What do libertarians think of qualified immunity?

  • emerald

    Such a reform would actually be nonsense. The upper limits for the number of therapy hours are already problematic; Coming to terms with experiences of violence in childhood usually takes 10 to 20 years, if not longer. And what at first simply looks like depression can certainly include such experiences - but which have been completely suppressed.

    It would make more sense if the therapists, as usual, write an expert opinion for each initial and extension application; when the reviewers not only see paper in front of them, but also people. What else can therapists do other than to apply for the maximum number of hours possible for all patients?

    The psychiatrist Manfred Lütz writes:

    “Serious experts now agree that it would be easy to reduce waiting times from five months to around three weeks. [...]

    The long waiting times are due to the fact that there is no effective control of whether a sick person is sitting with a psychotherapist or a person in a life crisis. When a woman is suddenly abandoned by her husband, it is often worse than severe depression; this is not a disease, but a healthy emotional response to a terrible situation. Such a woman may need a psychological life coach, but in any case no medical treatment at the expense of the solidarity community. [...]

    Psychological psychotherapists do an excellent job, and most of them, of course, treat the really sick. But the system encourages the treatment of healthy people. Ask yourself what you would do if you had the free choice of treating a severely disturbed person for the same fee or a healthy neighbor who, for whatever reason, needs to talk to. "

    www.spiegel.de/ges...det-a-1259159.html

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  • emerald

    [Re]: I have depression too. I've also been taking medication for a few years; had refused for a long time. And they definitely help me.

    Nevertheless, I agree with the author that medication is not needed in every acute mental crisis. After a bad experience, even mentally healthy people get really shitty for a while. The difference between the healthy and the sick lies in the fact that the healthy get up again within one to three months.

    I don't have the impression that the author really wants to take the medication away from sick people. She only asks whether they are not being prescribed too often after all.

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  • emerald

    Better care with psychotherapy does not require more therapists, but more control over who receives a therapy place. Working with mentally healthy people in a life crisis is emotionally much less stressful for therapists than those with actually sick people. Therefore, they quickly offer the healthy a place for therapy and let the sick wait.

    But the problem is also journalists who piss off the psychotherapist lobby. The psychiatrist who treated you knew only too well that it is hardly possible for him to get you a place in therapy quickly. But he could write a prescription. They just want to help.

    www.spiegel.de/ges...det-a-1259159.html

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  • emerald

    Services may not be taxed away? Please.

    For people who are paid according to the tariff or receive less, it is hardly financially worthwhile to have overtime paid out. But what is mainly due to the social security contributions. If the rich would contribute more, performance would also be worthwhile for low-wage earners.

    But whether the FDP has that on its screen when it says something like that? For them, only those employed above the collective bargaining agreement are "top performers" ...

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  • emerald

    No one really wants to be like that? I am afraid so. My stepfather enjoyed showing idealists like me from time to time.

    And the transition from simple ignorance, as you describe it, to sadism is fluid. The wolf called cynicism likes to hide in the sheepskin of realism.

    Inferring from yourself about others is a mistake all humans make from time to time. Unfortunately, just because you want to be progressive, but don't always live up to this ideal, doesn't mean that it applies to everyone.

    I am sad about it. And sometimes angry too.

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  • emerald

    Personally, I still have doubts about how "refined" Scholz actually is. In any case, he does not play a glorious role in clearing up the Cum-Ex affair in Hamburg. That doesn't sound like taking responsibility for your own mistakes.

    And shouldn't tax fraud also be an important issue for a social democratic party? In the end, it comes down to action, not the fine words in the election manifesto.

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    That's true. The book "White Feminism" by the journalist Koa Beck shows impressively how white women of the middle and upper class determine the feminist discourse and declare everything that they are not interested in a "niche topic".

    Poor mothers can no longer put breakfast on the table for their children from the 22nd of each month? Cleaning women in private households work without social security? Are your clients as interested in their concerns as men in the 1950s are in those of their wives? Women of Color can hardly protect themselves from Corona in their job? Who cares?

    But: White women of the middle and upper class suffer from the balancing act between home office and homeschooling? Very important! This has to be discussed at length and width in many articles.

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  • emerald

    Can't we then combine freedom for vaccinated people with better control over who is vaccinated?

