Authors And Musicians Rebel Against Pirate Party
Published: May 14, 2012
Authors And Musicians Rebel Against Pirate Party, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 82, is an ideal source of information when it comes to revolutionary movements. An essayist, poet and author, Enzensberger has been first a participant, then an onlooker and chronicler for every political upheaval and movement meant to lead the way into the future for the last five decades.
Enzensberger, then a Marxist, was present for the birth of the “68ers,” what the Germans call the participants of the political movements and student protests of the 1960s. He shared the fervor of Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) in their fight against conservative politicians Franz Josef Strauss and later Helmut Kohl, and of course he rooted for the country’s Green Party as it grew to become an established parliamentary party.
Last Thursday, Enzensberger was packing his bags in his Munich apartment, as he was headed to Belfast for a reading of his epic poem “The Sinking of the Titanic” the next day. But before he left, the poet wanted to say a few words about the Pirate Party, the new force that has become the great hope in Germany’s constellation of political parties.
“Political? No, politically there’s nothing there,” Enzensberger growled over the telephone. “And certainly nothing revolutionary. It’s actually surprisingly bourgeois. Like our grandparents, who were happy when they could get something for free.”
There’s a pause, a bit of grumbling, then two more sentences before he returns to his packing. “I wonder why they don’t go the bakery and say that they’d rather not pay. Why does it have to be against us, the authors?” (Spiegel)
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