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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 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