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Political EpistemicsThe Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism$
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Andreas Glaeser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226297934

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.001.0001

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Aporias of Producing Right Consciousness

Aporias of Producing Right Consciousness

(p.120) 2 Aporias of Producing Right Consciousness
Political Epistemics

Andreas Glaeser

University of Chicago Press

A monolithic intentionality, the unity and the purity of the party (and ideally of the whole population), was the best way to move socialism forward on its inevitable path to communism. This chapter describes the organizational principles understood by the party as assuring central control, the principles of democratic centralism and central planning. Socialist consciousness, the Marxist-Leninist way of differentiating and integrating the world, also needed to be produced substantively the vast propaganda apparatus of the party conducted a politics of education. Since the party assumed that the class enemy would aim at interfering with this task, the smooth operation of the propaganda apparatus needed to be safeguarded against “sabotage” and the “soddening” influence of the class-enemies' attempts to interfere in the party's project. The party state employed a politics of disablement and disarticulation, trying to prevent the GDR's populations from having access to certain ideas or people. Furthermore, this chapter discusses the Stasi and the ways in which it figured into the party's project of creating a monolithic intentionality.

Keywords:   communism, Stasi, socialist, democratic, monolithic intentionality

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