The Corona pandemic brought in the year 2020 the bad states and brutalization in Germany with all clarity to the light which were already present before long. Before every action, the thought stands, then the said and written! A virus spreads in the world – nothing is like it was before.
Hate, agitation about conspiracy theories, everyday racism, anti-Semitism, discrimination, egoism, greed for profit and a divided society. The result of neoliberal capitalism is a gap that keeps widening, the influx of a certain population to right-wing extremists who are now back in the Bundestag and can be found on the streets with the so-called “Querdenker” who do business with the stupidity of this population do.
Donald Trump is finally history after progressive politics won the US elections. While the minimum wage has now been raised to $ 15 in Florida, marijuana has been legalized in Montana, South Dakota, New Jersey and Arizona, and a wealthy tax has been introduced in Arizona and Colorado to finance education, this government is continuing the old course, preventing a significant increase in the minimum wage so that the population can live from it and, as usual, sells this as a success.
The current minimum wage in Germany is currently 9.35 euros and is to be increased to 10.45 euros by July 1, 2022. In the EU, the minimum wage in rich Germany is in the last place. People who are now maintaining the system in the Corona crisis and driving 12 hour shifts in hospitals and old people’s homes, sitting at the checkout in the supermarket or delivering parcels will continue to be exploited and can neither live from their earnings nor pay their rents. The speculation in the real estate market that is driving rental prices high continues unhindered.
Rather, the federal government is trying to shine in the corona pandemic by having managed the pandemic in federal Germany excellently. On December 20th, as predicted by scientists, after countless “Querdenker” demonstrations with right-wing extremists who agitated against the corona rules and spread conspiracy theories, the second hard lockdown was imposed – the number of infected and dead continues to rise today.
According to the Basic Law, the federal government is obliged to ensure the well-being of the population, i.e. to ensure social peace. The threatening signals and the influx of right-wing extremists, enemies of democracy and “Querdenker” are only a symptom of a policy that has ignored the needs of the population over decades, in favor of lobbyists, corporations and the rich.
Corona brought not only the abysses, the egoism, the lack of empathy, solidarity and humanity of an affluent society to light, but also the failure of the conservatives who have been in power for more than 45 years and want to continue to rule. Continue with party donations in favor of corporations, companies, the rich, lobbyists who were among the winners of the corona pandemic and were supported with billions.
Lessons from the corona pandemic, which shows the result of greed for profit and the exploitation of an unbridled, completely deregulated and long outdated economic system at the expense of the population, the poorest, animals and nature – were not drawn.
Continue with an unrestrained and unrestrained policy that encourages greed for profit through overproduction at the expense of tortured animals in factory farming, at the expense of nature, the environment, groundwater and the climate. With a minister of agriculture making the policy for the profits of the farmers and agricultural lobby and also ignoring the judgments on billions in damages in the USA against the Bayer group for glyphosate.
The contaminated groundwater, the increase in multi-resistant germs, the destroyed nature, the extinction of insects and species that resulted from such agriculture and animal welfare-relevant factory farming are of no interest in this lobby policy, which still prevents transparency today. The motto is obviously further, faster unscrupulous profit and – “after us the deluge”, further in the kamikaze course the own livelihood, destroy nature. To this day, politicians in Germany do not have to take responsibility for their behavior or the damage they cause. But they should!
A government with politicians who do not realize that redistribution and money for the poorer population increases the efficiency of a society, as the economist Thomas Piketty describes in his new book “Capital and Ideology”.
How can it be that such a policy could take place for decades with the support of the population, who still say selfishly and for their own benefit: “We’re fine!” Looking backwards, longs for the “good” old days and rejects change? Politicians who are interested in their own advantage and maintaining power, with a certain population that would rather look away than look!
With lawyers as pullers and accomplices who prevent redistribution from taking place and use the law for their wealthy clients to make them even richer.
Unfortunately, the population does not realize that they do not have the same rights, see German civil law, which is designed for entrepreneurs and corporations, but not for consumers and citizens. A normal citizen cannot pay these lawyers, who use the law for their wealthy clients, with fees starting at 500 euros per hour and is uninteresting for such lawyers, not lucrative.
