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September 19, 2006

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name

bullshitting again. In your last entry you carefully nurture a Nazi myth about WW2 POW camps. You directed my to a fascist blog to "prove" that you meant only good.

In this entry you start the stereotypical german-bashing to appear as "leftist" to your fellow citizens.

Dude, the NPD and consorts are exactly the same as your "Republicans". But, they don't hold 50% of the vote here. Most people in the rural communities simply voted for them *despite* the credentials because for there are no other protest parties. The Greens are at an all-time low, did you notice that for example. Your country does not even have a Green Party to speak of, the only alternative there would some LaRouchian nutters if people were meant to express any kind of dissatisfaction with how things are going.

David

What "Nazi blog" did I link to? Wikipedia? And how is pointing out election results "German bashing"?

Mag

the right wing here in Germany is very dangerous... let's cooperate against the NPD! Please, let's add our pages to our blogroll. Thank you.

Joerg

"Democracy Under Siege in East Germany" is a bit of exaggeration IMHO.

The percentage numbers you quote are of concern, but democracy is not "under siege."

Fry

I certainly agree that panic is not in order. The National Front in France has, at various times, won a higher percentage of the vote than the NPD just did - yet its impact in French poltics has been predictably negligable.

Are you honestly concerned that the NPD is every going to gain a significant following? I just don't see it. Protest parties tend to disappear when their lack of a coherent agenda becomes obvious to the voters.

David

@Fry,

The NPD's influence will - at this time - most likely be restricted to the poorer rural regions of eastern Germany.

But I don't agree that their success is simply a result of a "protest vote". The NPD and the neo-Nazis have grassroots support - fostered by the "Kameradschaften", a social networking outlet for young males.

See today's report in Der Spiegel:

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,438175,00.html

Fry

Ehh...they still don't scare me.

Look, these people are idiots. I think the German government takes the wrong tack with right-wing parties. Banning them is not only contrary to free speech, but ultimately futile, as all it does is feed the underground movement.

Let the NPD take their seats. Will they create jobs? No. Will they create wealth? No. All they're do is spout off in the Bundestag and focus attention on the fact that they have no plan.

If Germany's mainstream parties had the guts to attack the country's core issues (inflexible labor, high social welfare costs, etc.) the NPD would have nothing to talk about.

Olaf Petersen

Dave, I think you'd better have labeled NPD-Blog a neonazi watch-blog, no surprise some folks think you link to the NPD.

The problem in the five eastern federal states is the reluctance of their populations to join the established democratic parties. These parties simply don't have the manpower to conduct larger campaigns against right wing extremists - nor against left wing extremists as well who are even more successful than their nazi counterparts. No wonder that both ends of the political spectrum gain momentum in times of worsening social conditions. Extremists are always better in mobilizing their voters than their democratic rivals.

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