One of the most important things in the world seems to be a mask, „the“ mask you should wear „because of the Corona virus“. But what does this symbolize when political leaders appear with masks and don’t go to usual pressers no more (or rarely) but offer you livestream from somewhere? Psychologically everything changes, there is a new normal with new perceptions and it tells you and governments to better shut up and follow the narrative. The Austrian Government appeared with masks in Parliament, where most members are obedient, to push through new „Corona laws“ which violate many citizens‘ rights. Below you see a Tweet showing the next plans of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (or his masters): no more travel unless there is a vaccine which means to ruin Austria’s economy depending on tourism. There are plans to make Smartphone Apps which track you mandatory and they tell you how many people are allowed to visit you; police will control your private sphere.
In each country there are specific historical events which are now again present for many people who grew up learing that „this“ should never happen again. These stories are about a coup and about waking up in a dictatorship, and in Austria the menetekel is the time of Fascism before the Nazis came. It was no fascism against Jews so many escaped from Germany to Austria after 1933 only to realize in March 1938 that they didn’t run far enough. What we call „Ständestaat“ is in English the „Federal State“ or „Corporate State“ which sounds harmless: „The result was an authoritarian government based on a mix of Italian Fascist and conservative Catholic influences.“ The Christian Social Party of these times was a forerunner of todays People’s Party but vivid anti-Communist which is a sharp contrast to „our“ Christian Democrats now. To understand the historical background many Austrians now refer to a bit more from Wikipedia: „The CS politician Engelbert Dollfuss, appointed Chancellor of Austria in 1932, on 4 March 1933 saw an opportunity in the resignation of Social Democrat Karl Renner as president of the Austrian Nationalrat, after irregularities occurred during a voting process. Dollfuss called the incident a ’self-elimination‘ (Selbstausschaltung) of the parliament and had the following meeting on 15 March forcibly prorogued by the forces of the Vienna police department. His fellow CS party member, President Wilhelm Miklas, analogous to Adolf Hitler’s victory in the German elections of 5 March 1933 did not take any action to restore democracy.
With Kurz behind the new Iron Curtain?