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German journalist says climate protests are for the privileged only

The journalist Dirk Maxeiner has accused the "Fridays for the Future" movement of having no sense of the everyday problems of a large part of society.

Published: October 19, 2019, 4:25 am

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    “It is not a conflict of generations, but of lifestyles. The demonstrating teenagers, many of their parents and a large part of the ruling establishment are pitted against the rest of society who can not or will not follow their radical moral imperative,” Maxeiner explained.

    Maxeiner is also one of the founding members of Die Achse des Guten [The Axis of the Good], a political blog founded against politically correct notions.

    “At least two thirds of humanity suffer from an extreme lack of access to resources and the rest suffer from an existential crisis. Incidentally, many of those who lack resources also include many young people, but they are not portrayed in the media which is usually sympathetic to the other group.”

    In France, for example, the so-called Yellow Vests have made themselves heard differently and thus have involuntarily become the counter-movement of groups such as “Fridays for the Future” or “Extinction Rebellion”.

    This is also reflected in their slogan “You speak of the end of the world, we speak of the end of the month!” That essentially represents the Yellow Vests – the part of society that cannot afford the lifestyle of climate protesters.

    “Those who struggle with the problems of everyday life, rather than with moral issues. And they are glad about all technical progress that helps them. The young protesters, on the other hand, preach renunciation, and consider progress as a source of evil,” the former environmental journalist pointed out.

    Technical progress, however, does not contradict environmental protection, warned Maxeiner. But today, the heroes of the green zeitgeist are people like Greta, who want to prevent something in the first place. “But how about creating something? About a revolutionary solar cell or a new way to save energy? With that, you could do infinitely more than stopping traffic for a day – but you have to go to school to do so.”

    Technicians and engineers are also heroes, but unfortunately nobody appreciates that. “Many believe Greenpeace has saved the whales – but in reality it was John D Rockefeller – albeit involuntarily.

    “Without his oil wells whales would have been eradicated in the 19th century because of whale oil. “This way of thinking about environmental protection, practical rather than moral, has been almost completely lost,” Maxeiner added.

    The fifth power in Germany are called Deutsche Umwelthilfe or ATTAC, Bertelsmann Foundation or Greenpeace, Seawatch or the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Joint Welfare Association or Fridays for the Future, just to name a few.

    The so-called NGOs, organised as clubs, foundations or gGmbHs (the small “g” stands for non-profit) have penetrated all areas of life even though they are uncontrolled, intransparent, saturated by empty moralizing and often outrageous. They want to order, ban, educate for the purpose of “doing good”.

    Their political influence has increased significantly over the past two decades, said Maxeiner. They determine the political discussion and public perception on many topics, but “with zero added value, and 100 percent word creation,” Maxeiner recently noted.

    They refer to themselves as “civil society”, yet it is really not society but a radical social minority of political activists who have gained considerable power through NGOs.

    Among other things, this one-sided, left-leaning political orientation explains why middle-class positions which the CDU represented not so many years ago are no longer heard or tolerated. Especially since the media as a so-called fourth power are largely left-green.

    For example, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which is responsible for climate change, is a non-profit organization with a budget of around 24 million euros and more than 300 employees, half of which is funded by the German Federal government and half by the state of Brandenburg.

    The founder and longtime director of PIK, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, is a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. In turn, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Brandenburg Ministry of Science have seats on the board of trustees of the PIK.

    The connection between unelected NGOs and the state is now so self-evident that NGOs already contribute to the fulfillment of original state tasks and support the public prosecutor’s offices, such as the planned reporting center for “online hate” in Hesse.

    A total of 15,5 billion euros, according to an article in the printed edition of Die Welt on Sunday, [12.5.2019] constituted direct cash transfers to clubs, foundations and private companies in 2018 only and solely from the Federal budget. In addition, billions also flow from Federal states, municipalities and the EU.

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