    After all, the elderly and people with previous illnesses had to isolate themselves more over the past year than those with a lower corona risk. It would also be a piece of justice if they were able to enjoy freedoms earlier than others - for example the elderly in nursing homes.

    (Disclaimer: I have already been vaccinated once due to a previous illness and have the second appointment at the end of May. But I did not know for a long time that I had an increased risk.)

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  • emerald

    Another problem behind this is the understanding of work in capitalism. According to traditional economic theory, work is an activity that produces something.

    Caring for children does not count as work in the same sense. It is more likely to be seen as a leisure activity for parents, or as a kind of inexhaustible resource. There are historical reasons for this: For a long time, the point of view of women was not considered relevant.

    That is why we don't think of work safety to the same extent when it comes to bringing up children and throwing away the household as we do with industrial production. Parents also need breaks and appreciation. If they do not get it, as is the case during the pandemic, to a very extreme extent, then the children will also suffer from it.

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  • emerald

    I can tell you why so many people skip their vaccination appointment at the vaccination center: there is simply no easy way to cancel the proposed appointment. I have just received an appointment confirmation for the local vaccination center (Lower Saxony); there is only a reference to the vaccination hotline 0800 99 88 66 5. But it is decried as constantly overloaded.

    I have no intention of skipping this appointment; but what if someone just has no way of coming? The time slots that I was able to specify when registering on the waiting list (a good two weeks ago) were very rough: weekday and 6 a.m. to sometime noon or noon to 8 or 10 p.m.

    This is a logistical problem for the vaccination centers; because if the people do not come, there may be vaccination doses left over, which then have to be thrown away. What a shame about the valuable vaccine; and the time window in which someone else could have been vaccinated.

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  • emerald

    Why always only lockdowns? As necessary as they are: But the British Corona variant spreads more rapidly in families than the wild type. So far, relatives have not necessarily been infected; now they almost always are. This means that domestic isolation is not sufficient for multi-person households.

    The Asians have housed infected people in hotels and youth hostels right from the start. This can also reduce the number of infections.

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    Thanks for the reminder. Cynicism is also closer to me than I would like. But it is also just difficult to deal constructively with all the frustration!

    And as far as the CDU is concerned: How about a, shall we say, moderate loss of confidence - which simply keeps you away from the office of Chancellor for two to four legislative periods? It doesn't have to be the failure at the 5 percent hurdle ...

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  • emerald

    "You couldn't foresee the mutations of the virus ..." Yes, yes, the CDU's great excuse; gladly used again and again. Unfortunately, many believe her too. At least the spread of the British mutant was definitely predictable. But to bet on NoCovid or ZeroCovid? Och nööö.

    * Sarcasm on *

    We'd rather give in to the demands of the economy to open up, and then bless the world with a dangerous German Corona variant if the incidence in this country is sufficiently high. Then no other country on earth will allow more Germans into the country; that is certainly optimal for the development of the German economy.

    * Sarcasm off *

    And confidence? Yes, yes, I have. In September there are federal elections, and for the first time in a long time it looks as if we might be able to drive the CDU out of the office of Chancellor ...

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  • emerald

    I also tend to be skeptical about the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccinations. After all, corona infections also trigger thrombosis. Wouldn't it also be possible not to inoculate the one batch in question at the moment in which the cases occurred?

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    Yes, yes, the K question in the Union ... Laschet is not to be envied.

    Maybe he'll bring Friedrich Merz back out of his mind after all? Or is there even a woman? They're always good to clean up when the men screw it up ... aren't they? * grim throat *

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  • emerald

    But we shouldn't just look at intensive care units and deaths. In the meantime, a new study has shown that 30% of all infected people (!) Still have symptoms nine months later. This is a new dimension; before that there was talk of 10%.

    And it is not yet clear whether vaccinations protect against long covid.

    www.theguardian.co ... vid-health-answers

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    Robert Jackall describes in "Moral Mazes. The World of Corporate Managers" the thinking in the boardrooms of such dodgy companies. It should also be familiar to successful CDU / CSU students.

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  • emerald

    Oh how beautiful. So on www.impfportal-niedersachsen.de/ I just entered postcodes of different cities in Lower Saxony. Then I made myself 79 years old by entering an incorrect date of birth. It was not possible to register on the waiting list - certainly not to make an appointment immediately.

    It wasn't until I set my age to 80 that the "Next" box lit up on the website. (Of course I didn't click on it anymore.)

