The influential dinner party, where the 13 lads served themselves the food, each of them brought along (at least there is no kitchen and there are no waiters mentioned) is reasonably well documented – amongst others Leonardo had been witnessing and painting (Ok, that one is a bit blurred) it. Recent research revealed another meeting, the veil had been at least lifted by a Chinese Human Rights Researcher at Central South University – it may become known in the future as DD, the December dinner. The editors of this blog could take a glimpse, especially at the host’s toast. Here it is presented in a somewhat dramatised form, titled :

Virtual Christmas Dinner

staring age and ages, times and eras.

Another great day ….

… and there I am hesitating. Sure, the terrible rain on the 25th had been not really bearable – even if I just received the day before my fancy new boots:

promising comfort, security …

… promising a deception? As enjoyable as it is to see the sun back, as delightful it is to look back on a long spell without rain, with pleasant weather in Changsha, looking back on a summer in Berlin with near to zero drops of rain and plenty of warmth, it comes with a bitter smack of fear and worries. Is that the global warming, possibly bringing draught and extinction at some foreseeable time in the future?

Perspectives change – also the perspective that is entailed in the variety of my work and jobs, being now law-prof. I asked this in different ways earlier, and put it now in a juridical nutshell:

Can we continue calling on individual rights, rights of the individuals witnessing that so many individuals, and on occasions being just one amongst them, have no other idea than buying a gun to amok? Sure, a person who finally storms a school to kill kids is being severely sentenced (if he is caught alive and did not kill himself – he/himself, never heard bit she/herself); but, while acknowledging the difference, I dare to ask if we should simply allow people driving their SUVs, companies dumping waste water into the rivers, ourselves sitting in a comfortable warm room, wearing a shirt instead of reducing the temperature a bit and wearing a warm jumper; seeing mass-SPAM-mail not just as matter of intruding into the private sphere but as terrorist attack on the environment (considering the cost of sending mails), defining it as criminal act to heating rooms while leaving the windows open ..? …. – Human rights had been and still are defined as protecting individuals against the state. isn’t it time now to think about human rights as matter of protecting society against excessive individualism … – protecting it by law?

some interesting notion for further debate can be taken from work undertaken in the 19th century. An important aspect is mentioned in the following para, taken from a work on the history of the rule of law, reading

The impossibility of opposing to it aliunde-founded elements was the ground of the central dilemma: how to combine an unlimited sovereign power with a legal order regulating it and making its intervention foreseeable. The central features of the theory that was gradually refined throughout the second half of the century and was thoroughly elaborated by Jellinek were the idea of the state’s self-limitation (which made sovereign absolutism compatible with the existence of fetters on its power), the existence of legal relationships between the state and individuals, the distinction between the state (as a whole) and its several institutional components, so that this or that organ could be limited whilst the state “as such” could be deemed as the holder of an absolute power.

New challenges, old debates, the need to reformulate and “reinvent” them – not least under changed and changing conditions: where states are not nation states anymore; and where the corporate sector strives to replace state.

Forthcoming: Herrmann, Peter: Human Rights: watch out for the trail before you bridle the horse – The search for a Future Global Human Rights Agenda; in: International Journal for Social Quality

Herrmann, Peter, December 8th, 2019: Search for Future Global HR-Agenda; Conference presentation, Changsha

Complexity of Personalities and History

Alfred Willi Rudi Dutschke; Schönefeld, 7 marzo 1940 –  Århus, 24 dicembre 1979

Forty years ago, Rudi passed away, victim of … – it would be too easy to say: victim of a bullet shot by an individual …

Benno Ohnsorg had been killed on the 2nd June 1967 by a plain-clothes police officer – in West Berlin; Rudi had to follow him, shot approximately a year later. passing away this day forty years ago, some date the Red Army Fraction back to 1968 … – It is not the time to judge, but surely the time to be mindful.

Erich Fried: Fuer Rudi Dutschke

(reading by Erich Fried – pictures/panitings by Diego Rivera)

(see below a rough translation into English

“Jeder ist ersetzbar.

Der Kampf geht weiter.”

Das stimmt.

