Frau Merkel und das Vierte Reich: Bedrohung für den Westen

There is a lot here, more than we are going to unpack today, but I think Nikolaas De Jong is on to something here.

In the mainstream media, the policies of the German prime minister, Angela Merkel, are often portrayed as a form of atonement for Germany’s past sins of imperialism and genocide. Letting in a million refugees is supposedly the absolute negation of the Holocaust, and pressing for further European cooperation is seen as the opposite of Germany’s old attempts to violently bring the rest of Europe under its control. And for these very reasons, progressive politicians and intellectuals around the world are now looking up to Merkel as the defender of pluralistic Western values. […]

Let us begin with the more obvious parallel: German support for further European integration. Despite all the German talk about subordinating narrow national interests to the European project, careful observers must have noticed the coincidence that the Germans always see themselves as the leaders of this disinterested project, and that the measures deemed to be necessary for further European cooperation always seem to be German-made.

Are the Germans really such idealistic supporters of the European project? It is more probable that in reality they see the European Union as an ideal instrument to control the rest of Europe. […]

You can be your own judge here, but I don’t see many (or any) sign that Merkel is doing anything that she perceives as against the German national interest. That doesn’t mean she is correct, like his successors, Kaiser Wilhelm II made plenty of mistakes, part of the reason that by 1919 he was unemployed, dreaming of being an American cowboy. That also includes trying to keep the British under their thumb by trying to derail Brexit. The British, even more than the Americans, are the traditional guardians of the European balance of power, engaged in, but not part of, Europe. And far more committed to individual freedom than Germany has ever been, and sixty years of Naziism followed by communism probably hasn’t changed that for the better. Tell me again what part of Germany Frau Merkel is from. Now tell me who runs Brussels.

Thus, on closer scrutiny, there is a strong continuity between the foreign policy of Wilhelm II, Hitler, and Merkel. And this continuity can easily be explained by looking at Germany’s position within Europe. On the one hand, Germany is the strongest and largest country in Europe, but on the other hand it is not strong or large enough to dominate the rest of Europe automatically. In consequence, ever since German unification in 1870, the country has been presented with the choice either to subordinate its wishes to those of the rest of Europe — which has always appeared rather humiliating — or to attempt the conquest of Europe, in order to ensure that Germany’s wishes would always prevail. […]

Lots of truth here, even in Bismarck’s campaigns (that unified Germany), Germany (or Prussia, by some reads) wasn’t quite strong enough, so it was reduced to bullying the rest of the continent to get its way. This didn’t work well, with the Soviet Union and the United States staring at each other in Germany, but with the demise of the Soviets, and the American attention being drawn elsewhere, it may well be so, again.

However, the most frightening thing is that the parallels between Merkel’s mentality and that of her authoritarian predecessors go deeper than mere geopolitics. Because the philosophical premises underlying modern German policies are also at least partly similar to those that motivated Germany in both World Wars. […]

I think he makes a pretty good case here, opposing the collectivism of the classical German, and the love of Ordnung, above all, especially as it contrasts with the classical liberalism of the Anglosphere. He includes the French here, but I find that including the French in classical liberalism is just a hair too far. Their model is far more often license, liberty without responsibility. I commented elsewhere yesterday that in some ways we are again facing the old Christian question that surfaced most strikingly in the Great War, “Gott mit uns” or “We are on the Lord’s side”. Although both sides are far less religious than they were a hundred years ago, there is still that dichotomy in how we view the world.

To conclude: far from being the defender of Western values like individual liberty and individual rights, the modern Germany is acting in a very German way indeed.

And that is very true, and rather frightening, indeed. Read the full article,  Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West

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13 Responses to Frau Merkel und das Vierte Reich: Bedrohung für den Westen

  1. the unit says:

    Yeah, I guess we freemen, light skinned and dark, need to remember who would make us slaves. Whether Mideast Muslim types or European German types or any, and probably many, other who would make us slaves. Again a George Washington quote seems appropriate…:
    “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
    Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island (27 August 1776)” (Wiki quotes)

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    • NEO says:

      Another outstanding one, Unit! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I don’t know that we’ve had a leader like him since, or ever will again.
        “As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it.
        Acceptance speech after being “elected” by the Continental Congress as commander of the yet-to-be-created Continental Army (15 June 1775)”
        However, I have read Trump donates his salary to charity…and not the Clinton Foundation. 🙂
        And not saying he’s a Washington.

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        • NEO says:

          As a Scot would say, “Damned few like him, and they’re all dead”. Cincinnatus is the only one that comes to mind for me, but likely there are a few others.

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  2. I would disagree that the UK is not somewhat affected by Europe, even with Brexit the powers to be are moving slowly! And surely on the religious end, Europe also has affected the UK, with the long drift with modernity & postmodernity in the West, nothing new here! And indeed individual rights and freedom have gone by the way of liberalism and the majority. But, the constant reality is the treatment of Modern Israel, with that old bogy anti-Semitism, again nothing really new here either! And whether we like it or not Israel and the Holy Land will centre the Eschatological End, (Zechariah 14 / Revelation 1: 7 ; chap. 19), that reality is certainly pressing us daily!

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, Britain is affected, but not nearly as bad as Germany. So are we, for that matter. But Britain has a chance, that they didn’t a year ago, no certainty, but a chance.

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      • the unit says:

        And many of her people and much of Europe seems to say to Merkel “In Ordnung. Danke.” I don’t know if the German is correct or the translation, but found it here:
        https://www.duolingo.com/dictionary/German/in+ordnung/006bb4520d106e1b2e165dd337f9067a
        🙂

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        • NEO says:

          It’s an OK translation, I think. The phrase usually carries connotation of military preciseness (or compulsive order, if one prefers. It doesn’t really translate perfectly, to my mind.

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        • the unit says:

          I think ordnung relative to this article and German intention and what you are saying means order. I read order is a translation somewhere. And probably not too far off to say it means submission. Eh? That guy in a link we read sometime ago, he said “we are all ISIS.” 🙂

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      • Indeed I’m on board for bexit, if they ever really get to it? But, I am not sure the establishment will deliver? The British Monarchy is sometimes almost non-functional, at least doing the will of the people, time will tell if providence is still with the British? Spiritually the issue is in grave doubt to my mind, and I do hope I am wrong? Where are is the leadership, that is always the issue!

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        • And btw, the Day of sound and real European Christianity has passed, there are but pockets and groups of remnant Christians in both Britain and Europe, very sad but surely true! And America is moving left and liberal for sure in general Christendom. I say all this again sadly, but I have lived long enough to see all of this! As an old Keith Green hymn said, and sort of prophetically: “Asleep in the Light”!

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