The Zeitgeist is what he is
What do you do?
How do you live when you are a political being?
When your very essence is current events and the striving for social justice?
What do you do when you're born a libra in the beginning of October???
(No, he was born in January but if you're born in the beginning of October, according to the Zodiac, you are CRAZY for social justice)
One of my favorite historical groups to obsess about was the Baader Meinhof Gang of the 1970's to (1998???)
I read the book, watched the movie, semi-idolized Ulrike Meinhof ( the straight journalist who threw in her lot with the wayward leftists)
The book by Stefan Aust is amazingly boring and purposely bereft of juice ( I kind of get the feeling he was purposely holding back) I was kind of surprised how staid it was, and chalked it up to it being the translation from German, but the movie that it is based on it is also surprisingly stale, only saved by the natural charisma of the actors
i would have been scared to be part of this cult, because they were kind of mean, and crazy, and they had no qualms about killing people; similar groups like Weather Underground (USA) and Direct Action (Canada) at least got a grip and tried to avoid killing people
But Europeans tend to be more serious, and the Baaders even threw in their hand in the hijacking of a Lufthansa airplane in 1977 in exchange for the release of their leadership being held in Stammheim prison for their catastrophic political activities
The first generation's leaders were all eventually suicided (except for one, who survived her four stab wounds) and three more iterations would emerge from the wreckage of the first, but where was Horst Mahler?
And what did he have to do with any of this?
These are the burning questions
In the movie he's portrayed as a bit of a hanger-on , and the butt of a joke for the woman-hating alpha male Baader, but while portrayed as meek, he was probably one of those I-am-meek-but-smart-and-I-know-when-to-get-out types
Or maybe he was more of the I-am-actually-really-sincere-but-everyone-makes-fun-of-me types, because the guy is obviously willing to go to jail for his beliefs, something many people aren't willing to do
And he's still alive (he's 82) while Andreas Baader didn't live past forty; plus Andreas was a bully, and bullies are all secretly cowards, as we all know
Horst Mahler riding the wave of trends, actually anticipating them before they even fully emerge, getting on board at the first crest; the virtue and superpower of a true political being
He has anticipated the alt-right before the alt right even knew what it was doing (VERY European, and Americans better keep up)
Because before Holocaust denial started gaining traction ( and still hasn't reached its' pinnacle of popularity, but it has a burgeoning following on the Internet) Horst was already going to jail for it
He had become right wing some time before, and I wonder if he didn't go through some disillusionment with the left but sans the 2016 US Presidential election
He is like the embodiment of that cliche, that leftist youth became conservative old fogies, and that is because pragmatism takes over and they give up: it never occurred to me that it's because they REFUSE to give up
Searching, seeking, pining for a new way to express themselves politically, because the old ways turned foul, seeking desperately for the spark
Becoming conservative is not the same as becoming apolitical, and it doesn't even mean not believing in ideals anymore, you just have slightly different ones now
Your ideals are probably the same, you are just pursuing them with a different lens
And maybe, also, it's because you became deeply disillusioned with the left, and you relaxed that they're not the default good guys
Maybe it's because you're really environmentalist in your own life, question deeply the right of humanity to befoul the splendor that is the Earth, but question the emphasis on "climate change" and get pounced on for it (how dare you! Climate change deniers should be killed! That's actually a thing as of this writing)
Maybe you even dared question evolution from a non-religious perspective and you got nailed to the wall ( I mean, Darwin was a racist AND a sexist and it's called "a theory" for a reason)
Maybe you didn't understand why 13 European countries have laws about questioning the Jewish Holocaust but there are no laws anywhere about questioning how many people died in the Armenian genocide of 1915 (or whether it even occurred), how many indigenous people existed in the Americas prior to the advent of white people, or how many women were burned at the stake during the incredible witch hunts of Medieval Europe? (And believe me, people really question those numbers)
And on top of that, you don't even freaking CARE if those other laws exist, because you know that they shouldn't, because you KNOW you can't legislate people's minds, and thought crime, WOW, that is some mega dangerous legal territory, (and that is a freaking understatement)
Maybe you don't like GMO's or vaccines but liberal corporate science goons try to bully you by telling you that "science is peer review and rigorous studies and YOUR GOD" and there's NO WAY up and coming, barely tested technologies could EVER be flawed, so you should be okay with them being foisted on you without your consent. Jill Stein was "suspect" because she said you should be able to question vaccines and Neil Degrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, so you should unquestioningly take his word on GMO's
Maybe you questioned "science" because you believed that was the heart and soul of science, and the orthodox masses threw leftism in your face
And you were like, "Fuck: foiled again"
My point after all this is that Horst Mahler is an icon of political transmutation, and while he may not have had all these thoughts I have listed for you here, and I am doing a lot of conjecturing obviously, I think I can understand a bit what the struggle has been for him
Bizantia Nandu worships at the altar of orange juice made from recycled sewage water and orange-flavored metamucil