Economic policy of the AfD: “The reality as we see it”

Economic policy of the AfD: “The reality as we see it”

Economic policy of the AfD “The reality as we see it” The AfD lacks a stringent economic policy. A paper by an AfD member of parliament shows: The party will not get that fast. It contains crude conspiracy theories and calls for “Germany first”. His application justified Tino Chrupalla also with his professional life. He was painter and painter master, until recently led a company with six employees and trained apprentices. “That’s why I stand for the highest post in our party today,” he said. So Chrupalla presented to the delegates on the weekend at the party convention of the AfD. It was an “uplifting feeling to build something new,” he described it – whether as an entrepreneur or in politics. The delegates convinced the performance. They chose the 44 – year-old to one of two party chiefs, co-chief Jörg Meuthen was re-elected. It is to be expected that with Chrupalla at the top of a development goes on, which is emerging for some time: Increasingly, the AfD penetrates into the middle class, reaches artisans and small (re) entrepreneurs. In autumn, the AfD scored up to 30 percent in self-employment in Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia. Chrupalla in Braunschweig said that he sees the greatest electoral potential among craftsmen and medium-sized companies “who are squeezed out like a lemon”. That such a message, in spite of all the exaggeration, can be caught by the addressee, does not surprise us any further. Because, of course, many are constantly struggling, for example, with demands of the tax office and social security. What the rhetoric tries to overplay: It lacks the AfD more than six years after its founding on a stringent economic policy. The Bundestag member Hansjörg Müller has now presented a concept, which he has worked out with the initiated by him and this year founded “Friedrich List Society for the promotion of the domestic economy”. Müller calls it an offer to the federal AfD to take the ideas. He is currently moving through the district associations. The AfD scores with artisans and entrepreneurs and thus penetrates increasingly into the traditional core milieu of the FDP. The liberals have recognized the danger – but are desperately looking for a counter-strategy. from Sophie Crocoll, Benedict Becker In the paper, cautiously formulated, a crude worldview and economically at least worthy of discussion ideas stand side by side. The “Friedrich List Society for the promotion of the domestic economy” sees the world dominated by a “global financial oligarchy” – for the American Michael Butter, who researches at the University of Tübingen, part of one of the most dangerous conspiracy theories in this country. The society also defines the concept peculiar to neo-liberalism: as a “centralized, global oligopoly economy”, even as a “global reissue of socialism”. This neo-liberalism, writes a colleague from Müller’s office, represents the FDP. Although this claim is of course more than crooked: The FDP is indeed struggling with the search for a counter-strategy against the growing success of AfD in their core clientele. The AfD, on the other hand, stands for genuine freedom: economic liberalism means “a true market economy in which the power of individual, influential actors is clearly limited,” the paper notes. “We describe the reality as we see it”, it is significant that it continues. The authors refer in their paper, inter alia, to “libertarian elements from the Austrian School”, Walter Eucken and just the economist Friedrich List (1789 – 1846). Eugen Wendler, economist and founder of the Friedrich List Institute in Reutlingen, is “outraged” by this: Unfortunately, List is being abused by all sorts of sides, “especially by nationalist representatives,” he says. Müller and his fellow AfD subdivide economic operators flat-rate into groups and “pseudo-entrepreneurs” who conceded cash, “which they have previously taken away the honest-minded citizens on the redistribution state”. On the other hand, there would be “real entrepreneurs” – the middle class, who earns his money through performance for his customers. Right-wing populists are successful because they organize an “uprising of the established”: this alliance includes anti-globalization, desperate members of the middle class and cosmopolitan losers. Therefore, if mid-sized companies reinvested or did not distribute profits, they should remain tax-free. Even if they are based on the described, contradictory view of the world, such demands can be well accepted by those who would benefit from it. And that, too, is a feature of the concept: The coexistence of entrepreneurs and “so-called little people” is almost conjured. It is probably also the attempt to reconcile the liberal economic AfDler with the group around the Björn Höcke closely related member of parliament Jürgen Pohl, who presents himself quite more state welfare benefits (but only for German citizens). Significant reductions of taxes and levies “for domestic service providers”, and indeed for all wage groups, the authors write about Müller, benefited middle class and working together. Also Chrupalla called in his speech, the people who “get up in the dark and go to work and in the dark come home” and craftsmen and medium-sized entrepreneurs in succession. However, it is economically difficult in the reform proposals that make Müller and his co-authors: They serve as an example, the old Germany AG, which prevented the sell-off of the German economy to foreign countries through cross-holdings. A new Germany AG should – “sovereign and independent from the EU” – work with similar countries-AGs in the US, Russia, Hungary and other countries. Former AfD chairman Bernd Lucke talks about the metamorphosis of his ex-party, his current role as the leading candidate of the Liberal-Conservative reformers and the misguided developments in the EU. It is the transfer of the “America first” strategy of US President Donald Trump to Germany, combined with a rejection of multilateral in favor of bilateral agreements. “A return to the so-called Germany AG with their cross-investment and efficiency disadvantages would be anything but reasonable,” says Willi Rugen, President of the Federal Association of German economists and Betriebswirte.Friedrich List, it was primarily about the removal of barriers to trade. He wanted to tear down tariff barriers, not build it up, “and as a convinced European, List thought far beyond the patchwork of German small states,” adds Rugen. In contrast, the AfD-Gesellschaft, which carries List in its name, calls for Germany to leave the EU. © Handelsblatt GmbH – All rights reserved. Acquire usage rights?
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