July 24, 2021

Annalena Baerbock: Neoliberal lobby attacks Greens with dubious means

  • ofAlexander Seipp

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The neoliberal lobby organization INSM has advertised a targeted attack on Annalena Baerbock in several newspapers. The criticism is great.

Berlin – On the websites of several major news portals of renowned newspapers, a conspicuous advertisement could be admired on Friday (June 11th, 2021). The designated candidate for Chancellor of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock, stood there in the robe of Moses with two large stone tablets in her hand. On them are “prohibitions” such as “You must not live more beautifully”, “You must not fly” or “You can keep even less money, although you are already paying high taxes”. Below that, depending on the version, were slogans such as “Why we don’t need a state religion” or “Why green bans don’t lead us to the promised land.”

The originator of this advertising campaign directed against the Greens and their candidate for chancellor is the Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft (INSM), a neoliberal lobby organization which, according to its own statements, is financed by the employers’ associations in the metal and electronics industry. They rowed back on Friday (June 11th, 2021) and distanced themselves from the tendentious display. “Personal degradation and the unsuccessful use of Christian symbolism are not appropriate handling in the necessary competition for political content,” they informed the dpa. And: “This is not the style of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations.”

Attack by neoliberal lobby organizations on Greens: Violent criticism of symbolism

The President of the Israeli Kultusgemeinde Munich and former chairwoman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, commented horrified on Twitter about the ad. After all, Moses is one of the most important people in the Old Testament, who is said to have brought commandments, not prohibitions, to people. The New Social Market Economy initiative “would be well advised to leave the subject of religion, which it obviously doesn’t understand, to others. Here she has completely misjudged the tone and should make sure that she does not stir up prejudices with such representations, ”said Knobloch.

The Baden-Württemberg anti-Semitism commissioner Michael Blume told the Evangelical Press Service: “Last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel was confronted in Stuttgart with the conspiracy allegation that she was secretly Jewish. I can’t laugh at the equation of a candidate for chancellor with an oriental figure of Moses who allegedly wanted to issue oppressive bans and a state religion ”. This is inconceivable for important people from other religions, said Blume.

With this ad directed against the Greens and their top candidate, the New Social Market Economy initiative caused a sensation on Friday.


Criticism was released on Twitter after the attack on Green Annalena Baerbock

Fridays for Future-Aktivistin Luisa Neubauer wrote on Twitter “#insm is not just campaigning against a candidate. The #insm operates well-documented anti-climate propaganda on the American level. And various platforms are currently (involuntarily) in common with it. The Germany account from Fridays for Future added: “The lobby organization #insm has been fighting against climate protection for years.” It is financed by the “Gesamtmetall employers’ association” – the largest donors of which are Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, Bosch and Audi. “So much for ‘The German economy got it’.”

Also Youtuber Rezo commented on Twitter Regarding the campaign: “Imagine that several big influencers would accept a lot of money in return for raising the mood against a certain party. That would be awesome. ”But that’s exactly what happened, said the Youtuber, listing some of the newspapers.

Under the hashtag INSM there was criticism for the respective publishers. So wrote about one user: “So, subscription is canceled. I save the 5.40 € / week. You can get it from #insm. Kiss “. Others immediately shared the links to unsubscribe from the newspapers. (as / dpa / epd)