Aber das stimmt auch nicht:

Nicht jeder ist ersetzbar

und der Kampf hat immer nur das Gesicht und das Herz

des Menschen der kämpft

Und ich habe den Kampf gemocht

der dein Gesicht hatte

und dein Herz ?

und jetzt wird kein anderer mehr

dein Gesicht haben

und man wird dein Gesicht in Zukunft

nur noch auf Bildern sehen wie das Gesicht Che Guevaras

und Rosa Luxemburgs

und das ist nicht dasselbe

Und dein Herz wird man nirgends mehr sehen


Nicht in jedem einzelnen Punkt

war ich deiner Meinung

und du hast nie bestanden darauf dass jemand

deiner Meinung sein muss

und schon gar nicht in jedem einzelnen Punkt

Deine Meinung konnte man Punkt für Punkt

mit dir diskutieren

Jetzt aber kann ich nichts mehr mit dir diskutieren

und so sehr es ankam auf die einzelnen Punkte

so wenig kommt es jetzt auf die einzelnen Punkte an


Was ich von dir gelernt habe

bleibt jetzt vielleicht zu wenig

Aber ich hätte vielleicht von dir schon genug gelernt

wenn ich nichts von dir gelernt hätte außer das eine:


Dass Freiheit Güte und Liebe sein muss

und dass Güte und Liebe

Freiheit sein müssen ? und wirkliche Güte und Liebe

nicht nur ein Begriff von Güte und Liebe

denn sonst bleibt auch die Freiheit nur ein Begriff ?

und dass der Kampf um Freiheit und Güte und Liebe

nicht ohne Freiheit und Güte und Liebe geführt werden kann


Und deine Güte und Liebe und Freiheit

und deine Einsicht

sind so gewesen dass du vielen ein Freund bleiben konntest

die einander nicht Freunde geblieben waren ?

vielen die jetzt um dich trauern aber die glauben

dass sie miteinander gar nicht mehr sprechen können

oder einander nur noch anklagen können

nur noch beschimpfen beschuldigen und bekämpfen

Und dieser Irrtum kann sich jetzt leichter in ihnen verhärten

weil deine gute heisere Stimme nicht mehr

zu ihnen spricht und nicht heftig oder behutsam

oder behutsam und heftig wie früher Einwände macht


Und dass dieser Irrtum sich leichter verhärten kann ohne dich

ist schon ein erster kleiner Teil des Beweises

dass du nicht so leicht ersetzbar bist in den Winkeln

und Ecken unserer Köpfe und Herzen und unserer Leben

und dass es nicht genug ist

zu sagen: “Der Kampf geht weiter”


Und doch muss er weitergehen und es ist nicht genug

von deiner Güte und Liebe und Freiheit und Einsicht zu reden

wenn ich vergesse dass deine Einsicht und Güte

dich immer wieder auch zur Empörung geführt hat

und dass deine Liebe bis zuletzt immer wieder

auch die Liebe zur Revolution geblieben ist

und die Sehsucht nach ihr in Zeiten in denen ihre Tyrannen

und Reichsverweser und Verräter und Bürokraten

ihren Namen so schlecht gemacht haben

dass fast keiner sie kennen will


Diese Sehnsucht hat in dir gelebt

und hat dich lebendig erhalten

und die Augen dir offen gehalten auch für Verstreute

die sich immer noch sehnen nach ihr ?

auch dann wenn sie irren

auf ihrer Suche und wenn ihre richtigen Herzen

ihnen nicht helfen konnten auf einen richtigen Weg


Es ist nicht möglich von deinem Leben und Tod zu sprechen

und zu schweigen von der Revolution die

– ungleich uns Menschen ?

nicht tot ist für immer wenn man sie einmal totsagt

und in der etwas von dir leben wird wenn sie einmal

wieder auflebt ? von dir aber auch von andern

die hier nicht trauern können um dich weil sie vor dir

sterben mussten (oder vielleicht nicht müssen hätten)

Auch von diesen Verlorenen haben dich manche geliebt

und du hast sie nie ganz verloren aus deinen Augen

und aus deinem Herzen ?

auch dann nicht als sie sich verrannten

und sich verhärteten und begannen sich selbst zu verlernen

Auch die darf man nicht totschweigen

wenn man von dir spricht

auch wenn dein oder mein Weg ein anderer ist als ihr Irrweg:

Sonst wäre der Kreis derer die deine Liebe und Einsicht

umfasst hat zu eng ? und dies hier wäre nur Trauer

von Gleichgesinnten um Gleichgesinnte; das wäre zu wenig

Denn der Kampf der dein Gesicht und dein Herz hatte

ist auch ein Kampf

um die Liebe zu vielen ohne Abgrenzungen und Grenzen

Sonst wäre er für dich und das Denken an dich zu klein.

Der Kampf geht weiter.



