The following op-ed from Junge Freiheit discusses the increasingly totalitarian nature of German social and political culture, all in the name of promoting “tolerance”. Everyone may speak freely, provided they reinforce the Narrative!
Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Tolerant, Really Tolerant, Totalitarian
by Felix Krautkrämer
[Caption: In defense of tolerance, a number of opinions may not be expressed]
A columnist recommends to a reader that he not send his children to a gay wedding — and the newspaper fires her. A Munich innkeeper who refuses to throw right-wingers out and treat them like lepers is threatened with loss of his franchise.
A political scientist in Berlin suddenly finds himself the target of internet charges of racism and sexism. His crime is to make differentiations in his views on political processes, accommodating his study to reality, rather than wishful thinking.
This is Germany, 2015. The Germany in which nearly daily sermons on the great good of tolerance emanate from parties, unions, churches, media and the much-invoked “civil society.” But as so often in the case of false preachers, this chalice is filled to the brim not with water, but with wine.
Divergent opinions are combatted
And apparently the thought police have slurped so freely from it that they are blind drunk. So blind in the faith that they are Doing Good that they do not notice the abject venality of their methods.
The rage of the homosexual lobby, howling for the firing of the columnist, demonstrated above all their own intolerance. Deviating opinions are fought with all means available. Anyone who expresses them must expect to be despised.
This is a familiar trait of dictatorships with a democratic face. Everyone is free to express an opinion — but must be prepared to deal with the consequences. These may extend from exclusion to a ban on studies or exercise of profession, to expatriation or prison.
It is no secret that democracy is not necessarily practiced everywhere the description “democratic” is used. Even the socialist dictatorships once claimed to be democratic and serve the Good. But the reality was different.
Officially there is freedom of opinion and profession
And today? Officially the Federal Republic is a democratic, constitutional state with constitutionally guaranteed freedom of opinion and profession. That is, the polar opposite of a totalitarian thought-control dictatorship.
According to Wikipedia, totalitarianism is a regime which “practices intervention in all social relationships, often connected with the claim of shaping a ‘new human being’ in accordance with a particular ideology.” Who could possibly think such a thing about the Federal Republic in anno 2015?