Report – What is money?

15 Apr
discussion of 27 march 2012, Vienna

Here follows the report of the discussion about money. It turned out to become a discussion about economic fundamentals, the economic crisis and self-management as an eventual way to a post-capitalist society. Again, every question brought a bunch of other questions and further clarification of these will be necessary. We have however succeeded to get together and talk about it in a constructive and critical way. I hope this report will be a good basis for future discussions. As usual, I regrouped the contributions per theme and not necessarily chronologically. All comments and critiques are welcome.

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Report – Economic crisis

16 Mar
discussion of 23 february 2012, Vienna

The report of the discussion about the economic crisis was written in German and can be viewed over here.

Anyone willing to translate it, can do so and send it to diskussionsgruppespartacus@gmail.com.

Intro – Economic crisis

27 Feb
discussion of 23 februar 2012, Vienna

The introduction consisted of two texts: the first is about why we should discuss about economy and the economic crisis and the second gives a short overview of the latest economic crisis (or the latest outburst of it). The second part is not translated yet. Anyone willing to translate it in english is welcome to do so. Continue reading

Economic crisis

11 Jan

The economic crisis concerns us all. It has countless effects, which we can feel in our daily lives. A shortage of money leads to phenomena like the loss of quality in a range of sectors, e.g. public transports, healthcare, education… reduced security in the industry and energy sector… but also fewer chances on the job market, growing poverty, more work stress… and a lot more thorough going consequences.

We are overwhelmed by informations on the economic crisis, budget cuts/saving programs, AAAs and AA-plusses, debts and debt breaks, etc. But who knows what it’s all about? What is economics and what is an economical crisis? How did the actual one developed? Is it the fault of the financial capital, the Euro, the Greecs, greed, neoliberalism or capitalism? What kind of crisis are we living through? What consequences does it have? Is it really that bad or is it all blown up? Will a  tax for the rich solve the crisis? Can the crisis actually be solved?

Discussion about the economic crisis

on thirsday 23 february 2012,

from 19.30 h until 22.15 h,

at Amerlinghaus (Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna)

Whether you understand much or little of economy: everybody is welcome to participate in the discussion.

Some references. Other literature and links can be send to discussiongroupspartacus@gmail.com.

Report – the Belgian government crisis and the nationalist question

2 Jan
discussion of 5 october 2010, Antwerp

This is the translated report of the discussion held in Antwerp (Belgium) on 5/10/2010 about nationalism. The translation was made following the discussion about nationalism in Vienna on 8/12/2011, so that comparisons could be made between the two meetings for further discussion and clarity building.

Note: After the original report was publicized on the website, a discussion about the progressiveness or not of nationalism in the past and present developed, which made the writer withdraw his point of view and rethink it. The discussion is still open.

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Report – Living ethically correct

29 Oct
discussion of 25 October 2011, Vienna

Here follows the report of the discussion about “ethically correct living”, held by the Spartacus discussion group in Vienna. Because I found this first discussion very interesting and profound, I’ve made a more elaborated report, so that it can serve as a reference for future discussions. The report reflects without doubt my own point of view on the matter, but I’ve tried to integrate other view points as much as I can. Feel free to add things I’ve forgotten to mention and comment or criticize the text!

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Intro – Living ethically correct

29 Oct
discussion of 25 October 2011, Vienna

The introduction to the discussion about “ethically correct living” can be found on the german website.

Living ethically correct

20 Oct

„Living ethically correct“ – a term which today everybody uses. Bio- and fair trade products live a true boom and have even become common in discount supermarkets. Big concerns such as Unilever and Governments implement “Corporate Social Responsibility” Strategies and engage themselves in durable social, economical and ecological development. Private households can choose between green and “traditional” electricity. Is it all label swindle? How biological is an apple imported from France to Austria? For whom is fairtrade fair? For producers in the South, for trading entrepreneurs or for the consumers? How environmentally friendly is a detergent that was composed out of natural matters? How green is electricity coming out of our power plug? What certainty do we have about the products we buy? Are they what we think they are? Can we actually have any certainty in this chaos of quality seals and labels? How many profits do enterprises make with this “ethically correct” production? What function do consumers have? Do we really change the world to a better place by consuming ethically correct products, which are often sensitively more expensive? Are these promises true? Or do we just need to make peace with the insight that the only reason to buy bio and fairtrade products is, that they could be a bit better for health then traditional products (but not inevitably), but that it won’t save the world? Do we maybe buy ourselves a good consciousness? Which effects do ethical production, trade and consumption have on economical relationships? Do traditional products live through a price dumping? Can the market for ethical production live autonomously besides the “normal” market? Does this protectionism benefits producers, enterprises and consumers? Can this change the production as a whole? How many individual responsibility do we finally bear (through the consumption of ethical products) for society and how many can we bear?

Discussion meeting about ethical production, trading and consumption

on tuesday the 25th of october at 19.30 in the Amerlinghaus (Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna)

Everybody is welcome to participate in the discussion.

You can find more information on the discussion group here.

Some references. Other literature and links can always be send to diskussionsgruppespartacus@gmail.com.