Back to the main theme: what would it take for people in the media to realize that the twentieth century, which was probably the most horrific century of this millennium, had many other things in it apart from the growth and existence of Nazism? That’s the first question.
The second question is how long will it be before at least some of the commentators on history and politics in the media grasp that Nazism was National Socialism and fascism in general was a left-wing movement, parallel to the other heinous system that was based on International Socialism?
Thanks to Instapundit we get a story from Berlin in The Age, an Australian publication. It deals with a rather peculiar development in Berlin where car-burning seems to be done in a more organized fashion than it is in France. (Can one say Germanic and get away with it?
During the past six months, more than 170 cars have been destroyed by fire in Berlin and police confirm conservatively that 93 were politically motivated attacks.The story itself is not particularly new and has been written up by various blogs for some months. Boing-boing calls it anti-gentrification (which is, let’s face it, the real politics of envy); the New York Times blog reported it in March, basing the story on Bloomberg; Monsters and Critics wrote about it in June.
A mysterious, single page website, brennende-autos.de (Burning Cars of Berlin), shows the number of cars set alight and where the crimes occurred, revealing clusters in ‘‘richer’’ areas, or in suburbs where gentrification and redevelopment are changing the demographic of local neighbourhoods.
Paolo Totaro’s article in The Age goes further: there has been a rise in left-wing extremism and violent activity directed at the police “and the property of businesses perceived to be involved in military or ‘‘imperialist’’ activities”. In other words, according to this, the arsonists and intermittent rioters have moved or, maybe, moving beyond a simple dislike of gentrification, a hatred of people progressing in life without referring to their intellectual socialist betters.
This is not, as it happens, activity entirely unknown in Germany, particularly in Berlin, though the author of the article seems unaware of certain historical events in the past.
In a city haunted more by its extreme right-wing past, Berlin is in the throes of a renaissance of extremist, left-wing political activism. And torching cars, particularly expensive ones, has become the crime de rigueur.I would have said that Berlin is more haunted by the more recent events of the 1960s and 1970s that turned into the extremely violent and impeccably left-wing campaign associated with the names Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof as well as their various cohorts. That movement, too, started with apparently small events and “understandable” unhappiness with certain changes in society.
One to watch, I think, but with a better understanding of history shown so far.