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

manufacture adé …?

Language – keep it alive … a matter not only of talking as otherwise they will be forgotten as much as the dead are forgotten and the forgotten are dying …, starving to death one may say. And keeping it alive means, allowing the privilege of permanent ‘rebirth’ –  REnewing and reNEWing, the offspring never being ‘just the … 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

with – for – by ?

Europe must be close to its citizens. This is the concise statement we find on page 26 of the document that became known as Tindemen-report – and it is indeed worthwhile to read here: European Union 1/76 : Report by Mr Leo Tindemans to … – EU Bookshop the ‘old stuff’. the sentence can be found at the … Continua a leggere

May-Day

or: learning and living and teaching Europe … To be more precise: it is not May-Day but the evening before the 1st of May – Uli said the other day: it is in Vienna a special cultural event and if you are around you have to go to the town hall … – surely not … Continua a leggere

Metaphors, at times closer to reality than sober appraisal?

First, I did not think much about it – though yes, I saw it as another and typical expression of the shortcoming of the European architecture – a paragraph from the document that became known as The Five President’s Report. On page four we read: Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) today is like a house that was built … Continua a leggere

quantitative data

Of course, it is important to make empirical studies – and though we know well about the fundamentals already, I surely am not arguing against further empirical research and the need of it. And an important topic is surely that brought forward by a Eurofound-study, published under the title Income inequalities and employment patterns in Europe before … Continua a leggere

Post-Easter Message

This should not be forgotten, now, when returning from the mysteries of metaphysical celebrations. At first sight, this mode of thinking seems to us very luminous, because it is that of so-called sound commonsense. Only sound commonsense, respectable fellow that he is, in the homely realm of his own four walls, has very wonderful adventures directly … 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