Germans rank with the English as the ethnies that have contributed the most to human progress over the last several centuries – science and technics, art and music, literature, philosophy, military prowess, etc. But I hope my German readers will not mind some constructive criticism of their ethny.
The problem with Germans is that they are too fanatical, too ponderous and serious, unable to find humor in themselves, not being able to find balance and measure in the objectives they pursue and the belief systems they follow. So, when the Germans accept nationalism, we end up with Hitler, WWII, and the wreck of the White World. Then, when the Germans accept anti-nationalism and universalism, we end up with Merkel, Camp of the Saints, and the destruction of Europe. No balance, no measure, insufficient feedback control.
Now, I am not saying that the Germans should become like feckless, hedonistic, superficial swarthoids. It’s always better to be the hammer than the anvil. But, please, can you be a prudent hammer? Create and not destroy? I realize that Faustian striving is part of German national greatness, but one can retain the striving without lurching from one extreme to another. Other European ethnies may not, on average, have the Germans’ sustained capacity for productive creativity, but perhaps they may know better when it comes to the balance of life…and death. The Germans at some point need to stop always pushing themselves on Europe, either from the Right or the Left. They need to be more flexible, more introspective when it comes to politics and the world stage, more careful in the exercise of their power and influence.
The Germans should also reflect on the fact that Jews and Gypsies were not the only victims of Nazi policy. Europeans were as well, and if the Germans were a bit more self-aware, and less arrogant in their current moral self-righteousness (aka guilt atonement), they’d think twice before engaging in the spectacle of hectoring Czechs and Poles to destroy themselves by talking in the migrants Mama Merkel foolishly invited into Europe.
The relevance to EGI should be obvious, particularly since Nazism is considered by Salter as a classic example of a “fitness bubble” – an overinvestment in ethny that backfired from the EGI standpoint. Today, we have the opposite from the Germans – a fitness underinvestment bordering on bankruptcy. And they are taking all of Europe down with them (not that most other Europeans need much help in being self-destructive).