    I'm under 65, but priority group 2 due to previous illnesses. I don't see any options for registration. And with the telephone hotline there is no way of getting through anyway.

    See also this article about the difficulties people with pre-existing conditions have in getting vaccination appointments:

    www.braunschweiger ... en-vaccination appointment.html

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  • emerald

    There is another difference between garden and hardware stores and hairdressers: With the former, I can pre-order the goods online and then pick them up in front of the market. It's a bit more difficult when washing your hair.

    Another possibility to relax without too much risk of infection would be walks or meetings outside with e.g. up to five people; but only with (possibly medical) masks. How was that saying about the weather and the clothes?

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  • emerald

    The effects of the vaccinations can of course show up in the decrease in the number of deaths. Presumably, however, it is also due to the fact that the wave of deaths lags behind that of new infections by three to four weeks. And the third wave isn't that old yet.

    It could look different in a week or two.

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  • emerald

    First release the vaccine for groups two and three, not all at once. Only when many of the groups refuse, we can release the material for everyone.

    General practitioners know who belongs to which group; give them the vaccine. And if, like the one from Biontech, it is difficult to draw up in syringes, so that the staff first needs further training - then the vaccination centers should provide the doctors with the finished syringes.

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  • emerald

    I quote from: Soraya Chemaly, Speak Out. The power of female anger, Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2020, page 279:

    "When #MeToo makes men feel vulnerable, alarmed, insecure or scared because women finally shout out to the world that they have had enough, I can only say: Good. If they ask themselves whether every word, every one Action against them could be used - welcome to our reality. If they fear that every little mistake will be misunderstood and blamed collectively on all men - congratulations, now you are honorary members of the women's club. "

    That’s how women have been with men for a long time.

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  • emerald

    Why not just give the unused AstraZeneca vaccine to general practitioners? They can at least know who belongs to priority groups two and three due to previous illnesses. And they can also inoculate the substance because it does not have to be strongly cooled.

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  • emerald

    [Re]: The word "race" implies that people belong to a certain group due to unchanging, biological characteristics. This is proven to be wrong.

    The word "racism", on the other hand, describes a very real power relationship between different groups. It shapes how we think and act, whether we want it or not. So there have to be words to describe this problem - there is no other way to solve problems.

    How about using the phrase "on the basis of racist attributions" for the legal text? He makes it clear that these are only constructs in our heads, not biological facts.

    The word "reasons" has something legitimizing in itself, which I find inappropriate here.

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  • emerald

    At Aldi Nord I saw FFP2 masks for one euro each. They are available individually.

    I wonder, however, whether the television stations could not send explanatory videos immediately after the evening news about how to correctly adapt the masks to your own face. Especially when it comes to the nose, some still fail. Maybe some don't even want to know?

    Since the elastic bands on my masks were too long to fit over my ears, I manipulated them a little: cut them through, knotted a loop on one side, and tied a piece of thin multi-purpose rope from the hardware store on the other. Wool or packaging tape do the same.

    At the other end of the rope a slightly bent paper clip is tied. The rope is then around the back of the head and the paper clip through the loop. Repeat the same for an appropriate fastening around the back of the neck.

    And as for the cloth masks: I'm not throwing them away! After Corona, they are still good for flu prophylaxis. If that should happen at some point, "after Corona", in the face of the mutations ... Certainly only after the vaccine licenses have been forcibly released worldwide ...

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  • emerald

    And in Bavaria, according to Söder, an FFP2 mask is mandatory from Monday when shopping and in local transport:

    www.spiegel.de/pol...-b40d-293f5ed5b9ea

    Surely meant nicely; but sounds to me like a curfew for Hartz VI recipients and disability pensioners. A piece of the parts costs several euros. And then maybe you should only wear it once? I beg your pardon?!

    As much as I am in favor of wearing masks, fabric masks are available virtually free of charge to anyone who can sew and has a few scraps of fabric at home. Politicians must also enable people to wear an FFP2 mask if they want to introduce something like this.

    It would be better to work from home.

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  • emerald

    Couldn't the changeover model also be organized with short lessons and learning sponsorships? Short hours of 20-25 minutes, i.e. one Corona ventilation interval each time. For one half of the class in the morning, the other half in the afternoon.

    For this purpose, the students form teams of two, in which they do their homework together by phone, Whatsapp, Zoom, etc. One person each with good grades in the respective subject and one with poorer grades so that they can help each other.

