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The New Old Fascism?

April 15th, 2013 - 10:17 am

Now that Europe’s decades-long experiment with socialism is unraveling, what keeps me up at night is when the people will get upset enough that they’ll start demanding (and getting) a little nationalism to go with their socialism. It’s kind of the national sport over there, once they eventually run out of other people’s money. Not that EU governments have given up looking under the sofa cushions, which they apparently also hope to use as floatation devices:

Senior advisers to Chancellor Angela Merkel are pushing for better-off households to pay towards the cost of any future bail-outs for the weaker members of the single currency.

The proposals, from members of Germany’s council of economic experts, raise the prospect of taxes being imposed on property in a country like Spain if its government was forced to seek a bail-out.

The council, known as the “Five Wise Men”, is often used to test new policies that are later adopted officially.

Might as well call them the Five Wise Guys, as in, “F— you, pay me.” Government by goodfellas is the inescapable consequence of government by best intentions. The Beast must be fed.

And notice please that this “wealth tax” proposal would fall on “better-off households” in Germany. Which, compared to Spain or Greece, is pretty much all of them. Or at least, pretty much all of them in the former West part of Germany. Keep in mind that Germans have been paying a 5.5% income tax surcharge since reunification, to pay for bringing the former East up to the standards and wealth of the former West. It’s expected to remain in play until at least 2019. That’s a lot of spreading the wealth around already, but at least the Deutschmarks — excuse me, euros — have all stayed inside the family, so to speak.

How much is it going to cost mittelklasse Germans to bring up 47 million Spaniards, when 20-plus years of subsidies still haven’t brought up 17 million Ossies?

That’s a good question. Another good question is: What the hell is Merkel thinking?

This kind of proposal doesn’t just give pause to German taxpayers. It also gives a leg up to German nationalist groups. So far, the skinheads and whatnot have been mostly confined to frustrated young men in the former East. What happens when similar (and more reasonable) grievances become commonplace among middle-aged Germans along the Rhine?

Despite what the vile progs would have you believe, Evil Fascist Heavy Industry did not sweep Hitler into power. Nazism was largely a middle class phenomenon, with big business eventually coming along for the only ride in town.

So, yeah, I worry about what might happen to German domestic politics, if all of southern Europe is eventually yoked to the back of the German taxpayer. Merkel, an Ossie herself, ought to realize this.

And, no, I don’t think Panzer divisions will be breaking out of the Ardennes on their way to occupying Paris — as much farcical fun as that might be to watch on CNN.

But we are watching Merkel destroy her CDU party in a vain effort to save a doomed currency. The left-wing (lefter-wing?) SPD might be the beneficiary, but fringe parties could very well become Germany’s new power brokers. And given that the SPD is no more likely to succeed at saving this fiction called “Europe,” both major mainstream German parties could see major erosion in their support.

Then the German fringes would become less fringey, which didn’t exactly work out very well for the Continent the last time around.

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Nice piece. Wish I had clicked on this sooner. It still boggles the mind socialists never, never, never, do learn.
1 year ago
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The Coronado Bridge toll has not been collected since 2002.
1 year ago
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Well Europe needs to do something, Islam is on Jihad and flooding the EU taking over large swaths of territory and imposing Sharia over EU law.
1 year ago
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Thor Steiner is a clothing line worn by German and Norwegian far right wingers.

http://www.thorsteinar.de/
1 year ago
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Is this entirely a bad thing? I mean, could economic self-interest have some healthy spillover into European desire to save their own cultures? Even Merkel said that multiculturalism is a failure. It seems to me they are starting to wake up over there. Nationalism is not a bad thing, as long as you aren't tempted to invade your neighbors for it.
1 year ago
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Oops, just noticed I dittoed Hub's comment.
1 year ago
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Watch Die Freiheit. Geert Wilders PVV style party.
1 year ago
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The major parties in Germany certainly are...

