Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 29th, 2019

(Deutsch) Quo vadis – Germania?

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Roland Dürre
Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

The Heretic’s Cynic Dance Through Society and Politics.

Currently, I am riding my bike through the Piemont with Barbara. It is pure pleasure, spring, exercise, a wonderful landscape, great food, everything is like a dream. It gives me time and leisure to think about what has made me sad recently. The following summary is the result.

Before you start reading, I would like to point out that we have freedom of thought. That is also true for mental experiments.

Let us start with a hideous saying from Nazi times. In those days, the masters of the Third Reich hung the sentence “Work Will Make You Free“ over the entrance of the Concentration Camps. Hatred was systematically promoted against persons and groups we disliked. These people were tortured and murdered from the leaders – with the agreement of the vassals. We rightly condemned what happened as crimes against humanity. Work will make you free – in those times that was sheer cynicism.

Today, we have the motto: “Money will make you free”. Since for most people their job is the source of income, you can say – and I do not mean this cynical at all – “your job will make you free”. Because only if you have a job that pays reasonably well, you will be a respected part of society. Everything depends on it.

If your job does not pay very much, this is not a problem. You simply have to have several jobs. That is quite possible. You will still remain a part of society. If you do not earn enough in your job, you will also be ostracized. Except if you have other means of income, for instance if you inherit a lot. With enough money, you will also be a respected citizen if you have no job. Since well-paid jobs will probably become scarce in the future, some sociologists demand the   BGE (basic income without any requirements). It is supposed to give people a little more freedom, but above all, it is supposed to guarantee the preservation of the consumption society.

The best-paid jobs are in the HORGs (Hierarchical ORGanisations). Especially if you are stabilized and protected by collectively agreed wages, you can consider yourself in the golden cage. If you do not wish to work in a HORG (like yours truly), you have two options: you can become either a day labourer or an entrepreneur.

Day labourers can either earn quite a lot or be rather poorly paid, depending on what they can sell. If you need a better sounding word, you will call them freelancers (although they are certainly not free). And they are often persecuted as “fake freelancers“.

Trying to become an entrepreneur is risky, you can fail (as with everything in life). Except if you fail, you might not only end up without income but also without Granny’s Little House.

The VW managing director Herbert Diess has now also realized this, regardless of the fact that he is actually not an entrepreneur but more some kind of upper class system agent. He declared very appropriately: EBIT will make you free – and then he was surprised that they criticized him for this sentence (because of the historical fact that VW, after all, had quite a few forced labourers during the Third Reich). Since he is a nice Austrian who was born in Munich, he later said he was sorry if his choice of phrase was offensive.

Mind you, he was absolutely correct, because his enterprise will be a lot better off if “his enterprise” manages a nice EBIT every year. Believe me, I know what I am talking about!

Incidentally, not only the managing directors in the automobile industry know this – those in the pharmaceutical industry have also gotten wind of it. Mind you, in the pharmaceutical industry, you do not get such products as Tamiflu – that alone guarantees the EBIT – every year. The time of the Blockbuster is also something of the past and business in the chemical health industry gets generally harder.

That is why it is nice if google and facebook, for example, ban the vaccination enemies from their website. Naturally, compulsory vaccinations are an excellent cure for the EBIT of the producers. And the government, too, is now considering to introduce a law that makes it possible to make vaccinations compulsory. Because of the measles.

Since we are talking about compulsory measures: 
Especially in the medical sector, it would make sense in society to have many more compulsory measures. The first thing that comes to mind is the HIV test. Why do they not force everybody to do such a test regularly? That would give people the information whether or not they have Aids and consequently they can act responsibly. Would not some transparency make sense in the fight against the pestilence? And such a law would also be beneficial for the EBIT of the producer of the test.

Or, just as important:
Everybody knows that our planet has a huge problem. It suffers under too many people. Should we not really do something about the over-population? What about forced contraceptives?

