This group has two parts: a Book Club and a Discussion auf Deutsch group. 1. The book club for anyone who is interested in Germany, its history, culture, language, politics and people. We will read both fiction and non-fiction books about Germany and by German writers. Some books will be in English and others in German. Some books are available in both. Scroll through our past Meetups to see the books we have read.
2. We will meet once a month to talk with each other in German, about anything and everything. We are a mixture of German expats and Americans who love Germany and have varying degrees of fluency. Some are very much working on language skills. :)
Attend one part or the other, or both. We'd love to have you join us!
The Book Club meets at on a Sunday morning, the Discussion group meets on an alternate Sunday afternoon. The different parts of the club meet in different places. Herzliche Wilkommen!
Carl Schmitt was a famous (and infamous) political theorist and jurist of the pre-NS years and then was a NS party member who justified extreme anti-semitism and authoritarian states. THIS work is an EARLY work.
Written shortly after the Russian Revolution and the First World War, Schmitt analyses the problem of the state of emergency and the power of the Reichspräsident in declaring it. Dictatorship, Schmitt argues, is a necessary legal institution in constitutional law and has been wrongly portrayed as just the arbitrary rule of a so-called dictator.
Dictatorship is an essential book for understanding the work of Carl Schmitt and a major contribution to the modern theory of a democratic, constitutional state. And despite being written in the early part of the twentieth century, it speaks with remarkable prescience to our contemporary political concerns.