History of the linXXnet

The linXXnet is the continuation of a series of leftist projects from Leipzig in the 90s. Civil society and radical leftists, former squatters, young democrats; In 90, people who had experienced their political formation in the 1997s founded the information office in Leipzig's Kurt-Eisner-Strasse, which existed until the opening of linXXnet in 2000.

precursor
The linXXnet is the continuation of a series of leftist projects from Leipzig in the 90s. Civil society and radical leftists, former squatters, young democrats; In 90, people who had experienced their political formation in the 1997s founded the information office in Leipzig's Kurt-Eisner-Str. This, in turn, had several precursors, including the old offices of the Marxist youth organization “Junge Linke”, the office of Bundestag member Steffen Tippach on Petersteinweg, the bookshop and the Antifa archive on Leipzig’s Braustr. 2000

90's left
At the end of the 90s, some of the left-wing activists in Leipzig had approached the PDS and networked with young people who had been bullied out of the former AGJG Leipzig. In addition, there were “middle-aged” PDS people who, politically and in terms of life, were related to the 90s. This resulted in PDS structures such as the ag rabies and the grassroots organization "Generation X" (BOX). The Saxon PDS, which was at odds from a regional point of view, quickly found a way across the borders of the old SED party districts. It was about content, not ownership. With the election of Heike Werner, Steffen Tippach and Katja Kipping to the Saxon state parliament, it became possible to create a separate political space for action and living: the linXXnet.

Impassable terrain
The founding of linXXnet was certainly also a response to the lack of willingness on the part of the local PDS leadership to make the Leipzig Liebknecht House accessible to a young and middle-aged, critical and creative (including non-party) public. Above all, however, it was a question of paving new PDS paths between a parliamentarian vulgar realism, which fed on the election victories, and its twin brother, the traditionalist, state-socialist party fetishism. The struggle for authentic, critical left-wing positions and also for the radical reformist concepts that are difficult to reconcile with them is a typical trait of the linXXnetters and therefore also of the linXXnet.

Just do politics
The way in which the late 90s new PDS members made politics required different spaces and working conditions. People sat down, came up with an idea and then just implemented it. You didn't need a classic party hierarchy or blessings from higher bodies. Yes, one even allowed one's own positions that were not coordinated with the people who saw themselves as officials and elected representatives as the universal embodiment of PDS politics. A number of party-oriented PDS functionaries could and still have difficulty coping with this. They felt that doing politics in this way called into question long and hard-earned quasi-feudal rights to the "power of habit" associated with parliamentary and party offices.

Party-critical party work
In one of the BOX papers from the late XNUMXs, an understanding of politics and parties was represented that did not make the party itself the purpose of political action, as in the good old and so familiar SED or SPD tradition, but instead made it a critical means to be reflected to implement political goals. The limits of parliamentarism should be made clear and taken into account in PDS politics. Social change could not be thought of as coming from parties, but only developed and implemented outside of parliament. This also set the program for the first years of the linXXnet...

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