I haven’t seen anything about this on Tumblr but today Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel met Donald Trump for the first time and she asked him to have a picture taken of them shaking hands and he looked the other direction and completely ignored her request, pretending she didn’t say anything at all? How fucking childish can you be to meet one of the world’s most important leaders for the first time and immediately be a stubborn asshole to them and disrespect them? (video)

  • Deutschland vor jeder Kommunal-, Landtags-, Senats- und Bundestagswahl, bei der die Gewählten hohen politischen Einfluss haben: Ich geh nicht wählen, meine Stimme zählt eh nicht, da werden sowieso immer die Gleichen gewählt, mimimimimi
  • Deutschland bei der Bundespräsidentenwahl, bei der die gewählte Person hauptsächlich repräsentativ unterwegs ist: WIESO DÜRFEN WIR NICHT WÄHLEN??? DAS IST UNDEMOKRATISCH!!!
Mending Kita Temenan Aja :)

Kalo saya cerita tentang pandangan politik saya, apakah kita masih berteman?

Saya serius menanyakan ini karena di otak saya, rasanya jawabannya lebih condong tidak.

Apalagi melihat kenyataan belakangan yang membuat masyarakat semakin terpolarisasi. Mungkin karena sekarang semua orang merasa punya corong suara. Mungkin karena sekarang semua orang merasa punya kekuatan dengan sosial media. Lalu semua orang berisik dengan opininya: sibuk membenarkan diri sendiri dan mencari kesalahan orang-orang yang berada di seberangnya.

Kalo saya cerita pandangan politik saya, mungkin Anda yang tidak sepaham akan kaget. Lalu bilang “lah, gue kira si iqbal sama sama gue”, “Kok si Iqbal goblok sih mikir kayak gitu”, atau bahkan “oh, Iqbal ternyata sedangkal ini”.

Ayo lah. Kita semua mikir kayak gitu kok ketika tahu pandangan politik teman kita. Di kepala kita pasti terbesit suara-suara serupa. Bedanya, ga semuanya diomongin aja.

Hal-hal seperti ini yang bikin saya malas sekali bicara pandangan politik di ranah publik.

Silakan cap saya populis, tapi saya orang yang lebih menghargai pertemanan daripada perbedaan pandangan. Tuduh saya apatis, tapi saya lebih memilih diam daripada berisik lalu kehilangan teman.


Ngomongin masalah ini, saya jadi teringat juga soal hutang piutang. Kasusnya mirip dengan pandangan politik.

Hutang piutang juga salah satu interaksi sosial yang sangat sering kita alami. Dan setelah beberapa kali pengalaman, saya sangat berusaha menghindari yang namanya hutang piutang. Apalagi dengan teman.

Bukannya saya pelit atau gimana. Memberikan pinjaman kepada saudara/teman adalah salah satu cara kita membantu, tapi kalau ujung-ujungnya malah bikin memutus persaudaraan, ya buat apa.

Pernah satu kali ada teman yang ingin meminjam uang. Saya ceritakan semuanya, lalu saya minta untuk bikin semacam surat perjanjian. Simpel, saya hanya mengikuti apa yang diajarkan agama saya. Lalu orang ini menolak karena menurutnya ribet. Lalu saya bilang,

“Men, kita temenan udah lama banget loh. Gue bukan masalah uangnya, gue bisa banget bantu. Gue cuma ga mau duit yang kecil ini merusak pertemanan kita yang ga ternilai harganya”

Saya berani bilang begitu bukan karena saya sombong, tapi belajar dari pengalaman. Tidak sekali dua kali saya meminjamkan uang, lalu yang berhutang hilang entah kemana, tidak ada kabarnya. Atau pernah juga orangnya sih tidak hilang, tapi entah kenapa dia bisa tetap bicara sama saya tapi tidak pernah menyinggung soal hutangnya, seolah tidak pernah terjadi apa-apa.

Dibanding kehilangan uangnya, saya lebih sakit hati karena dibohongi seakan pertemanan kita tidak ada harganya.

Mungkin itulah kenapa, ayat terpanjang di Al-Qur'an adalah syariat tentang hutang. Allah sendiri yang mengatur bagaimana kita sebaiknya bermuamalah dalam hutang piutang. Karena di sini potensi konflik hubungan pertemanan dan kekeluargaan sangat rawan terjadi.


Kembali soal politik. Jadi, saya pilih siapa?

Kadang-kadang rasanya ingin sekali blak-blakan bicara saya pilih siapa, dan kenapa.

Tapi sosial media dan platform chatting adalah tempat yang sangat terbatas untuk berdiskusi dengan kepala terbuka.

Saya takut sekali berdebat dan jadinya malah merusak hubungan dengan teman atau keluarga saya.