    Then pupils from uneducated families will also have support, and all of them will have classroom teaching every day. From the 5th grade onwards, the children should be independent enough that this can work.

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  • emerald

    Bundesliga with spectators has been back for a month now. And since then, the number of cases (and the rate of positive tests) has been clearly increasing. Is there a connection?

    de.wikipedia.org/w...sitiver_Erresults

    A visit to the stadium is not a visit to the theater. You hug, yell and not only cheer on your team with silent gestures. Even if there is a lot of fresh air in the stadium - is that enough, in combination with masks, to protect against infection?

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  • emerald

    [Re]: What kind of a zero argument is that? That can happen to you with any crime.

    Note: It is almost the definition of privilege to be able to ignore the sensitivity and the limits of the less privileged with impunity. Do you seriously think women can trample on men's needs as much as men trample on women?

    You can't. At least not if they care about their physical integrity.

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  • emerald

    Attention! Vacuum cleaner bags are not suitable for making corona masks!

    They contain powder that is harmful to health if inhaled!

    In addition, the paper is quite stiff and can prevent the mask from fitting properly. If the aerosols find their way past the side of the mask, the extra filter is unfortunately of no use.

    www.stuttgarter-na ...- 3ce2d92952fb.html

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    "What is the purpose of all the research and thinking, digging, weighing and commenting when tens of thousands of people in the middle of the pandemic band together without face masks."

    Well, with a view to the USA, I would say: It could be a lot more. There could also be so many that they elect someone like Trump as Chancellor. Perhaps many more people would then find QAnon's destructively subversive questions interesting.

    I do think that the TAZ helped to shift the discourse further to the left. I might not even know about Black Lives Matter without journalists. And I probably wouldn't have got used to the gender asterisks without them. You won't find consistent criticism of social inequality in every newspaper.

    After all, many also pay a monthly fee for the online TAZ, although they don't have to. Although they got the lyrics that way. Since it seems to be producing a certain added value.

    I agree with the previous speaker: Carry on!

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  • emerald

    You have forgotten one point of view: that of the Anglo-Saxons. They decided a few hundred years ago that they would only use you. Today the old you only appears in historical texts and sounds completely out of date: for example "Thou shalt not kill" in the Ten Commandments.

    www.anglistik.uni -... you / thou _-_ you.pdf

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  • emerald

    [Re]: Wait, the article is talking about neoliberalism, not liberalism. The success of libertarian thinking has led to the aforementioned crisis of meaning; Liberal is something else.

    Libertarian thinking sees people exclusively as individuals.If this is unsuccessful in life due to structural injustices, it is your own fault.

    Liberalism sees people both as individuals and as part of a collective.

    Incidentally, the criminal regimes are based on an image of man in which hierarchies are natural and not all people are equal. Not necessarily on a collective basis.

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    [Re]: I think the term "discipline" is exaggerated here. According to www.wortbedeutung.info/ma%C3%9Fregel/

    the term is mainly used in hierarchical relationships, e.g. when parents rebuke and punish their children.

    However, these are leaders of a movement who are publicly criticized by members of the grassroots. This is something else. The balance of power is reversed.

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  • emerald

    Why do we still call the activity that Amo carried out as a child and adolescent "chambermaid"? "Valet" would describe them well, and wouldn't be so racist.

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  • emerald

    [Re]: Here you can find more detailed information on why the BGE is so difficult to implement: wipo.verdi.de/++fi...Grundeinkommen.pdf

    Since I am still enthusiastic about the idea despite all the difficulties, I advocate a middle way between the neoliberal and the social variant of the UBI: as high as possible, as low as affordable. Even 200-300 euros is more than nothing. We can always increase the amount later if the experience is good.

    In any case, the BGE must be supplemented by a sensitive special tax for companies that are not bound by collective bargaining agreements. Otherwise the UBI will only put people under pressure to take badly paid work.

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  • emerald

    There may also be a connection here with increasing social inequality. The more unequal a society is, the less empathy its members feel for those who do not belong to their group / social class / etc. belong.

    Politically, this is reflected in populism. In sport, on the other hand, people may find a taste for "annihilating" their opponents.

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  • emerald

    Even if an article about Corona and school would be too lengthy: Questioning the performance society and praising laziness are worthwhile. The many sick leave due to burn-out show it: Even the economy would be better off if fewer people were sick in the long term.

