Glories of the West: Germany’s living folk music tradition

Anyone who thinks Europeans (or their descendants, here in the “European diaspora”) lack culture, is simply not paying attention! European culture is rich and diverse, and by no means is it limited to “high culture”: folk music is a vital part of European culture, as it is of cultures across the world. Here are a few examples!

First, a young woman named Marilena sings “A Lausbua muass er sei” – “He’s Got to be Cheeky,” or as I have also heard it translated, “He Must Be A Scamp.” Light-hearted, cute, and flirty, but not the least bit lewd or inappropriate as so much of today’s music is:

Here is a translation of the lyrics, for those who may be interested!

Next we find two sisters going by the stage name “Die Twinnies,” singing “Bayernmädels” (“Bavarian Girls”) while playing accordions and rollerblading (!):

This version doesn’t have as good picture quality, but does include English subtitles. And true, they are in jeans rather than more traditional attire. Alas! But even I have to admit that rollerblading in a dirndl might not quite work, either practically or aesthetically…

Finally, here is the finale of the Alle Stadlstern Sieger 2006-2010 – 30 Jahre Musikantenstadl (all of the above were also recorded at the Musikantenstadl), “a live television entertainment program broadcast in the German language throughout Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It features Austrian, Swiss, and German popular folk music (Schlager, Volkstümliche Musik), international pop and folk music as well as interviews and comedy” (Wikipedia). If this isn’t diverse, I’m not sure what is!

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“It’s too late for Germany”: German activist admits she got it wrong on immigration

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“It’s too late for Germany”: German activist and advocate admits she got it wrong on immigration, plans to emigrate to Poland

Source: “It’s too late for Germany” | Diversity Macht Frei

This young German woman, Rebecca Sommer, founded an NGO dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and assisting Angela Merkel’s “open borders” policy that let literally hundreds of thousands of supposed “refugees,” most of them from Middle Eastern and African nations, into Germany.

Now – rather belatedly! – she has seen the error of her ways… and plans to relocate to Poland, which is staunch in its opposition to open borders, noting, “If Poland and Hungary do not give in on this question, you could become countries that some Germans and French will flee to. You could become islands of stability in Europe.”

She writes,

“At that time [2012-2015] I wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress,” the German activist explained in an article published by the conservative Polish weekly Do Rzeczy on 15 January, discussing how she woke up to reality…

”I thought their medieval view was going to change with time…but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance.

“It was a jarring perception when I noticed that these people I had helped, who were eating, drinking, dancing and laughing with me, who didn’t pray, who didn’t go to the mosque, who didn’t respect Ramadan, who made fun of religion and deeply religious people, called me ‘the stupid German whore’ when they were eating my food and were in my garden.”

Furthermore,

Rebecca Sommer says she is not an isolated case, that many other volunteers also came ultimately to have the same perception and that there are now far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals today in Germany. She also acknowledges that, through their numbers, these Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the German way of life, and that this will get worse with family reunification.

Whether or not it is truly “too late” for Germany remains to be seen. But it is indeed very late! And I hope and pray that the rest of the West, including the United States, will listen and learn from this individual’s account of the situation there, so that we do not repeat the same mistakes.

Prince: Germany should reinstate monarchy | The Local

Prince: Germany should reinstate monarchy

Germany should reinstate its monarchy to speak to people’s emotions, make them proud of their country and even encourage them to have babies, according to Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia, great-great grandson of the last Kaiser.

Source: Prince: Germany should reinstate monarchy | The Local

Nice to see that there is at least some support in the German Royal Family for a Restoration! But unfortunately, “even if the German royal family were to be reinstated, Prince Philip would not sit on the throne – that honour would go to Prince Georg Friedrich von Preußen, who is the direct heir and has said he would not want to see a royal restoration.” I am sorry he feels that way; that is, to my mind, an abrogation of his responsibility as the direct heir, which is to serve his people – including assuming the throne, if called upon to do so. A shame he is unwilling!

