Celebrating 30 Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of the Greens’ Impact

CES Faculty Associate Andrei S. Markovits and U-M alum Joseph Klaver cordially invite you to a book signing event SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013 from 3-5 pm in the Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League to celebrate the publication of Thirty Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of The Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s Political Life and Public Culture. The book is co-authored with Joseph Klaver, (Political Science/German, 2012). The Green Party turns 30 on March 6, 2013.

THIRTY YEARS OF BUNDESTAG PRESENCE: A TALLY OF THE GREENS IMPACT ON THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY’S POLITICAL LIFE AND PUBLIC CULTURE

On 6 March 2013, it will be thirty years since quintessential representatives of the European counterculture, major players in the venerable New Left, the very embodiment

Photo by Peggy W. Jensen

Photo by Peggy W. Jensen

of the famed sixty-eighters—in short, perhaps the most powerful symbolic vanguard of the conclusive finality of the hegemonic bourgeois culture that dominated all public life in capitalist countries since the Victorian age—danced the night away at the Stadthalle in Bad Godesberg celebrating their triumphant entry into the Bundestag while invoking a new age in the political topography of the Federal Republic of Germany and—by extension—in all similar places of advanced industrial capitalism ruled by a liberal democratic order. The Age of Aquarius had finally departed from the campuses of Berkeley, Columbia, Paris, and the Free University of Berlin—not to mention the stages of New York’s Broadway and London’s West End—and entered triumphantly a platform that really mattered: that of the very heart of political life of one of the most important actors in the global order of the modern world, the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany, Europe’s economic hegemon, repeated and self-congratulating world champion of exports, a self-proclaimed economic giant that insistently touted itself—contrary to all reality—as a political dwarf. Incidentally, while in virtually all previous instances of the Left’s history, innovations emanated from Europe and were then transplanted both in theory and practice to the United States, in the case of the New Left—an all-important ingredient for our story—the reverse was clearly the case. No German (or European) New Left would have emerged without key aspects (both strategic and tactical) of America’s Civil Rights movement, including freedom riders, sit ins at lunch counters, and Martin Luther King, as well as its black power variant (Malcolm X, the Black Panthers), and, of course, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, with the latter receiving particular pride of place. One simply cannot understand the beginnings and core characteristics of the European New Left without names like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the San Francisco sound of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and her pals in Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, to name but a few. The electoral victory of Sunday, 6 March 1983 rendered this motley group of politicized hippies into uncontested debutants in—nobody dared say it quite yet—the ESTABLISHMENT!

For the complete text, go to http://www.aicgs.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/GAI14-30-Years-Greens2.pdf

For more on Andy S. Markovits go to http://www.andreimarkovits.com/

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