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  • emerald

    If white cabaret artists want to do good satire about racism, it takes a lot of tact. At least colleagues from the affected groups should also be on stage. An example:

    White cabaret artist speaks out about sexism from men and emphasizes how cosmopolitan, liberal and progressive she is. Appearance of a black colleague, for example in the role of a passerby. Short small talk between the two of them, during which the former quickly begins to ruffle her colleague's hair without being asked and to let go of other everyday racist tips. Departure of the white cabaret artist. Then your black colleague is given at least as much space to drag them through the cocoa.

    For me, that would be an example of cabaret that names and effectively criticizes everyday white racism. In this way, white satirists could also respectfully participate in the debate. In any case, I believe that the use of anti-Semitic clichés without the participation of Jewish colleagues on an equal footing is hardly feasible. The same applies to LGBTIQ * and other marginalized groups.

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  • emerald

    In the Corona crisis, those countries that had a woman at the top have done best so far. www.theguardian.co ...- 19-says-ecb-chief

    The CDU will definitely put up a man. Why then does the SPD not consciously set up a woman? Who says that the corona crisis will be over by the time the federal elections take place? And even if: there will always be crises.

    Personally, I would like to have more choices than just (middle) old white men. Incidentally, a person of color would also be an alternative.

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  • emerald

    As long as you're wearing a mask while venting off steam, that's okay. Why do you have the impression that it doesn't fit through cloth masks?

    Or would you prefer to live in the USA? There are many more mask refusers with whom you can party and get Corona. The latter even several times, the immunity after surviving infection does not last long. You may even be one of those who won't get rid of the infection for months ... www.theguardian.co ...- recovery-symptoms

    Or you might get a nice stroke and be paralyzed on one side. I've seen people like that in a rehab clinic; they didn't look happy.

    Or do you not believe in Corona at all? Not all of the Woodstockers in Hasenheide believe that this is more than scare tactics. Do you like them too?

    What do you think of the question why we have a government at all? Personally, I agree with Kant: Because a right is defined as the power to force. Therefore, judges, for example, have the right to send rapists to prison if the act can be proven. The right to life and physical integrity is just more important than some of the ways people find to let off steam. (Note: I don't want to equate rapists with maskless partiers.)

    If, however, you have the impression that your personal vapor does not pass through cloth masks, then psychotherapists can help you to find ways of releasing pressure in accordance with infection protection. Completely individual.

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  • emerald

    You seem to know people who have to "let off steam" every now and then. Maybe you could talk to them about the creative possibilities there are to let the pig out in a pandemic-friendly way. There are definitely options. (All I can think of is exercise, but that's probably too boring for some.)

    In any case, I can't imagine that there aren't any. Then you could advertise here in the taz to give these strategies a try. It goes without saying that there has to be a pressure relief valve.

    And as far as "reason" is concerned, about which I like to talk about Kant from time to time: Kant uses the term very differently than we do today. For him it is the ability to grasp ideas like justice and meaning. Not accepting "that's the way the world is", but looking for ways in which life could make sense in spite of everything. Even in times of Corona with an intense, individual urge to let go of the pig.

    In no case should we confuse common sense with a dull "don't drink so much cola, it's unhealthy" - superego voice. Reason is something completely different.

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  • emerald

    Scientists in the Netherlands have also found that a lack of vitamin K makes corona infections dangerous. www.theguardian.co ... rus-study-suggests

    The vitamin is found in hard cheese (e.g. Parmesan) and blue cheese (e.g. Bavaria blu), but also in green vegetables (spinach, broccoli), eggs and blueberries. People who do not take blood-thinning medication can also use appropriate dietary supplements.

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  • emerald

    It depends on how we define the concept of freedom. Libertarians see it as the right to do whatever comes to mind. Regardless of the consequences.

    With Kant, on the other hand, freedom is inconceivable without rules. Except that reason itself determines the rules, not some super-ego, traditions, conservative “family values” or whatever I know. The categorical imperative becomes a constitution, according to which we determine the rules of morality ourselves today! This is where our autonomy as humans lies.

    Only when we observe the categorical imperative, i.e. consider all (!) People as an end in themselves, do we really become free. Because then the opinion of the boss or the family patriarch no longer determines what is going on; then suddenly there is a real counterweight to their position.

