Cover: Karl Jaspers on the Future of Germany.

Karl Jaspers on the Future of Germany.

Published 1968

by Hans Speier

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A critique of Karl Jaspers' The Future of Germany. Deprived by the Nazis of his position as professor of philosophy, Jaspers remained in Germany, not protesting publicly until after Hitler's downfall. Today, conscientiously anti-Nazi, he is "myopic on Germany's position in the struggle for power in the postwar world," insisting that (1) all Germans must accept the Reich's final defeat and give up all claim to reunification; (2) restoration of East German freedom is more important than reunification; (3) the former Nazi, Georg Kiesinger, should not have been made chancellor; (4) emergency legislation will enable another dictatorship; and (5) a condominium of the United States and Soviet Union must prevent international nuclear arms proliferation. "The Future of Germany is a serious, though unbalanced, book, reminding those who have forgotten the past that 'any madness seems as possible today as ever.'"

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