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Realities and perspectives of the progressive and leftist processes in Latin America

In the context of the XIII Conference of Latin American Studies “Realities and perspectives of the progressive and leftist processes in Latin America”, taking place from today until the 21st of October 2016 in Havana, Cuba, an article I read recently, comes to my mind. It is about the US Blockade on Cuba being ‘Genocidal’ and … Continua a leggere

Disenchantment …

or enchantment …? In sociology we know latest since Max Weber about the disenchantment of the world. And still we cannot completely grasp it … – You may remember an entry some time ago, when I wrote about a chat with a friend, looking at The Other Dimension. There it was about emotions, the exceptional … Continua a leggere

At the end ..

Alone * Across the Earth are leading many a road and bend, yet all are speeding to the selfsame end. ** Be you riding or driving as twosome or three, the last of your steps belongs but to thee. *** For skill’s not as valid, nor all that is known, as tackling the difficult stuff … Continua a leggere


Over the last year or so, a working group on Migration of the Scientific Council of attac –  Association Pour La Taxation Des Transactions Financières Pour L’Aide Aux Citoyens, elaborated a working paper on issues of Refuge and Migration. At the core of the work stood the elaboration of a document that evaluates and assesses … Continua a leggere

A new week, an old task

From: Max Horkheimer 1939: The Social Function of Philosophy We cannot say that, in the history of philosophy, the thinkers who had the most progressive effect were those who found most to criticize or who were always on hand with so-called practical programs. Things are not that simple. A philosophical doctrine has many sides, and each … Continua a leggere

Optimism …

“Oh, Pangloss!” cried Candide, “thou hadst not guessed at this abomination; it is the end. I must at last renounce thy optimism.” “What is this optimism?” said Cacambo. “Alas!” said Candide, “it is the madness of maintaining that everything is right when it is wrong.” (Voltaire: Candide)

Independent thinking ….

… and the small steps the academic world undermines it … Two weeks teaching are over, today with the long Sunday sessions … – it is good to see the students (well, some of them) again being around, eager to learn, interested in understanding the world and gain independent thinking. Sure, independent thinking does by … Continua a leggere

War – the political intercourse carried on with other means — 9/11/1973

While writing, just before the 9/11 date, I can only assume that there will be another series of memorials … — and the one nearly complete amnesia: September 11, 1973 is the date which marks much more than just another violent rebuke of an alternative to business as usual as capitalist is called — and it … Continua a leggere

Now available: Cohesion Instead of Integration – Shifting Borders and the Role of Communications

A new publication is now available from Nova Publishers: Cohesion Instead of Integration – Shifting Borders and the Role of Communications (see also: 班戈学院Herrmann教授参与编撰的新书正式出版) Abstract The chapter presents some theoretical and methodological considerations regarding communication. The fundamental question is if – and if so, to what extent – communication is playing a new role in today’s societies, where borders have shifted in multiple … Continua a leggere

democracy – strangest things ever

Probably one of the strongest things ever when we talk about democracy and “legimitation by procedure” – the recent decision in Brazil. And there is so much damage that will be done in the time to come.