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Die Macher hinter den Kulissen

Die Macher hinter den Kulissen

Author: Hermann Ploppa
Publisher: Nomen Verlag
ISBN: 3939816248
Pages: 200
Year: 2015-08-12
"Man kann mehr erreichen, wenn man nicht in der Öffentlichkeit arbeitet." (Beate Lindemann, langjährige Geschäftsführerin der Atlantik-Brücke in Berliner Zeitung 16.1.2003) Laut Umfragen wünschen sich die meisten Deutschen eine sozial ausgewogene Politik und eine Außenpolitik unabhängig von den Großmächten in West und Ost. Trotzdem gerät unsere Sozialpolitik in immer bedenklichere Schieflage und wir werden in immer gefährlichere militärische Abenteuer der USA hineingezogen. In letzter Zeit wird allenthalben über TTIP diskutiert. Jedoch nicht über die Initiatoren von TTIP, ihre Motive, ihre "Philosophie", ihre Strategie und Taktik. Hermann Ploppa zeigt in diesem Buch die diskreten, feinmaschigen Netzwerke oder auch Seilschaften wie Bilderberger oder Atlantikbrücke, die in aller Stille Politik, Wirtschaft, Medien und Wissenschaft durchdrungen haben. Neoliberale Schockstrategen und US-Lobbygruppen arbeiten seit Jahrzehnten in einem Generationen übergreifenden Projekt an der Enteignung und Entmündigung der Bürger mit dem Ziel der Ersetzung demokratisch legitimierter Nationalstaaten durch die exklusive Herrschaft einer selbst erwählten Elite zugunsten der Konzerne bzw. der diese besitzenden Großaktionäre. "There is no Alternative!", sagte Maggie Thatcher dereinst. Doch, sagt Hermann Ploppa, und er deutet im Schlusskapitel an konkreten Beispielen Alternativen einer Dreiteilung der Wirtschaft in genossenschaftlich, öffentlich-rechtlich und privatwirtschaftlich-kapitalistisch an.
Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft

Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft

Author: Roland Mierzwa
Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag
ISBN: 3828871372
Pages: 108
Year: 2018-09-24
Mit den Diskussionen um die Postdemokratie hören in einem gewissen Umfang auch die Gewissheiten auf, wo die Zukunft der Demokratie liegt. Die demokratische Substanz der Gesellschaft ist brüchig geworden – Bürger und Bürgerinnen fragen sich deshalb: Ist die Demokratie in Gefahr? Die Demokratiestudien in diesem Buch zeigen in unterschiedlichen Themenschwerpunkten auf, wo das Potential der Zivilgesellschaft für die Demokratie liegt. Sie sind ein Korrektiv bei der Meinungsbildung, können die repräsentative Demokratie bereichern, erweitern den gesellschaftlichen Diskurs mit alternativen Informationen, sind für das Empowerment stummer und ausgegrenzter Bevölkerungsgruppen bedeutsam und bilden ein Gegengewicht gegenüber zu starker Staats- und Parteihörigkeit im Politikbetrieb. Mit einem Erstarken der Zivilgesellschaft können die Schieflagen in der Postdemokratie möglicherweise aufgearbeitet werden.
Fassadendemokratie und Tiefer Staat

Fassadendemokratie und Tiefer Staat

Author: Jörg Becker, Daniele Ganser, Bernd Hamm, Hansgeorg Hermann, Hannes Hofbauer, Jochen Krautz, Mike Lofgren, Rainer Mausfeld, Hermann Ploppa, Jürgen Rose, Werner Rügemer, Rainer Rupp, Rainer Seidel, Andreas Wehr, Wolf Wetzel, Ernst Wolff
Publisher: Promedia Verlag
ISBN: 3853718558
Pages: 272
Year: 2017-09-07
Immer sichtbarer wird für Beobachter des Zeitgeschehens die schleichende Transformation parlamentarischer Demokratien in Richtung autoritärer Systeme. Organisationen, die sich ausschließlich Kapitalinteressen verpflichtet fühlen, schaffen suprastaatliche Strukturen, die sich der demokratischen Kontrolle entziehen. Vom Volk gewählte politische Repräsentanten sehen sich zu Handlangern der ökonomisch Mächtigen degradiert, viele von ihnen vollziehen den Schulterschluss mit ihnen. Politik im bürgerlichen Staat war zwar schon immer interessengeleitet, neu an der aktuellen Situation ist aber die Tatsache, dass sich die Einflussnahme der Global Player nicht mehr auf die Lobby – die Vorhalle – politischer Institutionen beschränkt, sondern dass Budget-, Finanz-, Sozial- und Umweltpolitik zunehmend auf Konzernrechnern konzipiert und dann nur mehr den einzelnen nationalen Parlamenten zum Absegnen vorgelegt werden. "Das Ende der Demokratie ... wie wir sie kennen" übertitelte der 2015 verstorbene Soziologe Bernd Hamm seinen Beitrag und gab damit den Anstoß für dieses Buch. Die hier versammelten Autoren analysieren seinen Befund aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln. Gemeinsam teilen sie die Überzeugung, dass sich die liberalen Demokratien, wie sie sich seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg herausgebildet haben, im Niedergang befinden. Ihr aktueller Status ist mit dem Begriff der "Fassadendemokratie" passend beschrieben.
2005 - 2017 Deutschlands Verlorene 12 Jahre - Teil 2

