A writer in Germany describes the situation there and is uncertain how to vote:
In Germany, elections for the Bundestag are coming up (a government and a chancellor are elected), and as a left-wing voter you don’t know who to vote for.
Although the party Die Linke is anyway divided and half bourgeois-reformist, it has been a lifeline for us for many years – after all, a parliamentary party that stands for socialism and for the rights of the poor, for redistribution from top to bottom.
Now, however, according to a recent poll, Die Linke is at 7%, which would be its worst result ever after years of decline.
Is it worth voting for Germany’s only left-wing parliamentary party?
At the same time, a miracle happened. While the conservative Union (CDU & CSU) lost 13 points, probably due to the unsympathetic chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, and now only gets 20%, the SPD passed them, for the first time in ages, and is at 25%.
Incomprehensibly, their candidate for chancellor is liked by many.
For a while it even seemed that we might get a Green chancellor, but that candidate, Annalena Baerbock, made a few, actually small, mistakes, which, as a woman, were held against her, torn apart by the media and widely reported.
The Greens are currently in third place, which would at least mean that the SPD and the Greens together could replace the unbearable permanent rule of the CDU/CSU.
Now the left voter asks himself / herself, what’s the point of all this, capitalist party remains capitalist party, no matter whether painted black or green. [NOTE: Black is the color of the CDU.]
That’s true, of course – but besides the class struggle, we have another very urgent problem: nature is dying, and it’s doing so very quickly.
In the person of Julia Klöckner (CDU), the very worst, most pro-capitalist, most lobbyist agriculture minister ever is currently sitting in the German Bundestag. She works so obviously and brazenly for the interests of the agricultural and chemical corporations that she absolutely must leave office!
And there is another side of the Union that is important. If the CDU is re-elected to government, there will be two extreme right-wing hardliners in the government:
Friedrich Merz, a hard-core advocate of capitalism and ex-Black Rock employee, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, a former president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, who is close to fascist circles and hostile to migration.
And now, dear readers, I have a question for you, because I don’t know what to do.
What would you do in this situation?
Vote Green or SPD for once in your life, continue to vote for Die Linke in a hopeless position, or something completely different?
Oaklandsocialist comments: We welcome any thoughts on this situation and any replies to this writer’s question.