mind snatchers

Back home now, taking up teaching again – and with this the “major challenge” we face – nolens volens E.P. Thompson wrote in an article in 1970: Collectively, all of us – all we liberal academics – were struck with a paralysis of will as the system not only grew round us, but built us into its … Continua a leggere

academics making life difficult ?

Making life difficult by complicated, complex thoughts …! – This is the image academics have the bear with quite often – the absent-minded professor is the common proposition. So the scene: Imagine there is a train station, you receive a mail message on the phone and it is important enough to receive immediate attention: you … Continua a leggere

impressions ….

Too often in today’s life and academic thinking we are (following what we are required to do:) jumping from one to the next stepping stone, barely being allowed to think about building bridges, let alone building them.

Social management – brief overview and introduction

A brief look at social management is given in a lecture to students at Plekanov university and can be accessed on my YouTube channel. Preparing the presentation was interesting, as actually on the Internet the search for social management does not show any results anymore …. – only issues around social media are schowing up. So, in this light the … Continua a leggere

truth, genuinely …

“The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.” (Confucius) Today to be added?! The genius of our times of mendacities is well aware of the ways and means to present him/herself as being righteous, doing so in a charismatically “Catholicist” way and does so in favour of own advantage, while … Continua a leggere

suicides, murders … and no gravediggers???

Or: the Loneliness of the Scientist, While Trying to Escape the Murderers It is remarkable I think – especially as it is one of these issues we all know, and state repeatedly. It is about the political animal – explored in Aristotle’s Politics -, and the not less important aspect, highlighted by Marx in The Grundrisse, … Continua a leggere

The power of love – the love of power … The need for genuine truth

I am sure many of you know it: What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good – apparently “one of these videos”, going viral … (sorry, it is youtube but you may manage – or look for “What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good」 – Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers” Can make somebody … Continua a leggere

A strange competition ….

It seems at least that underlying the main topics of public debates – growth, competitiveness, sustainability, ratio (as in rationality), digitalisation and globalisation, of course – we find some matter that may be called by the apparent misnomer “competition in self-degrading”. It does not really sound better than the more appropriate “nomer” which then should … Continua a leggere

The Three Wise Monkeys of our Age

Indeed, stunning and beautiful, Harbin Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival but perhaps also showing some danger of our times … of celebrating the cold … … leaving us without words, forgetting the warmth of words and pushing us into the standards of the new world, mentioned by Lewis Mumford, talking in his book an The Myth … Continua a leggere

Call for submissions: Joerg-Huffschmid Award 2017

*** sorry for crossposting – please distribute widely *** Dear Colleagues, a special “New Years Wish” – please find attached the call for applications for the JÖRG-HUFFSCHMID-PREIS 2017 Below as well the call in English language. Where applicable, we encourage you to hand in your work and/or pass the call on to colleagues of whom … Continua a leggere