2005 - 2017 Deutschlands Verlorene 12 Jahre - Teil 2

Author: Michel Michel
Publisher: tredition
ISBN: 3743955083
Pages: 316
Year: 2017-08-30
Die Jahre 2005 - 2017 hat unsere Gesellschaft verschlafen. Die politische Klasse und die Medien als ihre Gehilfen haben das kritische Denken der Bevölkerung eingelullt. Insbesondere die Mehltaupolitik Angela Merkels verknüpft mit der Botschaft des Wohlbefindens und der Alternativlosigkeit der Personen und der Lösungen hat dazu geführt, dass der politische Diskurs und das kritische Hinterfragen stark nachgelassen haben. Notwendige Reformen wurden gar nicht erst angepackt. Von maroden Verkehrsinfrastrukturen bis zur Gefährdung der Bevölkerung durch mangelnde innere Sicherheit: kein gesellschaftlicher Bereich wurde dabei ausgelassen. Es geht nicht darum, dass Angela Merkel und das politische System alle diese Problembereiche - seien sie struktureller oder grundsätzlicher Art - sofort lösen müssen, sondern vielmehr darum, dass sie erkannt, ausgesprochen und Lösungen angestoßen werden. Angesichts der Beliebigkeit der Standpunkte ohne jegliche feste Überzeugungen wurden grundlegende moralische und ethische Verhaltensweisen stark verändert. Damit wurde schleichend eine Diktatur der Dummen und der Gutmenschen errichtet, die für unsere Gesellschaft schädlich und gefährlich ist. Auch unsere Wirtschaft zeigt unter dem Schleier von Wirtschaftswachstum, Exportüberschüssen und wachsenden Beschäftigtenzahlen strukturelle Probleme, Ermüdung und Sättigung, die die Innovationskraft und die Zukunftsfähigkeit im Zeitalter der digitalen Revolution gefährden. Der Autor hält mit diesem Buch uns allen einen Spiegel vor und appelliert an die Verantwortung jedes Einzelnen für Deutschland.
Personalität in Schule und Lehrerbildung

Personalität in Schule und Lehrerbildung

Author: Edwin Hübner, Leonhard Weiss
Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich
ISBN: 3847410814
Pages: 404
Year: 2017-07-17
Soziale und technologische Veränderungen stellen auch in der Pädagogik scheinbare Sicherheiten in Frage. Welche Bedeutung kommt etwa LehrerInnen in Zeiten digitaler Lernhilfen noch zu? Vor dem Hintergrund von Phänomenen wie sozialer Beschleunigung, Ökonomisierung und Digitalisierung gehen die AutorInnen der Relevanz der Lehrerpersonalität in der pädagogischen Beziehung nach und untersuchen die Voraussetzungen und Möglichkeiten, der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung in der Lehrerbildung. Aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven werden dabei Grundlagen, Aspekte und Möglichkeiten einer personalen Pädagogik skizziert und diskutiert.
The Paradox of German Power

The Paradox of German Power

Author: Hans Kundnani
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190245506
Pages: 160
Year: 2015
Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After nearly seventy years of struggling with the Nazi past, Germans think that they more than anyone have learned its lessons. Above all, what the new Germany thinks it stands for is peace. Germany is unique in this combination of economic assertiveness and military abstinence. So what does it mean to have a "German Europe" in the twenty-first century? In The Paradox of German Power, Hans Kundnani explains how Germany got to where it is now and where it might go in future. He explores German national identity and foreign policy through a series of tensions in German thinking and action: between continuity and change, between "normality" and "abnormality," between economics and politics, and between Europe and the world.
NATO's Secret Armies

