• Barbarian@sh.itjust.works
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    1 month ago

    Imo, it moreso proves that poverty causes desperation, desperation causes people to be way more susceptible to political extremism.

    I don’t think this has anything to do with the GDR except for the fact that it left east Germany in poverty.

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      1 month ago

      if you’re driving through East German cities you know why they’re voting populist right wing parties. there’s no work, poverty and half of the houses are empty because a lot of the people already left.

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        1 month ago

        That’s half the explanation.
        The economic and social decline makes people susceptible to populists.

        But the other half is this:
        They’re not the only populists.
        To vote for outright, obvious Neo-Nazis you also have to ok with Neo-Nazis.

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        1 month ago

        Yeah, but that doesn’t explain it all. Görlitz for example is the county with the highest number of votes for the AfD. But the county is doing really well, there’s a big Siemens plant there.