Northern Saxony

My secret interview with a German Academic: Part One

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My latest interview subject is from Northern Saxony and he has an M.A in History with an interest in politics, current affairs and theory. He contacted me via a secret encrypted e-mail service called Tutanota in order to keep our communications private.The fact that he felt the need to protect himself like that says a lot.He said that although the epicentre of the problem I’m tackling in my interview lies in the western metropolis, it’s starting to happen in Northern Saxony as well.

My contact who I will call Konrad, (a German name that means?Brave counsel)?gave me comprehensive replies to my questions so I will be breaking this interview up into two parts.While he was writing his reply the terrorist “truck attack” happened at the Berlin Christmas market so Konrad included a comment about how authorities handle photos of suspects in the media. His detailed answer about violence against women in Germany is nightmarish in its descriptions of brutality.

Which German political party did you vote for last election?

I do not vote. I see the German multi-party system as a stitch-up with no chance to actually institute change at the ballot, since nowadays all big German parties by and large stand for the same with only gradual differences. The only “wildcard” party, the Alternative f?r Deutschland (AfD), still has no consistent overall policy and, after entering the Bundestag in the 2017 elections (which is very likely), will most likely be swiftly absorbed into the system and submit to the ?”Iron Law of Oligarchy ” devised by Robert Michels in 1911. I refuse to grin and bear it.

Has your community where you live had refugees or migrants move into it since Angela Merkel opened the borders?

Yes, every single community I lived in during the 29 years of my life (which sum up to five in four different federal states).

Was your community welcoming to the new arrivals and how did you personally feel about their arrival?

When the ongoing immigrant tide broke loose, I lived in Hamburg. Being a genuinely left-liberal-green city state, it, of course, welcomed the “traumatized refugees” with open arms and produced various refugee camps out of thin air. I felt very uncomfortable with this?since Hamburg already had a massive problem with illegal aliens, many of them homeless, and a staggering migrant crime rate. I was proved right in a minimum of time and more than happy when I was able to move away.

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