NATO's Secret Armies

Author: Daniele Ganser
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135767858
Pages: 336
Year: 2005-06-21
This fascinating new study shows how the CIA and the British secret service, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services, set up a network of clandestine anti-communist armies in Western Europe after World War II. These secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centres in England and in the United States by the Green Berets and SAS Special Forces. The network was armed with explosives, machine guns and high-tech communication equipment hidden in underground bunkers and secret arms caches in forests and mountain meadows. In some countries the secret army linked up with right-wing terrorist who in a secret war engaged in political manipulation, harrassement of left wing parties, massacres, coup d'états and torture. Codenamed 'Gladio' ('the sword'), the Italian secret army was exposed in 1990 by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to the Italian Senate, whereupon the press spoke of "The best kept, and most damaging, political-military secret since World War II" (Observer, 18. November 1990) and observed that "The story seems straight from the pages of a political thriller." (The Times, November 19, 1990). Ever since, so-called 'stay-behind' armies of NATO have also been discovered in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Turkey. They were internationally coordinated by the Pentagon and NATO and had their last known meeting in the NATO-linked Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in October 1990.
Prosperity without Greed

Prosperity without Greed

Author: Sahra Wagenknecht, Andreas Pickel
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593507587
Pages: 267
Year: 2017-05-11
It is time to leave capitalism behind. We live in a system of economic feudalism that has nothing to do with a free market economy. The innovations we need for the solution of our truly important problems are not forthcoming. How can it be that technological developments financed by the taxpayer end up enriching private companies even if their activities violate public interests? We should reward talent and real performance and promote start-ups with good ideas. Based on a clear analysis and concrete proposals, Sahra Wagenknecht launches a discussion on new forms of ownership and sketches the outlines of an innovative and just economy.
Media Control

Media Control

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 160980015X
Pages: 105
Year: 2011-01-04
Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy—one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, "propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state," and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission "succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war-mongering population," to Bush Sr.'s war on Iraq, Chomsky examines how the mass media and public relations industries have been used as propaganda to generate public support for going to war. Chomsky further touches on how the modern public relations industry has been influenced by Walter Lippmann’s theory of "spectator democracy," in which the public is seen as a "bewildered herd" that needs to be directed, not empowered; and how the public relations industry in the United States focuses on "controlling the public mind," and not on informing it. Media Control is an invaluable primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies. From the Audiobook Download edition.
Economy and Society: Selected Writings

Economy and Society: Selected Writings

Author: Karl Polanyi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509523340
Pages: 280
Year: 2018-06-29
Few figures are more crucial to understanding the upheavals of our contemporary era than Karl Polanyi. In a world riven by social and economic crises, from rising inequality to the decay of democratic institutions and profound technological disruption, Polanyi’s path-breaking account of the dynamics of market capitalism and his defence of society and nature against the dangerous tendencies of the market capitalist system are more relevant than ever. This book brings together Polanyi’s most important articles and essays to give a unique selection of his essential shorter writings, mixing classic texts with significant but previously little-known pieces. It highlights the coherence and richness of Polanyi’s theoretical and political approach, making it indispensable for understanding his overarching intellectual contribution. The volume includes his interwar writings, which deal with the world economic crisis and the socialist alternative to conservative and fascist developments; his reflection on political theory and the international situation after the war; and his comparative studies of economic institutions. Polanyi’s political writings are complemented and supported by the critique of economic determinism and what he termed ‘our obsolete market mentality’. This book is an invaluable companion to Polanyi’s masterpiece, The Great Transformation, and an essential resource for students and scholars of political economy, sociology, history and political philosophy.
The Making of Outlander

The Making of Outlander

Author: Tara Bennett
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 1101884169
Pages: 231
Year: 2016
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of the first two seasons of Outlander with this official, fully illustrated companion to the hit Starz television series based on the bestselling novels. It was only a matter of time before Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander saga made the leap from book to hit TV series, and the millions of readers captivated by the epic romance of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser have eagerly followed. Now the must-watch drama has inspired this must-have guide, which reveals that it takes a village (or perhaps a Scottish isle) to bring the breathtaking world of Outlander to life in front of our eyes. Spanning the first two seasons of the Starz network sensation, The Making of Outlander leads readers behind the scenes and straight into the action as cast members, writers, producers, musicians, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more share the many adventures and challenges they face to make this sweeping saga come alive on the screen. In exclusive interviews, the show's stars, including Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), and Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall), discuss the daunting task of embodying some of fiction's most beloved characters--and satisfying the high expectations of devoted Outlander readers. Executive producer and showrunner Ronald D. Moore looks at the inner workings of the writers' room, shares his crew's travels to the authentic overseas locations, and chronicles the brainstorming, building, breakneck pacing, and boundless energy that make everything from the show's architecture to its outfits period-perfect. In addition, the book examines all the Outlander episodes through exclusive interviews with their writers and directors, providing fascinating facts into the making of each hour. Best of all, The Making of Outlander offers a veritable feast of lavish photographs--including an array of images spotlighting the stars in all their characters' grandeur and up-close personal portraits. Featuring an introduction by Diana Gabaldon herself, this magnificent insider's look at the world of the Outlander TV series is the companion all fans will want by their side.
Biography of an Idea