    Source: Tim Henning, Kants Ethik, Reclam Verlag, approx. 6 euros

    Oh, by the way: It is part of the nature of ideals that they contradict lived reality. Your goal is not to reproduce them, but to point beyond them. To set a goal, even if we will never achieve it perfectly. Ideals are like the horizon: we can move towards them. We'll never get there.

    Source: Susan Neiman, Moral Clarity. Guide for adult idealists

    As whites, we must keep in mind that privileged groups generally find it difficult to admit their sensitivity to members of less privileged groups. It's not just blacks who complain about this. Even German Jews have to hear from their non-Jewish friends here that they should get a thicker skin if they complain about everyday anti-Semitism. www.zeit.de/2019/4...nd/komplettansicht

    That does not work like this. At least not if all people are to be ends in themselves.

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    [Re]: Unfortunately, the system cut off the rest of my answer.

    However, if the above question signals to people that they do not belong, it violates their dignity.

    So it makes a difference whether BPoC accuse me, as a white person, of everyday racism, or whether they consider me to be right-wing radical or extreme.

    6. As for original sin, evil is a very real part of this world. Mainly it is thoughtlessness. Anyone who thinks a lot about how their own actions might affect others is by no means immune to acting immorally. Chances are, however, that this person will do less evil than one who just lives.

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  • emerald

    1. There are women who hold steadfast to Donald Trump. But that doesn't mean that Trump isn't misogynistic. So if a refugee from a small Anatolian town can't see everyday white racism, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    2. There are many different forms of disadvantage. People can be precariously employed, of color, women, non-straight, poor, disabled or whatever. Almost everyone belongs to some privileged group.But that does not mean that we cannot be disadvantaged in other areas as well.

    3. Not everyone who is angry about some form of disadvantage is stuck in the role of victim. On the contrary, developing anger and learning to express it constructively is an essential step out of the role of victim.

    Nobody claims that victims of violence and disadvantage automatically rent the truth for themselves. The aim of the focus ‘on victims of violence and disadvantage is to work towards reducing the number of victims. People not only deserve not to be raped; they also deserve to be respected.

    Do I now have to argue in detail why I believe that all people are worth the same? Or is the assertion enough?

    4. People have different levels of sensitivity. Insensitive people belonging to a disadvantaged group may not even notice microaggressions against themselves. But that doesn't mean that these aren't burdensome for sensitive people. It goes without saying that it is the sensitive who fight against discrimination.

    5. People of Color make a clear distinction between violent racism and everyday racism. Not every “where are you from?” Question is racist. It depends on the context in which it is put, and that is often subtly (!) Racist. Belonging to a group is a deep human need. If the gen

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      [Re]: Unfortunately, the system cut off the rest of my answer.

      However, if the above question signals to people that they do not belong, it violates their dignity.

      So it makes a difference whether BPoC accuse me, as a white person, of everyday racism, or whether they consider me to be right-wing radical or extreme.

      6. As for original sin, evil is a very real part of this world. Mainly it is thoughtlessness. Anyone who thinks a lot about how their own actions might affect others is by no means immune to acting immorally. Chances are, however, that this person will do less evil than one who just lives.

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  • emerald

    [Re]: "Unable to work" in the sense of "no longer able to earn a living". So permanently dependent on social benefits. And because they are probably not particularly abundant everywhere: life in dignity is not an option.

    The course of SARS was significantly more severe than Covid-19; but the current virus is far more contagious. That makes it more dangerous than SARS because a small percentage of millions of people are more than quite a few out of a few thousand. de.wikipedia.org/w...Pandemie_2002/2003

    You are also welcome to google the term excess mortality. Here are two examples: www.aerzteblatt.de ... fall-an-COVID-19

    www.destatis.de/DE...-sterbefaelle.html

    Incidentally, the current coronavirus does not only affect the lungs. Severe strokes also occur again and again, even in comparatively young people. Do you feel like suddenly being paralyzed on one side? I've seen people in a rehab clinic before. They didn't look happy.

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  • emerald

    I beg your pardon? I absolutely cannot understand why you are releasing the government from responsibility here so completely.

    It is clearly the task of politics, for example, to regulate auditors in such a way that they can rely on the audited balance sheets. Their liability in the event of damage is limited to a few ridiculous billions; Peanuts compared to the amount of air bookings at Wirecard. And consultancy and auditing are not economically separated at these companies.

