I looked into those sources that you provided in your response to the other comment. The documentation itself appears to support my argument that something definitely happened in the DDR during the latter half of its existence. The “East German” not only tried to resist the Liberalization of Young Minds but also attempted to restore older ideas and values once cherished in the German-speaking world. And despite the annexation of the DDR by the BRD, the vast majority of “East Germans” continue to defy all efforts to emulate the “West Germans.” The “East Germans” might be improving economically, albeit at great cost to the “West Germans,” but they are still psychologically and psychically different. The various statistical data and infographics that can be found on the World Wide Web (WWW) can attest to this reality.
Given those differences, my conclusion that today’s Germany is dominated by two Volksgemeinschaften will remain valid for the foreseeable future. The differences are too vast for us to be describing the “West German” and “East German” as the two halves of a single Volksgemeinschaft. The looming question that I think people in the German-speaking world and elsewhere should be asking is what will truly reunite those two. This reunification will not be the same as the one which occurred under the terms of what was essentially a new Versailles Treaty. Rather, it needs to be a reunification that has to come from the creation of a new national consciousness.
The problem that continues to boggle me is that none of the current ideologies within the German-speaking world appears capable of fulfilling such a task. Neither Liberal Capitalism nor Marxism-Leninism will suffice and the same can be said about Pan-Germanic Socialism. We can cite another reason for the latter which does not have anything to do with Hitlerism. The Pan-Germanism aspect also has to contend with the prevalence of “Pan-Europeanism” among a sizeable number of “West Germans.” In essence, there is a recurring belief that all Europeans should identify more with Europe as opposed to their own nations. The intended aim of Pan-Europeanism is the eventual establishment of a “United States of Europe.” Today, we now know that the outcome of such a plan is the EU/NATO, a Liberal Capitalist project beholden to the Jeffersonian Empire of Liberty.
Pan-Germanism, as we understand it in related ARPLAN posts, advocates for the unification of the entire German-speaking world into a single nation. It might be open to cooperation and alliances with the rest of Europe, but it will never undermine the sovereignty and autonomy of the German-speaking world on behalf of Liberal Capitalist utopian thinking. The German-speaking world exists as its own hegemon and therefore does not need the rest of Europe in order to govern itself. Any contemporary formulation of Pan-Germanic Socialism will espouse Hard Euroscepticism, expecting the same attitude from the rest of Europe.
But Euroscepticism in general has yet to gain enough traction across the European mainland and more so in the German-speaking world. I mean, what is the likelihood of today’s Germany leaving the EU/NATO and pursuing its own foreign policies?