Articles by: Thomas Kilkauer

Anti-Semitism in Saxony – Three Times per Week

Anti-Semitism in Saxony – Three Times per Week

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Antisemitic* incidents are increasing in the far eastern German state of Saxony known to be stronghold of contemporary German Neo-Nazism., says the Berlin-based Report Antisemitism RIAS – a foundation that monitors antisemitism throughout Germany. Uwe Dziuballa, the owner of the Jewish restaurant “Shalom” in the former East-German’s city of Chemnitz has first hand[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 World
Human Rights and Germany’s New Supply Chain Law

Human Rights and Germany’s New Supply Chain Law

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms In February 2021, Germany’s main business daily, The Handelsblatt, reported that Germany’s grand coalition, consisting for the social-democratic SPD and Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU –reached an agreement on the introduction of a new Supply Chain Law, which in German goes by  the unpronounceable word Lieferkettengesetz. The new supply chain act is intended to[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 World
Post-Corona Work Changes in Germany

Post-Corona Work Changes in Germany

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many changes in our working life from zoom meetings to interviews at home, to the prevalence of the home office that often is at the kitchen table or in the bedroom. In Germany, the number of people working from home dramatically increased since the Coronavirus pandemic hit[Read More…]

by February 16, 2021 World
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How Digital Fascism Works

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Most people have some idea about what fascism is. Fascism’s Fasci Italiani di Combattimento, the original fascism, was invented in Italy in the 1920s. One-hundred years on, however, Italy has changed and so has fascism. Mussolini’s classical version of fascism has become digital fascism. Perhaps one of the world’s foremost experts on fascism, Italian Jewish[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 World
Post-Brexit Truck Driving – a Driver’s Report

Post-Brexit Truck Driving – a Driver’s Report

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms It is Saturday morning in Dagenham, East London and for truck driver Johan Most Brexit means waiting. It was the Saturday after Britain had left the EU. Lorry driver Most is feeling the dire consequences. He has been on the road for six days. Actually, he wanted to stop in Dagenham only briefly[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 World
Master of Disaster – Germany’s Private University

Master of Disaster – Germany’s Private University

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Nestled in the northern Hanseatic port city of Bremen, Jacobs University is one of Germany’s few private tertiary institutions Jacobs University In a country dominated by 107 state-run universities., it is soon to join a list of eighteen other private universities and colleges that have closed their doors in the last few years.[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 World
Fifty Year of Women Voting in Switzerland

Fifty Year of Women Voting in Switzerland

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell When we talk about democracy, in most cases we do not think about the fact that eleven decades ago – in the year 1911 – in most countries in the so-called advanced world, women could not vote. However, South Australia and New Zealand pioneered the way for women suffrage. In 1861, property-owning women[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 World
What Philosophers say about Coronavirus Prevention?

What Philosophers say about Coronavirus Prevention?

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell The 2020-2021 coronavirus is by no means the first pandemic that has impacted people’s lives. Throughout history, philosophers have contributed to our understanding of what pandemics mean and how to fight them. Self-evidently, philosophers are dedicated to philosophy. Like the term pandemic originating in Greek’s pandēmos – “pan” or “all” linked to “demos”,[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Covidtopia – COVID-19 as Utopia

Covidtopia – COVID-19 as Utopia

By the end of September 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic registered 34 million infection cases with one million deaths globally. Notwithstanding Donald Trump’s ultra-nationalistic “America Frist” policy, the USA had, for weeks on end, taken the lead when it came to total deaths with 210,000 deaths and by the end of September it had a total of seven million Coronavirus cases.[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 Book Review
What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Amidst 93,000 daily cases and 80,000 deaths, some cities in India are experiencing a lockdown because of the the Coronavirus pandemic also known as Covid-19. Just a few months ago, Germany’s capital Berlin experienced the very same. If Berlin’s experiences is anything to go by, here is what such a lockdown means for you[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
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COVID-19 Changes Work in Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell In a great workplace, most people would work independently of their immediate boss, and they might even like what they do. Having enough time and being flexible is increasingly more important to many employees in Germany. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, there were more and more German companies that started to realise that the[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
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The People’s Republic of Walmart

Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Many people know that Walmart is an execrable, sinister, low down dirty villain company best described by the term “flagitious,” i.e. horribly, criminal, and wicked. Walmart exploits workers and pays poverty wages. Walmart boss Sam Walton admitted, I pay low wages. His company depends on Asia sweatshops with child and prison labor. Walmart[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 World
Right-Wing Resentment in Germany

