Statement of editorial staff and support circle old members.

The theoretical magazine KRISIS, known in Germany and in the international sphere by its principle of the value criticism, has taken the left way: it has split. Against the will of most of the editorial staff and of the coordinating circle, Robert Kurz and Roswitha Scholz were excluded and as a result most of the editorial staff with them. This putsch was only possible through the instrumentation of the long time passive association that is formally and legally the magazine publisher. Two of each three members of the management, considered since long time ago honorary and remained on the sidelines of the theoretical debate, allowed themselves to be manipulated as marionettes by the editorial staff minority, not being as significant as the circle of active support. Also in the following General Assembly, they came against most of those present, with blank powers from the persons that didn't appear; a masterpiece of the German associative machiavelism, it is necessary to recognize it without envy.

This procedure was justified expressly invoking the Nazi theorist of law Carl Schmitt, with the absurd construction of an "emergency state", presumably caused by Robert Kurz and Roswitha Scholz which, according to a mould of constabulary strategy, would have become pathological personalities. Most of the editorial staff who saw otherwise the things and was opposed to the "solicitous brio of the expulsion" was considered in that question irresponsible and accomplice suspect with them."

In this conflict, the levels of the relationships and of the content are indissolubly intertwined one with another. In the relationships sphere, a part is played by personal ambitions, competition feelings and authority problems relating to a too productive member within the group, a person of the group, imagining himself as a "baton" (this was the self-introduced attestation) and the other one as guru, could only be defended practicing a "patricide". Only in the circles that fancy themselves of the left could have the idea of (mis)understand like emancipating act such a classic and specifically western constellation.

As a result of this conflict there are the basis of relationship problems and content: the relationship between sexes. As well as the dissociation theory remained in the last twelve years like a strange body in the value criticism of Krisis, in the same way her author Roswitha Scholz as a person has been a setback for the men team of Krisis. It is not by chance, but a collateral fully wanted effect, the fact that the Krisis Editorial staff is once again without women, after an interreign of only one year. Neither they forgave (them) to Robert Kurz to have supported this principle that questions the logical-deductive objectiveness of the old Krisis development.

As for the contents of this conflict, for a long time latent, it became worse with the formulation of a radical criticism of the Illuminism bourgeois philosophy, as it was developed by Robert Kurz in the discussion with the anti-German ones. The superficial community of the front line can lead to confusion for a moment due to the existent disagreement with regards to the criticism to the form of western, masculine and white subject. That disagreement can be revealed now: they wanted a "nicest" Illuminism criticism, to save moments of the androcentric universalism.

If this motivation includes a certain compatibility with the "pro-western" basic ideology of the anti-German ones, it precisely behaves on the contrary in the discussion about the importance of the anti-Semitism as crisis ideology. The designation of the anti-German ones correct aspects faces here with a tendency to objectively acquit the anti-Semitic syndrome. Also in this respect, the superficially common campaign against the militarism only hides a deeper dispute.

As for the content of the referred conflicts they were on no account mature and to a certain extent could have been solved in the Krisis frame, what was made unviable with its transformation in relationship problems and with the ensuing administrative "solution". As a result each one of them goes his own, and from now on also in different organizational platforms:

The previous majority of the editorial staff, including Roswitha Scholz and Robert Kurz, together with a part of the active support circle to Krisis, will start another project of value criticism and a new theoretical magazine with different position in what it is necessary to accentuate. This way, they will shake off the last eggshells of the logical-deductive objectivism of the "Krisis" previous theory and the criticism of the western, masculine and white subject form will be promoted; precisely in times of an ideology of the pro-western ¡hurrah! that it is also inside the left. About the later theoretical foundation of a criticism of the "abstract work" as a substance of the capital relationships, we want to offer to the rising social movements a useful critical-solidary reference, instead of the pattern of "left populist" and anti-Semitic thought.

We call all of those who inside and out of Krisis sympathize with this objective to help us in consequence.

April 11th, 2004

Hanns von Bosse, Petra Haarmann, Brigitte Hausinger, Claus Peter Ortlieb



The editors of this page of the Krisis Group in Portuguese ( ) respond without any hesitation to the call of Petra, Brigitte, Hanns and Claus.

They manifest their support from now on and they tender to collaborate with the new Magazine that, with the participation of Roswitha Scholz and Robert Kurz (whose presence is indispensable, you only need to take a look to the texts of this site), could develop the value criticism, deepening the criticism of the sexual dissociation and of the Illuminism subject.

The "new historical simultaneity" that we live, makes of this project an incentive for all women and men that today do not abdicate to producing their lives in planet Earth.

Lisbon, April 12th, 2004

The editors

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Contracorriente’s statement

The Krisis’ readers know very well the theoretical, so fundamental, varied and numerous contributions that mainly Robert Kurz has made in his radical criticism to the capitalist system, producer of goods.

All the categories of the capitalism were "unfetished" by Kurz in a meticulous, thorough and deep way. Finally we had the monstrously authentic and up-to-date portrait of the capitalism in its death phase.

In his reckoning with the past, months ago Kurz directed the radical criticism against the Illuminism. It was an unavoidable task: to dare to make the radical criticism to the fundamentalist ideology of the capitalism.

There is "Tabula Rasa", another Kurz’s masterpiece placing the Illuminism in the radical critic's pillory.

We want to openly express our consequent support to Robert Kurz, Roswitha Scholz, Hanns von Bosse, Petra Haarmann, Brigitte Hausinger and Claus Peter Ortlieb and our decision of continuing active in the translations and all the other tasks that we are able to do.

April 16th, 2004


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