Well, in a way it’s nice to have it all out in the open: a member of the German academic elite states matter-of-factly that a gigantic experiment is currently underway that aims to transform Germany into a multi-ethnic state. Furthermore, the esteemed professor (Harvard, no less!) who explains all this is OK with it — he thinks it’ll all work out.
Anton, who did the bulk translation of the video below, includes this introduction:
Last night German State Television Channel 1 news reporter Karen Mioska interviewed Yascha Mounck, a German Professor of Politics at Harvard University.
During the conversation, Mr. Mounck stated that Germany was carrying out a unique, never before seen transformation of a mono-cultural, mono-ethnical society into a multi-ethnic one.
In light of this, more and more Germans have begun voting for the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany).
State TV’s Karen Mioska asked: Why the voters have lost trust in the established politicians?
This policy has been dictated by German Dictator Angela Merkel. The Parliament never agreed to this. And the German people were never asked.
Three million predominantly young Arabs and Africans — functionally analphabetic Muslims — have flooded the state welfare system since 2013. Murders, rapes, child rapes and other crimes have exploded.
Merkel firmly intends to import a MINIMUM of 200,000 more every year into the welfare system. This is the equivalent to a large German city.
This is costing the German taxpayer €50 billion each year.
|00:01||Yascha Mounck teaches political theory at Harvard,|
|00:05||and worries about the continued existence of democracy.|
|00:08||Good evening, Mr. Mounck. —Good evening.|
|00:11||Do you personally wish that in Germany the members of the SPD [Socialists]|
|00:14||would vote for a grand coalition?|
|00:17||I honestly do not know the answer to that.|
|00:20||Because I think we have narrowed the discussion in recent months.|
|00:25||Since September of last year, the political situation in Germany|
|00:29||has changed much more than the media and politicians want to believe.|
|00:33||Because in the meantime, two of the main accusations of the populists have actually come true.|
|00:39||First, there is no big difference between the established parties, anyway.|
|00:44||Because if you constantly have coalitions with each other,|
|00:47||at some point there are no big differences anymore.|
|00:50||And secondly, the only way to really vote out the government is to vote for extremists.|
|00:55||Because right now you are given a choice of Green or CDU/CSU [Conservatives] or FDP [Liberals].|
|01:00||You can not predict which government you will ultimately get.|
|01:04||And that means for us that we will get a grand coalition.|
|01:09||If we have a minority government, or coalition between|
|01:12||Greens and Conservatives, we have the same problems.|
|01:15||What caused this development? Why has the basic trust in established politics declined?|
|01:23||The populists have been rising for many years in many countries,|
|01:26||which means that you have to look more closely.|
|01:29||And there are three very important reasons.|
|01:32||Firstly, the economic stagnation. Even when the country is doing well, many people have the feeling|
|01:38||that “we are not better off than our parents; my children may have it even worse than me.”|
|01:42||Secondly, that we are daring to conduct a unique historical experiment.|
|01:45||To transform a mono-ethnic, monocultural democracy into a multi-ethnic one.|
|01:52||That can work. —I think that it will work out, too, but of course there are too many rejections.|
|01:57||And thirdly, that this anger towards the politicians is bundled through the Internet.|
|02:02||It is just easier to release hate comments, spread propaganda|
|02:06||and organize politically, even for extreme politicians.|
|02:10||Yes, we have just seen this the previous clip.|
|02:13||What do the parties — especially the [large] people’s parties — have to do to regain trust?|
|02:17||To stop what you call the decay of democracy?|
|02:22||I’m currently living in the USA, and that’s when you saw that in the last election campaign,|
|02:26||when an extremist policy of change competes with|
|02:30||a moderate status-quo policy, the extremist policy of change can win.|
|02:35||I do not believe that most people are extremists, but they yearn for a political change.|
|02:40||And now even established parties have to finally stop going on like this.|
|02:45||The next government, whether it’s a grand coalition or a minority government,|
|02:49||must make it clear to the citizens that the politicians can deliver for them, too.|
|02:53||And that they can imagine a different kind of politics,|
|02:56||in a very different way than has been practiced before.