Germany is the sort of country that, romantic notions aside, leaves the sane person scratching her or his head in shock/horror/bemusement/utter confusion. In the past I’ve given detailed accounts of why Germany is best left as a holiday destination if necessary, a lovely locale to be experienced in well-crafted coffee table books ideally.
The Federal Republic’s most recent effort of making a mockery of itself astounds even me. Vagrants will be fined be issued spot-fines for sleeping rough. I have some experience with social problems tied to vagrancy. Two years in San Francisco taught me more than I ever thought I could learn about it. So efforts, however flawed, to come to terms with it should be encouraged and welcomed. As usual, the Huns find a way to turn even well-intended and necessary steps into flagrant breaches of basic common sense.
People sleeping rough are usually there because they lack recourse to funds. How the intellectual heirs to the Gestapo and Stasi expect them to pay spot fines boggles the mind. Moreover, a large majority of vagrants suffer from mental health issues. Some are biological, some are the result of nervous breakdowns and some rose out of drug abuse and dependency. In some instances, people chose to drop out of society entirely. Unlike in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia Germany has almost no degree of economic and social flexibility.
In the UK, if there’s a will, there’s a way. In most of the US, the chances of muddling through if one is willing to do what it takes are vastly greater than those against it. The same applies to Australia. In Germany, this does not exist. It’s 100pc or 0pc. For some, the type that would live in counter-culture cooperatives in the UK, US or Australia, Germany only offers them ruin. Many choose to take their chances on the street. One mustn’t be sympathetic to their ideology to at least respect their right to make their own way. Not in Germany.
So, the vulnerable, the mentally ill, those who couldn’t cope with the rigours of Hunnish life are to be crushed into dust. A connexion — however tenuous — with reality is eschewed in favour of pure ideology and dogma.