Letters to the Editor May 2000
Quiet alarm, deep foreboding
On music, right-wing politics, and Jörg Haider.
Important changes are evident in Vienna these days. When I was there in March, for the first time in my memory, there was a real sense of political turmoil, occasioned by the recent entry into Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel’s government of the right-wing Freedom Party, and its putative leader, Mr. Jörg Haider. For the past fifty years, the government, with its chancellors changing every few years, has been made up of an ongoing cozy coalition between the two major parties dominant in the postwar period—the Social Democratic Party (spoe, known colloquially as “the Reds,”) and the AUSTRIA PEOPLE’S PARTY (OEVP, “the Blacks”). Haider and his party have put an end to all that. People are uneasy.
On the surface, things did not seem to have changed in any drastic fashion. The city itself, which counts on its...
New to The New Criterion?
Subscribe for one year to receive ten print issues, and gain immediate access to our online archive spanning more than four decades of art and cultural criticism.Subscribe