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A third of Germans believe they are living in a ‘sham democracy’

Major events over the past two years have raised doubts about the political system in Germany. It is therefore no wonder that despite considerable state propaganda, a clear proportion of citizens remain skeptical according to a recent poll.

Published: April 14, 2022, 9:41 am

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    A nationwide representative survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy on behalf of the state-affiliated television station Südwestrundfunk (SWR) on citizens’ understanding of democracy became known on Monday . And the results are impressive: Around a third of the population thinks that the Federal Republic of Germany is a sham democracy. Can the poll result be real? Yes, because the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion is one of the most renowned survey institutes in Germany. And even the client who commissioned the study certainly never expected such a result.

    The survey is likely to be bitter for those in power: Some 31 percent of the study participants agreed with the sentence: “We live in a sham democracy in which the citizens have no say.” In the east of the republic, almost half of the citizens (45 percent) believed they were living in a sham democracy. And 28 percent of those surveyed also stated that the democratic system should be “fundamentally changed”.

    Of course, the study result was interpreted by the mainstream media as desired, although the interpretation was questioned.

    Decades ago, the widely recognized German administrative scientist Professor Hans Herbert von Arnim warned that political parties were preying on the state. His fundamental criticism of the political system was that it disempowered people. His books were bestsellers – but nothing has since changed. On the contrary: Corona measures, political scandals, shady “mask deals”, the mainstream press with their unanimous opinions, encroachments on central fundamental rights and “forced vaccination”, are all issues that may have led to many citizens being extremely critical of the political system, not to mention those who feel socially left behind by never-ending immigration, constant tax increases, inflation and climate-hysterical cost-intensive cuts by a rich Green functionary elite.

    More taxes, inflation and war could contribute to increasing the number of disgruntled voters. If citizens have to pay even more for fuel and heating costs, then one would not be clairvoyant to suspect that the recorded 31 percent will increase significantly. In real democracies, the citizens are also allowed to have a say.

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    • doobeedoo23

      Until we can trust the majority of people to look after minorities rather than self interest we are stuck with the present situation whereby the majority are ruled by a minority who can, in theory, be trusted to be fair and equitable – that we appear to have some choice in who takes that role is what we call ‘democracy’. Would you trust the majority of citizens in your country to make choices that affect minorities?
      The Swiss model shows that ‘mob rule’, which we are told is the democratic alternative to representative democracy, can in fact work equitably, and alongside traditional politics. The role of the media who inform voters becomes paramount, although uncensored internet enables people to do their own research – if they have the time and inclination…..

      It is the unelected rulers of Europe that we should be worried about, and diluting the power of the Eu parliament is very much in their interest. I wonder if they realise that the proposal to de-nationalise the parliament could result in powerful pan-european political groupings that could be a lot more effective than the disparate ‘nationalist’ MEPs that are such a nuisance to them! I guess they already have this figured out and will have the ‘right’ people inserted from the start.

    • Timothy Mc Bang

      Germans haven’t had their own government or a constitution written by Germans since 1945.

      • Michael

        That isnt a bad thing.

    • SJE

      First as tragedy then as farce. No one would believe this if it were fiction.

      Gee, I wonder what’s going to happen next?

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