• Americas,  Politik

    Scott Sumner asks about cultural appropriation

    In a recent blog post, Scott Sumner asks about recent trends in American society concerning Cultural appropriation: Scott Sumner’s blog: TheMoneyIllusion I also weighed in on this discussion: In my opinion, Cultural appropriation is combative term., that includes too many different aspects too describe any specific situation. Learning a foreign language or become invested in a foreign culture implies the view that those “goods” are neither rivalrous nor excludable. However, sometimes the history of a group of people founds a specific and current political claim. Then taking part in it undermines the political strive of that group. Take for example the situation of descendants of African people in the US:…

  • Asia,  Europe,  Politik

    A new „Eastern Front“?

    As I argued in my previous post a new, serious approach to the Integration of the European East into the European Union is much needed. That integration should not aim to win the East for special interests of the European core – as the setting up of camps for refugees in Albania would be – but to really integrate it into the European Union. Using the East as a source for cheap labour or dumping place for Europe’s unwanted will cause big problems for the Union soon. Symbolic and practical acts that show solidarity and seriousness may be costly but are necessary. That the East is not waiting for the…

  • Europe

    Europa dem Osten – A Europe for the East

    Today, the European Union is being understood as the embodiment of the European idea. The dream of a European Community was conceived before and especially during the second World War and was realized first in an Community of Steel and Coal. Steel and Coal were, of course, not only the foundation of any industrial growth at the time but also necessary for any war. Sharing these ressources should hopefully lead to peace in Europe and the emergence of a global counterbalance to the US and the USSR. From there on, the project turned liberal and developed into a supranational institution that influences many areas of our daily lives. But the…