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2020-11-24 11:55:48

The Germans Are Back!

by CJ Hopkins on Off Guardian

Break out the Wagner, folks... the Germans are back! No, not the warm, fuzzy, pussified, peace-loving, post-war Germans ... the Germans! You know the ones I mean. The "I didn't know where the trains were going" Germans. The "I was just following orders" Germans. The other Germans.

Yeah... those Germans.

In case you missed it, on November 18, the German parliament passed a law, the so-called "Infection Protection Act" ("Das Infektionsschutzgesetz" in German) formally granting the government the authority to issue whatever edicts it wants under the guise of protecting the public health.

The government has been doing this anyway — ordering lockdowns, curfews, travel bans, banning demonstrations, raiding homes and businesses, ordering everyone to wear medical masks, harassing and arresting dissidents, etc. — but now it has been "legitimized" by the Bundestag, enshrined into law, and presumably stamped with one of those intricate official stamps that German bureaucrats like to stamp things with.

Now, this "Infection Protection Act", which was rushed through the parliament, is not in any way comparable to the "Enabling Act of 1933", which formally granted the government the authority to issue whatever edicts it wanted under the guise of remedying the distress of the people.

Yes, I realize that sounds quite similar, but, according to the government and the German media, there is absolutely no equivalence whatsoever, and anyone who suggests there is is "a far-right AfD extremist", "a neo-Nazi conspiracy theorist", or "an anti-vax esotericist", or whatever.

As the Protection Act was being legitimized (i.e., the current one, not the one in 1933), tens of thousands of anti-totalitarian protesters gathered in the streets, many of them carrying copies of the Grundgesetz (i.e., the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany), which the parliament had just abrogated. They were met by thousands of riot police, who declared the demonstration "illegal" (because many of the protesters were not wearing masks), beat up and arrested hundreds of them, and then hosed down the rest with water cannons.

The German media — which are totally objective, and not at all like Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda in the Nazi era — dutifully reminded the German public that these protesters were all "Corona Deniers", "far-right extremists", "conspiracy theorists", "anti-vaxxers", "neo-Nazis", and so on, so they probably got what they deserved.

Also, a spokesperson for the Berlin police (who bear absolutely no resemblance to the Gestapo, or the Stasi, or any other notorious official-ideology-enforcing goons) pointed out that their water cannons were only being used to "irrigate" the protesters (i.e., not being aimed directly at them) because there were so many "Corona Denier" children in their ranks.

According to the government, the German media, the intelligentsia, and, basically, anyone in public life who wants to remain there, these "Corona Deniers" are becoming a problem. They are spreading baseless "conspiracy theories" that are threatening the public health and causing distress to the German people (e.g., that the vast majority of those infected suffer only mild to moderate flu symptoms or, more commonly, no symptoms at all, and that over 99.7% survive).

They are walking around without medical-looking masks, which is making a mockery of the government and media's efforts to convince the public that they are under attack by an apocalyptic plague. They are posting scientific facts on the Internet. They are staging these protests and otherwise challenging the government's right to declare a "health emergency", suspend the German constitution indefinitely, and rule society by decree and force.

Despite the German government and media's efforts to demonize anyone not obediently parroting the official "New Normal" narrative as a "dangerous neo-Nazi Corona Denier", the "Corona Denialism" movement is growing, not just in Germany, but all throughout Europe.

Clearly, the time is coming for Germany to take stronger measures against this threat. The health of the Vater ... uh, the nation, is at stake! Fortunately, this "Infection Protection Act" will provide the government with the authority it needs to conceive and carry out some kind of ... well, you know, solution. Allowing these degenerate anti-social deviants to run around challenging the German government's absolute power is not an option, not in a time of national health emergency! These "Nazi-sympathizing Corona Deniers" must be rooted out and dealt with, mercilessly!

