. Old Lefty

    Sorry: ‘Berlin Wall as, well, the Berlin Wall’. Damn auto-correct.

  12. C.L.

    I’ve been calling Ratzinger “the last European” for several years now.
    I think it’s more bankable as a description than ever.

    Yes, good point, O.L. – one I’ll remember. The Germans have indeed been driving and bankrolling the Amazonian jamboree – albeit under the auspices of Pope Pachamama.

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