responsibility – responsiveness: trying to avoid the wrong answer

Waiting for the results from Turkey … … whatever the outcome will be … daily bread, the worries about securing it … daily routines of getting it – while the ‘big events’ are overshadowing every step, not necessarily all the time present, and still often enough hammering into the brain, shouting over the routines and the daily bread … Continua a leggere

forward, right- or upwards or where should we go?

Yesterday we stood a step back from the abyss … – today we are looking for The progressive way, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the EU. It is frightening that the linked article, explicitly claiming a social democratic orientation, is even opened by a photo, making direct reference to the pattern that has in the meantime even … Continua a leggere

Reviving Schaeuble’s Augean Stables?

The other day, I was writing in a mail to colleague, saying I would soon send some comments on what had been suggested to be the great vision on E future ! A very stimulating document ! the White Paper on the future of Europe announced here, actually not agreeing with such an assessment. In that mail … 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

Strange … – or simple alienation

Walking along, moving on a narrow lane, along a wide line – wide, as in the Russian term Ясная Поляна, which cannot be translated , with its inherent link to wide and bright … white …, as witty? .. Imagine it is not an imagination but you move in a space that really transcends time and you and you live … 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

Davos these days …

… even today, it seems that little changed since I visited it as child. Looking at it, even some of the old impressions return … – a smallish village, a nit drowsy in the middle of the Swiss mountains. This way, it also reminds these days a bit of a tiny village in …, well, the … 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

The Windfall of Security …

It had been a quick trip, probably a 3/3 trip: 2 days going there, 2 days working, 2 days return trip. While travelling, I am marking student’s essays and still preparing a tomorrows 8 hours lecturing – don’t say “hard working”, it is not least about gaining time to have the day of return free … Continua a leggere

Merry Go Around

Yes, it is the time of the year again … – the time to get easily mixed up, or mixing up things and times when Mary goes around, making us thinking Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me but I could’ve sworn Merry Christmas I meant …, it is the time of joy and … Continua a leggere