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Sahra Wagenknecht: The Righteous. My counter program – for common sense and solidarity

Sahra Wagenknecht

the righteous

My counter program – for common sense and solidarity

Cover: The Righteous

Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2021

ISBN 9783593513904
Hardcover, 345 pages, €24.95


Urban, diverse, cosmopolitan, individual – for many today, the left is primarily a matter of lifestyle. Political notions of social cohesion fall by the wayside, as do low-wage women, poor immigrant children, exploited workers, and large parts of the middle class. Whether in the United States or Europe: those who focus on gender markers rather than equal opportunity and thus ignore the culture and sense of belonging of the majority of the population work for the political right. Sahra Wagenknecht paints in her book an alternative to left-liberalism, which she believes is progressive, but continues to divide society because it is concerned only with its surroundings and ignores discrimination based on social origin. It is developing a program by which the politics of the left can restore the majority. Together instead of selfish.

Review note on Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 7, 2021

Reviewer Eckhard Jesse recommends Sahra Wagenknecht’s “smart” statement against the left-wing liberalism of a “left-wing lifestyle”. However, after reading this book, he suspected that Wagenknecht would remain loyal to her party for so long. He says that the statements of Wagenknecht’s family policy are very conservative, and there are no “communist positions” anywhere. Jesse thinks other politicians can learn a bit from the art of author crafting. However, what Wagenknecht presents as an anti-program seems somewhat vague to the reviewer.

Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 21, 2021

Reviewer Peter Gueller is surprised that Sahra Wagenknecht is now demanding former right-wing positions such as home, family, sense of collective action and nation-state for herself, and her understanding of left-wing politics. He thinks the surprise worked when Wagenknecht’s multiple skins were well on his mind. In any case, he sees Wagenknecht’s openness respectable when you settle with left-wing liberal identity politics and their lack of solidarity. Is this still the irony of history or is it really an election campaign? The reviewer asks himself.

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Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17 April 2021

Reviewer Hans Werner Kells, former editor-in-chief of SZ, says that Sahra Wagenknecht can not only speak well, but also write well. So he also finds the theses in her book on current left-wing politics, which have provoked outrage within the Left Party, well documented and, it seems, correct: When Wagenknecht gets upset with “lifestyle leftists” who carry multiculturalism before them, and then send their children to different schools, as The critic understands. Like Wagenknecht, Kells considers the accusations in the book nonsense, for example that Wagenknecht’s skeptical position on left-wing identity politics hides racism. He finds it problematic that a politician only mentions the environmental issue in passing and makes politically questionable but media-effective appearances in a yellow jacket costume. For the reviewer, it is still a book that convinces him on an analytical level.

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Review note on Die Zeit, April 15, 2021

Reviewer Adam Sobuchinsky recommends CDU Sahra Wagenknecht as Minister of Social Affairs. In any case, the author with her book doesn’t seem to fit in with the Left Party. The book’s scandal seems unwarranted to the reviewer, and Wagennict’s criticism of the anti-opinionist liberal left is perfectly understandable. The fact that the author does not sympathize with populists or racists seems to him completely undisputed, and Wagenknecht’s defense of the nation-state is not an expression of German folly, but a logically justified. Only when the writer describes the state of German luxury does she choose colors that are too dark for Soboczynski.

Review note on Frankfurter Rundschau, April 13, 2021

Reviewer Harry Nutt reads Sahra Wagenknecht’s pamphlet against the residual lifestyle with a certain degree of sympathy, seeing it as an attempt to put the social question back on the agenda rather than private discussions. In his opinion, Wagenknecht’s concern deserves attention, and not only outrage, when he describes “regressions in political orientation” and tries to identify the wrong paths of the left. However, Knott would also have liked more depth in analysis and less bluntness in rhetoric. The clichés about residual lifestyle and moral rigor don’t go very far when it comes to developing the concept of common sense again, as Nat fears.

Review note on Die Tageszeitung, April 9, 2021

Reviewer Stefan Renick considers Sahra Wagenknecht to be self-righteous. The way the author at first threw left-liberalism and neo-liberalism into a cauldron and then threw it out seems very cheap and sometimes simply wrong, because there is no differentiation. The fact that Wagenknecht criticized the European Union, the global economy, immigration, the creative economy and Friday of the Future, eloquently, but with a “right whistle,” reminds Rinecke of right-wing conservative positions. He finds none of this convincing.

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