Why is the majority of German citizens discontented with the government’s policy silent?

02.05.2023, Berlin.

“Not surprisingly, many people no longer publicly state what they really think about politics.”

Forced reconstruction of buildings due to the climate agenda, nuclear phaseout, migration policy – the German government is pushing one unpopular project after another, while the population remains silent.

According to various surveys, most German citizens have a negative attitude to the government’s major decisions, but they do not take to the streets or protest en masse.

German economist, Professor Ulrich van Suntum, attempted to analyze this situation in his article “Traffic Light Politics: Why are the Masses Silent?” published in the Junge Freiheit newspaper on April 22. Rossa Primavera News Agency provides a translated excerpt from the article.

According to regular polls conducted by RTL and n-tv channels, two-thirds of respondents oppose nuclear phaseout. Among them, a quarter even favor restarting decommissioned nuclear power plants.

The situation with migration policy is similar. According to a recent survey by the Civey Institute for Focus Online magazine, 74% of the German population believes that the country has allowed too many refugees. An overwhelming majority of respondents (83%) expect all sorts of problems from the influx of migrants: lack of housing, increased crime, and problems with financing social guarantees.

Even the gender policy, despite the media propaganda, finds less and less support among the German population. A survey conducted by Infratest Dimap at the request of WDR showed that only 16 percent of the population considers “gender language” important.

So why don’t German citizens who are unhappy with the government’s policies go out and protest? Especially when the German government not only initiates one insane project after another, but also makes citizens pay for these initiatives out of their own pockets?

An example of this is the demand to replace existing heating systems with environmentally friendly ones, such as heat pumps.

“Almost everyone grumbles in private conversations about the ‘green’ madness of destroying an entire country, but there is almost no serious protest in public opinion,” Suntum notes. “On social media, it’s often said that citizens are just stupid and now only get what they voted for. But it’s not that simple.”

Thus, major protests in Germany were, for example, against the threat of Islamization or against coronavirus policies. But these protest movements were very quickly qualified as “right-wing,” which means a high risk for ordinary German citizens.

“If you are an artist, you are no longer hired; if you are a business partner, you are shunned; if you are a job seeker, you are not considered. As a neighbor, you are considered to be suspicious. No wonder so many people no longer declare publicly what they really think about politics,” the professor writes.

The situation is such because people are afraid and journalists are biased. According to numerous studies, between 70 percent and 80 percent of journalists in Germany position themselves as center-left.

About 60 percent of media personnel vote for the Greens, and the brightest colors in both media and textbooks tend to shine in “green.”

This, in turn, influences the worldview of the next generation. To realize the will and power of the majority, Germany needs a few capable and courageous leaders. At the moment, however, there are few of them in German politics, Suntum concludes.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency