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Dr. Thomas Wagner was born in 1967 in Rheinberg. He studied sociology in

Aachen, taught and conducted research in Dresden and received his doctorate in Münster. As a freelance author he has worked for Die Zeit, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, junge Welt, Woz, Falter, Der Freitag and others. His publications include Die Mitmachfalle (i.e. The Trap of  Participation, 2013), Robokratie (2015) and Die Angstmacher. 1968 und die

Neue Rechte (i.e. The Scaremongers: 1968 and the New Right). Stefan Locke

commented in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 4 September 2017: "Argumentation is the better way"): Thomas Wagner pleads for a relaxed approach to the 'New Right'.

 



A Right-Wing Popular Party in the Slipstream of 1968

"1968" marks a caesura in the history of the radical political spectrum that continues to resonate today. 1968 is not only the birth of a new left beyond social democracy, but also of a new right. Today's New Right in Germany responded to 1968 with several movements: on the one hand they differentiated themselves from fundamental liberalisation and the idea of all-embracing emancipation, and on the other hand they took over the provocation strategy of the student movement and sought to deny the established left the social question. In this, the New Right ties in with long-marginalised national revolutionaries and Euro-fascist traditions that had made themselves felt in the slipstream of the student revolt. That way, they could assist the AfD, which up to now has been an economic liberal party, in building up a "social wing" and turn the current protest party into a mainstream popular party.