German extremism expert Christian Jung has published a new book on Antifa, a result of years of meticulous research. The author shows how far the left-wing extremist scene and its activists are networked with mainstream parties, authorities and the media in Germany.
After Jung’s bestseller Der Links-Staat, which he co-authored with Torsten Groß in 2016, the new study reveals how the rot has set in, without the general public noticing this development.
The election victory of red-green in the federal election in 1998 heralded a turning point for Germany, according to Jung. Because in the new cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, politicians were represented for the first time who came from the 1968 movement – including those who had been active in terrorist groups.
The “influence of the Communards, Maoists and communist cadre organisations reached the top of the state,” Jung points out. Together with his Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joseph [Joschka] Fischer, once a street fighter and activist in the left-wing extremist organisation Revolutionärer Kampf[Revolutionary Struggle], Schröder proclaimed these individuals to be “decent” in 2001.
Since then, millions and millions of taxpayers’ money have flowed into the “fight against the right,” which, contrary to political assurances, actually benefit left-wing extremist and often violence-oriented groups, Jung argues.
Before the fall of the Wall, the GDR leadership had been the most important financier of left-wing extremism in Germany. Today, it is the German taxpayer who has to support the enemies of the state. Antifa, a beneficiary of public funding, even expanded significantly under the leadership of “bourgeois” Angela Merkel.
The group has experienced an unprecedented boom in the last 20 years and is increasingly aggressive both against the rule of law and its representatives as well as against political dissenters.
But state support is not limited only to financial support for the left-wing extremist scene. With their one-sided information policy, authorities for the protection of the constitution and criminal investigation offices of both the federal government and the federal states play down the danger that radical leftists in Germany pose.
Based on a critical analysis of the official data, Jung shows that not only the left-wing extremist potential, but also left-wing criminal and violent acts are systematically reduced or covered up by those responsible. At the same time, the criminality of the far right is being exaggerated. Even the extent of left-wing violence against police officers, who are exposed to increasingly brutal attacks by Antifa and anarchists in everyday life, is glossed over with the help of fake data, according to Jung.
Opinion journalists in the editorial offices of the mainstream media like to pick up on the falsified official statistics and, with their manipulative reporting, help to deceive the public about the real extent of the threat that left-wing extremism poses to the free and democratic basic order in Germany.
In a historical retrospective, the author shows how not only many of the former 1968 activists, but also sympathizers of the terrorist organisation, the Red Army Fraction (RAF), who emerged from the left student protest, are currently generously showered with taxpayers’ money, also in the asylum industry.
Jung reveals how they view their task primarily as preventing criminal foreigners from being deported from Germany, aided by a law on foreigners, which, under the influence of left-wing politics, has been increasingly eroded to favor of illegal migrants.
One of Jung’s particular merits is to expose the numerous cross-connections between the left parties represented in the Bundestag and the left-wing extremist scene.
Die Linke, the SPD and the Greens, have joined forces in various alliances with left-wing extremist groups and often make joint statements. Above all, Green Youth and Young Socialists make no secret of their sympathy for the left wing. Jung provides numerous well-researched examples of this in his book.
Jung also examines the case of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), to which completely different standards are applied when it comes to classifying the party as a “suspected case” of anti-constitutionalism. He explains in detail in his book how the obvious double standard is further evidence that the domestic spy service is not an independent authority, as the law requires.
After reading the fact-rich book, it should be clear to every reader that Germany has been drifting further and further to the left under Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), and is heading towards an alliance with the left-wing extremist Greens in the federal government.
In the former East Germany, leftists are brought into the highest state offices with CDU aid. One example is the case of Barbara Borchardt, a founding member of the Antikapitalistischen Linken [the anti-capitalist left] who was elected constitutional judge in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania thanks to the support of the CDU parliamentary group.
In Thuringia, similarly, the CDU made the re-election of the radical left Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow possible. In fact, today the Christian Democrats have become the de facto drivers of the “anti-fascist united front”.