Hamburg in the north of Germany is a hustling, bustling port city teeming with interesting places and an inquisitive people. I had the good fortune of visiting a German friend for an extended weekend years ago and saw the sites, from the busy port area, to the remarkable rebuilding of a city destroyed by World War II, to the place where the Beatles got their start in the music industry adjacent to the Reeperbahn. It was an instructive and fun visit which I'll always remember.
But of particular interest this day is an article by Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute, a think tank which specializes in evaluating important stories which fail to gain traction with today's slanted media. In this article, Kern reports how Hamburg has instituted a change to their constitutional guidance which allows the City to seize private property and use it to provide residences for those suffering from housing shortages. And it points out that most of the problem has been created by two factors: the inability of local governments to authorize much needed new construction and the huge influx of so-called refugees from the Middle East, approximately two million in the last several years. And who's to blame for that? Why none other than Angela Merkel and her desire to turn Germany into a non-Germanic state, or at least that will be the result of her madness.
So apartment owners with vacancies, most because of the inability to meet upgrade requirements due to insufficient rent likely to be generated, are now having their property seized in Hamburg. This is just the tip of the iceberg so far and the city fathers will require the property owner to cover the cost of any modification. Berlin considered the same program but backed down when challenged over the obvious constitutional violation. I wonder why no one in Hamburg stood up with a challenge? And why did they do so in Berlin? I guess it's because Berlin, the former island city in the midst of Communist tyranny, may remember its past so well. But regardless, if the trend being implemented in Hamburg grows, Germany may well be on the way to becoming a land where property rights disappear, which would help hurry the transfer of Europe's most successful post-war country into a third world nightmare with no semblance of the German culture remaining.
And since I have written a book, Thou Shall Not Take Our Land, about the danger of wealthy elites wanting to take America's God-given property rights away under a burgeoning New World Order, it was only appropriate to write such a blog this day. If you think we in America are safe from such government action, we are not. For wherever there are power-driven politicians seeking more and more of what the citizenry has and produces, the threat to our property exists. Here's the link to the book: