By analyzing the everyday life of a typical German family Fassbinder demonstrates the historical similarities between the German “democracy” and the times of Nazi power in terms of how despotic ideology transforms people into robots.

If war is a continuation of politics by another means, the post-WW2 German economic miracle is a continuation of Nazi fascism by the other – economic, means. Speculation, property appropriation, prosperity worship, total dedication to career and its enhancement, real estate boom squeezing the poorer people, interior design, material comfort by any price – are now operational definitions of domination