In a historic first, a poll published on Monday by German newspaper Bild put the anti-immigrant, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at 16%, showing that they are currently the second most popular political organization in Germany and more popular than Germany's Social Democrats (SPD).
"1984 has come in the real world, but the declining and former leading superpower, America ('Oceania' in George Orwell’s uncannily prophetic description of the future that he prematurely set to occur in 1984), is apparently determined to stay ‘on top’, even if it’s the last thing that anybody does."
"I was hoping when I opened this conference on Friday that, in concluding the conference, I would be able to say we can delete the question mark. In other words: ‘We are back from the brink'.... I’m actually not sure we can say that."
"The Social Justice trend has appeared in recent years, and has rapidly gained momentum... But, in fact, this trend is not new. Rabid groups of accusers appear throughout history, generally during times of existing social tension."
"Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily..."
"We project that federal debt will slightly exceed 100% of GDP and interest expense will rise to around 3.5% of GDP, putting the US in a worse fiscal position than the experience of the 1940s or 1990s."
"Social media could be just the start of a slippery slope leading to an Orwellian world controlled by Big Data Brother...the mere possibility of manipulation fuels conspiracy theories and undermines faith in democracy and elections at a time when public trust is already low."