Belakangan, saya sendiri keluar dari beberapa grup whatsapp yang semakin tidak kondusif dan tidak relevan dengan tujuan aslinya. Grup yang tadinya hanya ditujukan untuk komunikasi mengenai topik/event tertentu, jadi ajang debat kusir dan broadcast sana sini soal pilihan politik yang bahasannya itu itu lagi.

Saya sendiri bukannya anti politik. Kalo anda ajak saya ngopi, saya bisa cerita pandangan saya.

Tapi ya, balik lagi. Saya tidak tahu seberapa siap kita semua dengan perbedaan pandangan politik. Seberapa dewasa kita menyikapi perbedaan dan tidak memberikan cap sebab-akibat pada pandangan politik dengan hal lain, pandangan keyakinan dan agama misalnya.

Saya mau banget sih suatu saat nanti jadi orang yang vokal membicarakan pandangan politik. Pada level tertentu, saya ingin terjun ke politik praktis. Mungkin tidak sebagai politisi - saya cukup yakin saya tidak tahan dan punya kemampuan untuk itu - tapi sebagai juru bicara atau tim kreatif salah satu kandidat misalnya.

Mungkin dalam waktu dekat. Mungkin juga masih dalam waktu yang lama.
Yang jelas, sekarang sih saya lebih memilih diam saja.

Ya sudahlah jangan dipaksa. Memangnya anda mau saya bicara, ternyata kita berbeda, lalu kita jadi berantem dan anda ga mau lagi ketemu saya?

Sudahlah.

Mending kita temenan aja :)

die Politik - politics

die Wirtschaftspolitik - commercial/economic policy
die Sozialpolitik - social/welfare policy
die Sicherheitspolitik - security/military/defence policy
die Außenpolitik - foreign policy
die Innenpolitik - domestic policy

die Macht - power/force
der Konflikt - conflict
der Frieden - peace
die Freiheit - freedom
die Gleichheit - equality
die Solidarität - solidarity

der Parlamentarismus - parliamentarism
der Sozialismus - socialism
der Kommunismus - communism
der Faschismus - fascism

die Diktatur - dictatorship
die Demokratie - democracy

der Staat - state/country
die Regierung - government
regieren - to govern
der Bürger/die Bürgerin - citizen
der Staatsbürger/die Staatsbürgerin - citizen (of a country)
die Staatsbürgerschaft - citizenship (of a country)
die (Landes)grenze - border

der Bürgermeister/die Bürgermeisterin - mayor
die Botschaft - embassy
der Botschafter/die Botschafterin - ambassador
das Parlament - parliament

die Partei - political party
die Koalition - coalition
der Politiker/die Politikerin - politician

die Wahl - election
der Wahlkreis - constituency
der Wahlkampf - election campaign
die Stimme - vote
stimmen/wählen - to vote
der Wähler/die Wählerin - voter
die Wahlurne - ballot box
das Stimmrecht - right to vote
der Stimmzettel - ballot card
das Wahlergebnis/der Wahlausgang - election result

So just to recap really quickly to be sure I’ve got this right:

