Conference Announcement: Crisis, State and Democracy. Working with Nicos Poulantzas’ theory to confront authoritarian capitalism

The preparations for the International Poulantzas Conference Crisis, State and Democracy. Working with Nicos Poulantzas’ theory to confront authoritarian capitalism are now more or less concluded. It will kA place the 12th and 13th of December in Athens at the Panteion University.Nicos Poulantzas has been one of the most important scholars in the field of theory … Lire la suite

Lost Generation – Finding Future? Challenges for Youth Policy

After just having finished drafting a document under the title Crisis and a/n/o [and/no] end? I am now preparing the conference in Moscow later, in a way the application of the topic. It is titled Lost Generation – Finding Future? Challenges for Youth Policy. The thesis which I will present is very much reflecting the fact … Lire la suite

Dear Mr Juncker … ;-)

History is not a matter of repetition; and it is true that at times there are coalitions that would not haven thought of at other times … The following may be usefully considered when thinking about EU investment policies today « Forgive the candour of these remarks. They come from an enthusiastic well-wisher of you and … Lire la suite

knowledge society – società della conoscenza – Wissensgesellschaft

There are many people, who always have some boating idea about which they can write. C’è molta gente a cui viene sempre in mente qualcosa di noioso di scrivere Es gibt viele Leute, denen immer wieder etwas Langweiliges einfällt, worüber sie schreiben können. (Reinhard Elze)

Applied Science

Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. In war it serves that we may poison and mutilate each other. In peace it has made our lives hurried and uncertain. Instead … Lire la suite

Optimism – Pessimism – Realism

We frequently talk about the glass, wondering if it is half full or half empty … , and easily deny or overlook when it is broken. Only looking for a new one then will allow us to avail of one that is at least half full and that may be filled up further.

It is not too late yet …

It was in the dreary month of November, The gloomy days grew shorter, The wind tore the foliage off the trees, …. No, not the time I visited Germany, as Heinrich Heine did, writing A Winter’s Tale about Germany   We ended a European conference: social services, the meaning of care with its various facets, … Lire la suite

Strengthening the European Social Model by Going Beyond

The following are the notes of the closing remarks during the conference « Rafforzare il Modello Sociale Europeo. Il contributo della Qualità Sociale alla coesione del sistema comunitario », Venerdì 31 Ottobre 2014 presso la Sala Polifuzionale, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome ******** I want to thank all participants for their contributions – they had been … Lire la suite

The Beauty and the Beast – or: Variations on the Seemingly Eternal

I admit, I did not expect that the question of the Beauty and the Beast would have so many different manifest facets, but I would always have assumed many hidden facets and we rarely think about them, and perhaps even barely recognise them. Some of these meanings may come across in a modern-dusted gown, others in … Lire la suite

Reality – perversion, reversion, revision 

The discussion on privatisation, retrenchment, alteration, economisation, marketisation etc. is not new – nor is it a matter that can be easily access when looking at the figures. Actually we find contradicting figures, and it is frequently emphasised that the problem is not “less spending” but diverted spending. Looking at the figures, and concisely analysing … Lire la suite


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