Maier-Metz' account of this process of Gleichschaltung
('coordination') makes fascinating if depressing reading, and should serve as a warning to those of us fortunate enough to occupy positions in higher education today.
Sub-headings include the "Culture of Intimidation," "Progressive Gleichschaltung
" (bringing all of society into line with the leftist priorities), "The Left's Favorite Nazi," "Brown Shirt Tactics 101," "The Deceitful Origin of'Anti-fascism"'and "Repressive Intolerance."
The aim is to crush academic freedom and impose a Gleichschaltung
(2) in any academic research and publication.
What matters is that the "Gleichschaltung
" exploits the lack of a strong tradition in free press and freedom of expression, or when they do exist, it aims at destroying them to be effective.
Does it mean Gleichschaltung
(the Nazi practice of bringing everything in line with National Socialism)?
En ambos paises el proceso de Gleichschaltung
o fascistizacion de la sociedad habia hecho de las antiguas asociaciones medico-deportivas instrumentos de la politica partidaria y estatal al servicio de la construccion del "hombre nuevo" (54).
Our Ministers of Education and Culture are busy subduing the schools, theater and arts to the extreme rightist line, something known in German as Gleichschaltung
. The Supreme Court, the pride of Israel, is being relentlessly attacked by the Minister of Justice.
A particular corner of this literature focused on universities, worrying the twin dilemmas of illiberalism and quietism in the Wilhelmine and Weimar universities in the face of Nazi anti-intellectualism and the organizational Gleichschaltung
of the 1930s.
For Arendt this statement exemplifies the absence of thinking not because it proceeds outside accredited philosophical paradigms--after all, she had witnessed her intellectual peers expressing equivalent opinions in the period of Gleichschaltung
[coordination]--nor because it lacks a recognisable pattern of ratiocination, in this case the deduction of an abstract characterological quality from empirically observable evidence.
They completed that item through "Gleichschaltung
der Lander." States were synchronized with the imperial center and turned into cities.