  • UKvia’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants to win a general election, but UKIP are pinching all his voters because they want UKvia to leave the EU, a process hereafter known as Brexit. 
  • He therefore promises to hold a referendum about the EU that won’t actually be legally binding, but says he’ll stand by the result anyway, so it’s like, practically legally binding.
  • He wins his general election. The referendum on Brexit is set for June.
  • The campaigning is split into Remain and Leave camps. Political parties are immediately all over the damn place, except UKIP, who literally only exist over this one issue. David Cameron wants to Remain. The Leave camp is headed by Evil Clown Freak Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London with an impressive cult of personality who wants to be Prime Minister so he can kick out all the Muslims and have his detractors beaten and/or killed, and Nigel Farage, a sort of Haunted Walnut Mask possessed by the soul of an angry Nazi who wants UKvia to be an autocracy or at least to just stop interacting with anyone who is The Wrong Sort, i.e. not white.
  • The Leave camp also contains some people we call Lexiters, who want Brexit for left-wing reasons. Unfortunately, they utterly fail to spot that they are being given an overly-simplified binary option and not a nuanced opinion-giving vote, and that they will therefore be siding with and empowering racists.
  • The campaigning begins. The Remain camp mostly uses an economic argument. If Brexit happens, they argue, the pound will plummet, causing another recession and also all that European funding our poorest areas receive will vanish. The Leave camp mostly uses an immigration argument. We’re swamped by swarms of immigrants stealing all the jobs, houses and opportunities, they argue, and if we kick them all out you’ll get your jobs and that back.
  • These arguments are both targeted at incredibly impoverished people. They hear the first argument - that they’ll be economically worse-off after Brexit - and think, “Things can’t actually get any worse??? So???” They hear the second argument - that there’s a really simple reason that they’re poor and it’ll be fixed by Brexit - and think, “So things can actually get better??? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.”
  • Also, the Leave campaign is much richer, and can afford to do far more leafletting through people’s letterboxes. Older people who don’t/can’t use the internet to fact-check are incredibly vulnerable to factual-looking leaflets through the door about the EU, with titles like “The EU - the facts”.
  • The main points that the Leavers ultimately push, though, are as follows:
    • Let’s close the borders and stop immigration!
    • We spend £350 million EVERY WEEK on the EU. Let’s spend that on the NHS instead!
    • The EU is completely undemocratic, unlike the UKvian Parliament! LET’S TAKE BACK SOVEREIGNTY.
  • These are all literally lies.
  • All of them.
  • Nonetheless, the second one in particular gains traction - it gets emblazoned across the Leave campaign bus, and put on all of their posters when they give speeches.
  • The Murdoch-owned newspapers of UKvia, most notably the Daily Mail (the paper that supported Hitler), all peddle these lies ceaselessly, and paint anyone who disagrees as ‘unpatriotic’.
  • Meanwhile, Nigel Farage announces that unless the gap between the decisions is 10% or more, he’ll demand another referendum.
  • Just before the referendum happens, an MP in the north of England called Jo Cox is gunned down and murdered by a Leaver who shouted “Britain First” as he killed her and owned Nazi memorabilia.
  • Anyway, the referendum rolls around, and the following happens:
    • Older people overwhelmingly vote to Leave, having been taken in by the Lie Leaflets. 
    • Poignantly, some of the poorest areas were incredibly susceptible to being given easy scapegoats for their poverty, and so also vote to Leave.
    • A shit-ton of people who don’t actually want to Leave vote to do so because they too have failed to grasp what a binary election is or means, and think that by voting Leave they’ll simply show the government that they’re unhappy with UKvia’s position in the EU.
    • Lexiters seeking ideological purity vote to Leave.
    • Racists vote to Leave in their droves.
    • Young people overwhelmingly vote to Remain.
    • The final result is a win for Leave, with 51.9% of the vote to 48.1%.
  • Immediately, the pound starts to not so much fall as plummet, taking several other currencies with it.
  • Within four hours of the polls closing, the Leavers admit that even though they’ve won, they won’t be able to close the borders.
    • THE FIRST LIE IS REVEALED
  • The following day, as the result is announced, Nigel Farage appears on national television. Not only does he admit that we won’t actually be spending £350 million a week on the NHS, but he denies ever having said it, and claims he thought it was a mistake that others said it. Photographs immediately circulate of his election bus which had it written on the side, and of speeches he gave in front of posters that said it.
    • THE SECOND LIE IS REVEALED
  • David Cameron cries, because this was never meant to happen.
  • Towards the end of the day - less than 24 hours after the result is called - the Leavers one and all admit that they don’t actually have a plan for this happening. In a bizarre twist, they blame this on David Cameron, a man who, for all his evils, wasn’t actually in their campaign, nor was he the head of a political party that literally only exists for this exact scenario. 
  • The already-falling pound now enters freefall, breaking records for how quickly it can sink.
  • The Daily Mail publishes a story smugly telling Britain to “take a bow”, and then explains all of the shit that’s now going to hit the fan. Its readers are furious that they weren’t told this before the referendum, and are horrified that they now won’t be able to own and use their French holiday/retirement homes.
  • The racists take to the streets in unbridled delight, harrassing and assaulting everyone they think might be foreign, buoyed by the belief that everyone agrees with them. When Remainers try to talk about this, Lexiters suddenly crawl out of the woodwork to try to silence them, squawking about how it’s totes unfair that people think they’re racist for voting Leave. They do not see the irony.
