Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeffhttp://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/CX5202-Diemer-Interview.htm
Publisher: Connexions Information Sharing Services, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1990
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX5202
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
The fact that people can be selfish and untrustworthy is an argument for democracy. That's precisely why no one person or small group of people can be trusted to wield power over the rest of us. Those who hold power are usually corrupted by it because they are as selfish and untrustworthy as anyone else. That is one of the most compelling reasons for decentralizing and democratizing power -- for sharing power as widely and equally as possible.
If you can understand that your struggle is also somebody else's struggle, or that your different concerns and problems are part of the same struggle, the potential is created for a stronger more effective movement. The working class movement has slogan: "An injustice to one is an injustice to all." If that is your approach you understand that solidarity, co-operation, mutual support, whatever you want to call it, is at one and the same time a duty to your fellow human beings and an act of rational self-interest.