Rüdiger Suchsland: The far-right threat to culture is real!



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In the interview Rüdiger Suchland focuses heavily on the 1920s. It would seem however that in the present we are not post-WWI, nor even still post-WWII. The present is arguably a period that would seem to begin with the 1979 election of Margaret Thatcher as British prime minister, and the failed restructuring of so-called real existing Socialism in the late '80s. This current period has brought about very different social, economic and political realities to those of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, – never mind those of the 1920s - and in turn, corresponding grassroots reactions to these realities. At the moment there seem to be roughly two general, dissenting political trends taking aim at these realities. One political trend can be seen in the Nationalist/Identitarian movements, the so-called New Right, fundamentalist Christian-Nationalism, etc.; the other revolves, among other things, around climate-change activism, and the intersectional, emancipatory movements of the Left. Both general trends can be seen to criticize contemporary political elites as having caused, or as having been unable/unwilling to adequately respond to the major challenges of the last 30 to 40 years.

In addition to seeming to ignore the present, Suchland would seem to be overlooking another elephant in the room. He speaks of “our democracy” without providing a definition of what he means by “democracy”, or whom he sees as “us”. This implies the presumption that “we” are all agreed on the assertion that there was something truly representative or generally inclusive about the current political “Istzustand”. Can there be a discussion of what is politically desirable without a reckoning with current economic and political institutions' clear and present failings to which both climate change activist and the intersectional, emancipatory movements of the Left, and the so-called New Right (most visibly represented in Germany by the AfD) would seem to be responding?

It would seem difficult to effectively contradict the AfD and the so-called New Right barring a critical analysis of the present, and a vision of the future that does not ignore some very real grievances. In the absence of compelling alternatives to the Alternative, the reader once again comes away with a vague sense of unease and moral scandalization paired with the sinking sensation of treading sociopolitical water with no land in sight.

"We" who disagree with AfD and company can do better.

Babewyn more than 1 year ago

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