I actually said that it makes little sense to comment on WELT because hardly any comments get through anyway. Still from time to time I feel like dropping a line or two.
Now, I have gone too far. *drama music*
Under an article blaming the Pittsburg synagogue slaughter on Donald Trump, I wrote “You are sick. SICK.” (German: Ihr seid krank. KRANK).
Hurt and wounded, writhing in pain, WELT took many, many hours to send me the above pseudo-automatic email.
I apologize. And I apologize with the same stern seriousness with which Megyn Kelly apologized.
I was wrong. Of course, I also distance myself from Otto Warmbier who had also committed a very grave “crime-task” by stealing a very “important poster” from the “Democratic Republic of North Korea” DRNK to hurt the morals of the workers.
With growing bewilderment we observe how Germany is damaged by illegal mass immigration. We are in solidarity with those who peacefully protest so that the rule of law is restored again on the borders of our country.
This is the full text of the petition “Declaration 2018.” The details of the motion were presented to the parliamentarian committee after a sufficient number of signatures supported it. These lines were posted on Facebook by a user who asked people to sign up. Facebook deleted his post as “hate speech.”
The text was already examined by the petition committee of the parliament Bundestag and also published on its website. The Facebook user was ready to sue and civil rights hero Vera Lengsfeld, Jewish blogger Henryk M. Broder and journalist Alexander Wendt called for donations to pay the legal fees. The support was enormous. Thousands of citizens, who in some cases even made available several thousand euros individually, allowed the court case to go forward, but also to carry it through several circuits. It is one victory in a series of many.
To back citizens’ right to speech Joachim Steinhoefel has set up the Initiative for Freedom of Opinion on the Web (German: Initiative für Meinungsfreiheit im Netz). The initiative will pick up law suits strategically to widen the range of what can be said. It is politically neutral and can benefit antifa, Islamists, and conservatives alike.
Please, help seek a way to support the initiative. You can donate to cover for the legal costs. You can offer your help when you are a legal professional. You can ask people around you if they can help in one way or another. And you can use your various platforms to make people aware of the cause.
The German-language webseite for more information is: https://meinungsfreiheit.steinhoefel.de/
The State office of Saxony’s Verfassungsschutz recently fired a man for giving an interview with the TV show Panorama (linked to public broadcaster ARD and ZEIT). The man said that he does not see a need to put the Generation Identity under surveillance. Their forms of protest were exclusively peaceful.
Before I come to explore the actual topic of this article, I want to clarify that the activist group is not surveilled in its entirety. The intelligence service says that it observes some members. From my perspective it is inacceptable to tap phones, read emails, search property and so on from any citizen that is not under criminal investigation. But I also must say that I cannot know every individual of every group. I cannot give a blanket verdict of innocence for any circle of people. Many members of the Generation Identity have been former neo-Nazis. However, I have no doubt that most have genuinely changed their ways. I cannot guarantee for everybody.
In any event, the man was interviewed because Panorama wanted to know how he can combine his job with his membership at the AfD. He spoke as a private citizen and did not give his assessment as a representative of the Verfassungsschutz. If he had given his assessment as a speaker of the agency, his words would have been unacceptable. For Verfassungsschutz Saxony it made no difference and they fired him.
AfD has planned a number of websites so that pupils can anonymously denounce their teachers for taking a partisan position in the classroom. I am always for as much speech as possible, but I must admit that the situation asks me to revisit my view on teaching professionals who work for state schools. In the breaks, before and after class, they can indoctrinate the hell out of their students. However, in the classroom, as an authority and a representative of the state, they cannot speak for or against a political group. Other representatives of the state, like police or military, don’t have that privilege either. If the websites are morally acceptable has a lot to do with how they are run. If the pupils only denounce their teachers and AfD is just asking the principles to take action, there is little to object to (although I believe that no anonymous denouncement will result in any robust action anyway). If the websites were a pillory and the names of the teachers could be read by everybody, this ambition would be an unacceptable scandal.
The left-wing punk band “Feine Sahne Fischfilet” is often criticized for their violent texts. Public broadcaster ZDF wanted to stage a concert with them at the Bauhaus. After protests Bauhaus refused to let the band play. Their reasoning was that there should be no stage for extremist bands. Bauhaus is partly state-funded. In my eyes this makes them a public institution and as such they should not provide a platform based on political views. The violent texts are no imminent threats and should therefore not be a part of the consideration.
