Right of Centre-Right Extremism-Right of State

Since I have been accompanying young Afghans, I have inevitably become much more involved with politics, law, justice and injustice than before. And although I am very grateful to live in this beautiful country, with the dreamlike landscape, the lakes, the mountains and so many loving, wonderful people,

I am seriously worried

I am courageous, curious, sometimes a bit chaotic, committed and optimistic. But the political development worries me a lot.

We live in a time when many people, far from being the "majority society" as we like to be told, are not at all offended by the fact that Kurz, the man who is supposed to form a good government, says "we want to be a party to the right of centre".

People are laughing at the fact that a politician who is being targeted by the StA is founding a new party. Actually, this is madness. A person who is suspected of having lied to and deceived us Austrians, who was significantly involved in agitation against people and who is extremely well paid by our tax money. I can't even laugh anymore.

When their party becomes strong, these people will again receive money from us as a reward for what they will (again) do: divide, agitate, lie. An ex-Minister of the Interior does not manage a single speech in which he does not speak disparagingly about people on the run, preferably those from Afghanistan. The public prosecutor's office asks for a waiver of immunity, which is refused. Politicians are protected in their work and can spread derogatory, inhuman rubbish. And even if some of them are smarter, many ÖVP politicians share this ideology. In Graz there is a coalition with the Blue Party, an extreme occupation. People who appear at right-wing extremist congresses. Who is finally speaking out loud and clear in the "former city of popular uprising"? Waldhäusl, Landbauer, Hafenecker, Rosenkranz, Nehammer, Kurz, Mahrer, as they are all called, determine the political course, power takes precedence over morality. In addition to all the other nastiness, we keep hearing about closing borders, illegal migration, deportations, the pulse effect, but we don't hear a single human word from them about the drama in the Balkans, in the Mediterranean, or about the deportations to a country at war.

In Vienna, posters are currently being distributed by right-wing terrorists, yes, that's what I call them, on which WE Austrians are called upon to "kill refugees"!

And no outcry goes through our country? That worries me a lot. I love my children and I have so many young people around me whom I wish a peaceful future. How can we do that if we remain silent, if we keep quiet and don't take this "wave" seriously? My boys from Afghanistan , not a single one has police incidents, all embedded in our community, perfect language, if lucky work, none of them like to talk about their successes anymore. They are in mourning! Because they are tired of being exposed daily to racist, xenophobic, derogatory remarks, articles, conversations. And Mr Kurz wants a party "right of centre"! Too many remain silent, despite concern.

Let's get up, life is far too beautiful to be poisoned. And the responsibility is far too great to once again incite against people.

For years, the constant badgering, stabbing, power plays, "slapping", humiliating. We are ALL worth much more than this agitation, this dividing. There are not many steps to meeting, but also not many steps to radicalism, to hatred, to dehumanisation. There are too many political agitators in our country. They play with power, they care little for us and for peace. Let's not allow them to do that any more. Let's demand peace politics!

" Never Again" "Never Forget"

They talk about it at events, in interviews, at the same time criminalise sea rescue, incite against people in our country, against young Afghans in a way that has already blinded representatives of the constitutional state. I am very concerned that in the highest offices, in the courts, there are people who are known to be aligned with the FPÖ. Courts, even more right of centre under a Chancellor right of centre? It is urgent that we assess the situation correctly and act together against it. Let us stay true to our words and never again allow dehumanisation.

Let us network even better, let us put what unites us before what divides us, let us have the courage to act together against this injustice.

Right of centre would have been radical right about 15 years ago, the way it is lived now. I am very concerned about how steadily and consistently the radical right is being made "normal".

Afghan agitation, Ibiza video, foreign police invading a cloister of nuns, inhuman paragraphs in asylum decisions, bargaining for 800 apprentices like at a bazaar, University of Vienna right-wing radicals, fraternity members, all together in a lecture at an Austrian university, individual cases almost every week and an ÖVP that impresses with its harshness and skilfully disguises its xenophobia with the word security.

It is ALL the same inhuman filth! It serves to take away the dignity of those who are not wanted. And we must not allow that under any circumstances, NEVER AGAIN!

I am very worried, I think WE ALL should be very worried and stand up consistently against it. Let's do it before it is too late. In this spirit, I wish you a peaceful and courageous pre-Christmas season, Doro.

PS: As always, I am happy to hear your ideas, opinions and above all about what we all do. Each one in his/her own place.

#AgainstRight #NeverAgain #StopDeportationToAfghanistan #HumanRights #HumanDignity

Comments 2

  1. Dear Doro,

    When I was still at school, I was already intensively concerned with Austria's recent history, asked myself how it could have come to this at that time and had to realise over the years, decades have passed in the meantime, that there is nothing about cruelty that people would fundamentally shy away from.

    At the same time, however, there have always been human rays of hope, no matter where and at what time. In dark cells, torture chambers, in the extermination camps of our homeland, during the genocides in Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

    The pattern behind the countless crimes against humanity is always the same. It is always about building up an image of the enemy, assigning this image of the enemy to a certain group and consequently "dehumanising" this group.

    If you are no longer perceived as a human being, you can do whatever you want to them without having a guilty conscience - after all, you are acting to protect your "own people". This is the only way to explain why Nazis tortured, tortured and murdered Jewish children in the morning and played the loving father in the afternoon. The Jewish child was simply no longer perceived as a human being - he was "the Jew, the Saujud" and he had to be killed. Full stop. This train of thought is as frightening and inconceivable in its brutality as it seemed logical and inevitable to those who followed it.