I'm not privy to the details, of course, but, it being Germany, I imagine some sort of Special Task Force has been set up to efficiently deal with the "Corona Denier Problem." Steps are clearly already being taken. Alternative media outlets are being deplatformed (because, according the media, they are "Querfront magazines").

In April, a well-known dissident lawyer was forcibly committed to a psychiatric ward (but the authorities and the media assured us that it had nothing to do with her dissident views, or with the lawsuits she was filing against the government; she just coincidentally became completely paranoid). Heavily-armed police are arresting YouTubers (although it isn't clear exactly what for, as the authorities have released no details and the mainstream media is not reporting it).

In the run-up to the 29 August demonstration, at which the government granted some neo-Nazis de-facto permission to "storm the Reichstag", so that the media could film it and discredit the real protest, one German politician went so far as to call for "Corona Deniers" to be deported ... presumably on trains, somewhere to the east.

But seriously, I don't mean to pick on the Germans. I love the Germans. I live in Germany. And they're hardly the only ones implementing the new pathologized totalitarianism.

It's just that, given their not-too-distant history, it is rather depressing, and more than a little frightening, to watch as Germany is once again transformed into a totalitarian state, where the police are hunting down the mask-less on the streets, raiding restaurants, bars, and people's homes, where goose-stepping little Good German citizens are peering into the windows of Yoga studios to see if they are violating "social distancing rules", where I can't take a walk or shop for groceries without being surrounded by hostile, glaring, sometimes verbally-abusive Germans, who are infuriated that I'm not wearing a mask, and otherwise mindlessly following orders, and who robotically remind me, "Es ist Pflicht! Es ist Pflicht!"

Yes, I am fully aware that it is "Pflicht." If I had any doubt as to whether it was "Pflicht", the Berlin Senat cleared that up when they commissioned and ran this charming advert instructing me to fuck myself if I don't want to follow their "Corona orders" and profess my belief in their new Big Lie.

And OK, before the Literalist Society starts flooding me with outraged emails, no, I'm not calling these Germans "Nazis." I am calling them "totalitarians." Which, at this point, given everything we know, if you're still pretending that this coronavirus in any way warrants the increasingly ridiculous "emergency measures" we are being subjected to, I'm sorry, but that is what you are.

You may not believe that is what you are ... totalitarians never do, not until it is far too late.

It functions like a cult, totalitarianism. It creeps up on you, little by little, little lie by little lie, accommodation by accommodation, rationalization by rationalization ... until one day you find yourself taking orders from some twisted little narcissistic nihilist on a mission to remake the entire world. You don't surrender to it all at once. You do it over the course of weeks and months.

Imperceptibly, it becomes your reality. You do not recognize that you are in it, because everything you see is part of it, and everyone you know is in it ... except for the others, who are not part of it. The "deniers." The "deviants." The "foreigners." The "strangers." The "Covidiots." The "virus spreaders."

See, although the narratives and symbols may change, totalitarianism is totalitarianism. It doesn't really matter which uniform it wears, or which language it speaks ... it is the same abomination. It is an idol, a simulacrum of the hubris of man, formed from the clay of the minds of the masses by megalomaniacal spiritual cripples who want to exterminate what they cannot control.

And what they want to control is always everything.

Everything that reminds them of their weakness and their shame. You. Me. Society. The world. Laughter. Love. Honor. Faith. The past. The future. Life. Death. Everything that will not obey them.

Unfortunately, once this kind of thing gets started, and reaches the stage we are currently experiencing, more often than not, it does not stop, not until cities lie in ruins or fields are littered with human skulls. It might take us ten or twelve years to get there, but, make no mistake, that's where we're headed, where totalitarianism is always headed ... if you don't believe me, just ask the Germans.

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    momo 7 Mar 2021 | 5:06 pm

    You really made me laugh with that first paragraph – hart aber gerecht. I could imagine you overstate the significance of the Infektionsschutzgesetz a bit, seeing how little written law matters one year into this mess. But things look dire indeed.

