Fra Weimarrepublikken til forbundsrepublikkenFrom the Weimar Republic to the Federal Republic
In this article Kurt Sontheimer raises the question whether there is continuity in German antidemocratic thought and whether in the German Republic after re-unification there are still intellectuals and politicians who defend antidemocratic ideas. The article presents the thoughts of the authors associated with the conservative revolution who, after the First World War, attempted to oppose liberalism and replace the Weimar Republic with new political structures. Sontheimer's main thesis is that these intellectuals indirectly prepared the ground for the National Socialists by creating an atmosphere where anti-democratic and national ideas where widely accepted. The article has been translated by Rikke Louise Peters for Slagmark.