History never repeats itself following the same script but neither does it need to fall into conventional fascism or Nazism for the "bankruptcy of democracies" to occur.
Does our current situation resemble something of those turbulent thirties in Germany?
One hundred years later, Germany governed by the Weimar Constitution (1919) continues to arouse interest, controversy and astonishment, because the historical period that starred, after being defeated in World War I, concentrated tensions and hopes, attitudes and mirages which, in a never-distinguishable mix, fatally led to the rise of Nazism and World War II.
The most dynamic political forces that assumed the fate of the German Republic that replaced the Reich of William II, after the tragedy of the Great War, endowed the new State with a liberal constitution and strong social content, which designed an innovative and optimistic framework for a humiliated and impoverished nation that, at the same time, could not avoid the permanence and reinforcement of the same political, economic and military agents that had led to the disaster.
These traditional forces managed to redirect that Germany by a rugged revenge itinerary, with systematic attacks on the Republican Constitution, resulting after the fierce consequences of the 1929 Depression that the ultras of the Nazi party were imposed in a short time and were done with the power, relocating a Germany kidnapped by nationalism, supremacism and racism, in the hideous path of a new war, even more tragic than the previous one.
The Watchtower Club of Cieza has scheduled, for the next day December 9 at 7.30 pm and within its cycle of "Alternative colloquies for uncertain times", a meeting on Weimar Germany and Entreguerras Europe (1919- 1939: current reflections, in which the philosopher Francisco Jarauta, the political scientist Pedro Costa and the historian Alejandro García, will try to justify the multifaceted transcendence (society, culture, politics) of those years, emphasizing their reflections and readings possible news, both in the German and European (with special reference to Spain).
Reflecting on the importance of those years is relevant because it allows us to draw some lessons applicable to current times.