    Lots of love from this Kraut!

    skipjack 20 Dec 2020 | 3:33 pm

    Great article. Thank you. "[…] frightening, to watch as Germany is once again transformed into a totalitarian state […]" / "[…] who robotically remind me, "Es ist Pflicht! Es ist Pflicht!"[…]"
    Yes, once again the propaganda works perfectly, adopt people uncritically what is told from the "authorities", do they see themselves as "good" citizens while those who still use their own head are labeled as "Covidiots" or even worse. It's really frightening. The "mechanisms" are always the same…

    @ Ronald Thomas West – What we currently face is in my opinion the revival of communism. Worldwide. The wording and the way how critical thinking people are de-humanized and discredited as "Nazi" sounds quite familiar.

    You are right as far as you say that after WW II most Nazis and follower came quite cheaply away and were able to start new careers in the FRG – in economy as well as in politics.
    (But this also applies to the GDR. Their claim that there were no Nazis in the GDR was just propaganda and is a tale.) Furthermore the same mistake was made after the breakdown of the communistic-socialistic GDR regime. There was no trial at all. Instead former STASI collaborators were adopted e.g. by the BND and other state institutions. (The BND (German Secret Service) has over 17.000h of them in their rows…)
    – And the incredible career of Mrs Merkel needs not to be repeated here as I'm sure that all kow about her role in the GDR by now. (I still wonder how she could have become Chancellor of the FRG. With her biography she shouldn't have even become the gatekeeper of the Chancellory!)

    But finally it is unimportant which inhuman totalitarian idea stays behind what is going on at the moment as both ideologies are two sides of the same medal for me, which use the same mechanisms of propaganda and share inhumanity, brutality, contempt for mankind, oppression and "Bonzocratie", with some "happy few" living at the expense of the majority. (About what is hardly spoken: from Lenin, Trotzki, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot to Che Guevara and other communistic leaders more than 100 billion people (- in German: 100 million -) lost their lives under comunistic regimes worldwide! These are the facts concerning the "good" political left…) When you get imprisoned for the "wrong" attitude and therefore tortured, "the colour" of the club, that smashes you, doesn't matter to you.

    Susan Morris 2 Dec 2020 | 8:19 pm

    In reply to John the First.

    This essay smears the German character quite unfairly. It is precisely because of their relatively recent experiences with BOTH fascism and Communism that the most well-attended protests against the draconian mandates so much of the world is suffering from now, have been happening in Germany!
    These people are more aware of what is happening, and so are organizing such protests, which have predictably, been dismissed in the usual ways by the MSM, but which have persisted, in spite of the worsening consequences they have received by the police.
    If more countries were to follow their example it would be a good thing. So far, the other countries having such protests have not had them in such large numbers, which is a reflection of Germans' fear of what is happening–again, to repeat the obvious, because they have seen directly what is happening, in the past, and is being repeated now.

    Oyphth 2 Dec 2020 | 6:05 pm

    In reply to mgeo.

    the water cannon were aimed to the sky. Nobody was "shot" with it. It just caused a cool rain….

    Oyphth 2 Dec 2020 | 6:03 pm

    In reply to ossie.

    Bullshit! Of course we have a constitution…which is called Gundgesetz.
    Oh boy, another believer in that crap.We are a sovereign country with no occupiers.

    Get your history and your legal BS right…..

    Roberto 1 Dec 2020 | 6:35 pm

    In reply to Ronald Thomas West.

