The essay introduces and discusses Kurt Sontheimer's article: "The Continuity in German antidemocratic Thought. From the Weimar Republic to the Federal Republic" published in the anthology: Gessenharter & Pfeiffer (eds): Die Neue Rechte - eine Gefahr für die Demokratie?, Wiesbaden 2004. Kurt Sontheimer is one of the leading experts in modern political thought and has in several books examined the various nationalist and antidemocratic movements in 20th century German history. Today national conservative and elitist ideas can be found in a number of publications, and a growing number of intellectuals are attempting to make nationalism acceptable to the political centre. Sontheimer's warning against the revival of a new nationalism may therefore very well be appreciated when celebrating the 60s anniversary of The Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.
Slagmark, 2009, Issue 53, p. 109-118
demokrati, Weimarrepublikken, nationalsocialisme; Democracy, Weimar Republic, National Socialism