As reported yesterday, Die Freiheit and PI-Munich are now officially under surveillance by the state government of Bavaria as potentially “hostile to the constitution”.

http://gatesofvienna.net/2013/04/pi-and-die-freiheit-hostile-to-the-constitution/

http://gatesofvienna.net/2013/04/it-is-necessary-for-this-group-to-be-scrutinized/

http://gatesofvienna.net/2013/04/the-fate-of-all-splinter-parties/
1 year ago
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any party that doesn't toe the party line of the leftists is targeted for destruction in Europe.
First media smear campaigns branding them as "right wing radical extremists". If that doesn't work, they're branded "racist", "neo nazi", "pro big business". Then come the lawsuits for "hate crimes". If even that fails, some nutcase is produced out of nowhere to take potshots at the party leaders and hopefully put them in the grave.
1 year ago
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Europe's problem today is the denigration of the nation-state, wrongly blamed by transnational elites for problems caused by xenophobia and racism. A little nationalism in Europe would be a good thing. English civic nationalism and even French civic nationalism were largely positive developments and paved the way for democracy and liberalism. The problem with German nationalism, Russian nationalism, and most other (Central and Eastern) European nationalisms was that they were based on "ethnicity" rather than sovereignty, the nation as a mystical community ("volk") unified in its resentment of the "comsopolitan" liberal democratic order, rather than a de-facto political community unified in its loyalty to a sovereign ruling over all citizens equally. A German civic nationalism based on sovereignty (and equality of all citizens) would be a new and positive development in German history and for Europe as a whole. There has never been in history a functioning democracy beyond the nation-state and the history of the EU teaches us that we're unlikely to ever see one.
1 year ago
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Jobbick, nuff said.
Getting really bad over there, and it's coming here. After Obama, I fear the rise of a non-normal "right" in America... i.e., neo-Nazis. I think we see some it already, given the Paul's close association with Kelso.

Look it up.
1 year ago
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Fidesz, look it up.
1 year ago
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The Hungarian Solidarity party? Soros' Party? The Young Democrats?

That's right. They are now Nazis! Good job, Georgie!
1 year ago
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Sorry bubs. The Constitution that they wrote is fantastic. You might not like that it rejects explicitly Communism and it's Communist past or that it explicitly embraces it's Christian heritage and values, but if Nazi is the appropriate word to describe them. Then all those Leftwingers that call the Likud Party Nazis are right on time as well. (Not to mention their alliance with Lieberman's party.)

At least Fidesz isnt in alliance with Jobbik.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

It's good to see European Christians reaffirming their right to exist and as nation states...without apology to anybody. Just like the Israelis.
1 year ago
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I'm on your side Randal.I've always been patriotic&loved this country.America isn't what I knew it as growing up&its so tragic.Liz
1 year ago
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Respectfully, I wonder how much time was spent by the GOP masses of today, on internet political sites complaining about the government from say 1995 through 2006. The 90s experienced seven 'domestic' bombing events in which at least two were multiples. Probably only three come to mind of most -- the abortion bombings, the olympic bombing (ultimately tied to an abortion bomber) and the trade center bombing.

My point is -- that when the economy is rolling full steam or even with a few hiccups, nobody is complaining much about anything. Why is that? The problems inside our government and economically have been accumulating for many decades with few people on the warpath.
1 year ago
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There have been plenty of people complaining, for a long time. They complained _within the political system_ , via their elected officials.

It has only been in recent years that a large portion of them have come to realize there is little hope with the power structures currently in place.

They realized that most Democrats were actually striving to do much more than they admitted. They discovered that most Republicans were actually never intending to follow through on what they promised.
1 year ago
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I got you! Then the dems woke up first to organize a 'national' outcry against the GOP from 2000 through 2008 and then the GOP woke up in 2009 through the present to organize a national outcry against the dems. So what is the solution for this running battle between the party's minority far left and far right? Consistant polling of Americas majority on issues of importance sure doesn't correlate to the battling minoritis of the party's.
1 year ago
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Bernd Lucke interview: 'Why Germany has had enough of the euro' via @Telegraph http://soa.li/ifFkhfJ
1 year ago
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I think the new party, Alternative fuer Deutschland, is healthy alternative for peaceful democracy in Germany. The danger is that Merkel is scrambling to save the Euro by signing up all Germans, not just the "wealthy and well-connected", to bail out the EU project.

There is justifiable anger to be tapped and channeled for Germany to seek its own economic destiny. Think: grasshopper and ant.

Here in the US, should Texas have to bail out California? Does anybody want to bail out California? Can Illinois bail out California?
1 year ago
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No, the actual issue in the US is how long do whites have to support non-whites? Plot a graph by State with percentage white population against per capita welfare income and you'll see the problem.
1 year ago
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Illinois could not bail out an old leaky California redwood hot tub. Unless you got all the ill-gotten loot back from the Chicago mob.
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