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First you facilitate naturalization, then you organize “demonstrations against the right.”  In this way you are endangering democracy

First you facilitate naturalization, then you organize “demonstrations against the right.” In this way you are endangering democracy

You have to be that bold first. First, the German citizenship law has been changed: instead of the previous eight years, it is now sufficient to live in Germany for five years in order to apply for naturalization. Because there is dissatisfaction and a majority of people do not want this reform, demonstrations are organized against the party that is most resolute against this change in the law.

Of course, it is unpleasant for the government to have to deal with at least partly irrational people, who do not understand how modern and advanced the citizenship law they have just passed is. But delegitimizing protest against one's decisions by depriving people of any democratic rights and effectively criminalizing them harms democracy to a degree that the AfD could never do.

What makes matters more complicated is that citizens must get the impression that they are dealing with some kind of coordinated action. In several major German cities, the usual networks of trade unions, churches and NGOs are organizing “anti-right demonstrations”, and at the same time a left-wing research network claims to have uncovered dark secret plans against all factual, and indeed neutral, daily newspapers. They do nothing above violating any journalistic principle to encourage their readers to take action against populism.

In Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, you use the attacker's energy to defend yourself. Responding to force with counterforce leads to uncontrollable collateral damage. The federal government would do well to learn from the ancient samurai. Instead, you attack like a beat-up boxer, further dividing society.