Critical Essays: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (German Library)

Critical Essays: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (German Library)

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0826402682

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Critical Essays: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (German Library)

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0826402682

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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Uberlegungen [Palaver: Political Considera­ tions], which appeared in 1974, contained a broad and strongly self-critical satire on the leftist intelligentsia of all countries and their cherished “ tourism of the revolution.” It analyzes their trav­ eling and fellow-traveling to socialist paradises and tellingly cul­ minates with the penetrating “Critique of Political Ecology,” which is scarcely Marxist in any orthodox sense, but is certainly Marx­ ian. The two earlier collections of 1964 and 1967

has become almost legally unthinkable; it can only be theoretically imagined. The archaic taboo that imbues treason has turned into a pure implement of sovereign rule. 9. Uncertainty and infection. “A government only needs to leave uncertain what treason is and it becomes despotic.” 5 If one takes this Montesquieu observation at its word, one will scarcely find a 84 • Hans Magnus Enzensberger government devoid of despotic traits. The concept of treason con­ tained the tendency toward rank

eighteenth-century Europe alone or the sovereign actions of a colonial power during a single decade. Such reflections, of course, are considered amateurish. At least, influential statesmen and influential jurists have never paid partic­ ular attention to them, and this reluctance is understandable. However, the connection between crime and politics has never been entirely forgotten. The nineteenth century, too, retained a sense of it. Pushed to the edge of consciousness, and therefore to the edge

the metropolises. In this manner, irrational “progress” liberates constantly increasing risks. 18. Snake at the breast. Such a risk, for example, lies in the increasing intellectualization of the industrial work process. This development, too, is irreversible and leads to an educational policy that for years on end liberates a growing percentage of the popu­ lation under thirty from the production process. This growing population must be privileged on the one hand and kept under control on the

the question not whether they want socialism in fifteen years but whether they want their free­ dom at once.” 7 Istrati’s piece, however, was only a bumbling predecessor of an entire wave of critical reports and analyses that began to appear in the thirties against the idolization of Stalinist USSR. The most sensational of these nay-sayings was by Andre Gide. This famous man joined the Communist party at the age of sixtythree and then participated actively in the fight that helped the United

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