Personal Development

As 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 Initiatives

Three 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