The Period of Political Correctness

Today Germany is under the influence of another less horrible ideology which paralyzes the open and critical political discussion, the so called “political correctness”. Having its origin in the student movements of the 1960’s its left-liberalistic-ecological ideas have been developed  by a generation of politically red-green oriented people today occupying  many  leading positions in the media and politics . Simplified “political correctness” means a list of behavioral measures what you should think and say in public life, supervised by politics and media, the philistines of political correctness  [3]. Some of these rules set high moral standards, some of them are doctrines , often of sociological nature. As for any ideology the political correctness is not a base for discussion, the rules are definite, critique and discussion are excluded. If you are violating this rules you risk to become socially isolated.  A brochure of the German Umweltbundesamt names and shames scientists doubting the anthropogenic character of global warming . Eva Herman, popular German TV newsreader got fired because she had said that in the NS regime the family was respected in contrast of today’s Germany, where, as a consequence of the 1968 movement, the traditional role of the mother is denied and so the birth rate is declining. Thilo Sarrazin, board member of the German Federal Bank, wrote a book   “Germany abolishes itself “. One of his thesis is, that the immigration of muslim people combined with their  high fertility lowers Germany’s  average intelligence and education level. The German president Wulf dismissed Sarrazin. The “ghostwriters” of Wikipedia write that Sarrazin had resigned from his post, what is not true. The newspaper  Westfalen-Blatt  terminates the contract of a columnist because she responded to a father who was concerned about participating with his two daughters at a homosexual marriage.  She advised not to take them with him. Sometimes the opinions may be border-line, some people may totally disagree, but western civilization has fought  a long time for  its  right to express opinion freely. Particularly Germany should be sensitive having passed  a period when it was dangerous to express one’s opinion.

 

So in today’s  political life the  debate with arguments is more and more replaced by public defamation of the opponent. In Germany the way  to condemn a person violating the rules of political correctness is to call him a Nazi, i.e. a person who is still infected by the ideology of the German past. This works extraordinarily well : German politicians, journalists and state subsidized experts, the philistines of political correctness, are  united in fighting against right wing extremists. So for example a public survey organized by the Allensbach Institute shows, that 45 % of the population say, that in Germany you have to be cautious  to express your opinion concerning the current immigration problem [4].

 

All the bigger German political partys nowadays have left- ecological programs  and the differences between them become smaller and smaller. The person, who has created  this political uniformity and who is representing it, is Angela Merkel. Any party  trying to preserve tradition and values , opposing  the disappearance of Germany in an amorphous European administration, taking position against spoiling the people’s income  for big banking houses  and large corporations is defamed as  right-extreme party. Only recently after the unlimited flooding of Germany by people coming from Asia and Africa following the invitation of Angela Merkel, political resistance is awakening.  A conservative party AFD has been founded  and now rates about 15 %  in the polls. 

 

One of the roots of the development of the “mainstream” Germany is the student protest movement at the end of the 1960s . The reasons for the students’ revolt were manifold. Generally it was not  a German but more an international phenomenon. It was characterized, among others, by the protest against the Vietnam War, the support of Martin Luther King’s fight against  racial discrimination, the idolization of Mao Tse Tung and Ho Chi Minh and  communist ideas. In Germany additional conflicts were the confrontation between the war generation and the post war generation, the uprising against authority in politics and education. One of the consequences of this movement was, that the perception of the family changed . The traditional family was now only one of several options. For example women discovered professional careers as a preferable alternative. The  role image of women and men changed .The contraceptive pill was a welcome aid for easier realization of these alternative life plans. In the 1970’s the birth rate in Germany fell to less than 1.5 and remained almost unchanged until today. Therefore Germany has the serious demographic problem of an ageing population. This fact was known for a long time, but no German government dared to put the historically critical topic of family planning on its agenda. So today Germany doubtless needs immigration. A reasonable solution to preserve Germany’s economic strength, seems to be qualified immigration like in Canada or Australia.  Besides that the German constitution grants asylum to all persons fleeing war and persecution. But unlimited uncontrolled flooding  with refugees as provoked by Merkel and concealed by humanitarian considerations, will ruin German economy and particularly the German social system.