Would the world be a better place if Germany won World War 1? (Part 1) – YouTube

An interesting take on “alternate history”!

Many people either instinctively realize or have discovered through study that the defeat of the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria) by the Allied Powers (Britain, France, Russia, and eventually the United States) – and especially the draconic surrender terms insisted upon by the French – led directly to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, and everything that followed.

(World War One, of course, was a completely unnecessary and horribly destructive “brother’s war” which accomplished absolutely nothing positive and much to the contrary, and the negative effects of this debacle continue to ripple through Europe and the world on many levels to this day. But I digress…)

But what if the Central Powers had won? Not just attained a negotiated peace (which would almost certainly have happened, were it not for a violent Communist insurgency within the Fatherland itself which forced Germany to sue for peace – it strains both language and credulity to claim that Germany “lost” the war when its troops were inside enemy territory on all fronts), but actually won outright?

Unlikely, perhaps, but not inconceivable – especially if the United States had stayed out, as we would have been well-advised to do. Allied propaganda aside, would the world have been a worse place… or a better one? This videoPart 2, and Part 3 suggest that the latter scenario is the more likely. Despite my pride in my paternal grandfather, who fought for the U.S. in WW I, I am inclined to agree. These three videos (the second and third are embedded below) do a very good job, in my opinion, of explaining why.

Bill Gates warns open door migration will overwhelm Europe | Daily Mail Online

Bill Gates warns that Germany’s open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to ‘make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes’

Source: Bill Gates warns open door migration will overwhelm Europe | Daily Mail Online

“Bill Gates has warned that European leaders risk deepening the migrant crisis by being too generous to those arriving on the continent. The Microsoft founder said countries such as Germany will not be able to handle the ‘huge’ numbers of migrants waiting to leave Africa and find a better life overseas. Instead, the 61-year-old suggested spending more on foreign aid to treat the root causes of migration, while making it more difficult for people to reach the continent.”

If even the arch-liberal Bill Gates recognizes that there’s a problem…!

And it’s not Germany alone, either – it’s every European country that’s at risk, not to mention the countries of the “European diaspora,” including the United States, Canada, and even Australia and New Zealand.

What kind of rank insanity does it take to continue to encourage and enable an invasion of your own land, and the displacement / replacement of your own people by foreigners who care nothing for your people, your land, its history, or its culture, and think of you only as a source of free stuff?

These are not Germans, and they will not magically (or at all) become Germans. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in Wolkenkuckucksheim – “cloud cuckoo-land.”

Sorry to have to be so brutally honest, but it’s time to stop deluding ourselves. Indeed, it’s past time.

Leben wie vor 100 Jahren – Filmbildsendung – Florian Schmitz – YouTube

I may have shared this previously, but even if I did, it’s worth a re-visit: Florian Schmitz seeks to live, to the greatest extent possible, according to the model of his forebears of c. 1900. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for this young man! I wish there were a version of this video with English subtitles.

It is of course true that “you can’t go home again”; alterity (the state of being other or different, otherness – particularly with respect to the differences between our present age and earlier times) is a real thing. However, sometimes you can bring the best parts (or at least, adapt or interpret them) of the past into the present.

Sometimes, perhaps often, we should!

Lack of respect for, and connection with, the past, our traditions – Tradition itself – is a major piece of our present malaise. A tree cut off from its roots cannot be healthy, and will soon wither. The same is true of a culture or society. And we in the West are increasingly cut off from our past, our traditions, our cultural heritage: and not accidentally; all too often, intentionally, as part of a focused program of social engineering.

What this young man is doing is an act of creative rebellion against the modernist / post-modernist machine, and I salute him for it.

Update / Nota Bene: A friend of mine advises me that it is possible to get a translation by adjusting one’s YouTube settings to “Close-captioned,” set subtitles to German, and then select the translation function to English. The resulting machine translation is clunky, imprecise, and a little hard to follow, but it allows a non-German-speaker (like me) to get at least the gist of what Florian is saying. Many thanks, Angela!