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Karl Marx on Free Time – Time for the Full Development of the Individual

To justify the upcoming three-week blogcation, I turned to Karl Marx: “The saving of labour time [is] equal to an increase of free time, i.e. time for the full development of the individual, which in turn reacts back upon the productive … Continue reading

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Keep the keyhole clean — my wishes to you in Franz Kafka’s penetrating words

These days, as the new academic year begins, please allow me to wish you – drawing on Franz Kafka’s penetrating and subtle words – to keep the keyhole clean, to perceive on your intellectual journey more than one can see and then … Continue reading

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The audacity of science

These days, as the new academic year begins, please allow me to wish you not to be deterred from inadequacy in your intellectual (or professional) journey; let inadequacy, accompanied by audacity, lead you to self-realization. Oleg Komlik. “Science is inadequate, … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “Take a serious interest in money… Those who have a lot of it never fail to defend their interests.”

These are Thomas Piketty’s  last words in his groundshaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Our community – the Economic Sociology and Political Economy global academic community – proudly fulfills their meaning: “All social scientists, all journalists and commentators, all activists in … Continue reading

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How to defeat Neoliberalism? Name and shame its carriers. Together we did it– and we succeeded!

Neoliberalism is a political project, sophisticatedly exploiting the fictitious “free markets” ideas professed by mainstream economists, aimed at reshaping the functions of the state and its institutions, in order to change the distribution of capital and wealth in a society. In the years … Continue reading

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Public engagement is a moral obligation of social scientists

Pierre Bourdieu, a preeminent social scientist and influential public sociologist: “Those who have the good fortune to be able to devote their lives to the study of the social world cannot stand aside, neutral and indifferent, from the struggles in which … Continue reading

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“People are living books. The real library of life is community.” Thank you all!

While 2014 is coming to an end and 2015 is knocking on our doors, I want to thank every one of you for being here and for making this community what it really is. Thank you for joining, for every … Continue reading

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The original email that started Occupy Wall Street

On September 17, 2011 thousands of women and men gathered in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district.  It was a day when Occupy Wall Street (#OccupyWallStreet) movement was publicly born, gradually receiving global attention and spawning the … Continue reading

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Theodor Adorno on philosophy‬, academia and the market

Theodor W. Adorno: “Out of piety, laziness, and calculation, ‪‎philosophy‬ continues to muddle through in an ever narrower academic framework, and even there, it is increasingly being replaced with organized tautology. Whoever entrusts themselves to credentialed profundity, fall victim just as … Continue reading

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Zygmunt Bauman: “Sociologizing makes sense only in as far as it helps humanity.”

Zygmunt Bauman: “…Sociologizing makes sense only in as far as it helps humanity.” in: Beilharz, Peter. 2001. The Bauman Reader. Oxford: Blackwell. (p. 335)

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