Di Peter Kuley – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Everyone’s replaceable.
The fight continues.
That’s right.
But that’s not true either:
Not everyone is replaceable
and the fight has only the face and the heart
of the man who fights
And I liked the fight.
who had your face
and your heart?
and now no one else is gonna
have your face
and they’ll see your face in the future
only see on pictures like the face of Che Guevara
and Pink of Luxembourg
and that’s not the same
And your heart won’t be seen anywhere

Not in every single point
I agreed with you
and you never insisted that anyone
must agree with you
and certainly not in every single point
Your opinion could be read point by point
argue with you
But now I can’t discuss anything with you.
and as much as it depended on the individual points
so little depends now on the individual points

What I learned from you
maybe there’s not enough left for now.
But I might have learned enough from you already
if I hadn’t learned anything from you except that one:

That freedom must be goodness and love
and that goodness and love
must be freedom? and true goodness and love
not only a concept of goodness and love
because otherwise freedom is also only a concept?
and that the struggle for freedom and goodness and love
cannot be led without freedom and goodness and love

And your kindness and love and freedom
and your insight
have been such that you could remain a friend to many.
who hadn’t been friends with each other?
to many who now mourn you but who believe
that they can’t even talk to each other anymore
or can only accuse each other
only insult, accuse and fight
And this error can now harden more easily in them
because your good hoarse voice is no longer
speaks to them and not violently or cautiously
or cautiously and vehemently objecting as before

And that this error can harden more easily without you
is already a first small part of the proof
that you’re not so easily replaceable at the angles
and corners of our heads and hearts and our lives
and that it’s not enough
to say, “The fight continues.

And yet he must go on and it’s not enough
to speak of your kindness and love and freedom and insight
when I forget that your insight and kindness
has always led you to indignation
and that your love will last again and again
the love for the revolution has also remained
and the craving for her in times when her tyrants
and imperial administrators and traitors and bureaucrats
have made their name so bad
that almost nobody wants to know her

This longing has lived in you
and kept you alive
and keep your eyes open even to scattered people
who still yearn for her?
even if they are mistaken
in their search and when their real hearts
couldn’t help them on the right track

It is not possible to speak of your life and death
and not to mention the revolution that
– unlike us humans?
is not dead forever once you say it to death
and in which something of you will live if she once
resurrected ? by you but also by others
who can’t grieve for you here because they’re in front of you
had to die (or may not have had to)
Some of these lost have loved you too
and you’ve never completely lost sight of her.
and from your heart?
not even when they got lost
and hardened and began to unlearn themselves
These, too, cannot be hushed up
speaking of you
even if your path or mine is different from theirs:
Otherwise, the circle of those who would take your love and insight
has included too narrow? and this here would only be grief
of like-minded people around like-minded people; that would be too little
Cause the fight that had your face and your heart
is also a fight
to love many without boundaries and boundaries
Otherwise it would be too small for you and thinking of you.
The fight continues.


I had been communicating with colleagues from different countries recently, looking at “this and that”, i.e. the question or meaning of and perspectives for academic work and remaining true to oneself, without becoming egoistic and stubbornly obsessed by something. An interim conclusion, not put into  nutshell, perhaps one may say “entwined around the lines of a question mark”.

They are all so much harmed by different forms of disciplinary measures, offended by an illegitimate hegemonic system, did they just have to become in one or another way thinking and writing now more in a way that is far from being harmless …

Do we all have to wait to become retired to be good academics?

Surely not intended by the hegemons


another offer …..

an exchange and visiting programme  – the inviting centre is another institute that contributes by and to “outstanding leading research”, and of course thigh they are not stating this they are moving the robbers of the world and universe. Being just a modest light at the firmament of global research, I am wondering what happened to what Thomas Kuhn said – something that is widely accepted:

Few people who are not actually practitioners of a mature science realize how much mop-up work of this sort a paradigm leaves to be done or quite how fascinating such work can prove in the execution.

So there are no ordinary people anymore around?

Everybody standing on the tiptoes – nobody can see better. And every chef a 5 *-chef, 

there is no place anymore for the stew we loved eating as child, there is no way having hated spinach until Popeye convinces us from its better side … life already being paradise … – which, in consequence means we are actually already dead.

it happens, nearly unnoticed at times …

At least Had to been aware of an intervention that had not been widely discussed, at least – I admit I easily overlook things. Anyway, via mailing list I receive a reminder notice – a job opening. Not directly interested in it, I looked up: a reminder …, does it mean it is such miserable job that that have to try everything to get some applicants? No evidence, nut at least for me a tiny piece of info that I think deserves some attention. So, at stake is the position of an

Associate Professorship of Social Policy, University of Oxford
(Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Barnett House, Oxford)


The Department of Social Policy and Intervention

History is surely not repeating itself – and intervention … its der where oneway ask if not already existence as schism’s some form of intervention. Still, isn’t it interesting that social policy has its origin in exactly this: the intervention, to be more precise: then policing as sharp control, strictly requiring certain behaviour.