Die verwaltete Welt

8 October, 2017 at 12:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Die verwaltete Welt

 

Adorno und Horkheimer im Gespräch über die verwaltete Welt und die Krise des Individuums in dieser.

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Die Tagesschau — reine propaganda

5 October, 2017 at 11:14 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Die Tagesschau — reine propaganda

  

Neoliberal ‘ethics’

26 September, 2017 at 13:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments

As we all know, neoliberalism is nothing but a self-serving con endorsing pernicious moral cynicism. But it’s still sickening to read its gobsmacking trash, maintaining that unregulated capitalism is a ‘superlatively moral system’:

neo The rich man may feast on caviar and champagne, while the poor woman starves at his gate. And she may not even take the crumbs from his table, if that would deprive him of his pleasure in feeding them to his birds.
 

David Gauthier Morals by Agreement

Now, compare that unashamed neoliberal apologetics with what two truly great economists and liberals — John Maynard Keynes and Robert Solow — have to say:

The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes … I believe that there is social and psychological justification for significant inequalities of income and wealth, but not for such large disparities as exist to-day.

John Maynard Keynes General Theory (1936)

4703325Who could be against allowing people their ‘just deserts?’ But there is that matter of what is ‘just.’ Most serious ethical thinkers distinguish between deservingness and happenstance. Deservingness has to be rigorously earned. You do not ‘deserve’ that part of your income that comes from your parents’ wealth or connections or, for that matter, their DNA. You may be born just plain gorgeous or smart or tall, and those characteristics add to the market value of your marginal product, but not to your deserts. It may be impractical to separate effort from happenstance numerically, but that is no reason to confound them, especially when you are thinking about taxation and redistribution. That is why we want to temper the wind to the shorn lamb, and let it blow on the sable coat.

Robert Solow Journal of Economic Perspectives (2014)

Right-wing extremist party in German parliament for the first time since WWII

25 September, 2017 at 13:57 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Right-wing extremist party in German parliament for the first time since WWII

 

Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ exported to German politics …

9/11 & 11/9

14 September, 2017 at 20:03 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

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I welcome their hatred

13 September, 2017 at 20:59 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments

 

The essence of neoliberalism

9 September, 2017 at 12:35 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on The essence of neoliberalism

neoEconomists may not necessarily share the economic and social interests of the true believers and may have a variety of individual psychic states regarding the economic and social effects of the utopia which they cloak with mathematical reason. Nevertheless, they have enough specific interests in the field of economic science to contribute decisively to the production and reproduction of belief in the neoliberal utopia. Separated from the realities of the economic and social world by their existence and above all by their intellectual formation, which is most frequently purely abstract, bookish, and theoretical, they are particularly inclined to confuse the things of logic with the logic of things.

These economists trust models that they almost never have occasion to submit to the test of experimental verification and are led to look down upon the results of the other historical sciences, in which they do not recognise the purity and crystalline transparency of their mathematical games, whose true necessity and profound complexity they are often incapable of understanding. They participate and collaborate in a formidable economic and social change. Even if some of its consequences horrify them (they can join the socialist party and give learned counsel to its representatives in the power structure), it cannot displease them because, at the risk of a few failures, imputable to what they sometimes call “speculative bubbles”, it tends to give reality to the ultra-logical utopia (ultra-logical like certain forms of insanity) to which they consecrate their lives.

Pierre Bourdieu

The world wants to be deceived

8 September, 2017 at 16:38 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

trumpclownThe phrase, the world wants to be deceived, has become truer than had ever been intended. People are not only, as the saying goes, falling for the swindle; if it guarantees them even the most fleeting gratification they desire a deception which is nonetheless transparent to them. They force their eyes shut and voice approval, in a kind of self-loathing, for what is meted out to them, knowing fully the purpose for which it is manufactured. Without admitting it they sense that their lives would be completely intolerable as soon as they no longer clung to satisfactions which are none at all.

Theodor W. Adorno

Modern society

8 September, 2017 at 11:32 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

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The philosophy of lying

3 September, 2017 at 14:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments

Something repellent clings to the lie, and though the consciousness of this was indeed beaten into one with the old whip, this simultaneously said something about the master of the dungeon. The mistake lies in all too much honesty. trumpliesWhoever lies, is ashamed, because in every lie they must experience what is degrading in the existing state of the world … Such shame saps the energy of the lies of those who are more subtly organized. They do it badly, and only thereby does the lie come to be genuinely unmoral for others. It suggests the former think the latter are stupid, and serves to express disrespect. Among today’s cunning practitioners, the lie has long since lost its honest function, of concealing something real. No-one believes anyone, everyone is in the loop. Lies are told only when someone wants others to know they aren’t important, that the former does not need the latter, and does not care what they think. Today the lie, once a liberal means of communication, has become one of the techniques of brazenness, with whose help every single person spreads the iciness, in whose shelter they thrive.

Theodor W. Adorno

‘Alternative fact’ people like Trump, Erdogan, Orban and Putin sure make​ reading Minima Moralia a worthwhile effort …

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