    And Stasi luminaries lived on and prospered after the fall of the Wall.
    Nazi continuance is a fringe joke, with a few dedicated souls reenacting long past in tableaus of no significance or interest to current populations who tend to wonder at the apparent foolishness of the masses in the past. Hollywood and the book trade do know that one way to sell a movie or a book is to slap a swastika on it along with the Hugo Boss outfits, but that's just appealing to morbid curiosity in aesthetics, not an indication of support of a dead movement.
    Totalitarianism is a recurring phenomenon that wears many cloaks and is married to no particular ideology. Nazi-ism, like Stalinism, like Maoism, or any historic -ism are each a subset of totalitarianism and the specific ideology means nothing. One characteristic is that any iteration of totalitarianism is based on the collective being first motivated by some unifying cause, but later intimidated by force into subservience though individuals may quietly resist.. Just looking at old newsreels of the masses supporting a particular ideology and its livery and symbolism of the past makes us realise that no such support would be gained today in an attempted revival of that expression at that time.

    Is the purposeful destruction of the world's economy and the admonishment, seemingly of One Voice, to 'Build Back Better' by major nations the new totalitarianism, with its characteristic stamp of centralist control? Stay tuned. Many 'leaders' seem to be on board who purport to represent the masses; but mass resistance by individuals makes it heavy going, thus requiring the application of force.
    But when millions resist, there's no stopping them, and even the oppressors join. Devolution follows and the next act begins.
    Let's not be confused between the forest and the trees. Even the the actions and the fate of individual nations ultimately mean nothing. We have just 5000 years of written history, spotty at best, and the deaths of civilizations are too numerous to count.

    Maxxus 30 Nov 2020 | 11:57 am

    Actually we need the German men to come back. Men, it's time to stop doing the silly foot slapping dance and take off the lederhosen. Put on long pants and stand up straight. You need to demand reparations for the slander, double reparations for the extortion reparations.

    Steven Augustine 29 Nov 2020 | 9:05 pm

    In reply to Steven Augustine.

    (I'm adding this comment so that the comment-count won't remain stuck at "420" for too long; this will make it "421," a reference to Nabokov's birthday instead… wink)

    Steven Augustine 29 Nov 2020 | 8:10 pm

    @Ronald Thomas West

    https://off-guardian.org/2020/11/23/the-germans-are-back/#comment-281599

    Re: "The Nazis":

    This is what Wiki has to say about Martin Bormann:

    Bormann returned with Hitler to the Führerbunker in Berlin on 16 January 1945 as the Red Army approached the city. After Hitler committed suicide, Bormann and others attempted to flee Berlin on 2 May to avoid capture by the Soviets. Bormann probably committed suicide on a bridge near Lehrter station. His body was buried nearby on 8 May 1945, but was not found and confirmed as Bormann's until 1973; the identification was reaffirmed in 1998 by DNA tests.

    This is an excerpt from an article published in the NYT in 1973:

    The master plan which Bormann put into motion for German industry had two aspects: removal of funds from the Third Reich and stepping up of German investments in neutral countries.

    West Germany owes a debt for its revival to the American Marshall Plan, to the Swiss bankers who were first to channel investment money back into German industry after 1945, and to the dedication and hard work of the German people.

    I. G. Farbenindustrie, A. G., the largest and most powerful chemical combine in the world during the twelve years of the Third Reich, controllecl—both admitted and concealed —over 500 firms in 92 countries. It was the largest single earner of foreign exchange for Germany, and its cartel agreements numbered over 2,000 and included such major industrial concerns as Standard Oil (New Jersey), the Aluminum Company of America, E. I. du Pont de Nemours, Ethyl Export Corporation, Imperial Chemical Industries (Great Britain), the Dow Chemical Company, Rohm & Haas, Etablissements Kuhlmann (France), and the Mitsui interests of Japan, When Martin Bormann switched on the green light for massive transfers of wealth, I. G. Farben moved into high gear.

    Hermann Schmitz, I. G.'s, president of that era, reported to Martin Bormann: "Our measures of camouflage have proved to be very good during the war, and have even surpassed our expectations." The measures he referred to was camouflage of the true ownership of Farben assets as a war and postwar device. The company cloaked its direct and indirect ownership and control of hundreds of its foreign subsidiaries by utilizing every conceivable device known to the legal mind. It was a razzle‐dazzle operation, with Bormann nodding approval and giving assistance every step of the way. Other major German firms pursued the same complicated and devious course.

