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Buchvorstellung Meuterei auf der “Deutschland” 1918/19

Buchvorstellung und Verlagspräsentation im neuen Disconnect Store.

Dienstag, den 26.3. 19.30

Praxis Records & Books

c/o Disconnect Store Berlin, Finowstr. 25, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Die Meuterei auf der „Deutschland“ 1918/19 – Anpassung, Aufbäumen und Untergang der ersten deutschen Arbeiterbewegung

• Autor: Klaus Dallmer
• Seiten: 320 / ISBN SBN 978-3-9819243-5-0
• Weitere Infos: Covergestaltung: Andreas Hesse

Buchvorstellung mit dem Autor und Präsentiation des Verlags Die Buchmacherei

Die deutsche Sozialdemokratie passte sich zu Anfang des letzten Jahrhunderts der Expansionspolitik der herrschenden Klassen des Kaiserreichs mehr und mehr an, und schließlich ließ sie sich auch in deren Kriegskurs einbinden. Aus der Opposition gegen den Krieg und gegen die reformistische Anpassung der Sozialdemokratie ist in Generalstreiks und revolutionären Kämpfen die deutsche kommunistische Bewegung entstanden. Als Antwort auf die Verhältnisse in einem entwickelten Industrieland betonte sie die Eigenständigkeit der Massenbewegungen in Richtung zu einer demokratischen Machtergreifung und Machtausübung der Arbeiterklasse, und stand damit in diametralem Gegensatz zu der in Russland zur Macht gelangten hierarchischen Organisationsweise. Der deutsche Kommunismus scheiterte an der revolutionären Ungeduld und Empörung der radikalisierten Minderheit der  Arbeiterschaft und an seiner Blendung durch das siegreiche russische Beispiel – die für Deutschland angemessene Vorgehensweise zur Überzeugung der Mehrheit konnte nur inkurzen Episoden zum Tragen kommen. Die regierende Sozialdemokratie setzte den überwunden geglaubten Militarismus zur blutigen Niederschlagung der revolutionären Ansätze ein und vertiefte damit die Kluft zwischen den beiden Arbeiterparteien. Mit der Einigelung in der radikalen Selbstdarstellung, der Unterwürfi gkeit gegenüber den sowjetischen Eingriffen, der hierarchischen Unterdrückung der freien Diskussion warf die KPD ihre eigene Tradition über Bord und versagte vor ihrer historischen Aufgabe, eine gemeinsame Abwehrfront der Arbeiterklasse gegen den zur Macht strebenden Faschismus zu organisieren – durch Einheitsfrontangebote an die Sozialdemokratie, die dann dem Druck ihrer Mitglieder hätte nachgeben müssen, wäre das möglich gewesen.

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Talk: Revolution & Counterrevolution in Germany 1919 @ Vétomat Berlin 14-01-2019

Our new series of talks, discussions and presentations brought to you by Datacide and next:now is going into its fourth round on January 14th, 2019 with a talk about Revolution and Counterrevolution in Germany 1919 and beyond, by Christoph Fringeli.

As always at Vétomat, Wühlischstr. 42, 10245 Berlin

Doors open 7pm, talk will start 8.30

On January 15th, 1919, communist revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered in Berlin. They were only the two most prominent victims of the counter-revolutionary white terror that followed the attempts at a socialist revolution in Germany after World War I.
Only two weeks earlier they had been involved in the foundation of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). It was at a crucial moment of the revolutionary development that had forced the Kaiser to abdicate and saw workers and soldiers returning from the battlefield to set up workers’ councils.

The biggest of the workers parties, the Social Democrats (SPD), created a coalition with centrist bourgeois parties as well as with the military and the proto-fascist Freikorps fighters, who they used to squash the uprising rather than supporting the radical changes demanded by their base.

CF will look at the historic dynamic unfolding from the failed revolution, the developments of the communist movement in Germany and the contradictory ways these events are remembered and commemorated.

Datacide Talk/Performance/Discussion with Joke Lanz & Christoph Fringeli at Vétomat Berlin 17.12.2018

Illustration by Joke Lanz for Datacide 18 (coming soon)

The second in a new series of talk and discussion events hosted by Datacide and next:now at Vétomat Berlin.

Datacide presents
Talk, performance, discussion
With Joke Lanz and Christoph Fringeli

17-12-2018

At Vétomat, Wühlischstr. 42, 10245 Berlin

Doors open 7pm

8pm
Christoph Fringeli: The Situationist International as World Cultural Heritage? A critique of the historicisation of a revolutionary group.

