At least somewhat ‘strange’ or: occupying the occupied

At least somewhat ‘strange’ – or at least remarkable: the fact of being occupied by social spaces and occupying social spaces, namely cities. It is several years ago that I visited Vienna the first time, and I returned a couple of times. The first time was somewhat unpleasant – unpleasant in terms of disliking the … Continua a leggere

challenges – attempts to move forward

05/05/17 Attributed to Johann Caspar Lavater, the words Those who do not strive to move forward, are not taking themselves seriously are at the House of Science in Bremen. It is the venue of yesterday’s symposium to honour Rudolf Hickel. The symposium is aiming on addressing the Herausforderungen für Politik und ökonomische Wissenschaft im 21. … Continua a leggere

A Debate

It is – in its own right – an interesting question why and how some ‘books make a career’ – in this case referring to Mazzucato’s ‘The Entrepreneurial State’. I am always skeptical when hearing about such ‘bestsellers’ and actually really hesitant to read, let alone to buy them. Having been invited to take part in a … Continua a leggere

Dulcinea …

PS: why we all need our Dulcinea … – or: carrying on the dream. May-day not anymore … – back to everyday …!! ?? Facts are the enemies of truth as Cervantes says in his defense … – And he says it is the most severe frenzy to see life as it is and not as … Continua a leggere

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