Category: Society

Society

Support women’s rights!

A little test: who among you is familiar with situations in which formal power is distributed differently than the official rules say it is? For example, at a company or in a society in which some people are more powerful than purely according to what is on paper in statutes or job descriptions, while others…

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Society

About Grading.

There is an interesting finding from behavioural economy on the subject of “strict evaluations” and it does not apply to students but to teachers and parents. It was discovered during the training of pilots. The trainers were of the opinion that reprimand works better than praise. They discovered repeatedly over the years when training landing…

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Society

National Holiday.

EP meeting in Strasbourg, of course we are always talking about the election in Austria. And the people here fit the result as a little piece of the puzzle into a wider European picture: nationalism is returning, no matter whether it is in the form of Orban, Brexit, Kurz or the right thrust of social…

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GreensSociety

Back to the Future – the future of the Greens

Well, I am still far from finished and that is fine. We have prescribed ourselves a lot of talking, questioning and listening. However, it must be done correctly. As a political movement, we should surely not carry out opinion surveys and then implement the most popular answers. We are involved in politics because we want…

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Society

Burka-scarf-debate without cynicism and xenophobia

We can hold the burka headscarf debate even without cynicism. 1.Burka, niqab and whatever they are all called are fabric prisons for women and a dominance symbol of the patriarchy. Some women may wear them willingly, others are locked in under it – I would rate the freedom not to be obliged to wear one…

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Society

The rotten discourse on heritage tax

About capital tax and heritage tax: please do not jump on the bandwagon of the brainless argument of whether this money has already been taxed before, or whether these taxes are justified. This is not the argument that it is really about. One’s own property is a question of power and for the citizens it…

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Society

We creatures of habit

It is always fascinating what creatures of habit we are and to what extent that shapes politics. I just spoke to someone who received a job offer in Austria. 14 monthly salaries. Why? He asks. On balance it is the annual salary, but why is it so strangely divided in Austria? Because after the war,…

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Society

Sebastian Kurz and the “fear of falling”

Sebastian Kurz is playing the social benefits for a whole refugee family against the pension of an individual. Somebody has no doubt already explained to him that these are two completely different kettles of fish. He will also understand himself that to balance a family against an individual is a lame comparison. However, he believes…

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Society

Every day is women’s combat day

Here is a selection of organisations that campaign every day for women and girls in Austria/Europe-wide and that we should support: WAVE Network - Women against violence Europe WAVE is a Europe-wide active feminist network that campaigns against violence towards women and children. Its “information centre” offers direct support for survivors, an overview of help…

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GreensSociety

Listening to the people more attentively

It is all very well to be told that we have to listen to the people more attentively then they wouldn't elect Trump, Hofer and Le Pen and they wouldn't vote for Brexit. But what does this mean? Who is meant by the word "we"? What is listening more attentively? I am in Burgenland at…

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