Let’s dress citizens’ clothes on the emperor. Critical notes on expert practices in the corona crisis

May 28, 2020

A lot is at stake in the often-heated debates over the best way to handle the pandemic. The world economy is in crisis and the lockdown is excessively expensive. How serious is the pandemic? What are the available options? Countries that have not succeeded in suppressing the virus have started to lift constraints. Governments listen to all kinds of experts. However, the opinions of experts even within a single discipline or field – such as epidemology – are deeply divided.

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Conjuring the Spirits of the Present

April 18, 2020

This is my response to Valentine Moghadam’s inspiring “Planetize the Movement!” (April 2020 GTI Forum). I raise the question whether we need to assume borrowed language involving terms such as “internationalism” in the 2020s and make, once again, an argument for a world party. I hope and believe this idea will become practical reality before long. Great responses from Chris Chase-Dunn, Donatella Della Porta, Richard Falk, Bonn Juego, Ashish Kothari, Francine Mestrum, William I. Robinson, Guy Standing, and Noha Tarck.

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The COVID-19 crisis – a turning point for the European project

April 4, 2020

Statement of the EuroMemo Group, 2 April 2020

In the face of immense human suffering all across Europe, the COVID-19 crisis is without doubt a critical test of solidarity for the European Union, and also for the world. After the inadequate economic policy response to the 2008 global financial and economic crisis, another failure to reach effective and cooperative responses might exacerbate social and political tensions between Member States. In that case, a further stagnation if not collapse of the project of European integration would be unavoidable. [Originally published at http://www.euromemo.eu/]

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The future as alter-globalisation

March 17, 2020

In the wake of tendencies toward under-consumption and overproduction, unemployment and precarious employment, stagnating prices, social problems and political reactions, the quest for solution has given way to a rising popularity of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which maintains that a state can never run out of money if it is in debt in its own currency – but which also seems to point to deglobalisation as a solution. “The radical idea is that each state can go alone and adopt rational full-employment policies at home.” The problem is that MMT neither guarantees any sort of progressive policies nor resolves the dilemmas and contradictions of the world economy. At the same time, MMT shows that money creation can potentially be organised on other levels than the state – and even globally. Even though evident political obstacles stand in the way of a transformation toward a cosmopolitan direction, a rational direction to world history points that way. Our sustainable future lies in alter-globalisation, global solidarity, and better common institutions. This blog was originally published by FEPS / The Progressive Post on 17 March 2020.

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