• Think Tank networks of German neoliberalism.


    This paper aims to examine ideological and politico-economic power structures of post WWII-German economics. Using the conception of a German Neoliberal Thought Collective, organized around the Mont Pèlerin Society, it highlights the similarities between ordoliberalism as German variety of neoliberalism and (American) neoliberalism on a personal as well as on an institutional level. Furthermore, based on the methodology of a performative footprint (PFP) of economists, i.e. an attempt to conceptualize academic, political and public impact of economic thought and distinct economists, respectively, this paper shows that economists organized in a German neoliberal Thought Collective continuously had a formative impact on the course of German economic policies, up to today.

  • https://books.google.de/books/…=bn1gAAAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y

    Servants of Power: A History of the Use of Social Science in American Industry

    "This study deals with the industrial use of those disciplines which are primarily and directly concerned with human thought and conduct in the widest sense and which do not emphasize particular aspects of human experience. Thus by "social science" is meant only psychology, sociology, occasionally anthropology, and the new field of human relations. Other social sciences, for example economics and political science, become relevant at a very few points and are dealt with when necessary"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

    Über den Nutzen, den die Industrie aus den Sozialwissenschaften (Psychologie, Soziologie ect.) ziehen konnte.

    Im Anhang ist "Still Servants of Power", ein re-reading des Buches und die Frage ob diese Sozialwissenschaftler in den 1990igern immernoch Servants of Power waren/sind. Das Paper ist aus der Zeit.

    Hier noch ein Review von Servants of Power von 1961.


    It is one sign of the times that a swarm of psychologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, human relations experts, and similar quasi-academics now occupy high staff positions in most of America’s large industrial corporations. What they do there is obvious to anyone who has ever read an inkblot in order to get a job or filed out for a coffee break at the sound of a company bell. How all these thinkers got into the land of the hardheaded businessman is a revealing bit of 20th-century history that Loren Baritz somewhat portentously examines in his new book, The Servants of Power.


    Sehr interessant IMO.

  • Ich muss nochmal einen Teil des Reviews hier direkt Zitieren (damit man es lesen kann, ohne irgendwo draufklicken zu müssen):

    After World War II, Professor Baritz’s history continues, the “human relations approach” got its grip on the managerial elite; it promised to diagnose and deliver, as the phrase went, a “custom-built” man. With “human relations,” a mixture of psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and anthropology, comes the full personnel paraphernalia of modern industry: inkblot tests, resounding job titles, canned music on the assembly line, chirping house-publications, the shipping room glee club, worker “participation groups,” and, failing these, the staff psychotherapist to turn workers’ “aggressions into constructive channels.” Like the fluorescent light, the industrial social scientist becomes a permanent fixture of modern business.

    Ich frage mich, wieviel Kohle eigentlich von den Unternehmern in die Sozialwissenschaften gepumpt wurde, um Methoden und Techniken zu finden, wie man dem "undisziplinierten", unhörigen, "faulen" und vor allem in Gewerkschaften organisierten Arbeiter endlich reinprügelt kann, dass die Arbeit unter einem despotischen Tyrann (auch Chef genannt) der einzig wahre und alternativlose Sinn des Lebens ist. Im 19. Jahrhundert hat man es noch mit Hunger versucht, das war wenigstens ehrlich (obwohl Hartz 4 ja ähnlich ist).

  • https://www.montpelerin.org/hayek-essay-contest/

    Gewinner des Essay-Contests. Das erste Essay scheint ganz interessant. Ich hab nur kurz drüber geschaut, aber die Idee ist in etwa, dass man es bisher noch nicht geschaft hat, auf lokaler Ebene den Staat selbst in Wettbewerb mit anderen Strukturen zu bringen. Über verschiedene Blockchain Technologien soll das aber möglich sein. Scheint ein Anhänger der Ankaps zu sein und erinnert mich auch an die Privatstädte. In diesen Essays wird die Demokratiefeindlichkeit dieser Organisation sehr offensichtlich und, wie Philip Mirowski geschrieben hat, dass der Markt ein Discovery-Prozess sein soll. Das ist eine Sekte von Technokraten, die versuchen über Märkte und deren Anreizsysteme "alternative" Strukturen durchzusetzen. Eigentlich sollte der Verfassungsschutz die Beobachten (in De halt und auch überall sonst von den jeweiligen Organisationen).

  • Aus einem dieser Essays:

    Competition is a procedure of discovery, a procedure involved in all evolution, that led man unwittingly to respond to novel situations; and through further competition, not through agreement, we gradually increase our efficiency.’ Hayek, Friedrich (1992). The Fatal Conceit. The Errors of Socialism, edited by W. W.

    Bartley, III. Chapter 1, ‘Between Instinct and Reason’: Natural Man Unsuited to the Extended Order. U.K.: T.J. Press. Page 19.

    What are the most important areas where competition is discovering new ways to improve lives today? How have entrepreneurs innovated around government regulation? How is entrepreneurial innovation leading to competition with government itself?


    How have entrepreneurs innovated around government regulation?


    Es geht jetzt also darum, Innovation zu schaffen, um staatliche Regulierung zu umgehen. Das müsste in so gut wie JEDEM Land verfassungsfeindlich sein.

  • https://www.montpelerin.org/hayek-essay-contest/

    Nochmal ein Zitat aus dem Gewinner des Essay-Contests 2010 der Mont-Pelerin Society.

