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    • Dresden, Germany just declared a “Nazi emergency” due to the rise of far-right politics and neo-Nazism in their city and state. Dresden is the capital city of the state of Saxony, which has been a refuge and safe haven of sorts for neo-Nazis for quite some time. A lot of these far-right people are advocating for similar things as the Trump administration. Tighter borders, keeping Muslims out, etc. 

      I’ve been aware of the rise of far-right politics in Germany, but this appears to be taking concerns to a new level. Given all that Germany has been through, I don’t blame them for being concerned. Pretty frightening stuff.

    • This is something that concerns me.

      Apparently, the "Nazi emergency" that went viral over the weekend is less spectacular in content than in name (which, if I understand the situation correctly, was suggested by a city council member who is a member of a satire party). Still, this is an overall issue in Germany.

      There is one party in Germany which was formed by euro-sceptics some years ago. In that time, it has changed its course several times, each time becoming a bit more radical than before, and is now a haven for all sorts of far-right people, not limited to but definitely including anti-semitic, nationalist ideology.

      This party now sits in all 16 state plus the national parliament - and is especially influential in all eastern states (former GDR territory), with more than 20% of seats each in all five of them. Experts say that right-wing parties typically have a potential of about 10% in Germany - which is still too much in my opinion, but shouldn't lead to too much trouble considering the way German democracy works. However, that means that about half of this party's voters did so as a form of protest, although it has radical views.

      This is similar to people voting for a party that lies about the amount of money their country has to pay the European Union, or to people voting for a crazy guy who openly claims he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and just walk away, or someone who previously played a president on TV, or, or, or...

      It is that half of people - people who aren't really radicalized themselves, but who apparently don't mind someone who is to run the country - that really concerns me. People should know better, but for some reason don't. What can we do about that?

    • That’s a great question and thanks for that analysis! Ultimately, everyone has their free will and we can’t force people to think the way we do. All we can do in my opinion is educate people as best we can. The more information we give people, the better the odds are that they make a more well-informed decision. It doesn’t guarantee that they will. But the odds will be higher.

    • The book Mindf*ck, from Christopher Wylie, has made it so I will never see the world the same way again.

      The thing is, big data and A.I. can tell a great deal about us from our Facebook profiles and craft targeted ads to the ones it concludes are vulnerable to white supprmacist ideas. It’s incredibly effective at scale.