COP26 will not be our last opportunity to change things for the better, but the last one with this particular spectrum of possible outcomes. Next time, the spectrum will be narrower, then again narrower and so forth. Time is eating up opportunity one COP at a time.I'd like to use this forum to utter my … Continue reading What to focus on (for EU citizens)
In the contributions to the discussion, I often see the problem that the term “growth” is not dismantled. In economic terms, the national product, to which the term refers, is the sum of people's value perception expressed in money. First of all, it does not contain any information about resource consumption. This information, this connection, … Continue reading Economic growth without resource depletion is possible
This is a quickening view that we can apply at any moment, with even the last ten seconds counting to the past. In this way we can observe the ever-ongoing transformation of the present, i.e. the immediate future, i.e. the momentary intention, in experience, i.e. in action knowledge, from which we can freely choose our … Continue reading The past is the building material for a completely open future.
Source: Democracy Report 2020, V-Dem Institut, Universität Gothenburg In this diligent work of the V-Dem Institute of the University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with around 3000 country experts, over 28 million pieces of information were compiled, which allow the state of the political systems in the world to be characterized according to 429 indicators. For … Continue reading The State of Democracy in the World
Socialists want to reduce or eliminate the differences in the stratification of society.Conservatives want to keep it.Neoliberals do not know any strata of society, but only responsible, fully informed "market participants" capable of acting and making decisions.The result of this artificial blindness, this crowding-out of common sense with oversimplified market mantras that we can see … Continue reading We won’t give up our discourse for the sake of the market
Reproduction factor R in Germany, Source: Statista 2021 There is currently a growing #zerocovid movement that says: “Better an end with horror than horror without end.” An important inspiration for this is Yaneer Bar-Yam, whose initiative I am linking here. However, I limit myself to other measures that help to reduce the reproduction factor R, … Continue reading Corona / Covid19: striving for an integrated concept
How can this be claimed? Rational numbers can be sorted and even counted. But real numbers can also be sorted and counted - in practice. If we do not want to take them as mere symbols, but relate them to the rest of the world, so that we can do calculations with them, we use … Continue reading The ratio of the number of real to rational numbers is about 5
Global development of interest rates since 1350 The "Zeit" reports on the study by Paul Schmelzing from Yale University about the long-term decrease in lending rates. The low interest rates run parallel to another development: productivity growth in the OECD countries is only just above zero. OECD yearly labour productivity growth (source) Interest on loans … Continue reading The Heat Death of Interest Rates
This article in The New Yorker reviews three books that deal with the peculiar fact that the opinion of many people on a particular matter seems to be unaffected by facts. How can it be, that is the puzzling question, that this preference of the human mind to stick to its own conception, which everyone … Continue reading Facts and Minds – a story of troubles
Credit: NASA There are many news about the decrease of the earth's forest area, but there are also a number of publications documenting a greening due to the CO2 fertilization effect and other human influences such as nitrogen fertilization. As one example I give a paper from 2013, the title of which gives hope: "Deserts … Continue reading Does CO2 fertilization make the world greener – or not?