Monday, 18 June 2018

Three red warning signs

Important review of three books about the German nazi period, on the website of the New York Review of Books, which should warn us for the implications of the current rise of authoritarianism in the world - which is a slippery slope towards the unthinkable:   

Important lesson: what happened in Germany in the thirties was not some particular crazy psycho quake which distinguishes that country from all other countries in the world, but the evil being possible at any place where the difficult, hard-won rules of civilization are put aside, for whatever reason. The current rise of populism, exploited by rightwing parties attempting to undermine the system of liberty and rule of law (and paid by the Russian regime), is trying to create the conditions in which collective evil can take place. Front National in France, the AfD in Germany (scandal of scandals), the other European parties hypocritically sporting names like 'Freedom Party' - which is the opposite of what they entertain, etc. etc. They all have to be resisted and fought against as much as possible. These are the enemies of civilization, and thus also of culture and the humanist, enlightened heritage of the West.

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