On the Conditions of Successful Social Democratic Alternatives

October 13, 2017

Globalisation has ravaged the economies and societies in the industrialised world. Uneven growth and deindustrialisation are causing political turmoil. The left, trapped in a limited territorial state, is likely to fail even if it wins national elections, unless it succeeds in globalising democratic politics. Patomäki calls also for breaking “the gap between routine production and established privileges, on the one hand, and emerging areas and forms of the economy, on the other. This should the true goal of structural reforms; not free markets but emancipated and self-determining humans.” In the end he, like so many others, comes to the conclusion that wealth has to be justly taxed, but things seem to be going in the other direction. [This text was first published at the Brave New Europe site on 12 October 2017.]

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(Mis)uses of Quantum Theory in Our Real Evolutionary Cosmos, part II

August 12, 2017

What can science tell us about the immense mystery that surrounds us? In this second part, I discuss Alexander Wendt’s quantum mind thesis and whether it can provide a new foundation for social sciences. Are we really just walking wave functions? (For part I, click here) Continue reading

(Mis)uses of Quantum Theory in Our Real Evolutionary Cosmos, part I

August 9, 2017

What can science tell us about the immense mystery that surrounds us? To what extent can science reveal that reality is not at all what it may appear to us humans in the midst of our everyday practices? Can the science of very small quantum and large cosmic scales provide a new foundation for social sciences too? In this essay, I review and employ two recent books to explore these questions.

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Disintegrative Tendencies in Global Political Economy: Exits and Conflicts

August 2, 2017

Disintegrative Tendencies in Global Political Economy: Exits and Conflicts is now in the production process and is coming out in October. A double book launch will take place in Helsinki on Wednesday 4 October. Continue reading