Property human being

property human being is derived from „good humans “, turns however the positive meaning of the expression in the opposite, is thus a Pejoration. In meaning and use the term thus almost resembles the older word of world-better. Users of the term subordinate personsor person's groups with moral basic attitude misdirected stresses and/or. doubtful behavior.Property human being becomes often with terms such as Pharisäer and Heuchler, since years understood in the middle of the 1990er also with the political correctness connected and as accusation, those drastically as „terror thatProperty human being “appears. In the public linguistic usage the term serves throughout as a negatively konnotierte foreign designation. Although an often ironical however seriously “affectionate” use is mostly only in personal discussions, e.g. for “the heart at the right mark have”, generous behavioror ironically for „exaggerated “Altruismus.

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origin and use

after Rembert Hüser is the designation property human being as one „Witzelei “„the 89-Generation “- feuilletonists and authors developed for Matthias Horx and Klaus bitter man such as Rainer Jogschies , which „Anti-68er-Lexika “in the tradition of hitting a corner hard Henscheids stupid German - dictionary wrote. These dictionaries place a mixture from confession literature and maintenance literatureand do not differentiate between word explanation and word use. In the epilog of his dictionary of the property human being bitter man writes:„At the end its against the “reconciliation terror of the West German province” arranged glosses [...] wrote Karl Heinz drill at the beginning of 92: 'Perhaps it would be best, thatMerkur put on in the future a small dictionary of the property human being. Dahinein belonged “the wall in the head tear” or to 'controversy culture “or “eigensinnig” or” transverse philosophers '. Whereupon we waited unfortunately in vain with tension, but. Since that time the situation becamenot better, so that we saw ourselves forced to tackle the project. “

Since center of the 1990er years was established the term property human being in political and ideological debates. In these it became often together with the term „PC “(political correctness) uses, in order to criticize the political opponent and its opinions as moralisierend.

The publisher Merkur, short cross-eyed, sets up the statement the term in this sense as the first to have used. The wordapplied in the feuilletons as more fashionably „latest critical chic “.Political correctness was called occasionally, approximately by Klaus bitter man, publisher of the edition Tiamat, „property people language “.

The term „good humans “in an ironical form with negative Konnotierung already used the satire magazine Titanic centerthe 90's.

On the congress of the German journalists' federation 2002 the WDR journalist Hoppe criticizes the use term property human being with his younger colleagues. „The Nazis considered it particularly amusing, this term from the jiddischen ‚A gutt to humans' to derive “, clarifiedHoppe.

Today the term partly entered everyday life language, where it is usually used ironically for humans,

  • who support only vorgeblich moral goals,
  • which actually use themselves for moral goals, to which thereby however reality loss is subordinated,or
  • their unselfish employment for a morally well outstanding goal as to be exaggerated or naively described is.

use in the policy

use finds the term, with different intention and frequency, in the entire political spectrum.

Use of the term within society-critical circles

as society-critically understanding participants practice thereby every now and then ironical criticism at alleged fellow combatants, who formulate criticism at the society, but are not ready to place itself to the represented requirements. Thus e.g. that a criticism at the racingism as purely symbolic rated, if the own racistic behavior is not reflected. This criticism means that political expressions, which consequences do not require, which speakers and the spokeswoman serve alone for it in a “good light” toostand. Thereby particularly Sundays speeches of politicians are criticized, if these spend themselves as advocates of “victims”. On the other hand by concerning also a fixing in a victim role is decided rejected.

A special example is the good-meaning “stranger friend “, due to of thehuman principle of it it goes out that all equal to humans are, it strange humans however “own needs, ethical or moral conceptions and a goal aufoktroyiert” (Sabine Forschner).

use in the political Rhetorik

frequent uses the political rights the term, overto discredit the political opponent: By linking „“ideals as „Gutmenschentum “ devalues, she underlines the requirement, even realistically and on the special level to argue, during as property goods named reality loss, reflecting power lacking, unrealistically more highly more morally Requirement or utopian conceptions to be subordinated.

In such a way the attacking see therein a rhetorical trick, which is to draw their efforts after humanity , solidarity and social justice in the ridiculous. By the classification of the Gegenübers as „a property human being “become the discussion on onepersonal and emotional level pulled, in order to evade so to a contentwise argument.

For the strategy of the Moralisierung

political questions of power receive by the use of the term „property human being “a morally polarizing form, which is suitable for reducing the attention for the political opponentto discredit and it. In the political Rhetorik are there strategies to negotiate political questions either on the special level or on a moral level. With foreign writing up of the political opponent by Stigmatisierungen like „PC “or „property human being “communication is moralisiert. Thusthe position of the political opponent is discredited, and it is forced to place itself on or other side if it does not want to lose its reputation (far). This strategy becomes particularly obvious, where it actual or also onlystated taboos gives. The art of the Rhetorik consists then of bringing with stigmatisierenden terms like „property human being “or „moral club “, the political opponent in the argument in situations in which the alternative reads: „my opinion or the tabuisierte “. This Rhetorik provesitself often as very effective, since only under difficult circumstances about questions of substance analytically can be spoken here. To this connection the linguist refers Clemens Knobloch of the University of victories.