Biography of an Idea

Author: Edward L. Bernays
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497698677
Pages: 857
Year: 2015-04-07
The father of public relations looks back on a landmark life spent shaping trends, preferences, and general opinion A twentieth-century marketing visionary, Edward L. Bernays brilliantly combined mastery of the social sciences with a keen understanding of human psychology to become one of his generation’s most influential social architects. In Biography of an Idea, Bernays traces the formative moments of his career, from his time in the Woodrow Wilson administration as one of the nation’s key wartime propagandists to his consultancy for such corporate giants as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, and Dodge Motors. While working with the American Tobacco Company, Bernays launched his now-infamous Lucky Strike campaign, which effectively ended the long-standing taboo against women smoking in public. With his vast knowledge of the psychology of the masses, Bernays was in great demand, advising high-profile officials and counseling the tastemakers of his generation. His masterful and at times manipulative techniques had longstanding influences on social and political beliefs as well as on cultural trends. Biography of an Idea is a fascinating look at the birth of public relations—an industry that continues to hold sway over American society.
Tower of Basel

Tower of Basel

Author: Adam LeBor
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610392558
Pages: 360
Year: 2013-05-28
Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world's most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers—including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials—Tower of Basel tells the inside story of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS): the central bankers' own bank. Created by the governors of the Bank of England and the Reichsbank in 1930, and protected by an international treaty, the BIS and its assets are legally beyond the reach of any government or jurisdiction. The bank is untouchable. Swiss authorities have no jurisdiction over the bank or its premises. The BIS has just 140 customers but made tax-free profits of 1.17 billion in 2011–2012. Since its creation, the bank has been at the heart of global events but has often gone unnoticed. Under Thomas McKittrick, the bank's American president from 1940–1946, the BIS was open for business throughout the Second World War. The BIS accepted looted Nazi gold, conducted foreign exchange deals for the Reichsbank, and was used by both the Allies and the Axis powers as a secret contact point to keep the channels of international finance open. After 1945 the BIS—still behind the scenes—for decades provided the necessary technical and administrative support for the trans-European currency project, from the first attempts to harmonize exchange rates in the late 1940s to the launch of the Euro in 2002. It now stands at the center of efforts to build a new global financial and regulatory architecture, once again proving that it has the power to shape the financial rules of our world. Yet despite its pivotal role in the financial and political history of the last century and during the economic current crisis, the BIS has remained largely unknown—until now.
Hitler's American Model

Hitler's American Model

Author: James Q. Whitman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400884632
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-02-14
How American race law provided a blueprint for Nazi Germany Nazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? The unsettling answer is yes. In Hitler's American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. Contrary to those who have insisted that there was no meaningful connection between American and German racial repression, Whitman demonstrates that the Nazis took a real, sustained, significant, and revealing interest in American race policies. As Whitman shows, the Nuremberg Laws were crafted in an atmosphere of considerable attention to the precedents American race laws had to offer. German praise for American practices, already found in Hitler's Mein Kampf, was continuous throughout the early 1930s, and the most radical Nazi lawyers were eager advocates of the use of American models. But while Jim Crow segregation was one aspect of American law that appealed to Nazi radicals, it was not the most consequential one. Rather, both American citizenship and antimiscegenation laws proved directly relevant to the two principal Nuremberg Laws—the Citizenship Law and the Blood Law. Whitman looks at the ultimate, ugly irony that when Nazis rejected American practices, it was sometimes not because they found them too enlightened, but too harsh. Indelibly linking American race laws to the shaping of Nazi policies in Germany, Hitler's American Model upends understandings of America's influence on racist practices in the wider world.
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

Author: Dan Kovalik
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510730338
Pages: 199
Year: 2017-06-06
An in-depth look at the decades-long effort to escalate hostilities with Russia and what it portends for the future. Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The Plot to Scapegoat Russia examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things: (1) the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation; and (2) how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises. These revelations, amongst other, make The Plot to Scapegoat Russia one of the timeliest reads of 2017.