Tragicomedy of Capitalism Today

A new video is uploaded, referring to short clips from a BBC-biography cast presenting Bill Gates . The presentation here is titled

Tragicomedy of Capitalism Today – A bit of Gates-Peeling

and looks with the reference to short excerpts from the film at some of the socio-cultural dimension of the tragicomedy.

— Tiny aspects – still, if it is true that we are witnessing a fundamental and deep-far reaching change of the ways we produce ad live together, it may be worthwhile to reflect as well a bit on the generational shift and on who this self-appointed avant-garde is.

The five sections are musing around the following items:

  • Predatory and Tributary Aspects of Capitalism Today
  • Alligator Capitalism
  • Cultural/historical heritage without inheritance tax
  • Sense of public service or missionary capitalism?
  • On horses, cars and Microsoft computers

It is a bit of ‘slow reading’ of the sign of apparently turbulent times.

References:

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The Bill Gates Story: https://youtu.be/fu1fBJ9b0mQ

Garrett Hardin: The Tragedy of the Commons; i: Science, December 1968

Carol M. Rose, 1986: The Comedy of the Commons: Commerce, Custom, and Inherently Public Property; Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 1828; http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/fss_papers/1828

Wassily Leontief, 1983: National Perspective: The Definition of Problems and Opportunities; in: National Academy of Engineering: The Long-Term Impact of Technology on Employment and Unemployment; Washington: National Academy Press

Peter D. Norton, 2008: Fighting Traffic. The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City; Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England: The MIT Press

Annunci

Not only paradise lost …

That paradise is lost is well known and widely accepted. And we probably have to accept that finally politics is lost too.
Some speak at least still changing the imperial mode of lifepleading for vegetarianism and opposing the use of SUVs – of course especially the latter easily accepted by the unemployed …. [see in this context Peter Herrmann / Mehmet Okyayuz: What to do with the revolution – and what does the revolution do to us?]
Others rejecting political responsibility completely … – well, passing it on to incompetent night watch [wo]men.
[Von Julian Herzog, CC-BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43002116]
Some time ago, March 15th, 2018, the then designated Minister-president of Bavaria, stated in an interview
I will understand myself on the one hand as manager of Bavaria, but also as maker./Ich werde mich einerseits als Manager Bayerns verstehen, aber auch als Kümmerer.
His principle philosophy is Bavaria plus:
If the federal government decides something, ‘let’s put a scoop on it’./Wenn der Bund etwas beschließe, ‘legen wir noch eine Schippe drauf’. 

Schumpeter stated in his book on ‘Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy’

The conquest of the air may well be more important than the conquest of India was—we must not confuse geographical frontiers with economic ones.

At the moment it seems that exactly this applies to supposed
as for instance the GAFAs are selling us – HOT AIR, nothing more than extremely well paid gobbledygook, of course well displayed [BTW, habe a closer look at the logo on the mugs]
All this is even more remarkable when we consider that the top-CEOs are increasingly taking over politics as I elaborated in one of the recently submitted and accepted book-contributions, namely the one titled

The Comedy of Big Data – Or: Corporate Social Responsibility Today, while Corporations wither away?: in: Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance – a 21st Century Challenge; Mulej, Matjaž/O’Sullivan, Grażyna/Štrukelj, Tjaša (eds.): forthcoming

Some adjunct issues are also looked at in recent presentations of which the recordings can be found here.

Tragicomedy of Capitalism Today

The recordings of three recent presentations are now online. They had been given in Maynooth, Ireland. The first two had been part of the teaching at the Maynooth University Department of Chinese, the third addressed the conference The (re)Birth of Marx(ism): haunting the future:
The presentations are part of a series of lectures titled

Tragicomedy of Capitalism Today

which will be continued.
The wider topic is to highlight some essential issues that emerge not least with digitisation, marking processes  that show the forces of socialisation that are immanent in what presents itself under the name of neoliberalism as apparent secular process of individualisation.

