I’m rather surprised at this article published in the New Yorker. It seems to sympathize with Frauke Petry, mother, scientist, and leader of Germany’s most successful nationalist phenomenon since the Second World War, the AfD.
Source: The New Star of Germany’s Far Right – The New Yorker
Petry is portrayed as an intelligent, rational leader. For me, the author should have taken a stronger position either for or against the far-right AfD. The article was rather wishy washy, neither objective nor subjective reporting.
I take strong exception to both the Far Left and the Far Right because for both the end justifies the means. Leaders of both the Far Left and Far Right, like Petry are presented as populist leaders but they are generally surrounded by extremists fanning fear which sometimes leads to violence. It’s important to remember the last Far Right government in Germany – the Nazi Party led by Hitler.
Dr Alf is right to be worried but of course the Nazis never went away.
Their sympathisers exist everywhere and at the end of World War 2 some 250,000 soldiers and sailors plus airmen were supposedly “never accounted for” having decamped to Queen Maude’s land in Antarctica where Doenitz had created a massive underground base which Admiral Byrd leading “Operation Highjump” failed to destroy in 1947 and which was not destroyed in the second attempt in 1957.
Chancellor Merkel, with her refugee policy and laissez faire approach to Muslim troublemakers, has created the conditions for new Nazis to emerge and for those who have been hiding their time to re-emerge and cause new trouble.
AI and automation will destroy more jobs and adding new migrants to a job market already unable to create jobs faster than they are being destroyed will breed more Trumps, Le Pens ,Bossis, Farage’s and now this right wing German politician.
These issues have to be thought about and discussed openly otherwise history will repeat itself.