• Between Worlds - In and Around

Post-Easter Message

This should not be forgotten, now, when returning from the mysteries of metaphysical celebrations. At first sight, this mode of thinking seems to us very luminous, because it is that of so-called sound commonsense. Only sound commonsense, respectable fellow that he is, in the homely realm of his own four walls, has very wonderful adventures directly … Continua a leggere

responsibility – responsiveness: trying to avoid the wrong answer

Waiting for the results from Turkey … … whatever the outcome will be … daily bread, the worries about securing it … daily routines of getting it – while the ‘big events’ are overshadowing every step, not necessarily all the time present, and still often enough hammering into the brain, shouting over the routines and the daily bread … Continua a leggere

The Womb he crawled from

The womb he crawled from is still going strong. We find these words in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, written by Bertolt Brecht. Most timely a reminder, findig ourselves at the doorsteps of the votes in Turkey and France. And while knowing about the meaning of highly emotional performances of a hate preacher like Trump, we should … Continua a leggere

Easter Maths?

Of course, there had been a good reason for Ciro Guardaccione, saying This is a fantastic thing, I would like to thank Pope Francis for everything the background for this statement being a recent step made by the Vatican  on which teleSUR reported in an article on April the 12th: On Monday Pope Francis opened a free laundromat for … Continua a leggere

Populism – more than a political trend?

The debate on populism and he New Right surely needs considerations that go beyond political and institionalist considerations, not least looking at the political economy in which it stands and that stands at firm wall behind it. In preparation of a workshop later this year, organised by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, I developed some reflections which surely need further … Continua a leggere

… no waiting anymore …

finally the short holidays are over, back to the students and the seminars, the really exciting side of teaching … so no waiting anymore, not even for Godot Vien dietro a me, e lascia dir le genti: sta come torre ferma, che non crolla già mai la cima per soffiar di venti … Dante Alighieri: La Divina commedia … Continua a leggere

Karl Marx on Margaret Thatcher?

Well, it is of course not so, but reading The Capital again, I got stuck when I came to the footnote 2 on page 605:[1] Bentham is a purely English phenomenon. Not even excepting our philosopher, Christian Wolff, in no time and in no country has the most homespun commonplace ever strutted about in so … Continua a leggere

Inizio

Considerate la vostra semenza: fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza”. (Dante: Inferno -Canto ventiseiesimo)

Infantilisation

isn’t there such discussion in political science and sociology? The EU is trendy and we all are creating and shaping Europe now. Listening to what the leader says and looking at how they expand on it is as rich in content as what we are all asked do now. Some of my earlier, though recent thoughts on … Continua a leggere

quo vadis – not yet answered …

… and possibly not yet sufficiently clear in posing the question. In his address to the Heads of State, on the occasion of the anniversary of the process of  European integration, of which the EU is so far the highest stage, pope Francis said that [t]hat spirit remains as necessary as ever today, in the … Continua a leggere