Why do some people hate conservative values

Column Conservative: The left-wing radical Helmut Kohl

The columnist Jan Fleischhauer shows on “Spiegel Online” what is on the minds of conservatives today: fear of being overwhelmed and loss of autonomy.

The further you go "to the left, the higher the proportion of people who have never seen a company from the inside, unless during a visit". Image: Reuters

Journalists don't like letters to the editor. At least not those who hold against them that journalists are stupid, naive and nailed up. The reviled can ignore such letters to the editor. Sometimes it works. You can try to convince them. It doesn't work so well. Or they become a kind of letter writer themselves. Jan Fleischhauer goes this way.

Fleischhauer is the author of the book "Unter Linken - Of Someone Who Accidentally Became Conservative". He writes down under the title “The Black Channel” Mirror online weekly about what he considers to be consequential damage to leftist thought.

What does conservative social criticism look like today? A passage about the SPD in the coalition negotiations illustrates very well Fleischhauer's approach. He outlines the life paths of Gabriel, Steinmeier and Nahles and concludes:

"What do we notice? All three top people of the SPD have graduated, which is commendable. But no one has ever earned their money outside of politics or public service. You can also check this with other parties: the further you go to the left, the higher the proportion of people who have never seen a company from the inside, unless during a visit or were involved in business themselves. "

Fleischhauer's "we"

Fleischhauer's question should suggest closeness to the readers: I think like you. The equation follows: the left, the more unworldly. The Fleischhauer’s "we" are normal, hard-working, pragmatic, clear-thinking people. Not these people who never made their money outside of politics and media. So people like Fleischhauer himself.

This anti-intellectualism can also be understood as follows: the more life experience apart from politics a politician has, the more conservative he is. If that's true, Helmut Kohl, Philipp Missfelder and Roland Koch are left-wing radicals.

Perhaps another reason Fleischhauer is so popular is because it satisfies a widespread need. Conservatism has not only lost its content, but what is almost more important, its forms. The only thing that still offers security is the certainty that you have a clearly identifiable opponent: If I find everything “left” stupid, then I'm probably conservative. And the more I label “left”, the clearer my opposing position seems.

"Brussels is the new Rome"

This attitude does not arise from deeply rooted conviction, but from fear. Fear of being overwhelmed, of loss of autonomy. The greater the fear, the greater the effect of what causes fear. Fleischhauer writes about the EU: “Brussels is the new Rome, minus the sun, slaves and the Coliseum.” If the comparison is correct, then there is a ruler over life and death who is revered as a god and commands the largest armed force in the world.

Fleischhauer writes about Brussels' extravagance: "The best way to come to terms with things that cannot be changed is to deal with them with humor." I wish him the best of luck.