the latest issue of The International Journal of Social Quality

A bit of advertisement – the copy of a mail I received via a mailing list: Dear Colleague, We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of The International Journal of Social Quality has recently been published by Berghahn Journals.  In this issue, the articles consider multiple approaches as they address societal issues such … Continua a leggere

… and frequently overlooked

After saying yesterday Easily Condemned, it may be time to think about what is easily overlooked, especially while sliding apparently elegantly on the surface. The title in the Huffington Post says Deutsche Bank è maggior fonte di rischi sistemici al mondo and A FT-briefing tells us Deutsche Bank hit by IMF hazard warning A report has branded … Continua a leggere

“There is no right life in the wrong one”

a friend of mine recently mentioned “stupidity” while talking about the situation that emerged after somebody passing away and the bereavement and non-bereavement  … – unfortunately I see stupidity increasingly in life itself, not in death and surrounding it; it is about permanent hypocrisy, death being somewhat part of the solution. There we are teaching, excellence (the new general … Continua a leggere

Political Economy

Three videos had been uploaded, presenting in German language the foundations of political economy.- Thank you to MrMarxismo.   Grundlagen der Politischen Ökonomie – Prof. Dr. Peter Herrmann – (attac Sommerakademie 2015 in Marburg).… – Sowohl in der Krisenanalyse der vergangenen Jahre als auch in der allgemeinen Diskussion und Darstellung von wirtschaftspolitischen Fragen finden sich oft … Continua a leggere


Economics is the religion of equations. Had been said before, by several others … . A pity that good presentations on the role of monetary expansions are “religionised”, so much deceiving the real issues, even if the directly deal with them. If you put an ‘almighty god’ into any equation, there is only one solution. … Continua a leggere

Economics – beyond calculations

Nothing special though possibly a small contribution on matters of understanding economics as social science in its true sense. It is very basic – recordings from teaching students in China who are in their first year (second semester) learning about economics. The first lectures can be found here.

Methodology – some general questions

I uploaded a lecture I gave today,  25th of December 2015 to Students at 中南林业科技大学班戈学院/Bangor College CSUFT 中国湖南省长沙市天心区韶山南路498号. Changsha, PRC   Though the lecture refers to the work of a group of students and their work on essays (mostly concerned with “Studying Abroad”), some fundamental issues of methodology are raised and may be of interest when doing research in … Continua a leggere

No-Cash-on-the-Table Principle

… or about the deforming of human minds … Measuring the World – the title of a novel by Daniel Kehlmann …  … The title of another novel could be Simplification of the World … the textbook version exists already Still, the No-Cash-on-the-Table Principle is important. It tells us, in effect, that there are only three … Continua a leggere

Economics and Responsibilities …

Teaching economics is of course a balance act – the need to make students familiar with what is available in the poison cabinet of mainstream economics, and at the same time avoiding even during the short available time that anybody gets tempted by the captivating simplicity of the technical formulas (or repelled by the seeming … Continua a leggere

questionable beauty

Economists using mathematical expressions to decorate arguments about the perfection of market systems may believe that their work is beautiful. Outsiders see instantly that it isn’t. Quite apart from the messy problems and ugly realities of the economic world (capitalist or otherwise), no one with a sense of aesthetics would take the clumsy algebra of … Continua a leggere