It seemed bizarre on the face of it anyway.
But maybe not so bizarre when one considers the strange interests and alliances that have been lurking in the background of political events all over the place for nearly a decade: specifically the business of what I have previously labelled the ‘Old Elites’ and their patient manipulation of socio-political climates and mass (mis)information warfare in order to try to bring (or restore) themselves to power.
This invariably is accompanied by some notion of a bygone Golden Age that needs to be restored – which is also, as many historians would note, a hallmark of most fascist-style movements.
This reality and dynamic is something that’s been covered here before: for example, in regard to the elite British establishment’s role in Britain’s rift with Europe, and in fact specifically in regard to Germany too, not just in terms of the far right and its infiltration of German institutions (see here), but also in terms of the elite or blue-blooded element in the equation.
For example, a few years ago I focused on the fact that the major opposition party in Germany, the AFD (Alternative for Deutschland) had a Deputy Leader in Beatrice Von Stork who not only is the granddaughter of the final head of state for Hitler’s Third Reich, but is also a member of one of Europe’s old royal families (the House of Oldenburg).
And yet the AfD was somehow able to sell itself as an ‘anti establishment’ movement.
The notion of royalty being involved in the so-called ‘populist’ ‘anti establishment’ opposition is dubious at best, of course. But this is precisely what I was flagging up three or four years ago: the presence of the Old Elites (note: not the so called ‘liberal elite’ that right-wing narrative-manipulators love to throw into the mix to muddy the waters, but specifically the Establishment’s *Old Elites*).
This seems to have been going on everywhere.
With all of that as context, let’s look at this strange turn of events that sprung up in Germany recently: and see how it fits into that equation.
Certainly, the major media considered the news out of Germany in early December so strange that they didn’t quite know how to cover it or react to it.
Apparently, a serious coup (or at least an ‘imminent’ coup) was thwarted in Germany, involving elements of the military, the police and security services, and all centered around a figurehead of royal blood who was identified as the leader of the far right movement.
To summarise, here are the basic facts (as reported in German media):
- The network, calling itself Patriotic Union, was a part of Germany’s far-right ‘Reichsbürger’ movement: its objective being to end modern democratic Germany and re-establish a monarchist government in the model of the German Reich.
- The network allegedly wanted to create chaos and a civil war in Germany: via which it could seize control (if it sounds a little similar to what almost occurred in the US not long ago, that’s not a coincidence: which we’ll get to shortly).
- The royal descendent figurehead at the center of the story is Heinrich XIII Prinz Reuss, who was arrested on December 7th along with numerous others. He comes from a German aristocratic family that goes back to the 12th century, the House of Ruess.
- The insurrectionist movement includes members of the military, intelligence and security services and police. It also includes high-profile individuals like Malsack-Winkemann, a lawyer and judge in the state of Berlin: she was a member of the German Bundestag from 2017 to 2021 (for the AfD), and was among those arrested on 7th December.
- The network is alleged to have been planning an armed attack on the Bundestag since at least November 2021, as well as conducting public arrests of various politicians; and, according to the German media, actual *executions* of public figures.
- It also intended to create various armed units to carry out the will of the movement, and to establish a ‘Homeland Security’ style infrastructure to maintain the movement’s control.
Those are the basic facts we’ve been furnished with by German authorities.
Most international media seemed baffled by the story: and more so by the fact that it happened in Germany of all places.
But, given the degree of Old Elite or Old Establishment manipulation of propaganda techniques and information warfare, as well as the weaponization of extreme right wing issues and the cultivation of so called ‘populist’ movements (designed to be essentially street mobs for the elites), it really shouldn’t be surprising that both networks *and* plans of this type exist: and could even be so far down the line that they’re essentially ready to put into action on short notice.
The really worrying part is the infiltration of institutions.
But in terms of the far right infiltration of security services and the military, this is something I covered here before: back when the Chemnitz incident happened in 2017 (which, as I argued at the time, was almost certainly a false flag carried out by the far right elements in the police and security services in order to bolster support for the right wing populist movement).
The presence of nefarious (and even Neo Nazi) elements in German institutions seems to have been a largely acknowledged problem in Germany: and the ability of these networks to manipulate the socio-political climate via staged events and false flags is substantial.
This climate is then capitalised on by the propaganda and political players at the higher level: all of it used to push the agenda forward and eventually create the right climate for action.
This dynamic isn’t unique to Germany: the role of elite establishment networks and players in the British military and intelligence services is substantial, for example. To cite just one example, the case remains strong to this day that elite units under the control of the royal establishment may have been involved in Diana Spencer’s car crash in 1997 (see here).
The difference appears to be that modern Germany, unlike Britain, is not being *run* by these networks: and in fact perceives them as a threat.
A slight tangent here: but one thing I noticed in a lot of the major media’s initial coverage of the story is the extent to which they tried to blame both the planned coup and the extremist movement itself on ‘conspiracy theorists’ in general, and Covid deniers, vaccine sceptics and QAnon adherents.
Seriously, type ‘german coup conspiracy’ into Google and all you’ll see is headlines about how conspiracy theories created this situation.
Which is clearly a case of the media wanting to use these events for its own purposes. Not that ‘conspiracy theories’ might not have played a part in the movement (certainly the QAnon bullshit was a central factor in the January 6th business, for example): but to look at an extreme right-wing infiltration of various institutions, with the intent of overthrowing the government and installing a figurehead of royal blood… and to focus on ‘conspiracy theories’ as the root problem is absolutely absurd.
