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

About the real realities of the presence …

… not the realities of a proposed future in the making, There we are talking about digitalisation, the abundance of today’s society and zero-marginality, of course often or not, considering, admitting, commiserating the poverty, asking even for changes of the distribution and policies of distribution, allowing the “inclusion”. Looking honestly at the other sides, we should surely … 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

“New Economics”

A standard definition of participation rate defines it as measure of the active portion of an economy’s labor force, namely those who are employed or actively looking for employment. Now, some students came up with a participation rate higher than 100 % – first I thought it is absurd, but then I considered that it may be a … Continua a leggere

The Devil, the Detail and the Devil’s Home

It is often said that the devil can be found in the detail – and this is not contest here as general rule. However, we should never forget to think about the place where the devil can be found, namely the devil’s home. The Council of the Economic Advisors is looking in an issue brief … Continua a leggere


Not changing my mind – though some rankings may be really useful when it comes to universities. As this insecurity ranking. Now it would be the next task to look at an overall ranking that takes insecurity on a national level, performance in research and teaching and social quality into account. At least there is … Continua a leggere

There may never be one truth

But after the contributions last week in Poland – the one on security, the other on precarity I remembered the song La razza in estinzione by Giorgio Gaber. Much to think about. And and after workshops with my Chinese students the last two days, I may immediately revise, considering that we are not a lost generation but … Continua a leggere

Unveiling Lines Behind Dichotomies_Warsaw 4/2016

Presentation in Warsaw, April 6th 2016: International Conference Precarious Places:  Social, Cultural and Economic Aspects of Uncertainty and Anxiety in Everyday Life The recording of the presentation can be found here Abstract A fundamental methodological problem is the specific relevance of one of the antagonisms of capitalism, though not replacing the meaning of class-conflict but … Continua a leggere

Security in insecure times

A short presentation, addressing the conference Edukacja Dla Bezpieczeństwa (Education for Security), April 6th, 2016, in Gdansk Abstract: Looking at the economic development of the recent years, the first that comes to mind is of course the crisis and its far-reaching impact on the living conditions and perspectives of many people – social security systems … Continua a leggere


Two presentations coming up on the 19th of February 2016, another attempt to contribute to understanding a world (‘s development) that is apparently increasingly difficult to be comprehended – but perhaps it is easier than we think. The one is on: Space – A Category between Physical Extension, Economic, Re-Production and Understanding the Self the … Continua a leggere