Serious Lessons

Lessons have to be learned. Student asks his principal, “Where is my teacher?” “Citywide layoffs”, replies the principal. “My text books?” asks the student. “State austerity plan”, says the principal. “Student loan?” continues the student. “Federal budget cuts”, says the principal. Finally, exasperated, student asks, “But how am I going to get an education?”. To … Continua a leggere

On the referendum in Greece

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras For six months now, the Greek government has been waging a battle in conditions of unprecedented economic suffocation to implement the mandate you gave us on January 25. The mandate we were negotiating with our partners was to end the austerity and to allow prosperity and social justice to … Continua a leggere


The are different sides and it is crucial to recognise where one stands. You see the car driving, tainted window, not allowing you to look into it — let alone to throw stones … You are sitting in the car, tainted windows, not enabling you to see what is going on outside — if there … Continua a leggere

So accepting

Of course, there is some hassle when it comes to using the Internet here in China – this includes services like dropbox, google and wordpress. Still, there is a but …, we are easily throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Searching for “a way around”, I found this: Welcome to the wonderful restriction colloquiallly … Continua a leggere

Back from the celebration of Dragon Boat Festival at 汨罗江

Just returning from the celebration of Dragon Boat Festival at 汨罗江, remembering a poem: Alone I stand in the autumn cold  On the tip of Orange Island,  The Hsiang flowing northward;  I see a thousand hills crimsoned through  By their serried woods deep-dyed,  And a hundred barges vying  Over crystal blue waters.  Eagles cleave the … Continua a leggere

Surely a beginning only

It is surely not a complete analysis of the encyclical letter which is due to be published today. But one thing seems to be striking: it continues to dichotomise economy and ecology, only demanding taking responsibility FOR nature.  Quando si analizza l’impatto ambientale di qualche iniziativa economica , si è soliti conside- rare gli effetti … Continua a leggere


 梁啟超 (Liang Qichao) said to renovate the people of a nation, one must first renovate its fiction Which can be about the dissemination of ideas, though with modern sociology we can know that society is itself a kind of fiction, a narrative that is the result of power games between people, and their organisations and … Continua a leggere

A spectre haunts the world

A recent entry on these pages linked to a critical article on the tradition, still haunting the word gendarme, celebrating the Founding Fathers. Looking for the roots, they are especially constituted by the Fifth Amendment, amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States, part of the Bill of Rights, No person shall be held … Continua a leggere


Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you,  And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house … Continua a leggere

The fish and her friends ….

So our fish glided his little body past the angry neighbours who could not believe their ears. No one, certainly never an insider, had ever insulted them so by questioning the ways of their idyllic stream. But for everything there is a first, and for that mossy stream this little fish was indeed a first. And … Continua a leggere