Here is what the rules could be:

Every woman has to do whatever it takes in order not to become pregnant (without permission). Either through a known contraceptive or by proving that she lives in a monogamous relationship with a sterilized man. If there is a possibility that she is pregnant, she has to take the pill after. If the pregnancy has been confirmed, there must be immediate abortion. This is a medically very simple and harmless procedure that, in Germany, one out of four women underwent once or several times in their lives.

There would be exceptions for “applied for and approved” children. The approval has to be valid before the actual procreation. It will only be granted if the couple (hetero or homo sexual) can prove that they are able to provide a good social perspective for the child. What a Brave New World!
Well, the Federal Government has a lot of work to do. China already did it, because China had to cope with a drastic population growth. In India, it has also been discussed. They distributed radio receivers as a reward for sterilization. However, it did not work very well.

In general, the Chinese are a step ahead.

China already awards social credits for its citizens. Both negative and positive ones. In the end, the difference is calculated. This is how they want to realize the dream of a system of “relative justice” by rewarding good behaviour and punishing bad behaviour.

Thanks to digitalization, it is quite easy.

For instance if someone goes by underground train without having bought a ticket, he/she will get negative points. The same is true if you cross the street on a red traffic light or if you park illegally or drive too fast. If your negative points add up to a certain sum, you will be ostracized from society by a differentiated system.
Isn’t this better than our system?

If you go by underground train in this country without having bought a ticket, you are committing a crime and will sooner or later end up in jail. Since parking illegally is only a violation of a minor rule, you can throw away your ticket without having to fear jail. Is that relative justice?

In China, they have many rich and super-rich – and many poor. In our country, the polarization between rich and poor is not quite as pronounced as there.
This could soon end.

Because Germany is not the only country where the first article of the constitution seems to be: the preservation of your property is the highest priority. That is what the majority of people in this country take as the maxim of their thinking and behaviour.

The protection of vested rights feels like a new human right in Germany.

Consequently, the protection of property has been improved. It happens at all levels. Naturally, because, if 50% of the world’s capital belongs to fewer than fifty people, then these people want to stabilize their situation. And power is always in the hands of those with “the funny stuff”.
The copyright protection that originated in the last centuries is also regulated for the internet. Data are declared personal property and protected by laws. It induces a huge cost that could easily have been avoided if we had simply punished violations of the law.

I never understood the ado they made about data protection. How can any person own data at all? And why do they belong to him/her personally? I used to believe that data (like knowledge) belongs to all of us. At least to all those who know them.

What kind of society is this if my date of birth is a secret? To be sure, I am less than thrilled about my age. I would certainly like to be younger. But why should nobody know how old I am? Why should my sexual and religious orientation not be public knowledge? Why does everyone want to hide something?

My dream is a transparent and tolerant society. Free of violence. We would need no DSVGO as we have it now. Neither would we need upload filters that will now also come officially (we have had them in-officially for quite some time already).

They say that intellectual property needs to be protected. This is because you can earn a lot of money with intellectual property. I feel richer if I can share my ideas with others. I will not want the copyright to my ideas, simply because my ideas have usually been inspired or triggered by other persons.

There is one exception to how the government acts in favour of manifesting property. It is not about the womb that should belong to a woman. Now the government wants to initiate a law that allows them to take the organs of a dead person by default. In other words, if a person did not declare a priori (before he died) that he expressly forbids it or unless his next of kin à posterio gives a good reason why he is against it, the organs will be taken. This weakens the ownership of your own organs. Is that because your ownership terminates with your death? What about applying this reasoning to other property?

It really sounds very humane if you hear about poor people who have been waiting a long time for a donor because they need his organ. As always, however, that is not what it is all about. It is all about business. And business is always justified with reminding people of jobs.

Organ transplants are very expensive medical business cases. And there are quite a few hospitals and people working there who could earn a lot more money if they had more donor organs. The pharmaceutical industry would also benefit. Because people who have been successfully given a donor organ need a lot of medication afterwards in order to continue living with the strange organ.

