At the leaflets of the Commune I

Some preliminary remarks

The Commune probably belongs to the central stocks of collective memory, at least of the German left. Your media presence in the late sixties, their happenings and eventually their provocative leaflets show up to the present action. Especially her photos belong to the general picture inventory of German cultural history. Names like Rainer Langhans, Fritz Teufel and Dieter Kunzelmann known to date.

Its real significance of the community, however, I gained another area that has not necessarily to do with their contribution to the West German picture reservoir. You may be controversial to this day, the effects of the years 67 to 69 may be critically evaluated, regardless of the Commune I was but one of the most important factors in the circulation of social habitus forms. The provocations that brought them to the path for many years, the reactions they provoked, the opportunities they pointed out, have led to the radical transformation of German society in the following decades contributed decisively. It belongs to the social factors that massively the inviolability of the subject demanded in a social context that emphasized his experience and his ability to self-realization drove forward. At the same time the German society owes her, also, that the legitimization processes of social institutions have been continued.

But not enough So anti-capitalist, the municipality is I also occurred, but at the same time it is also an agent of the medial penetration of society and the expansion of the consumer society was. The Commune I have used for some sovereign the media for their own purposes, it has the aestheticization of the self, not least driven the resolution of socially patterned habit forming and thus the ratio of subjects to cultural, leisure and fashion industry redefined. The marketing has responded in part with tools and techniques that have been developed by the community with I – and very quickly. Fast any event, as the political elites of the Federal Republic. This leads to the memorable fact that on the one hand, the German society, driven by the leisure industry and the social middle class to deformalized habitual and revolutionized it. On the other hand leads the intensification of the conflict between students, Except Parliamentary opposition and government institutions and a part of the mass media to the hard confrontation with a militant become relatively small group consisting until well into the 1980s and the political discourses influenced.

However, a little faded, that the community I existed only a relatively short time, also was a very fragile social structure and political terms for a very violent kick barely made its appearance. The community I as definable social group consisted almost three years from 1 January 1967 until the violent break-up in early November 1969. The name of the founder-Communards: Fritz Teufel, Volker Gebbert, Dagmar Seehuber, Dagrun E. Kristensen, Hans-Joachim Hameister, Rainer Langhans, Dorothea Ridder, Dieter Kunzelmann, Karl Pawla, Antje Krüger and Ulrich Enzensberger. Its most important print media were the – partly famous – leaflets.