Adorno’s politics: Theory and praxis in Germany’s 1960s by Fabian Freyenhagen

By Fabian Freyenhagen

Theodor W. Adorno encouraged a lot of Germany’s Nineteen Sixties scholar stream, yet he got here more and more into clash with this circulate in regards to the functional implications of his severe idea. Others – together with his pal and colleague Herbert Marcuse – additionally accused Adorno of a quietism that's politically objectionable and in contradiction along with his personal concept. listed here, I reconstruct, and in part protect, Adorno’s perspectives on conception and (political) praxis in Germany’s Sixties in eleven theses. His usually attacked and maligned stance in the course of the Nineteen Sixties relies on his research of those old conditions. positioned provocatively, his stance is composed within the view that folks within the Nineteen Sixties have attempted to alter the realm, in a variety of methods; the purpose – at the moment – used to be to interpret it.

This article was once initially conceived as a part of Adorno’s functional Philosophy and may be regarded as vital to it.

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Further, "old slogans regarding the question of German unification currently do not fully correspond to the changed circumstances, and their mobilizing role has somewhat weakened"39 (Document No. 9). New slogans were needed. At the same time, other Soviet Foreign Ministry officials seemed to believe that the new proposals on Germany would be more than purely propagandistic; many of the memoranda are permeated with the expectation that new Soviet proposals would indeed be recognized as "new active steps" (Document No.

The former provinces are abolished and replaced by districts and precincts. 24 July 1952: The GDR Council of Ministers announces special privileges for agricultural collectives. XXXI 4 November 1952: Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected president of the United States. 21 November 1952: Paul Baender (SED), secretary of state in the Ministry of Trade and Food, is relieved of his post and arrested. 75 December 1952: Minister of Trade and Food Hamann and Secretary of State Albrecht are relieved of their posts and arrested.

The following day, sit-down strikes occur in several factories in East Berlin. 8-9 July 1953: Grotewohl and Ulbricht travel to Moscow to meet with Soviet officials. 9 July 1953: Travel restrictions between East and West Berlin and the system of temporary passes adopted after 17 June are removed. 10 July 1953: The Soviet government publicly announces Beria's arrest. xxxv 10 July 1953: The U. S. and West Germany publish an exchange of letters between Adenauer and Eisenhower officially announcing plans for a Food Distribution Program for East Germany.

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