To understand Sarrazin’s new book, the following is recommended: Listen deeply to yourself. And I honestly answer the question: Who is the ideologist here?
They called it the “pseudo-philosophical painting.” taz. subordinate Mirror He spoke of “ideologues are always the other”. And this as well Germany Radio Culture Comes with an accusation of ideology. They all refer to Thilo Sarrazin’s latest work, Reason and Enemies. Errors and delusions of ideological thinking.” And all of them belong to those reactions from which one can conclude: they have understood nothing and are still ruling.
In addition, these comments show very well: “The Mind and Its Enemies” could not have appeared in a better time, without better examples and without better judgments than now. ‘Sarazin skeptics’ don’t want to believe it, but Sarrazin came up with the same diagnosis as him Roma Club In this year’s report: It is not climate change that is the greatest danger to humanity, but the inability to distinguish between fiction and reality. In short: ideological thinking.
Sarrazin explains this in a refreshing, fact-based way and seeks an objective judgment in his new work. One reads: It’s about facts, not about wishful thinking and daydreaming. The author knows that any personal sympathies and preferences may play a role in his perception and evaluation, and he tries to distance himself from them.
Therefore, in the first chapter, he devoted himself to his life story. In order to understand his “style of thinking,” as he calls it, his “spiritual approach to the world,” his political life as a financial senator in Berlin and his current life as a freelance author.
Examples with the biggest social explosives: intelligence, gender, and cultural differences.
Everything is dominated by self-reflection and reflection. It shows: there is a person who is not only interested in himself. He is someone who is also aware of his fellow human beings and the environment. Someone who reflects himself and the world. Someone who has a “real” connection to reality. He does not speak for Sarzin, a writer nor a politician. No, that’s Sarzin’s words, human.
But he leaves this role, in general, in the following chapters. In the second chapter, to answer whether objective knowledge is possible at all and what societies it is based on can look, above all, an ‘open society’. He thus relies on an early pioneer of his thinking, the epistemologist Sir Karl Raymond Popper, the founder of critical rationalism. With the complexity of his ideas in conversation, Sarrazin justifies the importance of the market economy to democracy and freedom. It also refers to the attacks on open society today, both from the left and the right.
This was proven in the third and fourth chapters. It begins with examples that cast doubt on the physical and biological facts. Sarzin deliberately chooses those examples with the greatest social explosions: intelligence, gender, and cultural differences. With examples of what he calls “the system of reason,” he addresses examples from religion, ideology, freedom, equality, environment, and privacy.
In chapters five and six, Sarrazin proves what has been said so far—for Germany, Europe, and the world. Specifically, in the sixth and final chapter, he entered into a traffic light government coalition agreement. His conclusion: The ideological coloring with his three basic statements, renewable energies, the European alliance state and more non-European immigration should not be overlooked.
Conclusion to “the mind and its enemies”? The nearly 400-page work should be understood as a stormy appeal to reason. There is not the slightest indication in the work that Sarrazin is one of the enemies of reason – even if one does not agree with him on everything. If you have a different opinion despite mobilizing all your cognitive abilities, you should listen to yourself. Look deep inside. And I honestly answer the question: Who is the ideologist here?
Sarrazin, Thelo (2022). “Mind and its enemies. Errors and delusions of ideological thinking.” Munich: LVM.