The current political events and their presentation in the media let people in Germany hardly come to their senses. The headlines are full of them: Elections in three German states; migration attempts to Europe by millions of people from Africa and Asia with the main goal to reach Germany; terrorism and war in Syria and in other countries, permanent attacks against Russia and its policies, increasing polemics and meanness in the public political debate among the Germans themselves.
The citizens of Germany have barely any time to think and get things straight about their origin, their present and their path into the future. Postmodernism and (de-) constructivism in culture and feuilleton sections with their demands for relativity, arbitrariness and sophistical utilitarianism contribute to tearing out the orientation posts along the way. They continue the work begun by the exponents of Freudo-Marxism who returned to Germany after the war – among others on behalf of US intelligence.
Holger Steltzner, co-editor of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, has made an interesting diagnosis of the German CDU on 6 March 2016. This party had “since long and to a large extent [given up] any conservative position (defense, family, education, gender policy and other things)” and had “lost their market economy compass long ago” even in economic policy. This can also be applied to the other parties whose MPs constitute the “Bundestag”: SPD, Alliance 90/The Greens and even the Left Party. They are all touting for power and therefore join in every activity that promises power. Certainly this does not apply to the majority of members who are active at the parties’ basis. There might still be an awareness of the values for the sake of which they once became party members: Christian values, civil liberties, social justice, peace, protection of the natural environment and much more. However, the fundamentals are decided at the party leaders’ level.
In the German Basic Law we can read that “All state authority is derived from the people.” But that is not the reality.
We may well follow the track of looking back 70 years. In early June 1945, almost 4 weeks after the end of World War II in Europe, it could everywhere be read on the walls and it was intended to be read by the defeated Germans what the victors had formulated on 5 June 1945, a “Declaration regarding the defeat of Germany and the assumption of supreme authority by allied powers”. It states that from then on “Germany has become subject to such requirements as may now or hereafter be imposed upon her [by the victarious powers]” (emphasis by the author). The fact that the Allies wanted to be in command immediately after the war in Germany and beyond, can still be understood from today‘s perspective. But why “or hereafter”?
In the 70 years since 1945, there have been many German attempts to take some steps towards sovereignty. But many of these steps were sham steps; because important circles in Germany had become so closely associated with the victors of the war in the years after the war – in both West and East Germany – that the Allies could equip those Germans who were definitely on their side, with ever more power.
After 1990, the victors from the East, the Soviet Union, withdrew. At that time there were also Germans, especially in eastern Germany, who saw an opportunity in the accession of the GDR to the Federal Republic and the supposed end of the Cold War, to create a truly sovereign, truly free country. They became active and worked, for example, on the draft for a new constitution for all of Germany which the German people should vote on. However, the opposition formulated the new mantra for Germany, which was to be enforced by all means: the “Western integration”. Ten years later Angela Merkel tried to expand this into the raison d‘etat for Germany when she became the new leader of the CDU.
So if one or the other had thought that the end of the Cold War meant greater liberties for Germany – and declarations like the Charter of Paris of November 1990 had pointed into this direction – things rapidly changed after the end of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. Now the US as the “only superpower” were striving for a domination of the entire world and prevent any alternative by all means.
Since then more than 20 years have passed. And the world has once more changed during the last years. The “Grand Chessboard” has dropped its mask in all policy areas, and not only large countries such as China and Russia and their forms of cooperation such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) or the Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO but also the majority of countries world wide have begun to claim equity among all states and reject the predominance of a single state. They are calling for a return to the provisions in the UN Charter, a true order of international law, for self-determination and sovereignty of all states in the world.
The years since 1990 have proved in many instances that Germany has not become free and fair: Inside there was no real equality of citizens in the west and east of the country. And internationally servitude and injustice have reached from the Euro’s introduction to extensive communication control by US intelligence services, and to a German migration policy, which was co-dictated by US speculators and billionaire George Soros.
The tip of the iceberg of absurdities are the current attempts of US intelligence services and their subdivisions in EU-Europe to track down Russian influence on media and political initiatives. The target is too obvious: This is to prevent that alternatives to the officially prescribed “without alternatives” might arise. One is reminded of the American McCarthyism in the early fifties of the last century, when US authorties imagined Communist infiltration everywhere. Now it is Europe’s turn.
However: The change in the world now prompts those circles in Germany again who are striving for freedom and justice and use all their strength in favor of a sovereign German state. One may have a lot of criticism with regard to all these initiatives, many might regard them differently. But this quest for freedom and justice corresponds a lot more with human nature than the corrupt spirit of subservience who has bowed to powerful lords for many centuries.
We should recommend all these freedom initiatives to enter in a careful, thorough and honest debate about the values that matter – the values that correspond to the social nature of man and to human dignity, and to the law that is a manifestation of these values and makes them binding. We must not resign to the fact that in Germany hardly anyone knows the basis of these laws any longer, and that even in the Christian Churches – which next to the Roman law and the European Enlightenment are the main source of them – these fundamentals are at risk of becoming an intellectual minority position in Germany. We are talking here about modern natural law and its contribution to the freedom and law debate.
In his works “Das Naturrecht. Handbuch der Gesellschaftsethik, Staatsethik und Wirtschaftsethik” (Natural law. Handbook of Social Ethics, political ethics and economic ethics – 7th edition, 1984), the Austrian political philosopher Johannes Messmer (1891–1984) spoke of the existential purposes of human existence and these are listed as follows, “the self-preservation, including the physical integrity and social respect (personal dignity); the self-perfection of man in physical and spiritual sense (personal development) including the development of his abilities to improve his living conditions and the provision for his economic welfare by securing the necessary property or income; the extension of the experience, the knowledge and capacity for the values of beauty; reproduction by mating and upbringing of children arising from them; the benevolent sympathy for the spiritual and material welfare of others as equal human beings; social connectedness to promote the common good, which consists of ensuring peace and order as well as facilitating the full human nature for all members of society in proportionate share of the goods at their disposal; the knowledge and worship of God and the ultimate fulfillment of human destiny through the unison with him.”
It is worthwhile to go through each of these densely formulated points and think about them. Freedom and responsibility are mutually dependent. Freedom is a right and requires the law to safeguard it. This is also true in political life and for the countries in the world. Working on it that Germany will become free, that the citizens of Germany can practise their right as sovereign of the country, is the perspective for the country and its citizens. To shape this freedom, this sovereignty in orientation towards the values that are valid for all time, and thus practise justice and respect the rights of others, is the conditio sine qua non.
One may recall the German national anthem; because it is not just a song to sing, but also a text to think about “Unity and justice and freedom, for the German fatherland! Let us all strive for this purpose, brotherly with heart and hand! Unity and justice and freedom, are the pledge of happiness. Bloom in the glow of this happiness, bloom, German fatherland!” •
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