Günter Grass Interview: Our Democracies are Collapsing

Günter Grass against surveillance in the digital age. Hear the German Nobel Prize winning author, who has signed the international declaration “A Stand for Democracy in the Digital age” on why it is necessary to fight for liberal rights.

When security is put before liberty, basic democratic rights decay. It is the duty of artists to defend our hard won democratic rights. A word of warning from Günter Grass, one of Germany’s most important intellectuals.

Three minutes of powerful words from author Günter Grass, on the importance of democracy and solidarity. Artists are essentially egocentric, he says, but it’s important to not see yourself as a solitary being and not always side with the winners. The majority of people rely on help, on a compensatory model of social behaviour, Grass explains: “I’m not a born Social Democrat. I learned to be one.”

Günter Grass sees neo-liberalism as the curse of our times, because it has “unleashed the individual, with its predatory mentality” which has again led to a predatory capitalism, and a “relapse into the 19th century.”

Günter Wilhelm Grass (b.1927) is a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor, best known for his first novel The Tin Drum (1959). He is widely regarded as Germany’s most famous living writer. In 1999 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Günter Grass was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner

Camera: Klaus Elmer

Editing: Martin Kogi

Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013.

Supported by Nordea-fonden.



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