Sozialfonds statt Schreibtischlinke: So wäre eine andere Partei möglich gewesen

Die Kolumne „Sucht und Ordnung“ von Karsten Krampitz erscheint einmal im Monat. Ihr Titel geht auf sein gleichnamiges Theaterstück zurück, eine „Bettleroper“, die 2014 beim Klagenfurter Ensemble Premiere feierte. Karsten Krampitz ist Historiker, Schriftsteller und Journalist.

Underneath the pavement lies the beach. The 68er-Spontis used to tell a story about a student who approaches an elderly anarchist and says, „Listen, comrade! A life without authority and in social justice may be a beautiful idea, but unfortunately not possible.“ To which the old man doesn’t hesitate for long and responds, „Of course it is impossible. But don’t you see that everything that is possible in this country is worthless?“

Let’s take Die Linke, the party that wanted to be for the weak, the foreigners, and the broken. It wanted to overthrow all the conditions in which humans are degraded, oppressed, abandoned, and despised. However, there is currently no time for that. The party elite is in crisis. Self-destruction, subsidized by the state, with a gross monthly income of approximately 10,591.70 euros as a member of the Bundestag. At least their own conditions have improved.

Das Paradoxon linker Politik

Am Paradoxon linker Politik wird auch eine Sahra-Wagenknecht-Partei nichts ändern; die Vorsitzende wird – auf nationaler Ebene – nach Umverteilung rufen, aber von den eigenen Privilegien nichts abgeben. Wagenknecht war nie Rock ’n’ Roll, nicht mal Luftgitarre. Eine andere Partei aber war möglich.

Let’s imagine that after the election defeat in September 2021, the compassionate left-wing members of the Bundestag had taken action in response to the alienation from the unemployed, low-wage workers, and single parents. They would have reached a consensus on a joint statement: Poverty can only be fought with money. We start now! No more embarrassing charity checks at any photo opportunity. Absolutely not!

Fast drei Millionen Euro für soziale Projekte

Each of the 39 members of the faction wanted to contribute 3,000 euros per month to a social fund, following the example of the KPÖ Graz. The distribution of the donations would be decided by an independent committee consisting of street workers, volunteers from refugee aid organizations, women’s shelters, etc. The jury would change every six months. Gradually, the contacts would transform into meaningful connections and productive networks.

The Left Party would have spent 117,000 euros per month, helping social projects and people in need for the past two years, totaling an impressive 2.8 million euros! Desk leftists would have become tangible individuals; the party would be in a better position today. But above all: somewhere else.