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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 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

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

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What The Fcuk Is Normality (And Its Crisis)? From TINA to TAIP

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)? From TINA to TAIP 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

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Champagner-Kommunismus jetzt? Ja sicher, aber …

Aaron Bastani von Novara Media stellt uns den Luxuskommunismus evidenz-basiert in Aussicht. Gerade in Zeiten der nächsten Fundamentalkrise des demokratischen Kapitalismus wurde dies höchste Zeit. Was ist das aber? Wie kommen wir da hin? Und ist das völlig neu? Will das denn irgendwer? Was hätte ein Mensch erwartet, wenn er sich um 1900 gefragt hätte, was in einhundert Jahren der Fall sein würde? Als Bürger … Champagner-Kommunismus jetzt? Ja sicher, aber … weiterlesen