Usefulness of Piketty

Much of the debate on Piketty’s book did not go much beyond number-crunching and (possibly abashed) groaning … – yes, the injustice of the world … An intersting article says, there can be more positive outline from there. the headline reads Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced radical plans to support asylum-seekers and stateless people. Two things are of … Continua a leggere

Hidden Slavery

Chrystia Freeland, in her book PLUTOCRATS – THE RISE of the NEW GLOBAL SUPER-RICH and the FALL OF EVERYONE ELSE mentions something interesting, a bit sublime perhaps, and subtle, but surely more shocking than all the calculations by beancounters as Piketty – though their work may also be of some importance – at least for those who prefer the … Continua a leggere

Economics and Responsibilities …

Teaching economics is of course a balance act – the need to make students familiar with what is available in the poison cabinet of mainstream economics, and at the same time avoiding even during the short available time that anybody gets tempted by the captivating simplicity of the technical formulas (or repelled by the seeming … Continua a leggere

Loss of character – Charakterverlust

Charakterverlust – Verlust der geprägten Eindeutigkeit des Ich in der Gegenwart zwischen Vergangenheit und des Hinübertragens in die Zukunft Loss of character – Loss of the embossed clearness of the I (the personality) between past and carrying on into the future Wenn eine heftige Liebe gefühlt wird, so geht man eben zum Analytiker und stirbt nicht dafür. … Continua a leggere

Migration … and Beyond: A Country of Criminals

We are still and rightly very much concerned by the problems around migration in Europe, the problems not least being governments that now use tear gas against the victims: Europe, and surely also and not least the USNA are very much the responsible forces behind a world order that created a periphery that is now … Continua a leggere

Unity of Contradictions

This world is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those that feel. Horace Walpole

European migrants no longer have the same rights as other workers in the EU.

Wanted to “reblog” this, but me and technology … in any case it is interesting to see how, now, from different angles, what had been claimed to be a European Social Model, is now openly attacked from different sides: fortress, including the appalling measures by the Hungarian government; Greece earlier (and ongoing) , the reductions of social provisions … Continua a leggere

Where we are standing

From one of the Great Works of European Literature (here for the English), written by Victor Hugo and published in 1862; and there is still so much in it “from today”. For a less “poetical account” see the recent report by OXFAM: A EUROPE FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW =========== CHORUS Look down, look down Don’t look ‘em … Continua a leggere

Migration: overestimation and underestimation …

I personally think that the German “good will” is occasionally much overestimated, for instance also in a blog post by Yanis Varoufakis. There is also in that country a huge pressure and one can hear Maximum Capacity to Take in Refugees Reached, Germany Says. In general one can easily get the impression that governments are much harsher … Continua a leggere

The Murderer and the Victims

In particular in recent times remarks are concerning in particular the catholic church … . Though there is on the one hand the fear when it comes to religious fundamentalism, many initiatives taken by the current pope are celebrated – and indeed I joined a little bit in, asking in the title of a contribution … Continua a leggere