CULTURAL ELITES TELL GERMANS TO STFU – Not happy with what people watch, listen to and talk about? Don’t debate them, just shut down the debate:
The head of Germany’s most powerful cultural body has called for the plug to be pulled on the nation’s multitude of political talkshows for a year, arguing that their populist agenda has helped fuel the rise of the far right.
Olaf Zimmermann, who heads the German cultural council, an umbrella group for organisations from art galleries to television companies, said public broadcasters needed to step back and rethink a format that has helped cement gloom-ridden public attitudes towards refugees and Islam, and propelled the Alternative für Deutschland party into parliament at last September’s election.
“I’d suggest for them, take a break for a year … though the length of the intermission isn’t the decisive factor. What is crucial is that they return with new talkshow concepts and try to come up with more suitable contents with regards to social cohesion in our society,” Zimmermann said, arguing that the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF were obsessed with refugee-related issues, often framing them negatively.
This is absolutely outrageous. The only saving grace is that Zimmermann, thankfully, has no power to make it happen, though he no doubt has got the ear of many in the positions of authority who can and undoubtedly would want to.
Outrageous but not unexpected. It’s after all Zimmermann’s compatriot, the famous poet Bertolt Brech,t who described the same attitude in his poem about the communist East Germany (Brecht was a socialist himself, by the way), “The Solution”:
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
The people have certainly forfeited the confidence of the Zimmermanns of this world with their backward, primitive, unsophisticated thinking. But fear not, they are being dissolved and another elected – this, after all, is precisely what “open borders” mass immigration policy is all about.