Beiträge vom 30. Oktober 2010

The heated German debate about immigration explained to friends abroad

Samstag, 30. Oktober 2010 23:32

I take the opportunity to point my American and other friends abroad to an excellent NYTimes Op-Ed by renowned German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, who takes on the task of explaining and historically locating the recent debate about immigrants that exploded with a book by Thilo Sarrazin. He also deals with two other important contemporary phenomena (in his words: „attraction to charismatic nonpoliticians and the grass-roots rebellion in Stuttgart“). To German readers, I think the article is still worth the time, linking together seemingly disparate events in a broad frame of interpretation.

His final paragraph strikes a moderatly optimistic tone, and could well be read as an appeal to American voters in the upcoming mid-terms:


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