David Brinkley, the legendary American newscaster with a career that spanned an amazing fifty-four years from World War II once said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. How many American statesmen ever practised this noble thought inherited from Jesus Christ remains doubtful.
Plans for a drone program, for WLAN surveillance and cell phone hacking: Qatar has equipped itself with spy equipment. Even their own spies feared surveillance in the desert state. What does that mean for visitors to the World Cup?
In any case, it is unprecedented in the history of the FRG what a merciless bombardment of measures and restraints rained down on the people for two years. I, who had lived in the GDR for over thirty years until the Corona pandemic came upon us, had never experienced anything like this before. Keeping a distance („social distancing“), there was talk of a „new normal“ – pardon: who thought up such a thing? And why were the terms and rules suddenly there? Had the WHO already been prepared for this for a long time? Questions arose. The measures were almost uniform in all countries. Wearing a mask – at the beginning still disposable gloves in the streetcar! Many of the measures adopted seemed contradictory, even nonsensical.
In the USA, the state is now making massive industrial policy. In fact, there are also protectionist tendencies. In the end, it should not be the case that the U.S. is making an economic policy against us Europeans, although it actually wants to hit China. We should be self-confident in voicing our concerns. Germany is cutting itself off from Russia, we want to reduce China’s influence, our energy prices are high.
All of this will pose an enormous challenge to our industry. It’s not good if our biggest ally also aligns its economic policy against us.
Of course, after the close outcome of the midterm elections, everyone is wondering whether Donald Trump is still the right candidate for the presidential elections in 2024. America’s pro-Democrat media is only too happy to use the close election results to discredit Trump’s candidacy. Ron DeSantis, the current governor of Florida, is presented as his opponent and Mike Pence, the former deputy of Donald Trump, is back in the media spotlight. I would say this is a golden opportunity for the media to get rid of Trump, especially since all legal and demagogic attempts to remove him from office have failed miserably.
America’s political agenda, especially foreign policy and the war in Ukraine in particular, largely determines German and European policies towards Russia, China and the rest of Eurasia. No secret is made of this either, but with every new sanction against Russia it is pointed out that everything was decided in consultation with the allies. Germany and other NATO countries have been ordered to self-impose trade and investment sanctions that will outlast today’s proxy war in Ukraine.
It’s about much more than just the fact that the Russian army has positioned itself against the Ukrainian military. The Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz said: „War is the continuation of politics by other means“. Politically, this war is about the reasons for Russia’s „special operation“. The West was not ready to hold serious talks with the Kremlin about the origins and development of the conflict. Putin’s hand was rejected. The consequences for Europe and the USA will be dramatic. Russia will win this meta-political and earthly war. The West is slowly beginning to realize this reality.
History will know whom to annul. What can I say? History will certainly put everything in its place and know whom to annul, and these will certainly not be the greatest works of universally recognized geniuses of world culture, but those who for some reason have righted themselves to make world culture after theirs to use at will. Your self-esteem really knows no bounds. In a few years, no one will remember their names. But Dostoyevsky will live on, as will Tchaikovsky and Pushkin, much as they might wish the opposite.
It is certainly not the first time that parts of the left spectrum have complained about too much freedom of expression. Be it calls to sanction climate change denial or to ban views from public discourse that take a critical look at the corona measures. At the moment it is the perennial favorite „Hass und Hetze“ that has once again become the focus of self-appointed guardians of democracy, who are now complaining that a single person is said to determine the scope and permissibility of opinions – mostly people who had no problem with it, that although there was previously a board of directors at Twitter, this obviously did not seek an in-depth examination of the enforcement of company house law and the deletion policy, but rather supported ideologically shaped arbitrary deletions. The best way to illustrate it is that Jordan Peterson, who never threatened or insulted anyone but at best only hurt fragile feelings, was banned, while the Iranian regime is allowed to happily continue to tweet in the context of the current protests. If, then, the return of Donald Trump inspires m