Solidarity without limits – Nationalism is no alternative!
On October 3, once again Germany wants to celebrate itself. This year, the main festivities of the anniversary of German unification take place in Dresden, under the slogan „Building bridges“. Brides are a good thing. You could build many bridges, for example over the Mediterranean to save the lives of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants. Especially on October 3, the third anniversary of the Lampedusa shipwreck, it would be the right time to think about how to make sure all people can cross the Mediterranean savely. This could be the beginning of the end of Fortress Europe. But this is not what the day in Dresden will be about. They just want to make people more excited about the alleged unity of culture, tradition, state and its population. But the reality couldn’t be more different: German society is increasingly polarized, authoritarian and excluding tendencies are more and more popular. The gap between rich and poor widens. For us, these developements are good reasons for a critical intervention against this German national day on October 3. The host Saxony is officially inviting us to “dance” – and we won’t miss this opportunity.
Dresden – the capital of revisionism
Dresden is known for PEGIDA and attacks on refugee’s housing. The angry right-wing mob that frequently shows up on the streets is a symbol for the right-wing shift in Germany. And that is not all: The city has been a symbol and starting point for new German nationalism. Just look at the revisionist commemoration of the bombings of the town on February 13. With this, the average German could finally feel like another victim of the second World War again. Nowadays we can see how the Saxonian government rolls out the red carpet for the right-wing mob, wanting to have a dialog with them, so government and citizens can agree even more on their racist stereotypes. With its new found confidence, the national government acts as Europe’s commander in the crisis and the population can finally show how proud they are of their nation.
The crisis and the shift to the right
The rise of right-wing populism in Saxony and Germany is only one aspect of the nationalist developments all over Europe that started with the onset of the economic crisis in 2007 and have been ongoing ever since. Germany has been setting the pace for cutting social services, pushing for privatization and undermining the rights of workers. The German Hartz-IV system serves as the prototype for the austerity policy in Greece. It has many similarities with the fast-track procedures that converted the former state-regulated economies of the GDR and other Eastern European countries into capitalist markets. Back then, these measures of integration benefitted the neoliberal German economy. Now, Germany knows that its success as a business location depends on Europe as a whole.
On the path to a Europe under German hegemony, even parliamentary democracy has been an obstacle. So in Southern European countries the so-called Troika just ran it over. Possible alternatives had no chance at all. With this background, nationalist parties and movements are on the rise everywhere. People trust them to do a better job at building Fortress Europe, excluding and marginalizing others than the parties that are in power right now. Sexist and racist prejudice are outdoing each other, the social climate is getting rougher and nationalists of different political views are following the same populist agenda.
Crisis is coming home
So far, Germany has been one of the winners of the economic crisis and other regions, workers and the oppressed classes had to pay the price for it. Now it is more obvious than ever, that capitalism and its state-institutions cause misery and are very contradicting. Parliamentary democracies, especially the neoliberal and technocratic EU, are struggeling to legitimize themselves. In Germany, first and foremost the right-wing parties benefit from it. In the midst of this crisis of democracy, growing poverty even in capitalist centers, aggressive border policies and nationalist agitation, all the neoliberal nationalists want to gather „to dance“ in Dresden and celebrate the alleged lack of alternatives. Right next to them, angry racist nationalists are out on the streets.
This calls for radical intervention! Nationalism is no alternative! Saxony is inviting us to dance: so let’s dance up a storm! Let’s crash their party! Solidarity without limits or borders! Shake it and break it!
- Demonstration against the celebration of German Unity in Dresden
- Rally in solidarity with all refugees
- Decentralized actions against the celebrations of German unity in Dresden
September & October:
- Different events, organized by the alliance „Solidarity without limits“