Helen Szamuely reports of Leftist violence against the German anti-Euro party, the AfD. As she says, these people seem to have no awareness of their own movement’s history. It does sound worryingly reminiscent of an earlier era in German politics. But what really stood out for me was one of her own comments. The AfD is apparently considering suspending its campaign in Göttingen:
which, being a university town is particularly intolerant of any diverging opinion.
We all know it’s true. And we have a fair idea how that state of affairs came about. But what would the great minds of the past have thought about the fact that not only do some university towns suppress independent thought, but that we expect it?
And how do we fix it?
Edit: Removed italics that I’ve no idea why I’d put in.