    Der Autor untersuch die Frage, ob autoritärer Kapitalismus eine alternative zum liberalen Kapitalismus des Westens ist, als Beispiele schaut er sich China und Singapur an. Sein Fazit am Ende:

    The main issue with authoritarian capitalism seems to be the ease in which it could degenerate, given the corrupting nature of absolute power. The right people must be in power in order for the authoritarian regime to avoid being reduced to a quagmire of corruption and power abuse. It seems that China had such a leader in Deng Xiaoping and Singapore in Lee Kuan Yew (unfortunately countless other dictatorships have not been quite so lucky). Given there is such strong evidence to the contrary, it would be highly western­centric to assert that authoritarian capitalism does not present a viable alternative, when administered by the right people. Neither should we assume that democracy and capitalism must go hand­in­hand just because Western capitalists are typically pro­democracy; China and Singapore have both introduced capitalist systems which are arguably more economically neoliberal than the United States or Australia, and show little sign of accepting democracy.

    Dieses Essay hat den Kontest Gewonnen, war also das beste Essay. Ein bisschen Idpol hat er auch noch eingestreut: "it would be highly westerncentric".

  • https://www.routledge.com/The-…eavy/p/book/9780367581602


    The Handbook of Neoliberalism


    The Handbook of Neoliberalism seeks to offer a wide-ranging overview of the phenomenon of neoliberalism by examining a number of ways that it has been theorized, promoted, critiqued, and put into practice in a variety of geographical locations and institutional frameworks. With contributions from over 50 leading

    authors working at institutions around the world, the volume’s seven sections provide a systematic overview of neoliberalism’s origins, political implications, social tensions, knowledge productions, spaces, natures and environments, and aftermaths in addressing ongoing and emerging debates.

    The volume aims to provide the first comprehensive overview of the field and to advance the established and emergent debates in a field that has grown exponentially over the past two decades, coinciding with the meteoric rise of neoliberalism as a hegemonic ideology, state form, policy and program, and governmentality. It includes a substantive introductory chapter and will serve as an invaluable resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars alike.

    Hab mir mal wieder in den letzten Tagen die Aufsätze darin reingezogen und da sind einige gute Augenöffner dabei 👍 Der Rahmen ist auch ein sozialkritischer, was ich sehr gut finde 👍 (man hätte ja auch neutraler schreiben können) Leider ist es extrem teuer, irgendwas mit 120€ (aber ausleihen geht ja) Die Routledge Reihen sind eh sehr zu empfehlen.

  • https://www.cambridge.org/core…5683B0034E2BA28E9FE9D63C6

    The Human Use of Human Beings. Cybernetics and Society. By Norbert Wiener.

    The Human Use of Human Beings is a book by Norbert Wiener, the founding thinker of cybernetics theory and an influential advocate of automation; it was first published in 1950 and revised in 1954. The text argues for the benefits of automation to society; it analyzes the meaning of productive communication and discusses ways for humans and machines to cooperate, with the potential to amplify human power and release people from the repetitive drudgery of manual labor, in favor of more creative pursuits in knowledge work and the arts. The risk that such changes might harm society (through dehumanization or subordination of our species) is explored, and suggestions are offered on how to avoid such risk.


    Vielleicht etwas für dich @Technaeis

  • https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchants_of_Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

    Deutscher Titel: Die Machiavellis der Wissenschaft: Das Netzwerk des Leugnens

    Das Buch zeigt auf, wie sich in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten wieder und wieder Wissenschaftler wie beispielsweise Fred Seitz und Fred Singer mit konservativen Think Tanks und privaten Unternehmen zusammenschlossen, um den wissenschaftlichen Konsens in vielen umwelt- und gesundheitswissenschaftlichen Themen zu bestreiten. Beschrieben wird das Abstreiten der Schädlichkeit des Tabakrauchens sowie des Passivrauchens, die Versuche, die Gefährlichkeit des Insektizids DDT herunterzuspielen, die Bemühungen, die Gefahren des sauren Regen und des Ozonloch zu verharmlosen und die Klimawandelleugnung. Bei diesen unterschiedlichen Themen traten teils die gleichen Organisationen und Wissenschaftler auf.

    Infos im Wikipedialink. Unumgänglich für Umweltaktivisten 👍

  • https://thenewpress.com/books/evil-paradises

    Evil Paradises

    Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

    Eclectic thinkers, brought together by the bestselling author of City of Quartz, meditate on future worlds being created by unfettered capitalism

    “Not content with existing offshore tax shelters, multimillionaires and property developers have aspired to build their own. . . . To defeat the predatory outreach of nations and tides, it is clearly not enough to be offshore: true freedom floats.” —From “Floating Utopias” by China Miéville

    Evil Paradises, edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places—alternate realities being constructed as “utopias” in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments—in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea—are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares.

    Although they read like science fiction, the case studies are shockingly real. In Dubai, where child slavery existed until very recently, a gilded archipelago of private islands known as “The World” is literally being added to the ocean. In Medellín and Kabul, drug lords—in many ways textbook capitalists—are redefining conspicuous consumption in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, and even the Iranian desert, burgeoning communities of nouveaux riches have taken shelter in fantasy Californias, complete with Mickey Mouse statues, while their maids sleep in rooftop chicken coops. Meanwhile, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of private parkland.

    Davis and Monk have assembled an extraordinary group of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to reflect upon the trajectory of a civilization whose deepest ethos seems to be to consume all the resources of the earth within a single lifetime.

    Von Mirowski zum Thema Privatstädte empfohlen ;) (per e-mail)

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