Towards a New Culture: From Refusal to Re-Creation – E-Book

Towards a New Culture: From Refusal to Re-Creation – E-Book


by Dieter Duhm

The book for all young revolutionaries: powerful, true, direct and radical. A book for those who want to know how they can give continuity to the fleeting experiences of freedom and community life during their protests. With sacred rage about the existing conditions, the author describes the technological, ecological, spiritual and human conditions for a new start for society.

Translated from the German by Sten Linnander.

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Violence is the eruption of blocked life energies.

Pacifism does not mean the gentle appeasement of violence, nor does it mean brushing conflicts aside with appeals for peace. True pacifism is the radical and intelligent self-engagement of the human for the liberation of all life energies and creative forces that are present in him. Pacifism is militancy in achieving inner truthfulness and freedom, for pacifism is the reconciliation of the human with himself.
Dieter Duhm

How will life go on after the collapse of the globalised political and economic systems? How will it survive the large-scale disruption of our planet’s ecological and climatic systems? And what will become of the immense systems of belief, love and thinking as they start to shake within?

The answer to these questions has to persist in the face of so many failed attempts in the past. The world stands on the brink of an abyss. The youth from Cairo to London, from Greece to Chile, from Rothschild Avenue, Tel Aviv to Wall Street, New York are looking for new ways out of the crisis. If the mass protest and revolt movements rising up all over the world today intend to take off together, if life is to win over violence and war, we need a direction, an image, an idea of what might be our common goal.

This book offers an idea of how a future worth living could be. It was written and published more than thirty years ago in Germany and we believe that its time has now come. It is the first time to be published in English. We left it in the political context in which it was written. Through this we want to show that names change, yet the underlying problems remain the same – until we discover how to solve them. How this can be achieved is what this book is all about. It is more relevant today than ever.

Dieter Duhm, born 1942 in Berlin. Art historian, psychoanalyst and sociologist with a doctorate. As a youth, he was involved for several years in the “Bread for the World” campaign, and in 1967 became an activist in the German student movement. He combines the idea of political revolution with that of individual liberation and becomes known for his book “Angst im Kapitalismus” (Fear in Capitalism). Trials for breach of the peace, amnesty by President Heinemann. Several years of work in the Marxist left, then forays into rural communes and alternative projects. Two years of psychoanalytic practice, which he wanted to combine with political content and translate into collective healing work. Three professorship offers, which he rejects. Several visits to the Austrian Friedrichshof followed, led by the artist Otto Mühl. There he had an ideological confrontation that led to a final separation. In 1976 he goes to a hermitage in Lower Bavaria for five months to reflect.

From spring 1978, development of the “Bauhütte” project. In addition to pioneering ecological work, introduction of free sexuality, which leads to fierce slander in the German public. He develops the plan of the healing biotopes, a concrete strategy how a worldwide peace could be brought about.1990 Move to Lanzarote, where he increasingly follows his penchant for painting.

In 1995, together with his partner Sabine Lichtenfels and others, he founded the project “Tamera”, a center for concrete utopia and international peace work, with the goal of connecting global peace work with the building of new models of life and creating places where people live together with all fellow creatures in cooperation and mutual support. Establishment of the “political ashram”, the peace school of Tamera. Today he leads the department for Eros, Art and Healing in Tamera – and works together with Sabine Lichtenfels and others on the master plan of a planetary peace community.

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