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Carl Schmitt THEORIST FOR THE REICH by Joseph J. Bendersky

By Joseph J. Bendersky

Basing his paintings at the writings of Schmitt and his contemporaries, large new archival documentation, and elements of Schmitt's own papers, Professor Bendersky makes use of Schmitt's public profession as a framework for re-evaluating his contributions to political and criminal thought. This publication establishes that Schmitt's past due Weimar writings have been directed at combating instead of encouraging the Nazi acquisition of power.

Originally released in 1983.

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For the Catholic Cen­ ter Party was very much a guardian of its own special religious and institutional interests, something that Schmitt would finally realize over the next few years. These sharp philosophical and political distinctions aside, Schmitt did not, even at this point, view the Catholic Church as an intransigent institution aloof from the political real­ ities of this world. 25 In postwar Europe, Schmitt felt that the Catholic Church con­ fronted another unavoidable decision. Liberalism was still a strong opponent, but Bolshevism from the East, and from within, threatened the continued existence of western Eu­ ropean traditions and values.

No law," Schmitt wrote earlier, "can execute itself, only men can be designated as the defenders of laws. . "49 Moreover, it would be impossible to predict the nature of an Ausnahmezustand, or to prescribe beforehand in any precise detail the legally permissible procedures needed to deal with unique and varying situations. , p. 20. , pp. 11-13, 46. , p. 11. 49 Schmitt, Der Wert, p. 83. 50 Schmitt, Politische rHwologie, p. 12. 47 PART I Although a crisis may compel the sovereign to go beyond existing norms, even force him to suspend temporarily parts of the constitution, he still works within a legal framework.

BONN YEARS, 1922-1928 very well be invoked to describe him, for he thrived on discussion and the exchange of ideas. Not infrequently a conversation with Schmitt would last for more than four hours. His appetite for new, stimulating subjects and chal­ lenging ideas was insatiable. 16 At the age of ninety he would still take his guests walking for hours in the moun­ tains around his home, discussing literature, music, or pol­ itics, always interjecting the right amount of humor. Some of this esprit carried over into his lectures and writings, where he avoided the abstruseness of many pro­ fessors.

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