And is one of the worst examples of deflection I’ve ever seen in the media. Clearly the main focus should be on elite/establishment entities, far right infiltration of institutions and dangerous movements of weapons… and not on ‘vaccine sceptics’.
But, anyway, let’s get back to the main subject.
In the case of these coup plotters in Germany, they clearly misjudged both the timing and the climate. Their plan seemed to be completely unworkable: even if their endgame (a return to the ‘Second Reich’, a restoration of the monarchy and the Kaiser, and a reversion to pre World War I borders) was apparently quite clear.
Incompetent and totally misguided? Sure.
But then so was, for example, the attempted January 6th Insurrection in the US: an attempted subversion of democracy (and, in essence, an attempted coup) that Donald Trump was entirely complicit in, along with elements of the military that were on standby in the event of a subsequent Civil War.
For all of those who still need convincing in regard to January 6th, I laid out in this extensive article two years ago exactly why January 6th was both an attempted coup (and potential Civil War instigation) involving not just the Trump cabal but also elements of the US military: I provided plenty of supporting evidence for this claim, including a lot of information entirely ignored or omitted by both the media and the so called January 6th Committee.
I am not going to keep repeating that evidence or those bullet points over and over again: so please go and read that piece here and draw your own conclusions.
But the reason to bring up January 6th here in the context of what just happened in Germany is because that plot also involved far right networks embedded in elements of the military (particularly in regard to Fort Bragg), which Trump and his co conspirators were working with in order to attempt to seize illegitimate power in the United States.
The actual Capitol rioters (which is all the media ever focused on) were simply the useful idiots and fall guys used to trigger initial unrest.
Like this controversy in Germany, January 6th was a badly thought out plan, which backfired and was probably never going to work.
But so was the failed ‘Wall Street Coup’ in the 1930s, in which bankers, businessmen and old elites attempted to overthrow the democratically elected Roosevelt government and install a fascist dictatorship allied to Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s fascist Italy: a plot famously thwarted by the war veteran Smedley Butler.
Just because a plot is badly thought out or badly executed doesn’t mean the underlying agenda or objective isn’t a real and palpable threat.
In terms of the Wall Street Coup, had it succeeded, the US would’ve been a dictatorship allied to Nazi Germany and the fascists could’ve won World War II. In terms of January 6th, had it gone a little differently (including full execution of the parallel plans, as laid out here), it could’ve led to an untenable schism in America’s institutions (especially the military) and an inevitable Civil War.
This strange plot in Germany may have been almost farcical in both its scope and execution (restoring the Kaiser, seriously?): but, assuming the facts being reported are reliable, it tells us what the vision/agenda of the Old Elites is and, more importantly, what extreme lengths they’re willing to go to.
This business of botched or even bizarre seeming coup attempts is in fact becoming more and more common, it seems. Let’s remember the strange events in Turkey in 2016: apparently a failed military coup by the Gulenist movement to remove the Erdogan government from power, although it’s still not definitively clear who or what was ultimately behind those events (with claims still that Erdogan’s faction itself staged a mock coup itself in order to justify full suppression of all political opposition).
And just recently in Brazil, the far right supporters of Trump imitator Jair Bolosnaro tried, fittingly enough, to imitate the January 6th debacle in the US by seizing government buildings and trying to overturn election results. It’s worth noting, as I have previously, that both Bolsonaro and his supporters are of Brazil’s Old Elite stock and are hopeful for a return to the right wing military dictatorship that controlled Brazil for so long (and which, in fact, is where Bolsonaro came from).
So, regardless of the competence of the execution or the viability of the agendas, it is evident that these Old Elite networks and their modern ‘populist’ street armies are a constant and significant threat to modern society.
The far right’s infiltration of military, security and intelligence services is a major problem in itself: and, in some scenarios, a serious liability to modern nations and societies. This is apparently what was uncovered in Germany last month: but similar infestation will be found in various other countries too (and again, Fort Bragg and its far right infestation in the US would’ve been a major part of potential unrest in America in the event of Trump refusing to cede power).
German authorities appeared to act decisively and comprehensively to safeguard modern Germany: making a wave of simultaneous arrests with, dare I say it, German efficiency.
One assumes that, to the authorities, this network and its alleged plot wasn’t quite as shocking or abrupt as most of the international media considered it to be: they’ve presumably been watching this network for a long time and decided that now was the right time to act.
The question arises of what the scenario would’ve been had this movement been allowed to continue to fester and infiltrate over time. Clearly they didn’t think out their plan well enough: and, according to the available information, the network was probably not vast enough to fully seize power, even if it did successfully seize the Reichstag or arrest (and even execute) major politicians.
This alone wouldn’t have been enough. But, as the German authorities have stated, the group’s plan was actually to trigger a *civil war* in Germany: and to eventually seize power from that unrest. Which, arguably, would be a more feasible plan.
And, as it happens, was also what the MAGA/Qanon plan was in the US (read here): with January 6th being intended merely to be the inciting incident.
The fact that this plot or operation was apparently at such a palpable point in its timeline (at least to the extent that German authorities were worried enough to conduct multiple simultaneous arrests) should act as a warning to all.
And a reminder that all of this endless cycle of (mis)information warfare, propaganda manipulation, ‘culture wars’, mass indoctrination, and all the rest of it, isn’t just to create discord and controversy for its own sake: the folks at the upper levels of these manipulation algorithms have long term agendas and endgames in mind. And they’re not pretty.
Whether it was Thomas Jefferson who originally said it or not, these recent events in Germany very much reinforce the widely quoted saying: ‘The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.’