Shortly before his death, Max Weber published an op-ed in the Berliner Börsenzeitung, calling for the direct election of the Reichpräsident in the newly founded Weimar Republic. His colleague, Friedrich Ebert, a member of the German Social Democratic Party, had just been elected president, through an indirect method, by the members of the National Assembly. Weber cautioned that, were the next president not to be directly elected by the German people, the new constitutional order in Weimar and the unity of the republic would be gravely compromised—for Weber...
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