A neo-Nazi on welfare



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Totat absurd

ANON more than 7 years ago


What are you all on. This bloke only wants to get rid of immigrants who want to sponge off the state. If he came to my country I would welcome him with open arms. Long live nationalists.

cillysunt more than 9 years ago

An Expatriate is obviously not a New York Times reader...

...as the NY Times often quotes Pat Buchanan, Joe Arpaio and other racists without giving a more specific ideological context. But I understand if he's using the Times because it's the only newspaper he's ever heard of. It's famous!

D. Strauss more than 9 years ago

great work

thanks for this article! great. Who else would talk about this? I reject this guy for personal (and political!) reasons. But it's so interesting to read about his everday personal problems. imagine: even nazis are humans!

Cornelius more than 9 years ago

Sad day

It's a sad day when I realize that my taxes partially fund this asshole's R&R time

Tatiana more than 9 years ago

sad day

It's a sad day when the press, in this case EXBERLINER, can't write an article without losing "sophisticated" readers because those sophisticated readers have their heads in the sand. Get real. It is an interesting story, if only because it shows how the economy spares no one, least of all a Neo-Nazi who can't see a good job offer when it's pushed in front of him. I agree with MTF: if you can't see the obvious disdain for the man in the writing, go read your precious NYT instead. Obviously, it's far more interesting how the Times DOESN'T report on issues of racism in America. And let no one else be fooled, intellectualism isn't ignoring issues, events, stories that make people feel queasy or noxious. Or maybe you'd like to burn the article in public so we all know how smarter you are?

CBIZIA more than 9 years ago

re: MTF, et al.

To be clearer, MTF: It's not the attraction of readers to the opinions of people like Mr. Voigt that worry me, rather it's the discourse created through the style of the article, as an "interesting story", eschewing the proper derogative language to make for a more sophisticated piece, at the price of excluding the appropriate critical language that should come along with it. I do not want it imitated as an aesthetic in conversation, magazine writing, or as a standard in a civilized society, this is not sophistication – this is regression. Unfortunately I cannot do justice to my argument on why I think that is the case in this short note, I could only hope that one would gather that by reading what grander people than myself had already written on the subject. Obviously this view is not shared by the editors of Exberliner (which is not exactly the Times and the like, which hold themselves to a higher standard if only for that reason).

Most likely the quality that I seek does not exist here, so it would be best for me to stop reading this small magazine entirely, and certainly stop reading these comments.

All the best.

An Expatriate more than 9 years ago

@An Expatriate

I believe readers are perfectly capable of judging Voigt for themselves. The article clearly identifies him as a despicable neo-Nazi, and spells out several of his offensive opinions. If readers are somehow attracted to his ideology because this article doesn't explicitly explain that neo-Nazis are pieces of shit, then they are beyond all hope.

MTF more than 9 years ago

Excuse Me

Excuse me Mr. Anderson and the editors of Exberliner, but perhaps some more care should be taken with the composition of your articles. Let it be clear: This is a despicable man with opinions worth an expulsion of feces. Any writer with even rudimentary knowledge of history should have stated that more clearly and strenuously. I am in the opinion that Mr. Voigt’s professional tribulations and continued unemployment is a joy and blessing. I do know whether it was sardonic opinion that compelled you to edit this article as such, or the guise of unbiased journalism that did, but any hint of ambiguity towards the aforementioned points (supra. moral defection, &c.) might potentially be misconstrued as proper conduct in dialog by the more tender minded readers of this publication, and I would expect you to resolve these issues in the piece as soon as you can.

Thank you.

An Expatriate more than 9 years ago


So the NPD is on its way to get adjusted to reality, leaving the brown past behind and finally opening up, tearing out the last roots of neo-fascism the party usually is affiliated with? At least, you make it sound as if the NPD tried to get rid of Voigt because his political views are way too radical and that the party tries to distance itself from its Nazi smell. This, however, are plain cosmetics. Voigt wasn't fired for ideological, but for marketing reasons. Apfel is just as radical and as antisemitic as the Voigt nut, however, he manages to hide it better (or he doesn't since he was banned from parliament for a few day as a consequence of antisemitic rants).

So, you might want to adjust the text a little.

Thomas more than 9 years ago


Nice article but Germany has only 16 states ;)

Besserwisser more than 9 years ago

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