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What The Fcuk Is A Problem (And How To Save The World)?

An inconspicuous, disastrous, and widely undetected intellectual blunder obstructs the efforts of societies to solve the problems and dissolve the multiple crises they face. It is a lack of understanding what problems are, the implicit belief that ‚the problems‘ are out there and ‚we‘, perhaps the whole of humanity, share them or just have to pick them up. This mistake, common across intellectual culture and … What The Fcuk Is A Problem (And How To Save The World)? weiterlesen

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What The Fcuk Is Inequality (And If It Is, Is It Bad)?

Inequality is the topic of at times fierce political struggles and long-standing ideological oppositions. Lefties and progressives tend to frame it as a problem, liberals and conservatives don’t. The former demand equality, the latter caution against it. The former think it is bad, historically recent and unjust, the latter claim it is good, eternal, and just, a result of meritocracy. However, also progressives at times … What The Fcuk Is Inequality (And If It Is, Is It Bad)? weiterlesen

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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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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