Also, you are no longer (officially) allowed to own other persons. However, slavery, too, was not abolished for humanitarian or idealistic reasons. It was mostly abolished because it was not beneficial in the sense of profit maximization.

Now I wait for a regulation that protects the right to my own emotions. After all, they, too, can be violated or injured by others. We already have some interesting beginnings, for instance if you violate religious or German-Nationalist feelings (for example if you ignore the flag). This might well become a subject to regulation in the internet. Upload filters come to mind.
I am really happy that I do not have any religious or nationalist feelings. So nobody can violate them. On the other hand: if SpVG Unterhaching lost a match and a München-1860 or Bayern-München fan makes fun of it, he is definitely violating my feelings. And I think he really should be punished for it.

That is one of the problem we have in this society:
How will violations against future regulations be sanctioned?
More and more is forbidden and regulated – it is not only about vaccinations and having children. The planet, the bees, and Europe must be saved. And all of this will not be possible without severe restrictions and solidarity. And voluntary solidarity comes at a high price and will consequently cost a lot.

Consequently, you cannot follow the politically incorrect sentiment that, for example, you are opposed to a Europe that is dominated by nationalist countries and that dreams of a powerful army of its own with aircraft carriers. Just as violations against the environment need to be sanctioned if you want to stop the climate catastrophe.

This is where we come full circle. You will really need a well-paid job or be extremely rich if you want to pay all the fees and tickets you will get.

(Translated by EG)

I just read that the Bayerische Landesausstellung will be re-named “Stadtluft befreit“. The organizers of the event in Aichach and Friedberg in 2020 modified the original title ”Stadtluft macht frei“. Charlotte Knobloch had criticised that the title is hurtful and “poisoning people“.

The reason was that the old title violated feelings. If feelings are property that needs to be protected (because you can hurt them), then – following the current political concepts – you need a GSGVO (regulation for the protection of feelings) in the internet, too. And since we already have update filters, why not exclude everything that hurts your feelings? Such as city air will make you free. Or Haching is a shitty club.

In my opinion, “city air will make you free“ is a very important metaphor. Because the social, political, cultural and all other progress in Europe happened in the cities and through networking.

Klaus Hnilica
Tuesday June 19th, 2018

Advantages of Integration and Progressive Digitalization

Ever since a new British study has found out that the progressive digitalization also offers massive advantages and totally new perspectives in this field, there is a new urgency to the question: To what extent vampires can actually be integrated?

Mind you, it was not the old and ancient protagonists who initiated this revolution. It is yet again the often so scolded youth who make the decisive steps towards this ’young future that cuts the edges’: they are the ones who not only talk about digitalization, which is what any second-class provincial politician does these days, but who also actually live digitalization!

Yes, it is the ’generation smart-phone’ who, in the 21st century and totally surprisingly and unplanned, restore a tiny bit of freedom to the vampires by letting them return to free biting!

After all – and you want to be honest about this – there is nothing more suitable for the direct and unhindered bite of a vampire than the naked and exposed little neck of a fifteen-year-old female smart-phone user who is fascinated by what she sees on her screen. And I mean all the time: on the street, in the train, on her bike, on the toilet and while doing her homework.

There is definitely nothing, absolutely nothing more suitable!

And this suitability for quick access is, naturally, not only true for the aforementioned fifteen-year-old girl, but also for all smart-phone users, regardless of their age and the colour of their skin: when they act as mentioned above, all these persons remain in the exact same position, with exactly identical ’bite invitations to their jugular’ in front of their device. In fact, the author of the British study I mentioned before even assumes that the inventor of the smart-phone must have had or have a ’vampire background’. This assumption becomes even more of a probability since all the smart-phone users are so fixated on their devices that they not only fail to notice the quick bite into their jugular, but also never even realize how they have been sucked out afterwards!

