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AfD I

In our recent posts, we have been hopping from one “area of human activity” to another, while keeping the theme fixed. The theme of our latest posts (see here and here and here) can be described as:

“Every abnormal situation inherently tends toward normalization. This is due to the nature of the matter.”

In keeping with the above proposition, today we return to politics.  European politics to be exact. To be more precise, today’s post will deal with what constitutes a PHILOSOPHY (the study of how knowledge is acquired) and IDEOLOGY (systems that derive ideas exclusively from sensation, theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.)

Since all IDEOLOGIES purport to be “PHILISOPHICALLY based” i.e. positivistic in nature, the essense of the differnce between these two OPPOSITES can best be explained as follows:

In philosophy, normative statements make claims about how things should or ought to be, how to value them, which things are good or bad, and which actions are right or wrong. Normative claims are usually contrasted with positive (i.e. descriptive, explanatory, or constative) claims when describing types of theories, beliefs, or propositions. Positive statements are (purportedly-) factual statements that attempt to describe reality. (see here)

From the above, it becomes quite clear that the point at which a normative PHILOSOPHY transforms itself into an IDEOLOGY is when that “normative PHILOSOPHY” departs from REALITY, i.e. NATURAL LAW. Or to put it another way, when it begins to derive ideas exclusively from sensation, begins theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.

It is also at this point where the IDEOLOGY creates situations which are ABNORMAL. ABNORMAL (deviating from the normal or average) situations create DISSONANCE (instances of inconsistency or disagreement) at best and eventually lead to things far, far worse (see here).

Given the above, please read the below post via the Zero Hedge website (original see here with emphasis added). The post is a short summary of the political situation in Germany and Austria. Naturally, there are a number of ways in which one can view these developments. Yet what I find interesting is that the principle of “abnormal situations inherently tending toward normalization” appears to be at work. Now, this does not mean that the “normalization process” cannot go horribly wrong, yet it is quite clear that it is becoming an OBJECTIVE REALITY.

Finally, in the humble opinion of your even humbler blogger, the only way the keep this NORMALIZATION PROCESS from going astray is to ground it in REALITY, i.e. in Natural Law (Natural Moral Law). The grounding that ONLY the ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH can provide. But this is the subject matter for a future post…

And one final thought, no matter what the outcome of this NORMALIZATION PROCESS, one thing is for certain: there is no going back…

FOR THE RECORD…

Germany’s Third Largest Party Adopts Anti-Islam Manifesto: Says “Muslims Are Not Welcome In Germany”

One week after Austria was shocked by the news that its right-wing, anti-immigrant Freedom Party, had swept the competition, gathering over 35% of the vote and leaving the other five candidates far behind, Europe’s anti-immigrant juggernaut just added to its momentum when neighboring Germany’s populist AfD party adopted an anti-Islam policy on Sunday in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration according to AFP. The biggest surprise however, is that the three year-old party is now also Germany’s third strongest party.

Formed only three years ago on what was originally a eurosceptic platform, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has gained strength as the loudest protest voice against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcome to refugees that brought over one million asylum seekers last year. However, with the migrant influx sharply down in recent months, the AfD has shifted focus to the signature issue of the xenophobic Pegida street movement, whose full name is Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.

“Islam is not part of Germany” ran a headline in the AfD policy paper agreed in a vote by some 2,400 members at the party congress in the western city of Stuttgart.

The paper demanded bans on minarets on mosques, the call to prayer, full-face veils for women and female headscarves in schools.

A proposal for a more nuanced formulation, to “stop Islamism but seek dialogue with Islam”, was rejected with boos in the mostly-male gathering, which was held in a hall decorated with banners that read “Courage. Truth. Germany.”

“Islam is in itself political,” retorted one speaker, while another linked the religion with “sharia, suicide bombings and forced marriages”.

As AFP adds, in a broader sense the AfD is presenting itself as a nationalistic conservative force that also questions climate change, promotes traditional gender roles and “family values”, would reintroduce military conscription and take Germany out of the euro. Co-leader Joerg Meuthen said the AfD stood for a “modern conservatism” and a “healthy patriotism” while it rejectedthe Germany of 1968, infected by the (socialist and environmentalist) red-green left“.

Having soared to national prominence and entering half of Germany’s 16 state parliaments, the AfD, which many see as the country’s answer to France’s National Front and Austria’s Freedom Party, has now firmly set its sights on national elections next year.

“In the summer of 2015, they gave us up for dead,” a triumphant AfD co-chair Frauke Petry told the delegates, declaring that the party does not intend to settle for the role of opposition group or junior coalition partner. Instead, its new programme should allow the AfD “to win majorities”, she told the weekend meeting.

Support for the AfD stood at 13 percent, narrowly beating the ecologist Greens as Germany’s third strongest party, according to an Emnid institute survey for the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

With its default right-wing bias, AfD has been at pains to distance itself from the hardcore far-right and neo-Nazi movements AFP adds, which are a stubbornly persistent but fringe phenomenon in a country where collective shame over the Nazi era and the Holocaust run deep. Alexander Gauland, leader of the party in Brandenburg state in the former communist East, cautioned delegates to generally temper their statements and “keep in mind that all of Germany is watching us”.

To drive home that message, the congress voted with 52 percent support to dissolve the Saarland regional party chapter because of its deep links with right-wing extremists groups.

To its many critics, however, the AfD represents xenophobia and a backward-looking isolationism. On Saturday hundreds of anti-fascist demonstrators rallied outside the convention centre, with some burning tyres and hurling firecrackers. Riot police used tear gas and temporarily detained 500 of them as officers escorted AfD members into the congress hall.

In another act of harassment, a left-wing media site overnight published the names, addresses and telephone numbers of some 2,000 party members. AfD co-leader Joerg Meuthen pledged to file criminal charges against the unknown hackers behind the data leak.

Aside from drawing the anger of far-left groups, the AfD has also attracted near-universal condemnation from Germany’s major parties.

The general secretary of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Peter Tauber, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper: “The debates at the party congress show that the AfD wants to return to a Germany that never existed in that form.

But while its critics rage, what is more important is that its fans and supporters are growing as yet another country sees a groundswell of popular support for a party whose platform is the latest expression of broad anti-establishment anger, pursuing a return of more conservative, traditional values.

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Meanwhile, back in Austria, Chancellor Werner Faymann faced a barrage of boos and whistles at his Social Democratic Party’s May Day rally on Sunday as his opponents demanded that he resign after the party was thrashed in last week’s presidential election. According to Reuters, Faymann defended the course his coalition government has taken despite the drubbing both ruling parties suffered last Sunday, when the far right achieved a record result. “We need laws and measures that ensure humanity and order,” he said in a speech to tens of thousands of party supporters in front of Vienna’s city hall, a phrase he has often used when referring to the government’s hardening immigration policy.

Many present did not share his view and Faymann’s opponents at the Sunday rally held up placards saying “resign” and “party conference now”. They booed and blew whistles as he spoke and when his name was mentioned.

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