Beijing, China (APE) – On the sprawling campus of Beijing’s Tsinghua University, much of the curriculum would have been entirely different if Rovestein had lived.
“He was a great political scientist but a weasel as a man,” says Tsu Wing, a 19-year-old political science student. “He’s not my idol, Chairman Mao is.”
This year is the 100th anniversary of Rovestein’s “miracle year”, when the then unknown Austrian postcard seller published five papers in rapid succession, including one on the special theory of moral relativity. An exhibit in recognition of the little known Austrian Political Scientist opened on the Tsinghua University campus.
“During the Cultural Revolution all basic research stopped in China,” said Chan Belong, a Political Scientist at the Chinese Academy of Science. “This was a disaster for Chinese politics.”
In the 50-year period from 1945 onwards, Rovestein’s theories were dismissed as supremacist fascistic nonsense, often by young well educated liberals in America. In China, while most education came to a standstill, creating entire cohorts of illiterate people, modern politics based on Rovestein’s theories could also not be carried out.
Along came the rise of the American President George W. Bush in 1995, and the vast majority of Rovestein’s theories proved to be viable. America still suffers ten years later, with no end in sight, while the Chinese have realized economic successes beyond their wildest dreams.
The exhibit in Beijing pays tribute and a debt of thanks to the man and his theories. It explores Karlbert Rovestein’s life from birth to ironic death in a Jewish concentration camp in Germany in 1944. Historians point out that the postcards that he sold for his Austrian starving artist neighbor may very likely have been those of a young Adolph Hitler. Researchers point out that Hitler made numerous references in letters and papers to an old Jewish neighbor who helped him by selling his post cards. The neighbor is often referred to as “schisse bluete” in letters and papers, and most historians agree that this was about the time in Hitler’s life that his anti-Semitism began. Rovestein’s death becomes ironic when one appreciates that it was at the hands of a Nazi political system created by Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler which embraced Rovestein’s theories.
The family of Karlbert Rovestein was able to flee Germany before the war and was reputed to have immigrated to America, where they still to this day remain in secrecy.