Personal DevelopmentAs a young man I was part of the Generation 68 (see the manuscript of my book; in German). I did read some Frankfurt School texts as well as some classic French Surrealism and crazy US Beatnik stuff.
When - as a student - I started part-time work I got more interested in the classic debate between Anarchism (Bakunin) and Communism (Marx).
It became more and more evident that effective political practice needs good theory, a lot of good theory.
To overcome the bad existing theory, which only justified the social circumstances I wanted to change, I had to study existing economic theory (political theory and sociology seemed to be of minor scientific standing).
Following my interpretation of Hegel, one could only negate a theory if one knows it perfectly - there is no cheap 'alternative way' to avoid knowledge accumulation. So I took the burden of an academic career.
Nevertheless I always tried not to loose the focus of political relevance, as well as some free-wheeling affection for 'useless' artistic activity. Creativity was always the child of two parents, need and muse.
Cornerstones and InitiativesThree theoretical pillars for my political work have to be mentioned: Hegel, Marx, and to a lesser extent Schumpeter. Parallel to my efforts to understand, I also took part in all kinds of progressive student activity,
e.g. organizing the successful resistance against nukes in Austria.
Political Theory as a component of Political Economy
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