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06/15/2018 / By JD Heyes
Under the auspices of maintaining a society that is ‘fair and just,’ the Leftists who run Germany are returning the country to its darkest days of authoritarianism.
In recent days, the leader of the country’s most powerful ‘cultural’ institution has called for the censoring of scores of political talk shows for a year because they are espousing a “populist” point of view that is resonating with Right-leaning citizens.
As reported by The Guardian, Olaf Zimmermann, head of the German cultural council, an umbrella organization for several other entities including television companies and art galleries, said he believes public broadcasters must be forced off the air while they ‘reflect’ and ‘rethink’ a format that is largely critical of the country’s influx of mostly Muslim refugees — a phenomenon that has led to a multitude of social problems and unrest.
Zimmermann is also upset that a Right-leaning political party, Alternative für Deutschland, won seats in the German Parliament last year.
“I’d suggest for them, take a break for a year … though the length of the intermission isn’t the decisive factor. What is crucial is that they return with new talkshow concepts and try to come up with more suitable contents with regards to social cohesion in our society,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.
In other words, he wants to kick them off the air, thus denying a voice to Germans who disagree with their leaders’ incessant importation of Muslim migrants who are disruptive to society, while ensuring that when they come back they are essentially broadcasting the government’s position.
That’s just unbelievable. What’s more, Zimmerman’s council is taxpayer funded — though obviously only certain taxpayers espousing pro-Muslim groupthink are being represented.
Never mind that if there was no market for the political positions being espoused by these programs they wouldn’t have audiences and thus would not have proliferated.
Not so oddly, that appears not to have occurred to Zimmermann and his allies inside Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
This kind of Left-wing nanny state mentality is spreading throughout Europe, and much of it has to do with providing outsized protections to immigrants and refugees who believe in Islam even to the detriment of their own citizens. It’s madness.
What is truly ironic is that what’s taking place in Germany today is not very different to what happened during the rise of Hitler in the 1930s and during the days of Communist-run East Germany.
National Socialist Worker’s Party (Nazi Party) Brownshirts employed violence to intimidate and censor political opposition. Hitler, after he came to power in 1933, ruled as a dictator and eliminated all other political parties. Historian Richard J. Evans, in his book, The Coming of the Third Reich, explains how, in the early days of the party, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures.”
Notes Robert Spencer at Frontpage Magazine:
To express dissent from Nazi positions became a matter of taking one’s life into one’s hands. The idea of people of opposing viewpoints airing their disagreements in a civil and mutually respectful manner was gone. One was a Nazi, or one was silent (and fearful).
In an effort to avoid reliving that past, Merkel & Co. are recreating it with their authoritarian intimidation and silencing of anyone who doesn’t toe the Left-wing line regarding Muslim immigrants.
What’s next? Outright censorship is already just around the corner, but just as the Nazis eventually began to imprison dissenters and Jews, today’s European Left is already beginning to jail those who have opposing political viewpoints.
And don’t think for a moment that the American Marxists (a.k.a. Democrats) aren’t looking across the Atlantic and monitoring all of this and taking notes on how to justify it here.
Read more about the Left’s attempt to censor the Right at Banned.news.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.
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