After Ibizagate and with a new government, once again we may ponder the Austrian idea of democracy, which is sometimes confused with harmony.
Some Germans, even in Academia, grow tired of the intense confrontation with the Nazi past. Many historians have stopped exploring it, attributing marginal value to it explaining current developments
In the age of Trump we must refocus if we are teaching democratic principles in our classes. As teacher educators, we must make sure that students understand these ideas so they are prepared to teach them.
Times of crisis are productive times for the humanities. During the oil crisis in 1973, at the very latest, the western world’s certainty about the future began to fade and was gradually replaced by a sense of history that enabled the discipline of history didactics to develop. In a similar fashion, we should welcome the current global and European crises as opportunities to learn and to add historically based directional options to our rusty political thinking.
Migration forces democracy to learn
The substantial migration events of the past months and the coming years will alter standards of living in Germany and Europe. Naturally, those who emigrate permanently from Africa or Asia are obliged to develop an appropriate attitude towards the new, prevailing local values and legal systems and, if necessary, to learn about democracy.