A Leader of the Left Party has Become Premier of Thuringia

On Friday, December 5, Bodo Ramelow became the first politician of the Left Party to be elected premier of a German state.

The Czech paper Hospodářské noviny writes:

“The Left Party for which Ramelow ran may be the direct successor of the SED, the party of the East German communists, but this is not a return to old times. Democracy is not in danger, especially since the post-communists won’t rule alone in Thuringia but together with the Greens and the SPD. This is more a sign that the radical left is gaining more and more support.

“The Left Party propagates a ‘democratic socialism’ and demands a reform of capitalism in its manifesto, however it doesn’t profess commitment to Marx or Lenin but rather to Keynesianism and the modern intellectual proponents of social justice. In 1989, the party’s leader, Katja Kipping, was just eleven years old.”


3 responses to “A Leader of the Left Party has Become Premier of Thuringia

  1. Not all is well on the proposed way to ‘democratic socialism’ via
    ‘Keynesianism’. Questions and contradictons abound. Here is just a couple.
    How does a commitment to ‘democratic socialism’ make it compatible with ‘Keynesianism’ (esp. in its de facto nearly universal ‘bastardized’ form)?
    What other intellectual or historical recourse to the demand for ‘a reform of capitalism’ is there except for some form of ‘Marxism-Leninism’ (i.e., ‘what is to be done?’)?
    The beauty of the excerpts, to this reader’s view, is that except for
    a reference to the nebulous concept of ‘social justice’, on those core issues
    they reserve the ‘right to remain silent’.

  2. I picture two former inhabitants of this part of Germany smiling and shaking hands in heaven upon hearing of Bodo’s victory. “Well, Dr Marx, it’s seems that there’s still hope for the ideas you developed at Jena!,” says Goethe. “Only because my followers have at long last learned to temper their enthusiasm for equality with the humanist values you and others espoused at Weimar, my dear Wolfgang!”, replies Marx.

    • Yes, a Marx-Goethe dialogue on the banks of the Main-Rhine-Mosel might be a bestseller. YOU write it…. Remember the days when the SPD was Marxist?