At that point it should be clear that I support Muslim teachers who want to wear their veils in class. I don’t see this as speech in representation of the state. This is often the argument from people who try to separate religion and state in Germany. We still have religious instruction as a school subject, so the secularism argument does not fly. No student would mistake the headscarf as a political position that is dispensed with the authority of the state.
Edit: A previous version of this text spoke of rumors about threats to the Bauhaus. The director has denied that left-wing myth since.
Thousands and thousands marched in Chemnitz against Angela Merkel’s immigration policy last week. The media has footage of less than a dozen individuals showing the Hitler salute, footage they shove into our faces constantly. It is safe to assume that few incidents like these occurred because otherwise we would see diverse imagery of it day after day.
Every big protest march or policy proposal comes with crazy people in support of it. Try to campaign for tax breaks without corporations that don’t want to sell uranium centrifuges to Iran. Try to have an anti-abortion rally without religious zealots who just wait for a mic to also demand death penalty for the homosexuals. You won’t get it. That is why there are official statements. Every protest or campaign is about a specific proposal and uses a neutral wording without frills so that the other ideas of the participants can be sidelined and the cause takes center stage.
I find it baffling that after years people have not thought about the problem before. There will always be agent provocateurs. There will always be abject people with the same cause. The left claims in various newspaper articles that mingling with neonazis were the new “strategy” of conservatives. They demand that conservatives do “something” against it.
Show me one leftist who blushes over the fact that neonazis hold their position on the Middle East conflict. THEY don’t do anything about neonazis in their own ranks! So maybe before panicking, conservatives should brush off demands from outside and ask for an even playing field. Just offer to do the same about neonazis in favor of our cause for everything THEY do to counter neonazis, Islamists, Maoists, pedophiles, drug lords and other scum in THEIR ranks! We will take the very same measures once they start doing something.
I can predict that the left will politicize the inland intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz. The agency was always meant to be a political weapon against any opposition. The head of the agency Hans-Georg Maaßen, however, is resisting pressure from politicians and the media and tries to monitor aggressive groups like Islamists as his job description requires him to do.
Consequently, his Wikipedia entry has a section “Controversies.” It began when he asked for the deportation of Murat Kurnaz whose residence permission expired while he was in Guantanamo Bay. Back then the entire media painted Kurnaz as an innocent victim of three different militaries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, USA). The Turkish citizen claimed that he was just visiting a Pakistani friend of his and that he was captured without reason. Maaßen also met with leaders of conservative party AfD to advice them how to tackle crazy people within the party. Given that the left is demanding that conservatives should tackle the crazies in their own ranks, one would think that they were pleased. The opposite is the case. They openly complain that this was helping the party to avoid an investigation. How would one want a problem to arise so that an investigation of sorts became necessary? Seriously, how depraved does one have to be?
There were a number of other witchhunts against him. Currently, he is in the crosshairs because he questioned Merkel’s version of the Chemnitz protests. There were no substantial evidence of lynch mobs taking justice into their own hands, no manhunts, and so forth. One video is constantly shown because it does show some aggression. A man faces a group of approaching protesters. What he says is inaudible. For an unknown reason another man runs into the picture and chases him away for a few meters. The preceding situation is unclear. The video was first published by antifa. In an interview Maaßen said that he has seen no evidence for the authenticity of the video. Multiple leading politicians ask for his head because he questioned antifa.
When Maaßen goes, there will be a radicalized head of Verfassungsschutz who will call everything conservatives do unconstitutional all the time. And this is when the persecution will become violent. Antifa and co just need the ultimate justification from authorities to commit all kind of crimes. This is how Mao purged his own party during the “Culture Revolution” and this is what we will see in Germany.
Germans don’t understand that they must defend a principle and defending a person has the purpose of defending the principle. If somebody in your group gets attacked, you don’t have to like him to defend him. This is not about selecting a leader which obviously comes with higher standards. We will hear more and more voices within the conservative movement caving in to the left and asking to isolate first this then that person for supposed transgressions. Learn to ignore them. You stand for your views and for your principles.
The new public forum is the internet. In the long run activist offline methods are there to get people to check out things online. In the short run they are immensely important to talk to technically illiterate demographics like elderly women who are Merkel’s main voting block. So your comments on the Identitarian movement and how citizens can learn from them are very appreciated.
Still, the internet is the place where arguments can be backed up with evidence (video, audio, official statements). And this biotope must be prepared to entice people into a different line of thinking. However, the internet has one big problem, people only read and don’t know how they can become time-efficient active users.
