The essay below from Junge Freiheit is the first in a series of related articles about the glacial shift that is now underway in German cultural and political attitudes in the wake of events during last weekend’s New Year’s celebrations. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation:
Reality moves into the light
by Karlheinz Weissmann
The reaction of the Green Party leader Simone Peters was merely reflexive when it came to the surface that the police in Cologne used the term “Nafri” for “North African Repeat Offenders”. She was handed the information and she reacted as expected: Those who were stopped at the Cologne train station, who were frisked, who were surveyed, who were fingerprinted or photographed, who were held back from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt or from Lebanon, were victims, and the police were the perpetrators; they acted excessively, disproportionately, breached fundamental rights, were “racially profiling” and “racists”.
The usual suspects, especially among her party friends, seconded her, and many were already afraid things were going to be just like with the Nazis again, and Jan Böhmermann asked inquiringly what exactly is the difference between a “Negro” [unacceptable term] and a “Nafri”.
Political climate change
Confusingly enough, however, there was positive input as well. The Green Party’s co-chairman Cem Özdemir quickly distanced himself from Peters, and MP Omid Nouripour found nothing wrong with the police operation on New Year’s Eve. A similar stance was taken by the parliamentary party leader of the Green party, Katrin Göring-Eckardt.
Among the SPD [Social Democrat] leadership, who usually love to express their “critical” stance towards authority, there was no applause for Peters either. This led to a certain confusion on the part of the larger government parties, but they quickly regained their composure and praised the police who had kept order, the Christian Social as well as the Christian Democrat Parties, along with the Minister of the Interior — all became defenders of the “strong state”.
The sequence in which it is all depicted here is an astonishing indication of the political climate change that has taken place over the course of a year since “Black Silvester” 2015. In other words, this is not about a volatile mood, but it has brought up the argument that what was once seen as the “fundamental liberalization” after the ’68 Generation really does belong to the design and implications of the politics of the Federal Republic of Germany of today.
Such implications have to do with what in Psychology is known as “conditioning”. It’s not just a thing with animals — such as when a dog automatically salivates when he smells food — it goes for people as well. There is a stimulus, which is then followed by a certain reaction. In Simone Peters’ case the stimulus was the “police against migrants” and her reaction was “evil white Herrenmensch against the noble savages”.
In order to anchor such connections in a person, a considerable amount of effort is needed. That effort takes mostly place in education. The obvious educators (parents, teachers, professors, perhaps religious people), and all the secret educators (cliques, other reference groups, those responsible for content of media in all forms) have to collaborate and clarify which behavior will be rewarded and which will be punished. Any person who — like Frau Peters — grew up in the fifties belongs to a generation and lives in a milieu that was successfully “conditioned” more than any other.
The finely-conceived world is cracking
In this cosmos, everything before ’68 was German, ugly, narrow-minded and square and fascist, and everything in the world after ’68 was Western, pretty, and progressive; one belonged to the Good, the Left, the ‘smart ones’, while the others were the Bad, the Right, who wore the wrong clothes and listened to the wrong music.
This world is now cracking. And through these cracks reality is penetrating, and then reality can upset conditioning if anything can, even destroy it, because it realigns the relationship between success and failure.