The seminar on legitimacy I mentioned early in the month has so far been a challenging but enriching experience. There are only five of us including the professor. I don’t know if this has to do with the demanding and continually growing reading list, or the fact that we meet at 08:15 in the morning. … Continue reading Weber on legitimacy
University started yesterday on a perfect sunny autumn day. For the time being classes are live, and it was nice to see students back on campus after a three-semester hiatus. Teaching is so much more enjoyable in the classroom than online. As a student, I am focused on finishing my master’s thesis this semester, but … Continue reading The wanton threat to democracy
While members of the national and international press are warning of the end of the world as we know it and rebranding Graz as Stalingraz following Sunday’s city council election here, a far more revolutionary election result occurred in Germany over the weekend. I am not referring to whether Armin Laschet or Olaf Scholz will … Continue reading Communism reloaded, expropriation in Berlin?
Municipal tourist boards invest significant effort in promoting the local character of their cities. Convincing potential visitors in advance of the beauty and distinctive allure of their hamlets, however, can be challenging. This is especially true for Graz as we have to compete against our globally recognized federal capital with its Sachertorte, imperial architecture, and … Continue reading Comrades, visit Graz!
Today I am taking a sidestep from my harm series and examining the case of Dr. Greg Patton. On August 20th, 2020 Dr. Patton, a professor at USC’s business school with over 20 years of teaching experience, delivered a lecture on oratory to students in the master’s program. He explained the importance of avoiding filler … Continue reading The sad case of Dr. Greg Patton
Although I have lived in Austria for over 30 years and am now an Austrian citizen, I was born and raised in Michigan in the USA. The beautiful peninsulas surround by the Great Lakes where I grew up rarely make the news in Austria, so sat up and listened when I heard that the FBI … Continue reading Pity
I celebrated my birthday on the weekend. It was great. There was cake. Cake is good. Birthdays are a time for contemplation (at least at my age). What’s been good so far? What’s been less good? What have I achieved? What lies ahead? Blah, blah, blah … They are also an opportunity to reflect on … Continue reading Should I stay or should I go?
Der griechische Philosoph und Staatstheoretiker Platon entwickelt in seinem Werk Politeia im 4. Jahrhundert vor Christus eine Theorie der Staatsformen, in der er von einem Verfassungskreislauf ausgeht, der schrittweise von der besten zur schlechtesten Verfassung führt. Durch Dekadenz, Tugendverfall und nachlassende Orientierung am Gemeinwohl werden gerechte Verfassungsordnungen korrumpiert. Die Demokratie ist darin nach Aristokratie, Timokratie … Continue reading Ist die Demokratie eine Verfallsform?