TITLE

The Politics of Guilt

AUTHOR(S)
Nagorski, Andrew
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;May/Jun2000, Vol. 79 Issue 3, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author argues that the European Union needs to understand that the entry of Jorg Haider's right-wing Freedom Party into Austria's coalition government was caused by the widespread disillusionment with the political establishment. In Haider's case, the politics of guilt, which portrays his popularity as the result of his appeal to neo-Nazi sentiments, obscures the real reasons for his rise. The rationale of the Union was that it must send a clear signal to far-right parties that they have no place in member governments. The Union needs to concede that it has caricatured the real origins of Austria's political crisis. In debates about what obligations the past imposes on the present, speakers have a tendency to distinguish between good guys and bad guys. The crucial distinction between perpetrators and collaborators should not be forgotten.
ACCESSION #
3008895

 

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