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The "Vietnam effect" thing

On April 11, 2022, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer visited the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Nehammer wanted to draw Vladimir Putin's attention to how the Ukraine war - which in Russia must be called a "special military operation" - is being received in the West in what was presumably an intensive conversation about which nothing was initially disclosed. As a representative of a [...]

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The intelligence ticks left

Why are the left on the rise again? It is a strange contradiction: Bolshevik and communist terror was responsible for around 100 million deaths in the 20th century due to its fanatical ideology. Wherever communist or left-wing socialist ideas prevailed, and where they - mostly by force - were able to seize government power, those concerned broke up [...]

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Farewell to the (social) market economy ?

(Published July 2020) "Politicians are trying to save yesterday's world with artificially created central bank money - and are thus missing the future." Gabor Steingart (4) In the wake of the corona crisis, all economic rules are being thrown overboard in Brussels, chaired by the German Chancellor, and all experience from [...]

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Everything was better in the past

(Published May 2020, supplemented July 2021) The good old days When you get older and think back, you mainly remember good feelings and beautiful experiences. You were young, healthy and strong. The world was open to you, you felt up to all challenges. There was more humanity, e.g. comradeship in the sports club instead of narcissism [...].

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The virus disaster

(Published March 2020) Now what some have feared for decades has come to pass: A pathogen, the corona virus COVID-19, is racing around the world. Starting in China, the pathogen has long since reached every inhabited continent, most countries, and nearly every major city with an airport. Unfortunately, this corona pandemic[i] also hit Germany unprepared. The clinics, under pressure to be profit-oriented [...]

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The new elite for new wars

(Published in GralsWelt 84/2014, page 44) In August 2013, a strange report went through the media: An elite student was doing his internship at a major bank. Due to total overwork, the 22-year-old young man collapsed one day quite unexpectedly exhausted and died. The incident gives rise to some thoughts about the current formation of a new elite, [...].

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Carthage - the first capitalist state ?

(Published April 2014) Long before the industrial age, an ancient city provided an example of capitalist economics. Carthage's advanced economy secured great success for the trading power, but came at the cost of many human lives. After its destruction by the Romans, the latter adopted the successful model, but were now inexorably heading toward their decay ... The New York of the [...]

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Do we need the eco-dictatorship?

(Published in GrailWorld 72/2012) In the course of my life I have experienced various phases of general consciousness: * Oscillation between hope and despair during the war. * A depressed mood after the surrender of Germany in May 1945, with occupied land and cities and factories in ruins. * A hesitant mood of departure after the currency reform of June 20 [...]

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Economic crisis and world conspiracy

Background of the undesirable developments - an overview (published in GralsWelt 69/2012). It has almost become a commonplace not to see crises in catastrophic break-ins, but to emphasize the opportunities that lie in a crisis. On the one hand, it concerns natural disasters such as drought, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, or even an impact that is dangerous to civilization (impact of a planetoid), which [...]

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Work to survive

Is there an industrial culture fit for human beings?(Published in GralsWelt 66/2011) The "idyll" of romanticism Conditions before industrialization were often romanticized. Paintings from the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century show lovable small towns and idyllic landscapes with industrious farmers. The environment seemed intact, wild animals had plenty of habitat, the word "species extinction" was unknown. No one worried [...]