2017-05-10

The Source Code for the AfD

Blogger Katharina Nocun calls the AfD party programme their source code. She took a closer look at it – and took it apart. Katharina Nocun is concerned. She’s concerned about the future of this country. That’s why she reads AfD party programmes and publishes the party’s most bizarre theories on her blog. She presented a summary of the best “what the fuck” moments in her talk.

For example, the AfD played with the idea of a widespread expansion of video surveillance with facial recognition at their national party conference in Cologne. Instead of fighting crime, the party likes to talk about crime prevention – which, in their mind, would include DNA analysis for biogeographic characteristics. “It would seem that, for the AfD, human dignity is indeed violable”, stated Nocun. Article 1, Paragraph 1 of the German constitution: who needs it anyway?

The internet should also become a safer place, as far as the AfD is concerned: sites that could be harmful to the young should be blocked. For the party, that would include pornography, instructions for suicide and anorexia, said Nocun. “Instructions on anorexia? Does that mean that 90 percent of fashion magazines would be censored?”

The party of the “little man” – which is how the AfD likes to present themselves – is anything but: “Elimination of the estate tax, which applies to amounts of 400,000 Euros and higher? That’s politics for the upper ten percent” stated Nocun.

An especially “interesting” proposal for the better visibility of public buildings and institutions came from the AfD North Rhine-Westphalia: the flags of the respective municipality, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German flag should ensure that people less familiar with the area, the elderly, as well as disabled persons can find their way around. “That plan might run into a snag during the football World Cup, dear AfD! There's flags hanging everywhere.”

It’s a pretty clear-cut case for Nocun: “The AfD is a racist party. There’s definitely an alternative to the Alternative for Germany.”

by Laura Eßlinger and Christina Spitzmüller (EJS)

Photo credit: Miriam Juschkat (CC SA 1.0)