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What The Fcuk Is Work (And Who Needs It)? Part 1

People usually believe that all humans across history have worked, that work is a transhistoric anthropological constant. Work is the essence of being human. Everybody needs work. A quick look at the historical record shows that this is either trivial or false. Work is the invention of capitalism, which also raised working hours to a level never known before. By Daniel Plenge “It is as … What The Fcuk Is Work (And Who Needs It)? Part 1 weiterlesen

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What The Fcuk Is Value (And Its Politics)? Part I

An old question has recently been put on the agenda of academic and public thought again: the question of value that had occupied great minds from Aristotle to Smith and Marx long ago, before it got lost. Those who want to debate it again are heterodox economists who believe that answers to such questions make a difference in real-world politics. But what was that debate … What The Fcuk Is Value (And Its Politics)? Part I weiterlesen

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What The Fcuk Is GDP (And Wealth)?

The recent drop in GDP across the globe has been described as „unprecedented.“ That current events were preceded by ten years of harsh but differentiated criticism of the indicator is hardly ever mentioned at all. The ever-present use of GDP in debating the state of societies suggests that it measures societal wealth. However, numerous arguments show that it does not. By Daniel Plenge Imagine a … What The Fcuk Is GDP (And Wealth)? weiterlesen

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What The Fcuk Is Neoliberalism (And What Lies Beyond)?

Neoliberalism has been declared dead numerous times before the current crisis. But it never died. Others claim it never existed. If we want to move beyond it, we need to clarify what it is. Neoliberalism is a philosophy, an economic theory, a political strategy, a socio-political reality, and a failure. In all respects it does not have much to offer. Unfortunately, its past is seldomly … What The Fcuk Is Neoliberalism (And What Lies Beyond)? weiterlesen

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What The Fcuk Is Normality (And Its Crisis)?

Within the past weeks it appeared as if normality would be something fixed and valuable. But a quick look at the landscape of contemporary mainstream-thought shows that it is neither. And TINA (There Is No Alternative) has been substituted by TAIP (There Are Immense Possibilities.) By Daniel Plenge In the 28th month of life someone asked “What is this, life?”. Although that someone lives in … What The Fcuk Is Normality (And Its Crisis)? weiterlesen

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Homage to Mario A. Bunge (1919-2020): Great Transformations Require Sound Philosophical Foundations

If it is true that the good die almost unnoticed, what about the best? On February 24th 2020, Mario A. Bunge passed away. For vulgar inductivists this is a surprising event, given that Bunge was born on 21st September, 1919. Those who know (some of) his work consider this to be a tremendous loss to intellectual culture in general and philosophy specifically. Most readers, to … Homage to Mario A. Bunge (1919-2020): Great Transformations Require Sound Philosophical Foundations weiterlesen

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75% der Berufe sind nicht systemrelevant, zeigt der Shutdown: Folgt eine Revolution der Denkungsart?

Der Shutdown zeigt, dass 75% der Beschäftigten und der Großteil der Bevölkerung nicht systemrelevant sind. Die Rückkehr zur Normalität ist keineswegs alternativlos. Der fundamentalen Krise wurde jüngst nachgesagt, Wunderwerke vollbringen zu können. Sie soll nicht nur die gesellschaftlichen Strukturen dramatisch offenlegen, sondern auch ein klareres Licht auf die Zukunft werfen. Wegen des plötzlichen Schreckens kommt es zur intellektuellen Läuterung, zur Kehrtwende. Es ist nun Zeit, … 75% der Berufe sind nicht systemrelevant, zeigt der Shutdown: Folgt eine Revolution der Denkungsart? weiterlesen

Recessions don’t kill, COVID-19 does. Conservative Utilitarianism fails

Contrary to conservative argument, during economic downturns in “the West” mortality goes down as well. The cure is not worse than the disease, if death is the measure. But the rest is dependent on politics, which depends on weighing values. The predictable drama occurs in “the South.” By Daniel Plenge For many, the last month may have felt like half a year. It is hard … Recessions don’t kill, COVID-19 does. Conservative Utilitarianism fails weiterlesen