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What The Fcuk Is Money (And The Monetary System)?

To normal people nothing is more natural and nothing less unclear than money and a society based on money. When you take a look into the literature you quickly learn that money has never found much interest, especially in economics. However, there is surprisingly little consensus on what money is and where it comes from. Is money real or a fiction? Is there one money … What The Fcuk Is Money (And The Monetary System)? weiterlesen

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Basic income or job guarantee? A quick philosophical guide for the 99%

In the very moment the pandemic hit, grand political ideas seemed to gain plausibility due to the impact of the socio-economic crisis. Europeans wrote primarily about Basic Income and petitioned for it, whereas in the anglophone world a Job Guarantee gained more publicity. While activists often claim both programs to be incompatible, academics not seldomly ignore the other side. A quick philosophical look shows similarity … Basic income or job guarantee? A quick philosophical guide for the 99% weiterlesen

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Working hours, the first 12000 years: the historical decline of free time

According to a common view our lives have become easier over the past centuries. Whereas pre-modern people were burdened by the harsh conditions of agricultural society, our modern technological societies supposedly have brought us not only astonishing wealth but also leisure. We call this „progress.“ But the view is false. A good case can be made that the answer to the question whether a modern … Working hours, the first 12000 years: the historical decline of free time weiterlesen

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

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

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

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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Kapitalismus, Fcuk off!? 20 Jahre nach dem „Schwarzbuch“ geht die Geschichte doch weiter

Nachdem das Ende der Geschichte nun selbst offensichtlich wieder Geschichte ist und der Kapitalismus vor seiner größten Krise steht, wird er in den Medien teilweise wieder offen verhandelt. Ist der Kapitalismus vielleicht gar am Ende? Was das genau ist, wird leider selten gesagt und auch nicht genauer erörtert, warum er nun genau gut oder schlecht ist. Zeit, das „Schwarzbuch“ zu lesen. Von Daniel Plenge Der … Kapitalismus, Fcuk off!? 20 Jahre nach dem „Schwarzbuch“ geht die Geschichte doch weiter weiterlesen

Sesselfurzerfilosofie, EP1: Corona-Kolumnen. Alternative Fakten, Verschwörungstheorie light und Gobbledegook

Unausgegorene Verschwörungstheorien werden gerade in den Mainstreammedien zu Recht als abstrus und gemeingefährlich heftig kritisiert. Was man aber von prominenten Kolumnisten dieser Medien zuletzt vernommen hat, ist zwar nicht derart absurd, geht aber in eine ebenso bedenkliche Richtung, ist argumentativ ähnlich gestrickt und hat in Teilen dieselbe ideologische Schlagseite, nämlich Wissenschaftsskepsis. Wir schauen hier auf Jakob Augstein (Der Freitag), Nikolaus Blome (Der Spiegel) und Jan … Sesselfurzerfilosofie, EP1: Corona-Kolumnen. Alternative Fakten, Verschwörungstheorie light und Gobbledegook weiterlesen

Spekulationsblasen, Wunschträume und Täuschungsmanöver: Wird alles gut, kommt nach Corona die sozial-ökologische Wende?

Anhänger von Fridays for Future sollten gerade intensiv die Zeitungen der Alteingesessenen lesen. Konservative und Liberale sehen in der Vergangenheit unsere rosige Zukunft und in der Gegenwart die erzwungene Pause vom Fortschritt. „Linke“ sehen in der Gegenwart die Fortdauer der vergangenen sozial-ökologischen Katastrophe, ihrer Zukunft fehlt jedoch jede Vision und Strategie. Und gerade technokratische Moderate wollen, dass trotz Wenderede und verstreuten Einzelmaßnahmen fundamental alles beim … Spekulationsblasen, Wunschträume und Täuschungsmanöver: Wird alles gut, kommt nach Corona die sozial-ökologische Wende? weiterlesen