They are actually so immersed in their smart-phone world that they are not available for any other observation: the first time they actually often start yelling and getting aggressive is when – due to some unfortunate mistake – blood drips on their screens, because that is when they start soiling their own screens as they wipe around with their own blood on their fingers!

This is one of the reasons why leading vampires in business and politics started several years ago to vehemently demand from companies such as Apply, Samsung and Nokia to come up with the ’blood-absorbing screen’ at long last! After all, such a modification is absolutely necessary unless you want to carelessly miss this unique opportunity of integrating vampires into society: and I mean all vampires! This includes the less dexterous ones – those who, when they bite, sometimes cause a drop or two to fall where it should not!

It goes without saying that the sector data security, too, needs massive modifications: it happens quite frequently that smart-phone users take pictures of vampires while they feed on blood and then immediately send the pictures to the smart-phones of those who have been bitten!

This is often the moment when those who have been bitten actually realize that they are currently donating blood – and since they see it on their smart-phones, they also believe it. Their reaction is that they often start hectic defence movements – which might then again cause unnecessary extra blood loss.

Consequently, what we need immediately is legislative initiatives with a ’filming ban on blood feeds’. And these initiatives cannot be national solos but have to be coordinated on EU and UNO level. Basically, this should not be too much of a problem if all parties concerned mean the same blood and refrain from overeager bloody comments.
Another problem is probably far harder to solve.

What I mean is the bite into the ’wrinkled neck of an older person’ – which, as the aforementioned British study shows, is something some of the vampires also favour.

Luckily, these few ’connoisseurs’ will also find enough older smart-phone users today – even if their enthusiasm and stamina are nowhere near what we have with the young generation. That is something that does not really make quick bites easier!

But when all is said and done, this is not the central problem! The real problem is that, even if the bite on the ’far-from-fresh wrinkled neck’ is a success, the blood you get there tastes like a wine-soda mixture that contains one eighth of Riesling and one litre of soda water!
Which is nothing. Well, it is less than nothing!

That is because today practically all older people get huge amounts of expensive blood thinners from all their doctors and health insurances: this is certainly a good thing for the pharmaceutical industry and for the blood-thinned elderly people – but for vampires, it is a pure nightmare!

And I am not just talking the taste, but also the amount you need: due to this practice, vampires are not only forced to swallow immense amounts of blood, but also to visit the toilet all the time in order to get rid of all the water. This will quite often cause individual blockage situations at public toilets! Humans who suffer from weak bladders are those who will suffer most in the end!

Taking all these aspects into consideration, it can be said that much remains to be done before vampires enjoy the same paradise-like state of affairs in Germany that, according to our Federal Chancellor, the rest of the citizens can boast of!

But if the problems that still need to be solved are at long last tackled by politics without prejudices and without further loss of precious time, and if the entire society refuses to have a rising blood pressure because of all these concepts, then the integration advantages offering themselves through more digitalization – as shown by the British study – will soon be realized. Especially if measures are taken to make sure that blood will always remain thicker than any wine-soda mixture, because otherwise the elderly people will cause unacceptably long blood trails in their wake after each vampire bite. And said blood trails will then again cause massive data security problems, which certainly nobody can want; after all, we all know that there is nothing vampires want more than a chance to, at long last, have their blood feed undisturbed and in peace.

That is really all they want!

(Translated by EG)

Hans Bonfigt
Wednesday June 6th, 2018

Digital, bekloppt, banal

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

You know, even as a child, I rather liked Rumplestiltskin! It was such an exciting thing to listen how the fairy was dancing in front of the fire in the dark wood – and how it sang “Lucky me that no one knows that my name is Rumplestiltskin”. In fact, it was so exciting that I really cannot find words to describe it…

Yes, and then, a few sentences later, when the fairy self-exploded in front of the princess later in the story – that was just great! What a consistency and courage – to just self-explode! I never forgot this impressive image!

But here comes the moment of truth! This unappetizing “Rumplestiltskin Affair”. I am sure you, too read about it in the media: it is about an affair between the European upper nobility and a German Mr. Müller!