One Belt – One Road – One World – Digitisation of Life as Chinese Lifestyle?

It is never an easy thing: dedication of some work – doesn’t it propose also agreement?
I do not know if and in which way Elmar would have agreed with what I presented – yesterday he passed away and we, critical thinkers with a genuine interest in progressive scientific work – progressive by way of contributing to progress of societal development so we will never know exactly. One thing we do know – the obituary of the scientific committee of attac [German] clearly states it:

ELMAR ALTVATER DIED

It talks about him as an

Inspiring critique of the capitalist economy

This he truly was – as such he encourages me to dedicate the presentation to him: as quest to me and to the students to take up this challenge of critical thinking.

The abstract of the presentation which is recorded here
may give some insight into what you can expect from the lecture — and hopefully you still will be surprised and inspired.
Living in China means as well getting used to a highly advanced level of internet-penetration in large parts of daily life. Often this is perceived as contradicting prevailing traditional ‘life styles’ and attitudes. At first glance this has not much to do with the future of social policy, or does it? – Social policy faces the difficult task of bringing an institutional system and ‘life worlds’ together. With globalisation and digitisation there is an additional challenge: the reference to the nation state and standard forms of labour are increasingly loosing or changing their role, or at least changing it. Is there any common ground for small island nations like Ireland and unimaginable countries like China?

Digitisation – Morals, Politics and Responsibilty

Two more Isar-Kanal Lectures, given by Peter Herrmann, currently visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy [section social law] are now available. The second lecture looks under the title

Digitisation – Morals, Politics and Responsibility

Digitisation, highlighting that Responsibility has to be seen in a new light, namely and again the light of real publicness.

The reference to Popper and falsificatioism in simple terms

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There is no point in waiting for black swans, it is necessary to bread them!

The third of this short series of Isar-Kanal Lectures, titled

Digitisation – Meta-Methodological Reflections

highlights that much of the supposedly new issues are very much old questions around socialisation, pushing towards a new stage and thus looking at

  • the greatest good for the greatest number
  • the volonteeé générale
  • the volonté de tous
  • all dealing with the issue of publicness as control of production, the means of production and even more so the publicness of control of societal value.

Thus, all moral boils down to the question of the mode of production.

Big Data – Publicness versus Regulating Quasi-Monopolies

A bit more than fifty years ago a panel discussion took place in Berlin, published in the book: Herbert Marcuse: Das Ende der Utopie. Vorträge und Diskussionen in Berlin 1967. The discussion took place in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Benno Ohnesorg. It had been one of a series of events, organised by the SDS (Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund).

Interestingly we read in the TOC ‘Morals and Politics in the transition society’, going the to the relevant section the title reads ‘Morals and Politics in the affluent society’. The major topic is best looked at in terms of public spaces, freedom and responsibility. The presentation looks at digitisation, GAFA and BAT in the light of regulating private quasi-monopolist ownership versus regaining publicness.

The recording of the lecture can be found here.

New Joint Ventures

Increasingly we read articles – academic or not – and watch documentaries about the

healthcare crisis.

It is not any crisis if we imagine a ingenious ’Schumpeterian entrepreneur, showing us the true meaning of Friedman’s ‘Free Market’ – but perhaps I am already too late for some, and my idea is already practiced?
Hospitals have just one raison d’être, right? Providing healthcare. However they already offer so much that is to related, and increasingly they have ‘freebies’, as for instance free WIFI.
Waste of money? I doubt. With this they can fully concentrate on essentials and work on some innovative offers. And for the rest? Order what you need from Amazon, get your meal delivered by foodora, and get task-rabbit helper for whatever need you have.
Additional benefit in the light of such horrendous paradigm:
As most of these people will not earn enough to pay health insurance, Mr Friedman surely knows that to do and will refer us to Malthus:
if you  can’t pay, just stay away.
– Well, you may even be lucky, endig in one the[ir] foundations , that of Gates, that of … – there are so many, to least of those new princess …