Daniel Cohn-Bendit

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Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit (born 4 April 1945) is a French-German politician, activist, and writer. Cohn-Bendit played a major role in the May 1968 mass political in the city of Paris against the conservative government of Charles de Gaule. Bendit's most famous publication Linksradikalismus: Gewaltkur gegen die Alterskrankheit des Kommunismus, (Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative), which acts as both a primary account of the events of the May unrest, and as a work of political philosophy . In the 1990's Bendit joined the German Green Party and won numerous political positions within the German, French and European Union legislators.


Obsolete Communism:The Left Wing Alternative (1968)[edit]

Coauthored with brother Gabriel Cohn-Bendit

  • A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of student revolt. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcize this spectre : Pope and Central Committee, Kissinger and de Gaulle, French Communists and German police-spies.
    • Opening passage
  • On reading Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution we are struck by a fundamental contradiction: as an honest historian he shows us just how much the Party lagged behind the masses, and as a Bolshevik theorist he must reaffirm that the Party was necessary for the succession of the revolution.
    • "The Role of the Bolshevik Party during the Russian Revolution"
  • What is the future? We cannot produce a blueprint, the future alone can evolve that. What we must agree on, rather are the general principles of the society we want to create. The politicians tell us we live in age of technological miracles. But it is up to us to apply them to a new society, to use the new media so as to gain greater mastery over the environment. While people today simply watch televisions a surrogate for the lives they have ceased to live; in the new society they will use it as a means of widening their experience, of mastering the environment and of keeping in touch the real lives of other people. If television programmes they induce the maximum hypnosis in the greatest numbers, they would enable us to extend the real democracy to the entire population.
    • The Workers

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