The kings and the Müllers are said to have behaved quite evilly and a lot of money was allegedly involved!

European money – of course!

To be precise, said Müller – i.e. a certain ’Soy-Bean Müller’ – who has the world leader soy bean mail-order house in his backhand, is said to have tried to make gold out of straw together with an extremely respectable European dynasty!

Mind you, this was regardless of the fact that he, Müller, does not even own straw. He only owns ’soy bean cake’. That is basically just the waste from soy flour production – but no straw!

However, for straw, the European Commission would have granted considerable subsidies from its agrarian fond. But not for cake, i.e. ’soy cake’!

Naturally, this was not good news for the soy flour mail-order house and its stock. In fact, it was actually a catastrophe. After all, stock, too, is just human, i.e. there are persons hidden behind the stock.

Persons with all their strengths and weaknesses. Just like with Müller’s small daughter Annegret who had always had a certain weakness for everything that smelled of royalty.

That is especially true for last year’s ’Vienna Opera Ball’, where she danced left-waltz with an extremely sweet young king. Left-waltz until she was dizzy and sank into the blue-blooded arms of the young king.

Due to the low stock-exchange rate, those same arms need much persuasion before they led her to the marriage altar. It did not come as a surprise that not only the love of these two doves immediately grew, but also the stock exchange rate of the ’soy flour mail-order house’. Did they grow, or what?

Consequently, it took only a few days until this activity caused a grumbling in the world of the financially potent oligarchs and a so-called ’Rumplestiltzkin ’ appeared. Nobody knew who it was and where it came from and what its name really was.

But being an industrious person, said ’Rumplestiltzkin’ had no problem getting the delegates of Romania, Bulgaria and of the newly wed kingdom to vote in her favour at the European Commission. Consequently, a majority supported the concept that ’soy-cakes’ are to be declared straw in the future and thus they are gold-coated with EU money!

It is unbelievable what Rumplestiltzkin can do and it is certainly a good thing that nobody knows its real name…

The news that the Austrian rum producer ’Straw’, too, allegedly was part of the deal in that he is said to have delivered a considerable amount of 85% ’Straw-Rum’ to the president of the European Council Junker and thus also acted in the role of Rumplestiltzkin is only one of those fake news from Russia. After all, we all know that Russia constantly aims at destabilizing the European Union!

Which, under Putin, does not come as a surprise to anybody!

The same applies to the news that the newly married ’soy flour queen’ was now allegedly impregnated by this suddenly appearing Rumplestiltzkin – rather than by the European High Nobility?

What additional shameless defamation! Those lousy Russian hackers were not even kind enough to give credit to her handsome Pilates coach in their disinformation campaign against the young queen. It is truly something that could give you offspring!

Which is exactly what happened.

But this evil pregnancy defamation is at least a good explanation for Rumplestiltzkin by all means wanting to get hold of the new-born child of the young queen, isn’t it? Of course, it is because it does not want a paternity test, and it was not at all eager to pay alimony for an entire Rumplestiltzkin life on top of having acted extremely beneficial. This is absolutely clear!

The queen was in a similar situation: she wanted to keep her new-born child without proof of paternity. And she did not hesitate to rub Rumplestiltzkin’s nose into what she wanted via twitter, along with 10 million followers!

Maybe she should not have done that. Being nobility and all! Twittering all the time! Because the Russian secret service read it all and then threatened the allegedly Russian Rumplestiltzkin with filing suit before the European Court of Law for prince robbery …

What is not really believable – and for me personally, this is rather a disappointment – is that this unknown Rumplestiltzkin is said to have angrily self-exploded afterwards. Just like the one in the fairy tale!

And they say it happened right before the blue eyes of the soy-floury queen who did not want to let go of her child. Isn’t it awful? Just self-exploding and ending up in two parts. From top to bottom. Atrocious!