Part of the current neo-liberal capitalism and one of the causes of the inequality, which with such lawyers ensures that the gap between rich and poor is widening. Without these lawyers with their trust companies and politicians who work in their offices, if they are not in the Bundestag or Landtag and then in turn do politics for this clientele, they are internationally active, advise and represent corporations, wealthy and politicians, even if there would be no Wirecard. You advise and represent these people and make sure that the law is interpreted in their favor and that no laws are passed that could change this.
Take a look at the politicians in the Bundestag or state parliaments, most of them are lawyers and lawyers, worked for such law firms and after they left work for these firms or in one of the corporations as a supervisory board for which they lobbied as politicians.
Another cause is the politics without role models, a disastrous education system and a population that has lost solidarity and was taught neither understanding of democracy nor decency, but only that their own advantage and elbows count. The result is a population without an understanding of democracy that is still looking for someone to blame in order not to have to take responsibility.
The best bulwark against totalitarian currents and a stable democracy is an excellent education system, equal opportunities for all, with an educated, enlightened, solidary population with an understanding of democracy.
A population that cannot distinguish truth and facts from fake news and conspiracy theories, but again runs like “sheep” of a “lateral thinker” movement, right-wing extremists and democracy-enemies and does not realize that they are only for business with the stupidity of the population instrumentalized and used, which still works in Germany today.
A population that does not want to admit that we are now living in a global world and that the clock cannot be turned back, only plurality, further development, the saving of nature, species and this planet must have top priority – instead of continuing to protect their own livelihood to destroy.
Before every action, there is a thought, then what is said and written!
We have to stopp with what we say and then do! Oppose the brutalization of society, hatred and agitation, as well as the further increase of racism and anti-Semitism. Perform civil disobedience in the name of humanity and decency.
Decency, i.e. the ability to distinguish right from wrong, seems to be a foreign word in Germany now! Society is brutalized – humanity no longer seems to exist: “Everyone, against everyone” and one’s own advantage counts – regardless of others, as the corona pandemic shows. Egoism, greed for profit, disrespect, crossing borders, aggression and hatred increase.
Manners, respect, friendliness and helpfulness no longer exist! The level and respect in dealing with one another are at their lowest point. The intelligence quotient continues to decrease. There are no role models! Exploitation, disrespect and inhumanity towards employees in companies and politics. The way people are treated in companies, however, they also treat others. Accordingly, the management and politicians must also begin to be exchanged.
The strength of a nation can be seen in the social behavior, solidarity, friendliness, helpfulness, humanity of society and how it treats animals and nature. Quality of life does not come from the landscape, but from the people who live in it.
So we have to decide in which society we want to live, shape it ourselves and take responsibility for it. We need to start reflecting on our behavior. The abysses – such as prejudice, intolerance, stupidity, egoism, hatred, agitation, envy, resentment, racism and anti-Semitism – that are becoming more and more visible in this society, face each individual also and above all in the corona pandemic.
We have now come back to a time in which everyone has a duty to civil disobedience and as Hannah Arendt said: “Evil is a surface phenomenon. We will only resist evil if we remain thoughtful. That is, by reaching a different dimension than that of everyday life. The more superficial someone is, the more likely they are to surrender to evil. That is the banality of evil. One indication of such superficiality is the use of clichés. And Eichmann was a perfect example of this. ” Such superficiality was not only to be found among the war criminals of the time, the Nazis, but is especially widespread in society today.
I would like to thank you for the good press cooperation, loyalty and cooperation of the NGOs that we continue to support, authors and colleagues like Michel Abdollahi and everyone else, as well as our readers – who support independent press work!
Finally, a quote from Talmut that fits very well with current events and developments: “Observe your thoughts, because they become your words. Watch your words for they become your actions. Watch your actions because they become your habits. Watch your habits as they become your character. Observe your character because it becomes your destiny. ”
But there is hope! Stay healthy, stay at home, and follow the corona rules. The time will come after Corona when we can all see, meet and hug again. Every crisis is also an opportunity!
Merry Christmas! Merry Chrismas everyone! Happy Hanukkah!
Astrid Ebenhoch, journalist and editor of Hounds & People magazine