    And why is there a financial supervisory authority at all if it does not have enough staff to check balance sheets itself? At the latest when there are rumors of fraud in the press? Why shouldn't the state be a second safety net for investors and banks?

    Why should the responsibility for this rest solely with the private sector? The fact that companies pay their auditors makes the system susceptible to corruption anyway; no matter how we turn things around. There should definitely be independent inspectors who then report directly to the finance minister.

    What do we have a government for if not to regulate the economy in such a way that you can rely on balance sheets ?!

    Who is neoliberal here? I think it's more like you.

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  • emerald

    I think it would be better for the author than your energetic greetings to say that you want to stand up against racism yourself now. That you contradict even stupid sayings, even if you annoy your friends and colleagues with it. Racism requires contradiction, no energy greetings!

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    [Re]: I can't find anything like that on the Frankfurter Rundschau website. Fake news?

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    Wouldn't it be enough to ban or restrict the serving of alcohol instead of closing all bars? Corona prevention requires sensible action; however, excessive alcohol consumption limits the ability to do so. Then people can still dance to loud music, but they probably don't pose as much disease risk anymore. Are there non-alcoholic cocktails ...

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    [Re]: This mainly includes racism. Because he tells the whites with no money: Look, you are one of them. You are one of the "right ones". We also give you a little more than the others, really!

    And then the rich white men give so much to the poor white men that they give up solidarity with other marginalized people. But not a bit more either. This is important to note: you don’t give a little more!

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    As far as the payment of systemically important employees is concerned, a penalty tax would be much more effective for companies that are not bound by collective bargaining agreements. Because if wages and salaries rise with increasing collective bargaining coverage, the income of the social security funds also increases. And then nursing staff can also be paid better.

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    "[...] also recognize those who benefit most from the given circumstances."

    No, the other way around: those who suffer the least from the circumstances. Socio-economic research has long since shown that the quality of life of the rich is also suffering from increasing inequality!

    Because even among them there are massive inequalities and corresponding status pressure. It also has a negative impact on their health, and much more. Corresponding activism is therefore in the well-understood self-interest of the rich.

    Source: Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett: Equality. Why Just Societies Are Better For All, Haffmans & Tolkemitt 2016; 12.95 Euro (D)

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    [Re]: The difference between Corona and the climate crisis is that with Corona some things are still uncertain and therefore rightly controversial. As for climate, science is at least two decades past this stage. It has simply been proven in the meantime: They are man-made greenhouse gases. Point.

    And if we want to keep the planet, our island in space, worth living in, then we urgently have to do something.

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    [Re]: Or the shouting in the debate about speed limits on the autobahn. "Free travel for free citizens," coughs. Fortunately, that is slowly becoming less.

    After all, speeders not only endanger themselves, but also others.

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    [Re]: Unfortunately, what you are describing is not a consideration. People who know that they have Corona then stay completely at home. They have food deliveries placed in front of the door and expressly do not accept them personally.

    The purpose of the masks is to prevent me from infecting others if I have Corona and don't know anything about it. You infect others two days before you develop symptoms. And it has long been proven that many never show symptoms and still infect others.

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    Then we should add that of the "rich white man" to the already familiar terms of middle-aged or old white men. The wealth of this world is known to be concentrated in the hands of white men.

    And if you have all of these three characteristics, our society almost automatically grants you a high level of self-confidence. Everyone else has to fight a lot more to acquire one.

    The new term would characterize these relationships in a catchy way.

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    For almost two weeks now, many white people have been talking about a contribution from a Person of Color. What is the author saying about all the fuss? That would be interesting. After all, she clearly did not equate the police with rubbish, but asked where former police officers can earn their bread, under the very theoretical assumption that the police will be abolished.

    In my opinion, the following post is very good: www.spiegel.de/kul...-a6d6-ce8fffc3f3ea

    The author also refers to three other interesting analyzes on the subject. Look for the names Hugendick, Stefanowitsch and Kiyak in the linked text.

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    [Re]: Unfortunately, I can only partially agree with you. Of course, the facts count, and anti-Semitism is nowhere acceptable. With the Shoah, however, perspective also counts: We Germans are descendants of the perpetrators. For us, therefore, the principle applies that we must emphasize the uniqueness of this crime against humanity. Anything else would be a denial of our responsibility. It is also true that the descendants of the victims determine when the topic is discussed, and precisely not us.