After all, today, after 300 years of cultural evolution, you can do the job far more elegantly by tying an explosive from the internet to your belt!
Such a method would also have been far more media-friendly!

And we all would have certainly been able to download the atrocious event in no time through our smartphones from some video supervision camera or other immediately after Rumplestiltzkin’s self-explosion. In other words: we would all have been there – in fact, all Europe would have been there!

Thee usual stereotypical condemnation of the deed by all the politicians, too, would have been noticed by far more citizens – than this silent, ego-maniac ’Rumplestiltzkin self-exploding’!

Even the IS did not find it worthy of claiming responsibility!

It really is a pity! What a pity that Rumplestiltzkin failed so miserably! Everybody would have benefited from a proper explosion? I mean You, You and You! All of Us! Europe would have been truly united by such an explosion! At long last, what belongs together would have come together. What a pity …

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday October 6th, 2017


My Dream of EUROPE

La senyera – The Catalonian Flag.

Currently, everybody talks about Catalonia. So I will also add my “five cent”:

I would be quite glad if Catalonia were to secede from Spain. It would not do any harm to Europe, either. On the contrary.

And Catalonia would not be able to escape the EURO, either. Consequently, we would also have to permit them to remain in the EU and ignore a possible veto from Spain if Catalonia applies for EU membership. After all, they already were members, which means that it is not a new membership.

Maybe the remainder of Spain wants to continue with the monarchy as established by Franco and apply for leaving the EU? However, I would not recommend it to them. They definitely should refrain from re-erecting Franco monuments and leave fascism well alone.

We might need a few additional stars – just like we need more of them in the skies?

But this is not about Catalonia. For me, it is all about a vision for Europe that would probably contribute a little towards solving a few of the current problems.

What we need is a EUROPE that is a close-knit federation of regions (i.e. regional countries or states). These regions should have more or less the same size and thus be able to cooperate at eye-level. My assumption is: the smaller the states, the more of them we have and the closer they are connected, the better!

To be sure, to make it a success, a few requirements that are hard to meet would need to be fulfilled:

  1. A federation of European regions would have to serve the people – and not the entrepreneurs, concerns and speculators.    
For me, that is a central requirement. Consequently, free markets at any price, the mindless abolition of borders do not have priority. Limitless growth, maximum consumption for all and unlimited riches cannot be the ultimate goal of a new “federation of values Europe”.  Just like a misinterpreted freedom without duties is not a value.
  2. Europe cannot be allowed to become an end in itself.    
Europe must not aim at becoming a superpower and have an internationally leading role, perhaps even be some kind of new world police. Because that is not what we need and besides, a Europe that develops sustainably will have an important role worldwide with huge influence anyway, even without nuclear weapons and carriers.
  3. Solidarity is not something that is achieved through subsidies.    
Solidarity between regions and humans cannot be achieved by handing out cheques. In particular, it cannot be achieved exclusively by handing out cheques. The subsidies for farming in the old EU are a good example. They destroyed exactly what they (perhaps) wanted to preserve.
  4. The national states must go.    
That is true for all of them, especially the big ones like Germany, France, Italy, Spain … (and also Great Britain, which, as of now, is still part of it). Because we no longer need all this nationally dominated lamenting – we could actually leave it, for instance, to soccer.

For me, the points 1 and 4 are the most important.

Ad 1.)  What is so bad about a county protecting its local markets and characteristics in a reasonable way? What is so bad about more control if crime increases? As I see it, you need some kind of border control when you have reached a certain dimension. And if that is so, then I prefer a systematic and controlled way of doing it, rather than  the haphazard way we see today.
In a living and responsibly functioning Europe, there can be no room for lobbyism and the currently existing oligarchy of interest groups they call parties.
This may sound unimaginable, because you need to re-define democracy and probably you will also need a more direct democracy. But we are entitled to some utopian ideas!
Because we have the right (and the obligation) to preserve the European cultures in all their diversity and to also preserve a heterogeneous Europe. This must be explicitly desired in a Europe of regions. It must be discussed together and supported by ample means. Otherwise, Europe will never really materialize.
And it must happen in the interest of all people – except the speculators and some super rich individuals or super powerful systems. Especially if they are de-personalized and have become independent.

