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By R. Woods

Germany's New correct as tradition and Politics is the 1st full-length examine in English of the recent correct in Germany and it breaks new flooring via contemplating the hot correct as either a political and a cultural move. This method unearths the issues that come up whilst a political circulation seeks to embody tradition because the origin for a political programme. The booklet examines the usually contradictory factors that feed into New correct political pronouncements and explores the cultural considering that feeds into severe political commitment.

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Yet it is also clear that much New Right activity in these areas is not in the mainstream: although some New Right figures write for the conservative press, the most outspoken New Right journalism is to be found in its own non-mainstream papers and journals. And as we shall show, although the cultural output of prominent right-wing intellectuals may sometimes serve New Right political needs, it is just as often at odds with any simple New Right political message. Success and failure The German New Right shows how seriously it takes de Benoist’s message about cultural hegemony by returning time and again to the need for parties and theoreticians to work together on an intellectual foundation.

This extension of national confidence which can be taken for granted to include one which is the product of reflection is remarkably similar to the shift in right-wing thinking towards a reflective yet assertive view of Germany that the New Right is trying to bring about. In practice the New Right gets bogged down in the reflective stage of the project, unable to get beyond the questions it asks itself. 38 At the start of the nineties Günter Rohrmoser criticised those political forces to the right of the conservative parties for being vulnerable to the charge of fascism.

41 Henning Eichberg’s letter to R on the supposed innovative potential of newspapers such as Junge Freiheit poses the basic question: what does the New Right stand for? What has emerged so far and what will tend to be confirmed in the rest of our study of New Right thinking is its failure to generate a coherent set of ideas once it has declared its distance from National Socialism. Eichberg is aware of this failure: in his letter he points out that the paper calls itself 34 Germany’s New Right as Culture and Politics conservative but offers no clue about what is to be conserved.

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