Following an investigation into acts of vandalism, including assaults and physical injuries against the population – mainly police and right-wing activists – during political demonstrations, the German authorities discovered that there was a typical pattern among the suspects: they were left-wing, many were unemployed, and most lived with their parents.
The German daily, Bild, which recorded profiles of 873 suspects investigated by the authorities between 2003 and 2013, revealed this information.
According to the data provided by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in a study conducted in 2017, 72% of the detainees were between 18 and 29 years.
“If you aren’t left-wing when you are 20, you have no heart; if you aren’t right-wing when you are 40, you have no brain.”
These figures reflect the quote attributed to both British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and writer Bernard Shaw: “If you aren’t left-wing when you are 20, you have no heart; if you aren’t right-wing when you are 40, you have no brain.”
German statesman Willy Brandt further qualified this statement saying, “One who isn’t a communist when young doesn’t have a heart; one who is a communist when old doesn’t have a brain.”
Both versions of the quote suggest that young people believe in the disastrous idea of “social justice,” which thinks of interventionism as the solution.
However, as they grow up, gain experience, and above all, start paying taxes, people see that state solutions come at a high cost. Especially, when people have access to what has historically been socialism, they understand the enormous price of “free things”: surrendering one’s liberty.
“Whoever defends a left-wing totalitarian dictatorship is defending his own grave.”
What the aggressors ignore is that in the regimes they seek, social protest doesn’t exist and people like then, in fact, end up in dungeons.
The writer Reinaldo Arenas could publish only one book in Cuba. After several arrests, he had to go into exile, where he published his other works. Arenas criticized how left-wing writers benefited from the freedom of speech in capitalist countries, “enjoying all the advantages of democracy.” He also pointed out the profitability of criticizing the system. It is unthinkable that anyone could criticize the regime in Cuba without ending up behind bars, in exile, or shot in the days of the revolution.
Besides his work as a writer, Arenas faced persecution as a gay man. He was one of the many victims of forced labor camps where, under the slogan, “work will make you men,” Che Guevara wanted to “rectify” both gay and religious people who were not considered fit for the armed revolution.