Ad 4.)  
How nice would it be to have a Europe of smallish regions. The reasons why it would be nice are mostly rational. Basically, small and self-organised systems always work better than big ones, especially if those big ones are also controlled and administered externally. Flat hierarchies make a realistic form of subsidiarity easier. Politically spoken, we would only have two, rather than – as today – three hierarchical levels in the “upper echelons”.
In this model, the EU would be the top level and the international presence of all regions. It is controlled by the council of the regions, all of which can have their own autonomous structures. The nationally infected level in between, for instance Berlin, Paris, Rome – or, in this case, Madrid – would be gone for good.
You would also no longer need a veto right for individual states (no matter if we are talking a few 100,000 people or 80 million). It would be replaced by a qualified majority in the council of regions.
Whenever a region falters or behaves totally irrational, which is something that can always happen, it would be easier to heal than today. Just remember how impossible it is to influence a country like Poland. In a system at eye-level, it would also be easier and more direct to practice solidarity than it can be done with the current EU sprinkling system.
In other words, the EU would have to consist of “states” none of which can be bigger than, for example, Bavaria. But perhaps even Bavaria is too big to be just one EU region? Even here, a reasonable division is quite feasible, and thus at least a good solution would be possible.
So we have to divide the national states. It would be easy for the FR of Germany, because we already have a rather reasonable county structure. You could just take it (and perhaps improve it as suggested in the last paragraph). I would leave small states like Bremen or Hamburg. If currently Estonia qualifies for EU membership, why should not the two proud German Hanseatic Cities be a region each – just like Estonia would be a region?

If we wish to heal EUROPE, then we may and must definitely have and strive towards these kinds of utopian ideas! Otherwise it will never become true! And then comes the big hangover!

(Translated by EG)

Here is a positive idea about the so detrimental shared currency:    
I basically believe that the best solution would be to have different currencies according to the “maturity/state” of a region (I will call them EURO1, EURO2 and EUROn). But that is a very complicated topic. I would rather not discuss it here.
However, here is a positive idea if you have only one EURO: It is quite possible that one EURO for all regions– regardless of many disadvantages – could also have a huge advantage. One EURO for all of them would be something like the iron ring that holds them all together. And thus it makes it impossible to exit and helps when it comes to overcoming future regional crises. But then, that would again need another utopia to become reality – a currency policy of the EZB that differs from the one currently witnessed under “Super-Mario“ Draghi.

Hans Bonfigt
Friday September 22nd, 2017

Krampfhennenreport #1: VerbraucherschützerInnen

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Roland Dürre
Wednesday July 26th, 2017

Shouldn’t Business Serve Humans?!

In Unterhaching, we have a great soccer club, a number of IT enterprises such as the InterFace AG and even world-famous companies. One of them is Wrigley.

Let me relate to you what I learned over the last few weeks. I did not make any attempts at verifying the story, but it is quite possible that things I heard in the form of reports or gossip around here are the truth.

I am sure the degree to which Unterhaching has become considerably more famous even beyond Germany is due to the Spielvereinigung Unterhaching.

Besides soccer, we also have volleyball, gymnastics and several other successful athletic areas in Unterhaching – as well as several more interesting enterprises and a wonderful outdoor swimming pool and much more.

The Unterhaching Civic Office is certainly glad that the famous Wrigley enterprise has its European headquarters here. And perhaps in the future, you will have to say “had”.

The big concerns want power. To this end, they like to swallow up other concerns.

It is quite possible that, with its profit of 35 billion US dollars in 2016, Mars falls a little behind Nestlé (turnover in 2015 was 88.8 billion). That is just more motivation for Mars to catch up with the big rival.

