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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 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

Corona-Nörgeln erlaubt: die Regierenden wissen nicht, was sie wollen, und schicken uns in eine lange Pandemie-Dürre

Mit der Rede von „Öffnungsdiskussionsorgien“ hat Angela Merkel ungewollt die Frage aufgeworfen, inwieweit die in der vergangenen Woche verkündeten Maßnahmen und teilweisen Lockerungen begründet worden sind. Schließlich darf man voraussetzen, dass ansonsten der Bedarf für solche Orgien gar nicht entstanden wäre. Zur kleineren Empörung über die Wortwahl wird beigetragen haben, dass sie erneut ausdrückt, dass die Kanzlerin die Meinungsbildungsprozesse außerhalb ihres eigenen Gehirns nicht unbedingt … Corona-Nörgeln erlaubt: die Regierenden wissen nicht, was sie wollen, und schicken uns in eine lange Pandemie-Dürre weiterlesen