AfD Becomes Second Most Popular Party in Germany!!!
Posted by Steve Turley ● Feb 28, 2018 1:50:25 PM
As many of you might remember, back in September of 2017, the AfD or the Alternative for Germany had an amazingly strong performance. If you do not know, the AfD is Germany’s so-called Far Right nationalist populist party that is never held a seat before in the Bundestag, which is sort of like Germany’s version of our House of Representatives. The AfD is barely four years old, but they have gotten a groundswell of support from pretty intense economic and immigration anxieties that are growing throughout Germany. And the result of such support speaks for itself; they won just over 13 percent of the votes, which made them the third largest political party in Germany, and by far the most successful right-wing German party since WWII. The second largest party, the center-left Social Democrats, they barely got 20 percent of the vote which was THEIR worst performance since WWII.
Well, now things have gotten even worse for the Social Democrats. A recent national survey found that now 16 percent of Germans said they would vote for AfD while only 15 percent said they would vote for the Social Democrats. It is pretty clear by now that the SPD or the Social Democrats are in a political free fall. They have gone from 20 percent support back in the election this past September to now just 15 percent, and there is no indication that their plummeting polling figures have stopped. And of course, the AfD, or the Alternative for Germany, is going in the opposite direction; their polls just keep going up and up and up.
What is so interesting here is that just a couple of weeks back, The New York Times had a very insightful article on how the AfD and the European far-right in general are drawing voters from the traditionally leftwing political demographic of the trade unions, the blue-collar workers and laborers and miners. This shift from their traditional political alliance with center-left parties to the so-called far-right, anti-immigration parties is largely what’s complicating the task of forming a new governing coalition for Merkel’s Christian Democrats. Germany is still without a working federal government coalition as we speak.
The AfD are drawing significantly from voters in the former East Germany region, and they are becoming very popular in Bavaria. But the real prize, as it were, is the once industrial heartland of West Germany which has long been a bastion of unions loyal to the Social Democrats. And at the heart of this political realignment is a scenario similar to what we are seeing here in the States. Union workers are listening to their representatives, aligned with the social liberals, actually defending mass immigration; in Germany, these union reps are coming out and saying that skill shortages among Germans means that Germany needs even MORE immigration. Bring them in, man; the more the merrier! We love Angela Merkel and her plan to completely change the demographics of Europe; we need even more immigration! Keep them coming!!!
You do not have to be a genius to figure out that this pro-immigration rhetoric does not sit too well with union members, the rank and file, the common fold as it were, who want to talk more about the shortage of decent manufacturing and industrial jobs, since they’re all being shipped overseas on account of a globalist division of labor. And of course, it is precisely the AfD that is addressing these economic and immigration concerns. What is so neat here is that the AfD is even changing the whole tenor of the debate. For example, they are coming out and saying, hey, you want social justice? Are you concerned about social responsibility? Then social justice begins with managing whose coming into your country; you can not have both open borders and a welfare state; that is insane; We are all for social justice; but social justice FOR Germans and BY Germans, not an open invitation by our secular elite to live off of the hard work and ingenuity of the German population; that is just crazy, and completely unsustainable, economically and culturally.
And so, the AfD is demonstrating an astonishingly swift paradigm shift in Germany. Remember, this is a party that is never held a single seat in the Bundestag, and now they occupy nearly 90 seats. That’s a mass political turn around. In fact, CNBC and NPR have called the success of AfD as nothing less than a political earthquake. They’ve seen a mass exodus of voters leaving their traditional center-left and center-right parties who are more and more embracing the AfD and the so-called far-right populist nationalist vision for German politics.
The reason for this mass exodus is actually rather predictable. The political vision of AfD reflects the three key themes that we have seen emerge as defining the new worldwide political order: nationalism, populism, and traditionalism. The AfD’s key election themes have been anti-immigration, leaving the euro, and the promotion of traditional moral values and German culture. And we are finding these three themes of nationalism, populism and traditionalism in all of Europe’s emerging far-right parties, which are more and more becoming simply mainstream politics. We are seeing this with the Freedom Party of Austria, the National Front in France, 5-Star in Italy, Golden Dawn in Greece, the Dutch Freedom Party in the Netherlands, the Sweden Democrats, the list goes on and on; the rise of political parties sounding the themes of nationalism, populism, and traditionalism not only grows bigger and louder with each passing year but reaches closer and closer to the political mainstream in their respective nations, as this latest poll in Germany demonstrates.
Why is this the case? Why are we seeing the rise and mainstreaming of the European far-right? Well, these three themes of nationalism, populism, and traditionalism are all responses to three forms of instability felt by global populations, which have been identified as border insecurity, economic insecurity, and existential insecurity. In fact, one scholar in particular argues that we are now in what she calls a ‘post-security politics,’ and that it is the far right or what we call the nationalist populists who are most effectively and specifically dealing with these issues of economic, security, and existential uncertainties. The reasoning here is that the nation state used to provide precisely these securities for its citizens; the state provided border security which kept citizens safe; it provided economic security which protected jobs and industry from being shipped overseas, as it were, and provided a common religion, custom, and traditions that unified people into a single coherent culture.
Now, corporatist globalism as embodied by the European Union has basically destroyed all three forms of security. It destroyed border security through the insistence on immigration quotas from the Middle East; it destroyed economic security with the financial crisis of 2008 and mass unemployment, particularly among the youth; and the globalist EU has destroyed European traditions and customs with adopting secular human rights and free markets that replace traditional identities with narcissistic consumer-based lifestyle values.
What we are seeing is that the European Right is responding to all three of these insecurities, and responding very effectively. They are calling for the closing of borders and severe limitations to immigration; for economic protectionism to save and preserve their own manufacturing and production industries; and for a return to tradition, custon, language, and religion as the basis for unified national identity. These are the issues that are propelling nationalist populists all over the world to political prominence and power, and in turn marginalizing the old globalist-defined political left and right. These supposed mainstream parties are more and more being bumped from their respective political centers because as committed globalists, they simply do not have the frames of references or political resources to address credibly the threefold insecurities that are defining post-security politics.
So this is why I think we will continue to see the AfD rise in popularity in Germany, as well as all of the so-called far-right parties. We of course have the election in Italy coming up where the nationalist populist 5 Star and Italia Forza look like they will do very, very well. As they should, since they are addressing these very same insecurities for the Italian population. And so, as much as the corporatist globalist media hopes this rise of nationalist populist parties is just a temporary bump on the way to a globalist utopia, the polls keep showing that nationalist populism is here to stay; we are indeed entering into a New Age of the Political Right.