Monthly Archives: December 2018

Daily Rituals

Mason Currey’s book “Daily Rituals” (2015) offers interesting insights into the daily activities of creative people like writers, artists, musicians, movie directors, or scientists, and reading through these various accounts there is no common or uniform pattern, as some artists … Continue reading

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Land Ownership Patterns in East Asia and the Emergence of Capitalism

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/10-land-ownership-patterns-in-east-asia-and-the-emergence-of-capitalism “Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein.” For Karl Marx, your material existence determines your consciousness and thoughts. In other words, if you want to understand a culture, you have to understand how they feed, clothe and shelter themselves. … Continue reading

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The Italian Debt Crisis and the Unraveling of the EU Economic Model

Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/9-italian-debt-crisis-and-the-unraveling-of-eu-economic-model The Italian government recently approached the EU to submit a budget that would place deficit targets at 2.04% as opposed to the 2.4% that it had originally proposed, which may be considered an important Italian concession … Continue reading

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The Contradictions in French Capitalism

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/8-contradictions-of-french-capitalism-15122018 “If you are ready and motivated, in hotels, cafes and construction, everywhere I go people say to me that they are looking for staff.” Emmanuel Macron (to an unemployed French person, struggling to look for work), … Continue reading

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Does Khashoggi’s Murder Change the Middle East Calculus?

The podcast version is here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/7-does-khashoggis-murder-change-the-middle-east-calculus Six US senators have tabled a resolution to personally blame Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the crown prince and powerful leader of Saudi Arabia, for the murder of the former Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Al … Continue reading

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Response to Jordan Peterson

The podcast for this post is available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/6-response-to-jordan-peterson-1252018 This blogpost is my commentary on Jordan Peterson’s statements made in the latest podcast with Joe Rogan. The language inside the quotes are a paraphrase, and not direct quotation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIeFt88Hm8s   … Continue reading

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