It`s Happening There (2): “Free” Germany`s Police State

March 07, 2010

[See also:


It`s Happening There: Britain`s Emerging Police State
;


James D. Watson: Broken By The PC Inquisition, Betrayed
By The Righteous Right
;

Another Oz Outrage: Andrew Fraser Furor Continues
;


The Larry Summers Show Trial
;
and
 
Heidi
Does Long Beach: The SPLC vs. Academic Freedom
]

A close friend of mine, Jost Bauch,
who teaches general sociology and sociology of medicine
as a

part-time professor
at the

German University of Konstanz
, has recently seen
what he had of a career

brought to a grinding halt.

Probably because of his non-leftist
views, which stand out in the leftist and
anti-nationalist German university system, Jost was
never allowed to move beyond part-time work, despite his
advanced degrees and

multiple professional publications
. Each week for
years, this sexagenarian has driven several hours from
his home near

Frankfurt
, where his wife works, to his place of
employment in the southwest corner of the Federal
Republic, all in return for an adjunct`s salary. A few
years ago, I tried to find a position for him in the US,
but the job he was seeking at a local branch of
Penn State
became de-authorized after a financial crunch. And so
Jost went on commuting and teaching for
subsistence-level wages—until a crisis erupted that is
likely to end his association with Konstanz altogether.
[VDARE.com note:

Outside of this piece on
VDARE.com, there seem to be



no stories about
this in English.

Multilingual readers can read


Sie wollen meine bürgerliche Existenz zerstören
, ("They Are Trying To Destroy My Middle-Class Existence"), Junge
Freheit, February
18, 2010
].

About a year ago, while lecturing
on cultural tensions, Jost made isolated references in a
lecture to

Carl Schmitt
, as an exponent of the friend/enemy
theory of political association, and to
Samuel
Huntington,
as a Harvard professor who had addressed
“cultural
clashes”
in international relations.

Despite the stunning innocuousness
of these references,
“Wanted”
posters, with Jost`s face on them, were soon plastered
on the walls of the University buildings. The posters
accused him of
“cultural racism”
for bringing up authorities who
were seen as hostile to the multicultural project of
local student organizers. On January 28, the student
assembly called for his dismissal. Action toward this
end is

now under consideration by the university
administration.

To make matter even worse, student
“antifascist” groups have

swung into action,
lining up in front of Jost`s
classes to prevent students from entering and
threatening his physical safety.

The resemblance between these
bullying fanatics and the Nazi youth who prevented
university students from entering the classes of Jewish
professors in the 1930s would seem too obvious to be
missed. But of course the present generation of German
thugs does not attract the attention of the U.S.
Mainstream Media—because they call themselves

“antifascist”
and express contempt, not
admiration, for German cultural achievements. The
violent intolerance of dissenting views and the total
demonization of the political enemy are still exactly
the same in both cases.

And one would have to be a fool not
to notice that there is a shared cultural mindset in
these apparently opposed fanaticisms, Nazism and
antifascism, which have beset the same afflicted nation
in modern times.

Clearly Jost is professionally
ruined even by the modest standards of his previous
livelihood—under what Germans are told is
“the freest
German government in history”
. He cannot expect the
Establishment media to ride to his defense. The Dean of
his division has openly taken the side of the student
agitators (who were supposedly only protecting the
German people against its
“fascist past”.)

Nor can he expect political
support. The German center-right, represented by the
governing

Christian Democratic-Christian Social Union,
is like
our Republicans/ neoconservatives—but more so. They
treat anything
to the
right of themselves or to anything as radioactive

and routinely expel from the party anyone whom the
leftist press labels
“fascist” or “anti-Semitic”.
And their government

contributes millions of taxpayer Euros
every year to
the multicultural Left`s


“struggle against the Right”,
although the
evidence of

leftwing extremism and violence in Germany
is
exponentially greater than any signs of ultranationalist
activism.

The Jost case is as a cautionary
tale for this side of the Atlantic. Although Left-wing
repression is far worse in Germany than elsewhere in
Europe, and although most Western European countries
have

far more restrictive laws enforcing Political
Correctness
than we do in the U.S. (yet), the
differences are matters of degree. In this country we
not only have raging

PC in our educational system
,
Armed
Forces,
and government bureaucracies, but we are
also beginning to see the double standard at work that
characterizes the enforcement

of thought control in Europe.

For example, we are far more
tolerant of minority racism, which our

universities
and in some cases government rewards,
than of any manifestation, however

symbolic
, of

Euro-American
pride or solidarity.

Does anyone doubt what would happen
if the fate that recently befell the

American Renaissance conference
in Washington were
visited on the

Nation of Islam,
or President Obama`s former


“Christian”
congregation in Chicago?

Hotels, to my knowledge, are not
running to cancel accommodations for Reverend Wright and
his followers the way they did to AR after repeated
threats. One could only imagine the media and political
uproar if some group featuring

black
or

Hispanic
pride were physically threatened the way

Jared Taylor`s hoteliers
were.

All of
this follows the

German pattern.
Groups on the right, or groups that
are insufficiently
“antifascist”, invariably have their gatherings invaded by
antifascist thugs—and
the police stand by
. They did it last month in

Dresden
, when a gathering commemorating the

bombing of the city
had

their assembly broken up.

In the US likeminded thugs operate
as “antiracists”. And when they swing into action, all the timid
observers and rank opportunists stand back.

This combination of left-wing
violence and official complaisance is the phenomenon
that my friend the late
Sam
Francis
aptly termed
anarcho-tyranny.

Needless to say, the
“conservative”
Establishment has studiously ignored

what happened to
American Renaissance.
It has different fish to
fry—for example, bellyaching about slights inflicted by
Democratic crowds on

Republican speakers
on American campuses and
highlighting

insults flung at Zionists
by rude Arab students at
the University of Michigan.

Why should


National Review
or the

Wall
Street Journal
care anymore about the freedoms
(constitutionally guaranteed in the U.S.) of right
wingers than does the

supposedly conservative
German Chancellor

Angela Merkel?

Establishment
“conservatives”
will never suffer the threats of violence that befell
Taylor and his associates. They know how to

move left when necessary
to stay in sync with the
“Washington policy community”. These are solid establishment types
who spend money and energy reaching out to whomever one
is supposed to reach out to. Thus, after years of
unseemly denial, these

sensitive conservatives
came to understand the

conservatism
of

Martin Luther King,
whom they once

mistook
for a philandering,

plagiarizing


Marxist
. In time, they will to celebrate the
anti-racist heroism of

Malcolm X
and the war against anti-Semitism waged by

Abe Foxman
, who has been an

honored guest speaker
at Heritage.

If and when America

comes to look
like
antifascist
Germany, these
“conservatives”
will have contributed enormously.

Without them as the
harmless
opposition, U.S. academic and intellectual freedoms
might have a chance.


Paul Gottfried
(email him)
is Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown
College, PA. He is the author of


After Liberalism
,

Multiculturalism and the
Politics of Guilt

and


The Strange Death of
Marxism
.