I will discuss social media strategies in other posts. This article is about the platforms and how you can aide the conversation while you are reading your news.
As I have written here one should always favor places where people of other persuasions come to see one’s writings. One easy way is the comment sections of the large newspapers. I have chronicled my history of getting blocked here, but your very newspaper is the best place to start. You will eventually get blocked or see some reasons why it is ineffective (clumsy design throws off potential readers, too effective censors like those of WELT….). Don’t bother and move to the next platform. A platform that I have not mentioned so far, are the comment sections of conservative blogs. I will talk about it when I come to discussing strategies. For now I just look at the classic social media sites and blogging (which is the same).
If you have no reason to be anonymous and no qualms about sharing personal information, the places with the largest reach are the social media giants. You could and maybe should use them while you also comment on the newspapers.
Copy the comment from under your news paper and paste it to Facebook. Then copy and paste the link of the article to the same place. Do this before you submit the comment. Most German newspapers have a strict censorship regime and you have no time for the trash bin.
Of course, you can also add freestyle content of your own, distribute videos and so on.
The Russian competitor VP.com does not allow anonymity, either. You can double post on both platforms, building audiences on both places and have a leg left for the periods when you are banned on Facebook.
While you read an article in your newspaper, write down the keyword into the composition area for a new tweet. Preface each keyword with a #-sign. Then copy the link to the article to the area and click submit. The more keywords with #-signs you add, the more visible your post is.
If you don’t dare to speak in publc, get yourself a google account with a pseudonym for a name. While you are at it, register with Youtube and Google plus. At some point, you might return to that.
Gab.ai and minds.com are basically like twitter and you can handle it in the described fashion. Minds allows for more characters, but this does not mean that you have to. It rather gives you a chance to copy your comment from under a newspaper article in the same way as I described in the Facebook section.
Gab.ai has a fair amount of neonazis. Don’t feel disheartened and ignore them! They disappear quickly. I have tested with old, but timeless articles if gab.ai improves my traffic and it did. The software is similar to Twitter’s, but the social interaction works like a previous time on twitter because of its smaller user base. It is basically about what I call “comment riding.” It’s about going to a topic and leave a number of short funny lines with little to no substance or reference to outside sources. On gab.ai the hashtags are less important than on twitter because this vibrant “comment riding” needs places where a substantial number of people aggregate. Gab.ai has therefore introduced additional categories, the “topics.”
Use the main topics when possible. News is where your crime story goes. Politics is about discussions of a policy proposal. Philosophy is all that relates to what different people think is good or evil (If you are smart, you’ll notice that politics is all about that). Art is about all TV shows, Hollywood, games, comics and other forms of entertainment and not just about what the left sanctions as art. Faith and humor should need no explanation. I guess that English language posts have a better chance to create traffic, but this will change with time. There is a “topic” that has been lifted up by Gab as one of the main “topics” and that is “Gab Brasil.” The sheer size made Portuguese a language to reckon with.
Still, here are some English-language bloggers that regularly post about Germany and whom you could help: Voice of Europe, German Joys, Observing Hermann, Luisman, Oliver Renault, and East-West Dichotomy. You can also drop current information from mainstream sources Deutsche Welle, dpa and The Local. However, don’t shy away from dumping German-language material. It needs to aggregate at some point.
The strategy with double posting everything on mind and gab is something to be tried, but I have not a lot of confidence in minds. They aggregate users for comment riding in groups. You can join a group and post your comment on their board. I see nothing German there whatsoever. Therefore I would only advice to make an effort with minds when you want to raise awareness for English-language texts. (Gab has German-speaking users.)
Minds is low traffic and has little interaction. You can help it, by copying your gab.ai text right into the minds writing area before you submit on both sites. You can leave longer texts there, but it is absolutly not worth your time. I would open them on separate taps of your browser at the same time when you start reading the news. Loading takes its time, so you switch right back to reading once you click to open the writing area for a new post or when you press “submit”.
If you get banned from all kind of places and or you don’t like the features of a platform, you can leave free-standing texts on the internet that will be indexed by the search engines.
I think I save us a lot of time when I say, “Trust me! Blogger does nothing better than WordPress!” WordPress blogs are likely to be privileged across the internet. For example, gab, minds and twitter turn a link to a wordpress page inside a post automatically into something that Twitter calls “twitter cards.” They are these nice-looking links composed of the first picture on the page and a certain amout of words.
