The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found. The figures, which were published in daily newspaper Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by authorities between 2003 and 2013. Of these 84 per cent were men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29. A third of them were unemployed, and 92 per cent still live with their parents. This “international anti-fascist culture” consists of taking the streets and physically confronting the “brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.” Okay, but I have to be home by six if I want dinner.
It’s interesting that the greatest common denominator is not age, sex or employment status, but living in their parents’ house. Is that because they get along so well with mom and dad, or just love their parents too much to leave? Is it a great way to impress girls, or is it the allure of having someone else make their meals or clean up after them? Probably none of the above. Even though two thirds were employed, most lived at home because, presumably, they couldn’t afford to move out. This was a German study, and most colleges in Germany don’t charge tuition, and for those that do, student loans are very liberal. The German model of student loans, which come interest-free, give students a five-year break before repayment begins, and reward academic performance by lowering the amount owed. Were the respondents Americans, it’s quite possible that the reasons they cannot afford to live on their own would include massive student loan debt for virtually worthless college degrees, and low paying jobs.
But what do we make of German 18-29 year olds living with parents? In Italy and Greece, over 70% of 15-29 year olds live with parents. U.S. News and World Report published figures in 2016 that showed countries with the highest percentage of this age group living with parents. The low cutoff was 30.9%, Canada. The highest was Italy, over 80%. Germany wasn’t even on the list, so less than 30.9% of their youth live with parents, yet 92% of violent protesters do! Is their violence related to their economic situation? Or is it related to living with mom and dad. Or is there no causal relationship between their violence and their living situations? It would sure be interesting to know more about these unfledged birds. As for as I have been able to ascertain, Germany is the only country in which violent leftist demonstrators have been interviewed as to their living situation.
I remember that when I mustered out of the army in 1970, one of the most violent leftist gangs in the world was the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader Meinhoff gang. Their activities included murders, blowing up buildings, kidnapping for ransom, highjacking airliners and consorting with Arab and Palestinian terrorists. They were German. Other European countries may have spawned leftist terrorist gangs, but I am not aware of any of them that operated internationally. Most were involved in local struggles; few lived with their parents. Is this the future, bust heads during the day, be home in time for dinner? I can just imagine the dinner table conversation: “What did you do today son?” “Oh, nothing much, put some bystanders in the hospital with concussions” “That’s nice dear….more bratwurst?”
No wait, mom, dad and son are probably all glued to their phones, checking out Twitter…..