The German Social Democrats (SPD) demonstrated yesterday once again why they keep losing ground to the Green Party by allowing best-selling author and "gene expert" Thilo Sarrazin to remain in its ranks. The whole "procedure" was rather preposterous as the SPD leadership formally accepted Sarrazin's lame apology:
The politician wrote that he did not intend with his book to express either "social Darwinist theories" or a "selective population policy." He said it was also not his intention to discriminate against particular groups or immigrants. "To the contrary, with my theses, I wanted to promote the integration of migrant groups who because of their origin, social background or religion were not prepared or in a situation to integrate more strongly," Sarrazin wrote. "At no point did I have the intention of violating Social Democratic principles with my theories," he added. "If members of the party feel that I have impaired their understanding of Social Democracy, then I regret that, even if it is my opinion that my book did not do so on any occasion."
The idea that the inflammatory book Deutschland schafft sich ab promotes integration is absurd. The pseudo-scientific "proof" of the inferior intelligence of immigrants, which Sarrazin takes great pains to document with numerous footnotes - giving the book a phony veneer of academic rigor - is totally inconsistant with the ideals and traditions of social democracy in Germany. I agree with the editorial published in Die Zeit:
Es gibt Grenzen, die eine Partei nicht überschreiten darf. Als der Christdemokrat Martin Hohmann 2003 öffentlich antisemitische Sprüche klopfte, zog die CDU-Vorsitzende Angela Merkel die einzig richtige Konsequenz: Sie drängte ihn aus der Partei hinaus. Auch Sarrazin hat sich mehr geleistet als ein wenig Stammtisch-Geplapper. Er hat die unterschiedliche Intelligenz der Menschen mit ihrem genetischen Erbe begründet. Damit hat er sich in die gedankliche Nähe der größten Irrlehre des 20. Jahrhunderts begeben. Deshalb ist es richtig, wenn die SPD Thilo Sarrazin nun ausschließt.
(There are boundaris that a party may not cross. When the Christian Democrat Martin Hohmann resorted to anti-Semitic rhetoric in 2003, Angela Merkel as party chairperson made the correct decision: she forced him out of the party. Sarrazin too has done more than just shoot his mouth off. He has based differences in human intelligence on genetic factors In doing so he has come too close to most dangerous false theories of the 20th century. Therefore the SPD would be correct in forcing him out. )
The neo-Nazi NPD had it right when they celebrated the publication of Sarrazin's book:
"Hier hat jemand ein regelrechtes NPD-Buch geschrieben."
(He has written a genuine NPD book)