There is always a solution

Dear Herr Doctor, You are already 10 months behind with the manuscript of Das Kapital, which you have agreed to write for us. If we do not receive the manuscript within 6 months, we shall be obliged to commission another to do this work. From a letter Karl Marx received from his publisher in Leipzig. If … Continua a leggere

Historical Errors

How can one submit something like this for publication – and possibly expect positive review? In the course of the actual attainment of selfish ends – an attainment conditioned in this way by universality – there is formed a system of complete interdependence, wherein the livelihood, happiness, and legal status of one man is interwoven with … Continua a leggere

Old Problems

We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. … It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a … Continua a leggere

Joerg Huffschmid Award – press release – German only

Pressemitteilung Attac Deutschland Frankfurt am Main, 19. August 2011 * Preis in Gedenken an Jörg Huffschmid erstmals vergeben * Arbeit über Steuergerechtigkeit in der Globalisierung ausgezeichnet “Determinanten einer nachhaltigen Steuerpolitik im Kontext der Globalisierung” ? so lautet der Titel der Dissertation, für die die Politologin Nicola Liebert kürzlich den Jörg-Huffschmid-Preis erhalten hat. Verliehen haben die … Continua a leggere

Excursus – Reality …. – or: World as Surreal Jigsaw

There may be good reason to think occasional writing – reference to Kant, Hegel … are bizarre, a kind of excursus, an excursion into another world of the unreal, surreal … And there may be equally good reason to think that an occasionally look at the reality is about engaging with something surreal, something that … Continua a leggere

Spiders and Vipers

It is somewhat odd – before going to the train station, I have had some time left, sitting for some time on the market square of Freiburg. Saying “odd” actually is more about something else: looking around it feels somewhat anachronistic: enjoying what could easily be the last sun beams of the year, the day … Continua a leggere

The World – Perhaps Unexpected Impression from an International Meeting

ENA – the European Network Academy for Social Movements took place in Freiburg. An opportunity also for ATTAC’s academic council to be involved and also to have one of its regular meetings. For me an interim stop to take part, also taking part in the ceremony during which the hugely important contribution by Joerg Huffschmid … Continua a leggere

Four Apostles

The usual reading – better to say: viewing – is the Christian one. And there it is a rather affirmative one: Duerer, the time of reformation and the apparent personal inner disunity – a universal artist, comparable in so many ways with Leonardo, remaining Catholic and nevertheless sympathising with the upcoming movement as promoted by … Continua a leggere

Yes We Can

Friday I received a nice postcard from Eva, showing the Øresund Bridge What can be more correct than saying in these times full of terror I think it is important to build bridges between people. Sitting Saturday evening in the Brunnnenhof of the Munich Residence, Adrasteia sitting next to me – we arranged to meet … Continua a leggere

Cats and Enlightenment

The other day I sent a mail to a colleague and friend: after he let me know about the “very latest” Apple’s laptop; and after I came across the very latest software (OS) …. and after I sent him a devastating negative critique on that software I saw by accident – he replied, saying that … Continua a leggere