dontwastemytime wrote:Are you German?
Can Germans only answer please?
No Germans can't answer, the few Germans wise enough to see reality are generally wise generally enough to keep to keep their heads down. I used to say there are two stages to wisdom. The first stage is to understand the world. The second is to learn to keep it to themselves.
So was I just guilty of performative contradiction? (a fancy name for hypocrisy.). Well maybe there is a third stage. If can be fun to attack people's fundamental identity, but don't be surprised if they lash back.
Germany's problem is they have drunk deeply on the notion of good and evil, perhaps more than any people in history. The modern German identity is built around not being Nazis. "The Nazis were evil." Hence the Nazis are the antithesis against which the Good must define itself. At a fundamental level modern ideological discourse has become a pissing contest of who can be the most un-Nazi. So there are many claims for the title of the Anti-Nazi or the unNazis.
The Zionists say the Jews were Hitlers antithesis hence we the Jewish State, must be the supreme un-Nazis.
The Palestinians say, Israel is the most extreme and most open White- supremacist ethno state in the world today, hence we are the UnNazis.
The Soviets said we are the extreme Left who fought the extreme right Nazis in the greatest war in history, therefore we must be the UnNazis.
The American Exceptionalists say we are the liberty-loving, civic-patriot, Constitutional, individualists opposed to the collectivist anti- constitutional ethno-nationalist socialist Nazis. We are the UnNazis.
The British Chauvinists say "We stood alone." ........
The Feminists say ......
The Islamorealists / Islamosceptics / Islamophobics say ......
The "International Law" mongers say ........
You get the idea. I could carry on but I'm getting bored. Fill in the blanks for yourself.