    Such a thing only works if one willingly allows oneself to be made a tool of others in order to gain a benefit that one thinks is one's due at the expense of others (my job, my country, my religion, my culture, and woe betide anyone who sets out to take that away from me or whom I have the impression is setting out to do so).

    This works on a small scale as well as on a large scale, starting with disparagement and belittlement in speeches and pamphlets and often ending in massacres that hardly anyone wants to have foreseen in retrospect.

    The new media make it even easier for the agitators to spread their messages. The unwillingness of many to think for themselves about whether certain information is true or not, to use different sources of information, to use common sense, all this plays into the hands of those who know only too well that fear is a very bad advisor, but at the same time still the most effective means of turning people against each other.

    As far as the current situation in our country is concerned, however, I believe that there is also a lot of positive news to report. Just a few days ago, I had a very nice encounter on the train. A young Afghan who sat down in my compartment and with whom I quickly got into conversation told me about his many positive experiences (apart from the nerve-racking fact that after 5 years he has still not received a final decision - the first negative decision came 3 years ago, since then there has been radio silence from the authorities).

    The young man had quickly aroused my interest because he was exceptionally polite, very careful with the documents he had brought with him, open and spoke exceptionally good German. He is currently doing his evening school-leaving exams, lives with his Austrian-Greek girlfriend, who describes herself as an atheist, told me about his cycling tours with Austrian friends and was bubbling over with energy. His next goal, after the Matura, is to study neuroscience.

    Five years ago, he came to Austria at the age of 17. He spent the first eight months, which he himself described as the most difficult, in a camp, then he came to live with a family.

    It is people like this young man who encourage me, but at the same time are a warning sign for all of us not to simply be silent observers of numerous injustices. In this sense, I completely agree with you (just as we generally pull together in many respects, you certainly much more actively, even more courageously and consistently than I do).

    Many people in Austria do not allow their compassion, their responsibility to be undermined by mantra-like political platitudes. In the train compartment I was sitting in, there was also an elderly couple from Weiz who are friends with the organiser of "Way of Hope", a very committed group of people you probably know through your work.

    Then we were joined by a young woman who is also committed to giving people who come to us a chance at a new life.

    We need to strengthen these existing networks and the best way to do that is to live our own values unwaveringly. I am also often disappointed, angry, worried - for different reasons. But the most important thing, in my opinion, is that we don't let ourselves be distracted and if we always ask ourselves in all our actions and words how we would fare if we were on the "other side", then we often have the best guide for our next steps.

    The "Turkish ÖVP" has made a clear shift to the right. At the same time, the statement that the party wants to be on the right of the centre would not even be really alarming. The SPÖ also sees itself as left of centre, the KPÖ anyway.

    What is much more important is what this announcement means in real life, and here it has turned out that the ÖVP is not simply a party to the right of centre, but is skilfully and unfortunately also very successfully sailing in the wake of right-wing extremist sentiment-makers.

    The party succeeds in carrying diffuse feelings of perceived loss of identity, of perceived disadvantage and the fear of "Überfremdung" deep into the centre of society.

    In my opinion, this is also because many of the fears and concerns are not perceived as such by other parties. There is no point in ignoring concerns, even if you yourself consider them to be completely groundless.

    The great success of right-wing populist and extreme right-wing parties is fed on the one hand by people's superficiality and ignorance and on the other hand by the inability of many (politically) responsible people to take a clear stand on existing problems.

    The Brexit is a sad example of this. The United Kingdom has a completely dilapidated health system, which in some areas is barely on a par with that of some developing countries. The Brexit supporters have succeeded in blaming this enormous political failure on foreigners, foreigners, immigrants, refugees.

    While in reality the health system would no longer function at all without the thousands of people from other countries, it is pretended that it is the foreigners who take the hospital beds away from the "own people", blocking access to proper medical care.

    This was made possible by the unholy alliance between tabloids and far-right groups and by populist politicians, like Boris Johnson, who don't care how they win votes, as long as they get into power.

    I personally detect a similar "moral DNA" in Kurz. And yet we will have to try to come to terms with this new political "greatness". That's why I think the current government negotiations are so important. We cannot just moan about the horrible FPÖ-ÖVP government and get indignant about it and then at the same time deprive ourselves of the only chance to at least contain and restrain the horror.

    In doing so, each of us must ensure in everyday life - in conversations, in many supposedly small actions and gestures - that we do not allow ourselves to be taken in by people who do to others what none of us would want done to us.

    I trust that the majority of people, no matter where they live, also see it that way and try to act accordingly. Unfortunately, however, the history of mankind is a sad testament to the fact that far too often it remains with unsuccessful attempts. In this case, we are really only left with the conviction that we may be fighting a battle against windmills, but this is still better than letting our minds and souls become desolate.

    All of us (Austrians as well as immigrants/refugees) must exemplify the responsibility we bear for each other, one and the other. Only then will we gain the credibility it takes to successfully resist the concerted denigration and disparagement of people.

    But for this we also need people who take their responsibility in political elections. Across party lines and preferences, we need to ensure that human rights are at the centre. Then we also have a chance to save our society from another man-made disaster.

    Whether we will really succeed in the end is probably written in the stars. But those who do not even try have done themselves the greatest disservice.

  2. (...) can just about keep up with that of some developing countries (...) = should of course mean "can keep up" 😉

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