Last semester, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I took a pro seminar titled the Moral Dimensions of Harm. We were a small group which allowed for dynamic discussions despite Zoom constraints. In countering COVID-19, Austria locked down early, and restrictions were tight. Being outside of your home was only permitted for essential work, to buy food, … Continue reading French fries and freedom
Yesterday in a great op-ed piece in Die Presse, Christian Ortner examined COVID 19 the economic stimulus packages and asked the provocative question: What’s the difference between a talented counterfeiter and the European Central Bank? According to Ortner, not much. In 2020 economic output in the eurozone has fallen by 7-8% and the ECB has … Continue reading Hyperinflation around the corner?
Recently an article by Gudula Walterskirchen in the Austrian daily Die Presse about evidence based policy making (EBPM) caught my eye. EBPM has been kicking around since the 1980s. Essentially it is the idea that policy decisions should be based on comprehensive, meticulously established, objective evidence as opposed to intuition, ideology, or common sense. It … Continue reading Can EBPM work?
As we move out of the shutdown here in Austria, people are turning facemasks into fashion statements. I couldn’t find a mask to fit my style until I found the DEVO – Energy Dome Personal Protection Equipment Kit. Devo already knew back in 1980 what to do when a problem comes along: You must whip … Continue reading COVID 19? Just Whip It!
Astrid wrote a great op-ed piece (in German) about the dangers of gloomy economic forecasts turning into self-fulfilling prophecies. Read it on Page 30 of the Friday April 24th print edition of Die Presse or on-line. Photo credit: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay
Während der IWF für die Post-Corona-Zeit mit düsteren Wachstumsprognosen aufwartet, überschlagen sich Politiker mit Beruhigungsversuchen und Rettungsfonds. Da drängt sich die Frage auf, wie diese Milliarden-Hilfspakete finanziert werden, vor allem unter dem Gesichtspunkt, dass den Staaten aufgrund zu erwartender Unternehmenspleiten und hoher Arbeitslosigkeit einiges an Steuereinnahmen wegbrechen wird? Für mich stellt sich zunehmend auch die Frage, … Continue reading Lesestoff für die Corona-Krise
It has been one month since we last posted. Like many, we have been preoccupied. Preoccupied watching our business wither. Preoccupied finding other sources of income. Preoccupied tracking global outbreak maps, infection graphs, and mortality charts. Preoccupied overcoming ennui despite the extra time on our hands. Preoccupied sending dumb messages on WhatsApp. Too many journalists, … Continue reading This is Wilson. He now works from home.
I was pleasantly surprised this morning by Google’s doodle celebrating Sir John Tenniel’s 200th birthday. Unfortunately, according to the This Doodle’s Reach map, unlike the coronavirus, global spread was limited and seemingly random. If you missed the doodle in your country, the first link above will lead you to it. Tenniel was an illustrator and … Continue reading Why is a raven like a writing-desk?