9pm
Joke Lanz: Spoken Word Performance

+ public discussion.

 

JOKE LANZ (*1965 Basel)

Joke Lanz has worked as a garbageman, factory worker, sales assistant, caretaker, housekeeper, carpet dealer, chicken farmer, record shop owner, night watch, sauna assistant, roadie, secretary, cleaner, nude model, part-time single father, chocolate producer, bike messenger…
Just to name a few! [Read more →]

next:now – Strategies to Resample the Future

„Once upon a time, pop‘s metabolism buzzed with dynamic energy, creating the surging-in-to-the-future feel of periods like the psychedelic sixties, the post-punk seventies, the hip-hop eighties and the rave nineties. The 2000s felt different. (…) Instead of being the threshold to the future, the first ten years of the twenty-first century turned out to be the ‚Re‘ Decade (…): revivals, reissues, remakes, re-enactments. Endless retrospection. (…)“

– Simon Reynolds – Retromania (2011)i

Atari emulators, electro-swing, Polaroid replicas, or Hieronimus Bosch’s triptychs in Virtual Reality: everything nostalgia related sells better than ever, and we’re not just talking about pop and mainstream. Every obscure fraction of a subculture had also its 15 minutes of …revival in the past 18 years.

An obsessive (therefore unhealthy) attention to the past is influencing all aspects of cultural production in these days. This is certainly a “Sign o’ the timesii.

Times of “Liquid fear””iii, that tangible feeling of anxiety that has only vague contours but is present everywhere. Dangers can strike anytime, everywhere: no matter what’s your job, tomorrow you can be fired, like those guys at Leeman Bros carrying their stuff out in cardboard boxes; you can be shot while you sip your cappuccino, in the name of god or the N.R.A.: or you can be killed by some multi resistant bacteria, and you have the same chance to get infected on a safari looking for the big 5 or in your local hospital having a proctology check up. To quote Bauman’s favorite metaphor:

We’re walking on a mine field, we are aware that all is full of explosives, but we don’t know where there will be an explosion and when. There are no solid structures to rely on, nothing in which we can invest our hope and expectations.iv

Or, using the words of Comité Invisible:

“From whatever angle you approach it, the present offers no way out. This is not the least of its virtues. From those who seek hope above all, it tears away every firm ground. Those who claim to have solutions are contradicted almost immediately. Everyone agrees that things can only get worse. “The future has no future” is the wisdom of an age that, for all its appearance of perfect normalcy, has reached the level of consciousness of the first punks.”v

In this context the past can be seen as a cozy and warm nest, a perfect world that we can control as it is shaped by our selective memory, a safe place. And so, as thinks are like that, instead of struggling to build up an uncertain future (to go for an Utopia), a very common choice is to aspire to return to a golden past, to go for a “Retrotopiavi. The spreading of this approach is another “Sign o’ the times”, but one with very scary implications. [Read more →]

Down with Childhood and Adulthood

This is a kindergarten they turn us into children and then tell us we must learn to fend for ourselves they diminish us and accuse us of lacking self-esteem they steal our dignity while offering admonitions of our failure to confront reality.
[Michael Moorcock, Mother London]

Adults gave girls a pile of nonsense supported by childlike logic, while at the same time they make our “lord and masters” swallow little balls of science until they choke. For both of us, a ridiculous education.
[Louise Michel, quoted by Anne Boyer]

Man hat uns nicht gefragt / als wir noch kein Gesicht / ob wir leben wollten / oder lieber nicht
(Nobody asked us / when we had no face yet / if we wanted to live / or would rather not)
[Friedrich Holländer, Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte, sung by Marlene Dietrich]

1. A plague on both your playpens

Down with childhood and adulthood: one anathema entails the other, as Shulamith Firestone explained patiently in her famous tract, although her title stops before the ‘and’.
The mother who wants to kill her child for what she has had to sacrifice for it (a common desire) learns to love that same child only when she understands that it is as helpless, as oppressed as she is, and by the same oppressor: then her hate is directed outwards, and ‘motherlove’ is born.1

But why did Firestone fail to spell out from the start that kiddiehood’s demise would take grown-upness with it? Perhaps she thought her essay – or even her book! – might be read all the way to the end. For the sake of those who missed it the first times, then, let us repeat here: repudiation of childhood is not a matter of extending adulthood’s reputed privileges to children (or vice-versa). Each term presupposes and reproduces the other. Both live off the theatre of their pseudo-opposition. [Read more →]

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