The fire of youth will never be put out. Don’t let them break your spirit. We are only called to plant the seed, to be truth-tellers and story-tellers, to redefine and expand work, to revive our welcoming tradition and decry the tradition of fear. In a world where understanding is a fusion of horizons, prejudice can be a stepping stone to the event of understanding (cf. Hans Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method). May we discover the wonder of parallel worlds and the different stages and phases of life. The race is not to the swiftest but to the simple, modest and merciful, to become as children, open, affirming and enthralled.
State indebtedness exploded in many countries through “relief measures” in the billions for the staggering financial markets and “socialization” of the crisis losses. It seems paradoxical but the states have actually stabilized the financial markets through further indebtedness on the financial markets.
In this anthology “Alternative Economics: Reversing Stagnation” (215 pp), Swiss, Austrian, Polish and German critical economists show the way to a future-friendly economy. Trickle-down neoliberal economics is incapable of reversing exploding inequality or precarious work. Michael Schwindinger’s “Reducing Working Hours as a Socio-economic investment” shows how reduced hours can lead to better long-term health, more time sovereignty and greater respect for nature.