THE MAFIA STATE OF MIND

[This essay was sent to us by a personal friend, who received it on his Smartphone]

Once the mafia state of mind has seeped into every nook and cranny of the society and economy, it’s not even recognized as corruption: it’s simply the way the system works. Weiterlesen

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MACHT SOLIDARITÄT DUMM?

Sozialisierung der individuellen Ohnmacht Weiterlesen

QUOTE OF OUR TIMES / ZITAT UNSERER ZEIT

„The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a  living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.“
[Die heutigen Probleme kommen daher, dass diejenigen die für ihren Unterhalt arbeiten, verdrängt werden durch diejenigen die für ihren Unterhalt wählen gehen.]

POLITICS NEEDS PHILOSOPHY

Political science” – what a verbal miscarriage! What science can there be in politics; except for the science of deception, obfuscation and manipulation? As a branch of philosophy, politics is a lot more than economic programs and social policies. The governance of people, communities and nations, require thorough knowledge of philosophical concepts and models. The authors of the American constitution obtained excellent guidance through great minds, such as John Locke, David Hume and Thomas Paine and In Europe philosophical giants like G.W.F. Hegel and J.W. Goethe inspired their governments in social policies and moral issues.
What we know is that without prominent moral thinkers and great philosophical minds society cannot find humanity. Weiterlesen

THE POLITICS OF CULTURE

During the end of the Vietnam War I met a US Marine in Hong Kong. We discussed Western involvement in this part of the world and I explained my admiration for the Chinese and Indochinese cultures. The Marine said: “What can you expect from a person who carries a grain of rice with two sticks but two buckets of shit with one.” I found that funny and we had a few good laughs that night, before he had to ship out. But this little episode made me think deeply about the importance of politics and culture. Weiterlesen

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

„…but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom“.
[Alexis de Tocqueville, 1830, „Democracy in America„]