Example 2. The Gulf War

as a well-known classical example examines Knobloch thoseEquating Saddams with Hitler by Hans Magnus Enzensberger in a title history of the mirror 1997 on the occasion of 2. The Gulf War. The critics of the US war guidance were made by this Rhetorik symbolic allied Hitler. Pazifisten were tituliert before this background as „property goods “,since it on the one hand war argumentatively or also only morally condemned and on the other hand now than LV-allied applied. Comparisons between that 2. World war and the Gulf War did not supply any realizations, politically worked such a comparison however much moralisierend.

use of theBegiffs as ideological code

under the cipher “PC”, for which frequently “property goods so mentioned” are made responsible, are designated, particularly in the right scene topics, about which one cannot talk allegedly any longer loud and publicly, without the “terror thatTo fall property human being " to the victim. In such a way constituted “property goods” are graphically often explained thereby as clubs swinging. The speech is of “moral club”, “Rassismuskeule”, “fascism club”, “Auschwitzkeule” etc. So enemy picture is generated - and a taboo situation, in, racistic anti-toolistic in particularand anti-Semitic expressions as rebellious and appear taboo-breaking. The term “property human being” works here as code in order to be able and understood to speak in this thought pattern without having to formulate the own convicition clear. Listener, itself not at all ase.g. Antisemiten understand, can agree these speeches more heedlessly. A well-known example has it to replace in anti-Semitic speeches the word “Jew” by the word “property human being”.

semantic apron of the term and its meaning

  • disputed is whether the wordto the French expression bonhomme nincompoop good-natured to German, to attribute is, which is sometimes used in similar meaning, however in no left right - connection thus originally stands and for no political meaning had.
  • After one of WDR journalist Jürgen Hoppesupported view the word was invented „property human being “1941 by Joseph Goebbels. Therefore the national socialists led the word from the jiddischen „A gutt humans “off. Adolf Hitler uses words , so for instance those into my fight in tendentious sense numerous property -Idiom „gläubiges mind “opposite politicians, who believed good-naturedly to be able to advance toward „with the means of western democracy of Jewish world conquest. “Good-naturedness and humanitarian attitude are subordinated here Naivität, which represent a danger, because them all “German-hostile”, above all “Jew” and “Marxist”into the hands plays: „If then these often soul-good good humans in their political manipulation nevertheless into the numbers of the mortal enemies of our nationality occurred and these to close in such a way helped, then this was because of the fact that her the despicableness of the newTeachings neither understood nor to understand knew. “
  • After a frequently expressed view the term was coined/shaped by Friedrich Nietz. Into Nietz work numerous despising expressions over “good humans” are, not however with the word „to property human being “.

“Goodminds " as rhetorical figures in the US-Multikulturalismus-debate

with „Good minds “- naive and innocent mind - the conservative reform opponents in the USA meant at the beginning of the 1990er years humans, who would be pleased the language „of the Political Correctness to the victim “. In additionpictures from Orwells novel 1984 were endeavored, the reform proponents with conceptions of one „thought police “stigmatisierte. Thus wrote Mortimer Zuckerman of the U.S. News and World report 1991: „Good minds have fall prey ton the petty tyranny OF ‚political correctness', Abizzarre version OF Orwellian new peak”. The PC campaign could evoke social “Ur-fears” with such pictures before “censorship”, “totalitarianism” and “Stalinismus” as well as “fascism” with the goal of defending normative conservative conceptions of one common cultures. (See. Ariane Manske, 2002)

Other uses

„property human being “ (Bonhommes, boni homines) is also a common name for the members of one of the largest religious movements of the Middle Ages, which were called also Katharer and Albigenser and veri christiani, protect themselvesChristians, called.

example of further Komposita with “humans”

the opposite Kompositum to “property human being” would be” bad human being “, which is not used. Further Komposita are: Unmensch, benefit human being, head human being.

see also



  • the dictionary of the property human being, edition Tiamat 1994, ISBN 3492226957
  • the dictionary of the property human being Bd. 2, edition Tiamat 2001 ISBN 3923118643
  • Gerhard Henschel: The Blöken of the lambs. The left one and the Kitsch, edition Tiamat 1994 ISBN 3923118732
  • Clemens Knobloch: Moralisierung and specific obligation. Political communication in the mass democracy. ISBN 3-927388-69-6
  • Mortimer Zuckerman. „The Professoriate OF Fear. “U.S. News and World report 29 July: 64.
  • Ariane Manske (2002): Political Correctness and normality. The American PC controversy in the culture-historical context.Synchronously science publishing house of the authors, Heidelberg 2002.ISBN 3935025335
  • reader letter by Karl cross-eyed in Frankfurter Rundschau, 19.11.1997

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