During my discussion section, our group came to the conclusion that the Weimar government, for all of its talk and rhetoric about serving the people, in the end made decisions to preserve its own power and the power of the elites. What started as a discussion about Gumbel’s Four Years of Political Murder on the judiciary’s leniency towards the right wing and Professor Berg’s lecture on the government and military’s reaction to the Kapp Putsch and subsequent workers’ strike led to the realization that the government made those decisions to preserve its own power. The period of hyperinflation and subsequent stabilization harmed the working class more than anyone. Again, the government did little to help those who needed help the most. Lets remember that the government’s first priority, as outlined in the Constitution and should just be common sense, is serving the people.
If the government did its duty and worked for the people, the right wing murderers would be in jail. The government would have taken steps to ensure the judiciary was filled with objective judges who would enforce the rule of law rather than rule from their own biases. If the government worked for the people, the government would have forced the military to put down the Kapp Putsch, instead of forcing the workers to strike and not earn any income during the period. If the military refused to arrest the traitors, the government should have punished the soldiers who resisted. If the government worked for the people, it would not have ordered the military to so viciously put down the rebellion.
Finally, if the government cared for its people, it would have found to make life just a little bit easier for the working class after the period of hyperinflation. During the stabilization period, the wages went down while the cost of living remained the same. Working class mothers could not afford essential foods to feed their children. Fights broke out amongst the consumers and the working class people selling these essential materials. The working class was turning against each other when the anger should have been directed towards the government. 1927-1928 is considered the golden era of the Weimar Republic. It is clear the golden era only applied to the wealthy and maybe the middle class while the working class was completely forgotten and left to fend for itself, as seen in the novel Blood Brothers. The government made sure the influential elites were kept content and never intended to serve the people.