The German Resistance

Certain actions should never be taboo in a modern Western democracy.  These include public criticism and protest of government policies, as well as presenting alternatives to those policies.  Yet in present-day Germany, citizens are slandered, censored, and persecuted by their own government and media for doing just that.

In early 2013, an economist, a former major-newspaper editor, and a disaffected politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU founded a political party—the Alternative for Germany (AfD)—in opposition to years of Merkel’s money-draining attempts to salvage the euro.  Calling for the dissolution of the “eurozone,” the AfD maintained that the currency had failed and was pushing economically uncompetitive eurozone members into poverty, burdening future generations.  Arguing that the CDU and other establishment parties had become unaccountable, the AfD called for direct-democracy citizen involvement along the Swiss model.

Initially ignored as pesky euroskeptics, the AfD has since made a splash on the national scene by broadening its agenda to include an adamant rejection of the relentless Islamization of German society—especially since the so-called refugee crisis, which last fall alone flooded the small country with roughly one million unvetted, mostly male and Muslim, migrants from northern Africa and the Middle East.  Refugees, migrants,...

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