Currently, they are preparing for the merging of the animal hospital chain VCA Inc. (Veterinary Centres of America). Mars wants to spend 9.1 billion US dollars, including the debt. It is supposed to further strengthen the business area “animal health”. To me, it looks more like mania and misdirected late capitalism. I can imagine only too well (or rather, too badly) what the leading US food giant wants to achieve by the merging.

Food producer invests in animal hospital. Shame to him who evil thinks.

Wrigley was swallowed by Mars as early as 2008. Initially the European headquarters remained in Unterhaching. Another important Mars location is obviously in Viersen near Düsseldorf.

Now, Mars wants to centralize a few of its activities in London. One of the consequences will be that people now living in Unterhaching or Viersen will have to move to London. This might hurt some residents of Unterhaching, for others it will be an exciting challenge.

But then, this is what you get in a global world and economy. After all, most of the people seem to like it, since they support it – at least with their consumption habits.
But that is not what this article is about. What gives me pause is the reason they give for moving to London.

Big concerns assume that, in the future, the central key towards success in our competitive world will be the quality of marketing.

To the concern, that seems useful, and even necessary, because it assumes that, in the market for PROVISIONS, only an enterprise that has the best MARKETING can establish itself and perhaps even add to its turnover. And among the top managers, they assume that the most efficient and effective marketing firms basically sit in London. Consequently, they seek close proximity to them – and go to Great Britain. Regardless of the Brexit and such. In my opinion, the Brexit is more an operetta than anything else.

PROVISIONS concerns are, first and foremost, after turnover and results (profit). And, in the eyes of the concerns, MARKETING is the determining factor in this field. Everything else, like the quality of food and the consequences for your health, only plays a minor role.

Business should serve the people, not vice versa!

For the concerns, only one thing is important: the people must buy the cheaply produced mass food at a price that is as high as possible. To make it attractive for the masses, it is made “convenient” and optically seducing. Enriched with aromatic ingredients, “the taste of the world“ is generated and realized. “Cheap” is more important than quality, optical appeal and wrapping is more important than the content, uniformity beats diversity, mass has priority over class, storage life beats freshness, logistic feasibility has priority over taste. …

Thus, there is a strong LOBBY that forbids the legislators in Europe and Germany, for instance, the clear marking of a product if it contains substances that may be detrimental for your health.

And what do the people do? Nothing. They believe what marketing says and buy like lemmings all the products by Mars, Nestle and co. Unfortunately, this is also true for Unterhaching.

(Translated by EG)

Eugenie Wirz with Christian Mendoza (young entrepreneurs from Poland) at the UTUM-Hackathon (2016)

During my work – or should I say hobby – as a mentor for UTUM (unternehmerTUM) and TUM, I had the privilege to accompany a number of young persons for a time out of their life. I also met many nice people who are very active, both professionally and socially and who promote young persons (some of whom have fallen upon dire times) and start-ups with a huge amount of idealism.

I particularly enjoyed working with Eugenie Wirz (her friends call her Jenna). I first met Jenna several years ago, when she was still in charge of the UTUM mentoring program and worked particularly hard for “her” mentees.

Now, she has a new task at unternehmerTUM in the European context: the program “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs“. It brings many ideas and fresh perspectives (Ideen und frische Perspektiven) to the UTUM world. In the magazine TUMcampus 4 | 16, on page 12 , you can find a “special” under the title “Learning from Successful Enterprises“. The Exist-Founders’ Program (Exist-Gründerprogramm) is also among those who promote it.

In the Wirtschaftswoche, you will find an article that describes how “you can learn abroad how to be a founder”. For examples of successful projects, click here.

In my role as the one who accompanied quite a few start-ups, especially with very young founders, I now understand that, more often than not, it is exactly this program that is an important chapter when it comes to writing your own entrepreneurial script. Consequently, it was my pleasure to write this article for Jenna and her program “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”. So if you know young founders, why don’t you give them this information?

And if there are questions about the project, do not hesitate to contact Jenna via email.