"There is a powerful crisis dynamic that is stronger than the will of the sovereign and democratic institutions. When capital relations fall into crisis, everything can be redefined or instrumentalized: the basic law, democracy, elementary human rights and even human life. Alternatives are not up for debate. In the end middle-class democracy does not go beyond and is exhausted in the choice between Pepsi and Coke.
Economic pressure creates an extremism of the middle. The pressure increases on everyone considered a cost-factor - the unemployed or southern Europeans. The economic logic was long imposed on the whole society that is proverbially described as "Germany Inc."
In crisis-times, the one-dimensional public democratic discourse - caught in the crumbling capitalist categories - is the greatest danger for democracy since it gives a democratic legitimation to the terror of the economy. Still democracy is the conditio sine qua non of every transformational mastery of the crisis.."
to read Tomasz Konicz' article "Democracy in Crisis: The Terror of the Economy is a Danger to Democracy" published in July 2012, click on