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AngeryPenguin
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Following the abject failure in June of right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski’s attempt to establish a reactionary center for the research into dictatorships at Berlin’s Humboldt University, it was only a matter of time before his house organ, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) - mouthpiece of the Frankfurt stock exchange - published an angry opinion piece on the subject.

This finally occurred earlier this month. In the August 8 edition of F.A.Z., the headline emblazoned on the front page of the newspaper’s cultural section read, “The cowardice of scholarship.” The author, Hannah Bethke, not only attacks the opposition among students to Baberowski’s project. She also attacks university management for having capitulated to them in a “cowardly” manner.

Bethke described the criticism from the students as “a consciously targeted campaign of defamation against a politically uncomfortable professor,” i.e., Jörg Baberowski, and asked whether university officialdom “should in this case have a duty to care for its tenured staff and employees.” She rages at the end of her article, “It would do the university good to stand up for academic freedom and progress instead of cravenly capitulating to the zeitgeist, which wants to confine them to a political straightjacket.”

This mantra of the far-right is all too familiar. While Bethke considers militarist, authoritarian and anti-refugee propaganda to be protected by academic freedom and even deems such positions to be “progressive,” she describes any criticism as defamation. Although she complains that university officials have “never explained the content of the considerations that in their opinion spoke for or against the creation of such a research centre,” she never utters a single word about the content and character of Baberowski’s project.

Bethke is no more interested in doing this than university authorities are, because such a discussion would bring the entire structure of lies crashing down. In contrast to the official propaganda, to which the federal government also recently lent its support, Baberowski is not a historian being prevented by students from practicing his research and scholarship. He is rather a right-wing ideologue who is being criticised for his extremist views and projects.

The orientation of Baberowski’s “Interdisciplinary centre for comparative research of dictatorships” was so unscientific and motivated by such a right-wing political agenda that it was torn to shreds by his academic colleagues in two out of four project evaluations. Baberowski explicitly declared dictatorships to be legitimate and even popular alternatives to democratic forms of rule in his application, and added that he wanted to investigate them “free from prejudice.”

He described dictatorships as “orders that are not only based on a lack of freedom, violence, and repression,” but also “representing configurations of the politically possible that must be understood.” In modern times, they have always been an alternative “which became attractive under certain conditions.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/201.../babe-a19.html
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I'd post my honest opinion, but don't wanna risk it catching up with me in the future. Such is the state of freedom of speech in your valued 'Democracy'.
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i don't know the chap but it pretty much looks like the far-left have a headache again, they haven't managed to shut up completely a voice of dissent. Thes e accusations of far-rightism among everyone who doesn't belong to their f****d up cult are getting increasingly demented too.
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The claim that "Baberowski is not a historian... he is rather a right-wing ideologue" is plainly ridiculous. He's a respected historian and Germany's (if not Europe's) leading expert on the Soviet era - the only criticisms of his work come from the far-Left itself because he tends to focus on the gritty details of Stalin's rule rather than making apologies for him. Who would have thought it would make someone "extremist" and "reactionary" to criticise Stalin, for goodness' sake? He does, however, hold right-wing views - no-one's denying that, he is strongly anti-immigrant and pro-German. However, I do not think this constitutes grounds for denying him the ability to research into his area of specialism.
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(Original post by z-hog)
i don't know the chap but it pretty much looks like the far-left have a headache again, they haven't managed to shut up completely a voice of dissent. Thes e accusations of far-rightism among everyone who doesn't belong to their f****d up cult are getting increasingly demented too.
Exactly. The professor asked to study with no prejudice. To further human knowledge for the sake of ourselves and he was shut down and villianised. Academia should never be meddled by stupid politicians, as they have no right to stop the progression of human knowledge.

Kings and Queens / One authoritative rulers have ruled the world and have been adored by their people for centuries and millenia. This requires studying as there might be things we can learn. I don't think there is a single truely democratic nation in the world. All politicians are driven by their primative greed, whereas Just Kings are born to rule. They are driven by nothing but the furtherment of their nation, which is healthy for all. And before some mong decides tell me about Henry VIIIs or Saddam Husseins atrocities, I can equally list Obama, Hillary, Blair, Bush etc, who's crimes are far worse and have caused nations to cripple and the deaths of far more, in the name of Money. Sad times for all.
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