Talking about Precarity …

Precarity: It is surely in important issue, even if nobody is really sure what it is. There are so many definitions: different in the orientation, different in the reasoning, different in the emphasis and weighing of some aspects and not least different in the exact “mapping” of a complex field, as there are people and … Continua a leggere

Bonnes Gens – Good People

Pour- quoi faut-il qu’ayant trouvé tant de bonnes gens dans ma jeunesse, j’en trouve si peu dans un âge avancé ? Leur race est-elle épuisée ? Non ; mais l’ordre où j’ai besoin de les chercher aujourd’hui n’est plus le même où je les trouvais alors. Parmi le peuple, où les grandes passions ne parlent … Continua a leggere

Living Out Of Time, In Globality

My life was a world life – I lived the life of the world. But the world stopped living for several decades, and then in a few years it advanced a century! So I am only now coming into my own, having somewhere lost 30 years on the way – waiting for Godot – until … Continua a leggere

The Exception and the Rule

Let nothing be called natural In an age of bloody confusion, Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanized humanity, lest all things Be held unalterable! Bertolt Brecht: The Exception and the Rule (1937), Prologue  

Varieties of capitalism – impressions of an eternal tourist

Rome – Berlin Long queues – visitors waiting for access to a building One building? Of course not – how could it be so when talking about two different cities. Still, one common feature: They are waiting to access the cupola: of the basilica in Rome, of the Reichstag in Berlin Faith and democracy?? Faith versus … Continua a leggere

Death of civilization….

I received a mail … Il giorno 13/set/2014, alle ore 14:30, … It is a death ,.. Actually I received the mail after arriving in Berlin for a planning meeting of a network on precarity … I follow the article – thinking that it is a somewhat unusual death notice, though I know the person … Continua a leggere

Europe – Yesterday we stood at the abyss

but now we are moving forward. Europe is coming to an end … … at least with the ideas of the new President of the Commisszion. Now, the summer break is surely ended by now and it is time to look at the awaking world. By now the president of the European Commission is in office. But … Continua a leggere


Quoique timide naturellement, j’ai été hardi quelquefois dans ma jeunesse, jamais dans mon âge avancé. Plus j’ai vu le monde, moins j’ai pu me faire à son ton. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Les Confessions, 1782


Pelagea Vlasova: Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. Bertolt Brecht: The Mother (1930)

Gramsci on human being(s)/human existence

È questa la domanda prima e principale della filosofia. Come si può rispondere. La definizione si può trovare nell’uomo stesso; e cioè in ogni singolo uomo. Ma è giusta? In ogni singolo uomo si può trovare che cosa è ogni «singolo uomo». Ma a noi non interessa che cosa è ogni singolo uomo, che poi significa … Continua a leggere