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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

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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

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