The right turn - book by Markus Metz
A ghost is going around in Europe and other countries of the once so golden West, the ghost of right-wing populism. And how it goes with ghosts: It feeds on fear, it works through gruesome effects, and often enough there is something else behind the ghostly spook than the eternal return of what has been said dead.
The seemingly unstoppable path from representative democracies to totalitarian, populist and new-nationalist regimes has causes, media, languages, psychological, economic and cultural forces that create such a phenomenal pull only through mutual reinforcement.
There is no one and all explanatory reason for the greatest political regression of the last decades, which ranges from Trump to Orbán, from the AfD to the neo-fascists, from the New Right to the populist slogans against the "establishment" and the "lie press".
Rather, we are experiencing a confusing, often even contradictory confusion of symptoms and diseases of a democracy that seems to have its best days behind it. But all these phenomena of the shift to the right have two characteristics in common: they are not mysterious, and they are not fateful.
They may be immune to reasonable dialogue, but not to knowledge and analysis. Understanding what is actually going on is the first weapon of democratic civil society in the fight against the shift to the right and the return of nationalism, racism and fascism. The best remedy against ghosts is to face them fearlessly, uprightly and with a close look.
- 240 pages
- 12.5 x 19.5 cm