"We are the people!"

22.4.2017 kl. 15:28 - Sveinbjörn Þórðarson

Just watched a documentary on neo-nazism in Europe. One clip showed a group of young skinheads marching through an East German town shouting "Wir sind das Volk!" [We are the people] in unison. This was actually the slogan used in the anti-communist protests of 1989-1990. Back then, it was an attack on the stifling hypocrisy of a "People's Republic" run by a geriatric cabal of authoritarians. But for the skinheads in the video, it was a blunt statement of in-group solidarity and out-group hatred. "We are the people," they were saying. "But you, you are not people."