    A primary technique used generally for shifting control of Gerrnan property to avoid Allied seizure in the last year of the war was to use a cloaking device of ownership. The German owner would transfer his holdings to neutral national who acted as the nominal owner; made easy by the general European practice of using bear er shares as a token of ownership (bearer shares are negotiable by delivery, and it is exceedingly difficult to trace the chain of title of a particular share). Fees varied for this service, but the usual figure was 5 per cent of the deal.

    But the man who conceived and made possible the transfer of German assets on a vast scale which made possible the establishment of bastions of economic strength outside Germany lives today in South America.

    Martin Bormann, at 72, is the Reichsleiter in exile, a legally appointed head of state who does not consider himself to be a war criminal, according to spokesmen for him. Much has been written about Bormann in recent times; all of it incorrect except for the single fact he is alive and in South America. If he is ever to come out into the open and live the life of a free man once again, he must refute the charges of. Nuremberg, where he was tried in absentia in 1945‐46 and found not guilty on the charge of crimes against peace, but guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    The indictment which the prosecution attorney hammered home in the emotion‐charged atmosphere of that period was that Bormann had been "extremely active in the persecution of the Jews not only in Germany but also in the absorbed or conquered countries." As the crime of racial extermination was — realistically — what the first Nuremberg trial was all about, Bormann must produce incontrovertible evidence of his personal innocence on this critical point. In its decision, the International Military Tribunal left a loophole for Martin Bormann if he ever wishes to reopen the case.

    "If Bormann is not dead," the tribunal stated, "and is later apprehended, the Control Council for Germany may, under Article 29 of the Charter, consider any facts in mitigation, and alter or reduce his sentence, if deemed proper."

    Will Martin Bormann, an unquestioned genius of finance and administration, take the gamble, or continue to be the most hunted man in history?

    It seems that "we" knew history in 1973 a little better than we do now. Manning (the author of that article) published a book in 1981 called Martin Boorman: Nazi in Exile. On the acknowledgements page of that book we find:

    To Allen W. Dulles, for his encouragement and assurance

    that I was "on the right track, and should keep going," after

    reading my German research notes in preparation for this book,

    during the afternoons we talked in his house on Q Street in

    Washington, D.C.

    To Robert W. Wolfe, director of the Modern Military

    Branch of the National Archives in Washington, his associate

    John E. Taylor, and George Chalou, supervisor of archivists in

    the Suitland, Maryland, branch of the National Archives, whose

    collective assistance in my search for telling documents from

    both sides of World War II contributed substantially to the historical

    merits of this book.

    To those retired agents of the U.S. Treasury Department

    whose reports and files brought into focus the magnitude of

    Martin Bormann's campaign to shift the liquid assets of

    Germany to neutral nations during the last months of the war.

    To those German nationals who, for the sake of history and

    to set the record straight about the leader they believe was the

    mainspring of West Germany's postwar recovery, contributed to

    my knowledge and insights into the remarkable Bormann

    organization.

    Near the end of the book, the writer refers to himself as he was discussed by various Nazi Leaders in postWar Exile:

    At the last meeting that I know about, it was voted: "Herr Manning's writing would focus undue attention on our activities and his request must once again be denied." The elderly leaders, including Reichsminister Bormann, who is now eighty, wanted me on the scene to write of their side of the story, above all his story, of one of the most amazing and successful financial and industrial cloaking actions in history, of which he is justifiably proud.

    Ever get the feeling that we're nowhere near to knowing what's really going on… ?

    .

    *Wiki on Manning, the article and book's author: Paul Manning (died 1995) was an American broadcast journalist. He worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during World War II as a correspondent for CBS Radio, and with the Mutual Broadcasting System later on in the war.

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