Right-Wing Resentment in Germany

The rise of AfD right-wing extremism may well threaten Germany’s democratic society. It applies even more since the AfD mutated into Björn Höcke’s national-revolutionary movement party while also moving [its focus] from the earlier scapegoat (the Jew) to the current scapegoat, the Muslim. Others might argue that the AfD has not replaced one scapegoat with the other but has simply[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 World
Reflections on a Pandemic

Reflections on a Pandemic

Co-Written by György Széll and Thomas Klikauer Free image download from: https://pixabay.com/de After each crisis we ask ourselves, can we learn from it? We will ask this question again after the major effects of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic will be over. Perhaps, one might like to look back into the history of pandemics. Every human being on earth has about[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 World
Propaganda 4.0

Propaganda 4.0

Co-Written  by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Ever since the Catholic Church gave the world propaganda in its Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Congregatio de Propaganda Fide) in the year 1622, propaganda has been with us. The triumph of populist propaganda has been shown in the USA with the election of Donald Trump. As in the USA, right-wing[Read More…]

by May 6, 2020 World
There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Even since investment billionaire Warren Buffet told us, There’s class warfare, all right…but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning, we have known three things: firstly, there is a class system under capitalism; secondly, there is also class war between the two classes – the working class and[Read More…]

by April 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Climate Manipulation and Murdoch’s PR Machine

Climate Manipulation and Murdoch’s PR Machine

Western democracies and their respected societies appear to be incapable or unwilling of solving global warming. At least partly, this might be because voters in most countries have been lied to by the corporate media for decades on end. Much of this is due to one very rich and very old man – Rupert Murdoch.The shaping of public opinion takes[Read More…]

by February 7, 2020 World
Brexit, History & Ballot Choice

Brexit, History & Ballot Choice

In a mistaken version of Trump’s catch-cry “Make America Great Again” Make America Great Again, some British voters might have been led to believe that Brexit will Make Britain Great Again. They were convinced that the – never really – good old days of the British Empire would return by voting for Brexit. This is not to be. Capitalism and[Read More…]

by February 1, 2020 World
A Warning Against German Fascism

A Warning Against German Fascism

  Part biography and part astute analysis of traditional fascism (1920s and 1940s) and of today’s version, US politician Madeleine Albright clarifies not just what fascism is but she also outlines the differences between it as a time-bound political movement and populism. Albright was the first female Secretary of State in US history, serving from 1997 to 2001 under Bill[Read More…]

by November 8, 2019 Book Review
Neoliberal Fascism

Neoliberal Fascism

  Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer & Kathleen Webb Tunney Undoubtedly we live in the age of neoliberalism. There might also be a link between Neoliberalism and fascism. If one agrees with the rather enticing idea that Hayek’s ideology pamphlet The Road to Serfdomis the ur-texts of neoliberalism, then neoliberalism was indeed invented during the dying days of German Nazism and[Read More…]

by May 4, 2019 Book Review
Germany’s Fascism for the 21st Century

Germany’s Fascism for the 21st Century

Originally invented in Milan in the year 1919 by Benito Mussolini as FasciItaliani di Combattimento, fascism is making a comeback in the 21st century. One recent sign are Germany’s Neo-Nazisholding a rally of about 8,000 in Chemnitz (East Germany) in August 2018. With that, Germany’s newish crypto-Nazi party, the AfD, seems to getcloser to the ‘fascist turn’ it has proclaimed[Read More…]

by November 3, 2018 World
Nazis March Into Germany’s Parliament

Nazis March Into Germany’s Parliament

On 24th September  2017, elections to Germany’s parliament resulted in the fact that for the first time since 1949, a neo-Nazi party was elected with 12.6%, just behind Merkel’s conservatives (32.9%) and the social-democratic SPD (20.5%). Other parties entering the German parliament are the neo-liberal FDP (10.7%), the Left (9.2%), and the Greens (8.9%). Unlike the old Nazis who called[Read More…]

by September 27, 2017 World
How Trump Propaganda Works

How Trump Propaganda Works

John Pilger may certainly be correct in arguing that “Trump is not the Issue” but the way the latter’s propaganda works certainly is. Trump undoubtedly values the propagandistic role in domination and oppression and the fact that it helps obscuring the narratives that explaindomination and oppression.[i] Trump is a master of domination and oppression and his recently acquired power demands[Read More…]

by February 3, 2017 World