What do conservatives take for granted?


Everywhere in Europe there are signs of a return of radicalism, from the left, but also from the right. Even in the unique situation in Germany after 1945, currently partly due to the migration crisis of 2015, right-wing ideologues experienced a new reception. The author, who for many years expressed intellectual sympathies with a conscious, intellectual conservatism and harshly criticized the supposed discourse sovereignty of an aging new left, formulated a resolute rejection of the new right. It shows that her appeal to important traditions is empty and cynical and that she is steering back into a civil war that is believed to have been overcome and which is bound to end in disaster. Subcutaneous anti-Semitism or even a lack of sensitivity make the current rights ineligible and ultimately out of the question.

The book is a unique combination of sharp analysis of the history of ideas, autobiographical reminiscences, polemics and essays. The perspective aims at a responsible contemporaneity which, with Walter Benjamin, cannot do without memory, whereby, according to the author's plea, memory includes mourning. This is the only way to preserve what is "possession for all time" and what never only comes from a closed tradition, but from the variety of voices.