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Blurring Borders

The STOA Report on The Collaborative Economy informs that [t]he founders of Defense Distributed are not terrorists. They are US based libertarians who support gun ownership, and found in 3D printing a means to allow ordinary people with no advanced skills to create and own a gun without having to obtain a license. And the small print of the … Continua a leggere

Rudolf Hickel: Versuch eines Nachrufs auf Herbert Schui: Theoriegewaltiger Kapitalismuskritiker

Gastbeitrag – übernommen aus dem Rundbrief der Memo-Gruppe Rudolf Hickel Versuch eines Nachrufs auf Herbert Schui: Theoriegewaltiger Kapitalismuskritiker Als die Nachricht vom Tod Herbert Schui’s sich verbreitete, war die Betroffenheit groß. Seine Mitstreiter, seine Freunde, aber auch diejenigen, die er in der Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Politik scharfzüngig kritisiert hatte, wissen, ein großer Ökonom in der Tradition der … Continua a leggere

the wealthy continue to gain, for most of the others it remains pain

Or: fiscal policy as social policy may sound as provocation … though Robbie Pye and Owen Parker rightly state A greater array of social and labour policy areas have been subsumed within macroeconomic coordination (as discussed further in the following section), wherein they are decided by economic and finance actors in DG ECFIN and the Economic and Finance Council (Copeland … Continua a leggere

Und es herrscht Angst

Bereits vor meiner Abfahrt zur SOAK – der attac-Sommerakademie  und dann wieder nach der Rückkehr habe ich mich dadrüber unterhalten. Das Grundthema kann vielleicht zusammengefasst werden in dem Satz: Es herrscht Angst in Europa .., und in der Welt. Nicht weil ein Gespenst umgeht in Europa, sondern weil der eigene “Geist des Kapitalismus”, der so marvelos … Continua a leggere

questions are a knife

In the realm of totalitarian kitsch, all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions. It follows, then, that the true opponent of totalitarian kitsch is the person who asks questions. A question is like a knife that slices through the stage backdrop and gives us a look at what lies hidden behind it. … Continua a leggere

The Limits to Cheating History – Changing the Reference for Accounting

I had been asked by the Academy of Social Sciences of Shanxi Province to write a contribution for their journal – some special challenge not because of the academy but as accounting is surely not my special working area. Still …, well …, challenges are there to be taken up, right? The aim of the … Continua a leggere


Franz had consciously sought out death. In his last days, when he was dying and had no need to lie, she was the only person he asked for. He couldn’t talk, but how he’d thanked her with his eyes! He’d fixed his eyes on her and begged to be forgiven. And she forgave him. What … Continua a leggere

Father …

Received this recently from a friend – and translated it into English language …- it is in German also somewhere on the net… St Peter is tired and asks Jesus to represent him at the Pearly Gates. Jesus is a bit annoyed and bored anyway – he ought to sit next to God the Father, but … Continua a leggere

KCK – klatsch, cliché, kitsch

KLATSCH Klatsch is a German term, though occasionally used in English. And when I first saw the headline Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas? I admittedly clicked on it in a longing for some klatsch, gossip — distraction from the expected, though still worrying news, presenting Trump’s shocking speech of acceptance. Looking … Continua a leggere


Congratulations Mr Trump …. , while living in interesting times, it is a good occasion to remember “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.” These are the first words, at beginning of the synopsis of the film V for … Continua a leggere


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