The postwar German left has had a lot of ups and downs — and leading Marxist political scientist Frank Deppe was there for most of them. On his 80th birthday, he spoke to Jacobin about the need to root left-wing politics in the changed realities of the modern working class.
Frank Deppe taught political science at the University of Marburg from 1972 to 2006 and remains one of Germany’s most prolific Marxist intellectuals. His many publications include Niccolò Machiavelli: Zur Kritik der reinen Politik (Pahl-Rugenstein, 1987), Politisches Denken im 20. Jahrhundert (VSA, 1999–2010), and 1968: Zeiten des Übergangs (VSA, 2018).