|The suicide of the Demos analyzes the historic path of the Weimar Republic, from its triumph to its destruction. At the beginning of the 1930’s the consequences of the international recession is causing a domino effect, which also affects the German economy. Under the pressure for immediate fiscal consolidation, political parties are divided on how to share the burdens of the crisis, resulting in the dissolution of the last major government coalition. The political and economic establishment of the country prioritizes the implementation of a strict austerity program, bypassing the Parliament. The systematic adoption of extraordinary economic measures by the Reich’s President, on the basis of the state of emergency, suppresses the parliamentary confrontation and, consequently, renders the disintegration of the welfare state a one-dimensional solution. Moreover, when Social Democratic Party decides to tolerate these practices with its vote, inevitably the ties of representation between the social majority and the parties of the democratic arc are broken for good.
Along with historical analysis, this book puts the controversy in the field of constitutional theory at the forefront. The prevalence of Carl Schmitt’s thinking in this field legitimizes the constant invocation of a state of exception, which leads to the depreciation of constitutional institutions and the imposition of a socially painful policy.
In this economic, political and institutional framework, it is not long to present as a savior of the German people a sworn enemy of democracy. And Demos follows him …