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Beck-Verlag and Hans-Georg Maassen: The separation from the delegitimator came too late

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Munich-based Beck-Verlag is the central address in the legal publishing world in Germany. The products of the family-run traditional company are more than reading material; they help to shape what takes shape in legal life as the “prevailing opinion” (h.m.) or “constant case law” (st. case law) – and thus also shapes social, economic and political life.

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This brings with it responsibility that the company has not lived up to. It was too late to say goodbye to the National Socialist namesakes of some standard works, and too late to its author Hans-Georg Maassen.

The ex-president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, who has thoroughly learned what “foreigners’ law” (or aliens’ law) still means, regularly updated the asylum article in a constitutional commentary. Technically, experts say, there was nothing to complain about.

Since being kicked out of the federal office, the former constitutional protection officer has shown himself to be a weird thinker who has been abandoned by all good, because moderating, spirits. His leitmotif: that uncontrollable ‘forces’ are at work in the Federal Republic, which either steer ‘the media’ or ‘politics’.

Jost Müller-Neuhof

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Technical is not everything. Since being kicked out of the federal office, the former constitutional protection officer has shown himself to be a weird thinker who has been abandoned by all good, because moderating, spirits. His leitmotif: that uncontrollable “forces” are at work in the Federal Republic, which either control “the media” or “politics”. With public service broadcasting, both go together.

Legislative, executive, judiciary – all controlled

That’s not criticism. If she were, she would do what her name suggests: make a difference. Instead, “forces” are at work, and anyone who has them and takes the trouble to study Maassen’s talk will see how he keeps evoking the same impression: that they, the forces, have replaced state authority and the people are no longer responsible for anything say has.

Legislative, executive, judiciary – all worth nothing, everything controlled. How is this called? Anti-Semitism? Perhaps. Perhaps also “delegitimization of the state”, which was set up with the addition “relevant to the protection of the constitution” as a new phenomenon area in Maassen’s old federal office.

As a reaction to a fringe of society, which, due to Corona and the Internet, is becoming increasingly noticeable alongside extremism and fundamentalism. A constitutional commentator who feels close here comments on everything else and himself, just not the constitution.

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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