Thanks to twitter cards, vistors know to click on an image to visit a website (DailyWire in the example image). WordPress provides the relevant post settings to make these twitter cards for you and therefore entices users to your blog. I personally don’t even see how a double posting on WordPress and Blogger would get more eyeballs.
WordPress can be used exactly like Facebook and Twitter. It also has a surprisingly big user base, and 21 billion clicks per months and 401 million viewers. For comparison, Facebook gains 23.17 billion clicks per months and twitter 4.14 billion.
The real strength, though, is its integration with other platform. You can easily display a tweet, a video or a sound track. Across WordPress you enjoy the same features Twitter provides. Your mentions will be shown to you, you can encourage good content with “likes” and there is a feature to follow tags (without the hash).
A news/post aggregator tool, called “reader”, let’s you follow other WordPress blogs and also every other website with an RSS feed (which is basically every website with regular updates). Use it like you would use either Twitter or Facebook. You can link to the place on your minds and gab platform to increase visibility.
WordPress allows for automatic co-uploads on a variety of social media sites. I have been kicked from Twitter and Facebook, and I don’t know their policies, but I think that Twitter has forbidden automatic uploads. To be safe, use it manually with these two platforms to avoid a ban. Google+ and LinkedIn are low traffic platforms. Just let the machine catch some eyeballs for you and leave them alone otherwise.
Size matters. BitChute.com gets hyped a lot at the moment because everybody fawns over the block chain technology. Block chain does not do anything for you if you want to get the word out. It does not add more privacy when it comes to your visibility to your (future) employers and social environment. And when the government cares to get you punished for your writing, you bet that they will find a way. This is hyped by idiots. BitChute has less than 4 million clicks per months. Nobody will find you there. People don’t hang around to browse BitChute videos. The big fish in the market is YouTube with 24,55 billion clicks per months. If you have video material, it must go there. You can also co-upload it to Facebook and DailyMotion. DailyMotion has about 400 million clicks per month and is to be reckoned with. All other mentioned and unmentioned video platforms aren’t worth your time at the moment.
YouTube has a comment section. If you find channels where leftists comment frequently, you can take the discussion there as well.
If you only have audio content maybe because it suits your privacy parameters better, you can upload it to SoundCloud or MixCould. I don’t think that they gain traffic on their own, they just store your content and provide a player. I think MixCould looks a bit better than soundcloud, but it ultimately makes little difference. You can easily embed the upload on Twitter, gab.ai, WordPress and probably Facebook. I would co-upload the content on YouTube. Add your sound track to a still image and upload it to a channel. Youtube creates traffic on its own.
I threw a number of articles down the Reddit hole and included the reddit share button on my blog. The procedure is that one clicks the button and edit the resulting post. You can also go to reddit.com directly and start a new post into which you include a link to an article that you want to share. Then You are asked to select a group. Thankfully this comes with a search function. So you type some topics and keywords and once you have found a group that looks into a topic of your article you send it over. My experience is that most simply disappear without feedback. All commenters that had budged were antisemites without exception. This could be a coincidence, but it doesn’t seem that people there are interested in intellectual reflection. They just junk read some garbage.
Google plus has the advantage that a) WordPress sends your articles there automatically, so you don’t even have to visit the place ever and b) that the share bottom is usually rather prominent on most blog and video sites. Occasionally when I check my emails I see that somebody saw and liked a post. Once in a blue moon. So somehow the stuff is visible although nobody follows me there.
LinkedIn is even worse. The software is fine, but I have no evidence whatsoever that somebody ever saw something from me in this place. I just keep the auto-upload on.
The platforms talked about so far under the category “Strategy” are the comment sections under the big newspapers and the classical social media sites/blogs (this post). I only talked about what platforms are reasonable. At first re-posting and sharing, adding little thoughts here and there, is a big contribution everyone can make while reading the papers.
What I realized writing this article is that the reasonable means of communication are fewer than I expected. The main topic of any oppositional movement must be to demand access to the general public.
I think, what we need most are people who make videos or audio commentary. At least audio should be in the range of a comfortable privacy level for most. It is hard for future employers to search for a voice. If you speak German, you can take Timm Klewer as an example or seek out to cooperate with him.
At the moment few people in Germany are capable of writing blogs or providing content that is not somewhat dumb. The reason is the lack of free speech and it will take some years in the sunlight until the crazy stuff will give way to solid, ethical information & entertainment. It is important that we get it going. Sunlight is the best desinfectant.
P.S. The logos above are also links that lead to the websites in question.