  • Meanwhile, millions of people start calling for a second referendum, now that the blatant lies have been revealed. Also, all those ones who voted as a protest are feeling really fucking stupid. And hey, Nigel Farage did say he’d call for a second referendum if the margin between was less than 10%, right?
  • Right?
  • Riiiiggghhhht?
  • WRONG, MOTHER FUCKERS. Leavers who are either racist or tribal about the whole thing start posting memes about how everyone should ‘accept democracy’, and telling Remainers - or Remoaners, as they get rebranded - that ‘you lost, get over it.’ 
  • David Cameron meanwhile, having now schismed his country, induced the rise of street-side fascism, exploded his own economy and that of others and plunged the nation into a quagmire of uncertainty and No Plan, falls on his sword and resigns. At least now he might be remembered as the man who destroyed his country rather than the time he face-fucked a dead pig while gazing into the eyes of another Tory.
  • Nigel Farage then stands down as head of UKIP.
  • No, that needs repeating.
  • NIGEL FARAGE STANDS DOWN AS HEAD OF UKIP.
  • This is literally the only thing he’s for, but he’s so dramatically incompetent and out of his depth that he has to flee the scene and get someone else to do it.
  • Maybe Boris Johnson? No more Cameron, Johnson was a Leaver, now is the time…
  • NOPE
  • Because he can’t do it either.
  • But why?
  • Because there is literally no good way of leaving the EU without tanking the economy so hard we all go back to using horses for horse power and return to the barter system. He knew this all along, of course, but like David Cameron and, let’s be fair, everyone else, he didn’t think we would actually leave. So he could back the safely-losing-but-popular-horse and ride into Downing Street as Man of the People. But then it all went wrong and so now he’s on the run.
  • Theresa May ascends the throne instead after a two-horse race in which one of the horses had only three legs and got shot before it was halfway in. Theresa May is a Remainer, but she really, really hates human rights and wants to repeal them.
  • That’s not hyperbole. She literally wants to remove our human rights.
  • In the first sensible political move we’ve seen in months, though, she makes Boris Johnson the Foreign Secretary. This cuts him off from his cult of personality power base, while making him responsible for negotiating our new trade deal with the EU, which as mentioned, is never going to be good. It remains to be seen how effectively she has kneecapped his chances of becoming PM at the next election, but it’s a damn good blow she’s struck, credit where credit’s due.
  • Then she sets about trying to repeal the human rights act.
  • People - Leavers - start braying about Article 50. Article 50 is what we need to enact to leave the EU formally, but is an odd thing:
    • We can trigger it, but withdraw from having done so at any time?
    • The referendum was not, as mentioned, legally binding, so May doesn’t actually have to do it. 
    • The big question: Should Parliament get to vote on it first? The referendum was not, after all, legally binding. Should Parliament have a say in it?
    • Given that the Third Big Lie was that Brexit was about reclaiming UK Sovereignty, you’d think the answer here would be a straightforward ‘yes’.
    • The other big question: what the fuck is the plan for leaving? What will our trade deal be? Terms like ‘Hard Brexit’ and ‘Soft brexit’ get thrown around. Everyone is bewildered.
  • Then the pound dips lower than the Euro, which is a fucking disaster. UKvia’s newly-instigated minimum wage, designed to be a living wage, comes into play just in time for the costs of living to soar. Big companies start leaving Britain. Jobs become uncertain or are lost.
  • Polls show that the number of people who voted Leave but would now vote Remain is now greater than the margin of difference in the actual result. We haven’t even left the EU yet and already everything is going to shit.
  • Unilever announce that, owing to how the pound seems to be on a one-way journey to the centre of the fucking Earth, their products will be more expensive. This includes Marmite.
    • Marmite, for those who don’t know, is a black tar-like edible paste made of yeast extract that prides itself on splitting people more completely than an ill-planned EU referendum, in that you either love it or hate it.
    • It’s vegetarian and it makes things taste like meat, and you can flavour gravy with it.
    • I know what you’re thinking but you’re wrong, it’s delicious. Marmite on buttered toast is lush.
  • Anyway this makes people go F U C K I N G   M E N T A L. Marmite is a British institution HOW VERY DARE THEY
  • People who previously didn’t give two mouldy shits about capitalist production as long as the product was cheap start screaming about how it’s only a problem because Marmite is bottled outside of Britain, meaning import costs. This is easier for them than accepting that their vote caused a Marmite Crisis.
  • And then the case of Should Parliament Vote On Article 50? goes to the High Court. 
  • The High Court judges rule that yes, the British Parliament should vote on this as well.
  • Leavers. Lose. Their. Fucking. Shit.
  • People who moaned and wailed about British Sovereignty now moan and wail about the Sovereignty of Britain being protected. Remainers gleefully tell them that ‘you lost. Deal with it.’ They do not see the irony.
    • THE THIRD LIE IS REVEALED
  • Immediately following the ruling, as if by fucking magic, the pound does a U-turn in its bid to burrow through the planet to Australia, and for the first time since the whole mess began surges up against the dollar.
  • The Daily Mail publishes an article stating that it’s an outrage that the High Court ruled this way because one of the judges is “openly gay.”

Is that everything?

Und nach 2016 braucht man sich nicht wundern, weshalb die Jugend keinen Bock aufs Leben hat, wenn sie auf ne Zukunft mit Trump, AfD und Nazis, sowie der nach Rache schreienden Mutter Erde blicken muss.
—  Fakt!!!
Was wird in Zukunft passieren, ich weiß die Antwort auch nicht
Ich weiß nur, dass die Jugend sich betäubt hier mit dem Rauschgift
Und keiner macht was dagegen, sie stehen nachts hier im Regen
Warten auf den Tag, zittern, es ist kalt in der Gegend
Die Reichen machen weiter mit der Ausbeutung der dritten Welt
Lassen tausend Menschen sterben wegen Macht und bisschen Geld