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onetexan

(13,165 posts)
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 12:27 AM Jan 2024

Huffpost: Germans float ban on far right party

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68029232

Germany is wrestling with a potentially explosive debate over whether to ban the far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD.

Germans have been shocked by revelations that senior figures attended a meeting where mass deportations were allegedly discussed.
A growing backlash has sparked large protests and public condemnation.
The AfD, which continues to poll second nationally, says it's being scandalously smeared by opponents.
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I wish we can do this with the GOP.

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Huffpost: Germans float ban on far right party (Original Post) onetexan Jan 2024 OP
OTOH, Germany banning certain political parties sounds familiar RockRaven Jan 2024 #1
The Nazi party has been banned for a long time now Silent3 Jan 2024 #2
Point is: creating/exercising powers against undesirables sounds great until RockRaven Jan 2024 #3
I don't like bans on political Parties Polybius Jan 2024 #4
Germany's not the US. Elessar Zappa Jan 2024 #5
I get banning the Nazi Party Polybius Jan 2024 #6
It's Germany's choice. Elessar Zappa Jan 2024 #7
 

Silent3

(15,900 posts)
2. The Nazi party has been banned for a long time now
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 03:11 AM
Jan 2024

I've never been sure it that was the best way to prevent a comeback of Nazis in a democracy, but it hasn't so far shown any signs of being a slippery slope toward greater loss of democratic freedoms in general.

And let's face it, AfD is just Nazis by another name.

RockRaven

(15,500 posts)
3. Point is: creating/exercising powers against undesirables sounds great until
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 03:19 AM
Jan 2024

it is the undesirables who capture that power and wield it against everyone else.

Remind me... Those Nazis who have been banned for some time now in Germany... What did they do with other political parties in their turn?

Polybius

(16,180 posts)
4. I don't like bans on political Parties
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 12:48 PM
Jan 2024

If the people want them, they should be able to vote for them. If the people don't like them, they won't get voted in. Simple as that.

Elessar Zappa

(14,580 posts)
5. Germany's not the US.
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 01:07 PM
Jan 2024

They don’t tolerate far-right parties due to their recent history. Remember, the Nazis got in power legally. Germany is trying to prevent that from happening again.

Polybius

(16,180 posts)
6. I get banning the Nazi Party
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 01:23 PM
Jan 2024

But don't ban extreme anti-immigration Parties and call it a ban on "hate" and lump them all together. People have a right to vote for extreme anti-immigration Parties, however unpopular that it may seem.

Elessar Zappa

(14,580 posts)
7. It's Germany's choice.
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 01:38 PM
Jan 2024

In the US, we’d have that right but Europe doesn’t have our first amendment and most Europeans are ok with that.

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