On AfD’s ‘defense’ of the common man and shift to the center

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“ Today, even the Union recognizes Germany as a country of immigration. Its right wing has been weakened and outright reactionary positions like an ethnic definition of German identity marginalized. Women are no longer seen as the natural servants of their husbands, and the rights of gays and lesbians to life partnerships and parenthood are legally enshrined. The modernization of the Union’s immigration, gender, and family policies is primarily strategic: particularly since Angela Merkel become party leader in 2000, the party has increasingly sought to attract new voters from the political center, rather than the right (…) The AfD rarely targets the wealthy in its defense of the common man, but instead focuses its ire on immigrants and refugees, accusing them of taking government handouts without contributing to the welfare state. According to the AfD, it is migrants and refugees who are robbing German workers of the fruits of their labor, not their German bosses ”

Sebastian Friedrich & Gabriel Kuhn, ‘Between Capital and Volk’, Jacobin Magazine

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On the conviction of homosexuals during the Third Reich

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“ Germany’s article 175 outlawed ‘sexual acts contrary to nature … be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals’. Sex between women was not explicitly illegal. Although it dated from 1871, it was rarely enforced until the Nazis came to power, and in 1935 they toughened the law to carry a sentence of 10 years of forced labour. More than 42,000 men were convicted during the Third Reich and sent to prison or concentration camps ”

‘Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law’, The Guardian

On how discriminating LGBTs will bring Hungary closer to Russia

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“ Hungary’s government is welcoming a hate group that promotes a worldview demonising an entire class of people. What are we to take from that? Are we to think that the Hungarian government was unaware that the World Congress of Families held these beliefs? (…) This is not normal conservative politics […] There’s a geopolitical angle which is about Russia and the Kremlin trying to sell its message. The Kremlin uses [groups like] the WCF to assert its soft power in central European society. By elevating this conference to a state-level event, we now almost see that Fidesz is positioning itself as a far-right party. It goes against European values because people rally against the equality of men and women or of a minority group like the LGBT community. They are obviously going against legislation which tries to secure these groups rights and status. In political terms, it will allow the Hungarian government to assert its own ultra-conservative position on the world stage and help relations with the Kremlin. The Russian people here wouldn’t be allowed to participate without the Kremlin’s knowledge, so their presence will help establish some high-level connection between Hungary and Russia ”

Robert Tait, ‘Hungary’s Prime Minister welcomes US ‘anti-LGBT hate group’ ‘, The Guardian

On how LGBT people should be open on their ‘battle scars’, including mental illnesses

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“ But part of being proud of who we are as LGBT people is being able to be open about the struggles we’ve faced. It’s in naming and wearing the uncomfortable badges of anxiety, depression and addiction that we take the first step towards fully accepting mental illness as an important part of our collective identity. After all, how can we be true role models to the next generation if we refuse to tell the whole story? ”

Alexander Leon, ‘LGBT people are prone to mental illness. It’s a truth we shouldn’t shy away from’, The Guardian

On how identity politics’ are replacing everything else

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“ I am not saying that issues around identity politics – trans rights, same sex marriage, everyday sexism – don’t matter. But at least worry about them when someone in power does something, not just when someone says something ”

Gay Alcorn, ‘Hot takes and hysteria: it’s time to park identity politics’, The Guardian