    The opposite principle applies to Jews: they should emphasize the universality of genocide. Otherwise there is a risk that they will stylize themselves unilaterally as victims and overlook their own violent racism; e.g. towards the Palestinians.

    People from the global south have a certain freedom of fools in this regard. Not every statement made by them that refers to the universality of the Shoah is automatically anti-Semitic.Because the rules that apply to the offender's descendants do not necessarily apply to everyone else as well. Mbembe is clearly not a German, he does not live in Germany and has no plans to do so. We must therefore consider his statements in their context.

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    How about a penalty tax for companies that are not bound by collective bargaining agreements? It should be so high that the tariff exit is simply no longer worthwhile. In addition to a wealth tax, this could help cover the costs of the corona crisis.

    And it would show rich white men like Mr Thiel that it's not just his concerns that count. The vast majority of top performers in our society are paid very poorly.

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    Whites should also think about how to show up for demonstrations like the weekend ones. Due to the experience of racism and the stress it causes, people of color are more often affected by previous illnesses and are therefore more at risk from Corona. White people who appear at such a demo without a mask and chant chants seem somehow hypocritical.

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    [Re]: Incidentally, I have read that blacks and other minorities, due to their disadvantages in society, have to struggle more often with previous illnesses anyway.

    I find it just hypocritical when whites go to a demo like this without a mask and chant chants during a pandemic.

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    I think the new protests are wonderful. But what still makes me angry are the reports of people who appear on such demos without a mask. "All lives matter" also means: the life and health of old people and those with previous illnesses also count. Both is important. We urgently need to think about anti-racism and corona protective measures together. Both are based on the same principle: that all people are worth just as much.

    www.spiegel.de/pol...-bae7-c63204a0ef7d

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      [Re]: Incidentally, I have read that blacks and other minorities, due to their disadvantages in society, have to struggle more often with previous illnesses anyway.

      I find it just hypocritical when whites go to a demo like this without a mask and chant chants during a pandemic.

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    [Re]: You may contribute, but we must not reduce the problem to that. If we significantly reduce social inequality, then racial discrimination may also decrease as a result.

    But that's not enough: People of Color are worth just as much as whites. The problem is only solved when they have exactly the same chances of success in life as whites. And that's only the case when it's no longer worth the headline that one of them has risen to a top position in government or business.

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    What I especially don't understand is that there should be no mouthguard compulsory in classrooms. We are just learning that aerosols also play a major role in corona transmission; and they are especially dangerous in closed rooms because they are not blown away by the wind.

    Even a minimum distance of 1.5 meters does not help much, and more will certainly not be possible in classrooms. Even if you pay close attention to symptoms - especially in children and adolescents, there will be many asymptomatic courses that still endanger their teachers.

    And as far as the oral Abitur exams are concerned: Can't they also be held via video conference? Well, the examinees would have to appear at the school, and at least one assessor would have to be on site to ensure that they do not cheat. But examiners could easily be switched on via computer.

    Personally, I think that everyone outside of their own four walls should wear face masks. At least it should be compulsory in all closed rooms, and that also applies to schools. I cannot say whether this can be achieved with day care children. But six-year-olds are old enough to at least begin to understand their own responsibility for the health of their fellow human beings.

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    [Re]: On the contrary, the article holds up a mirror to those who can only recognize hardness as an acceptable management style and brand anything but weakness. It indirectly shows the weakness that lies behind such a position.

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    [Re]: Huh? "You brave people"? Why should women only be responsible for advancing “us all”? That is also the job of men!

    Once I was sitting in public with a couple of acquaintances. Perhaps ten or twenty yards away there was another group, including a couple. She was lying on her stomach, he was sitting on her bum and was massaging her back. Everyone seemed relaxed, no doubt that this was done by mutual agreement.

    When one of my group looked around and noticed the couple, he immediately asked, emphatically and in the most natural way, whether the two were acting in mutual agreement. The young man answered first, laughing, and affirmed. My friend was not satisfied with that and asked again, just as firmly. Only when the young woman clearly said yes was he ready to turn to us again.

    From his tone and demeanor in the situation it was clear that he would have stepped in immediately if the woman had left the slightest doubt about the consensuality. This is exactly what I see as the task of all progressive men: to show their peers that they simply will not let harassment get away with them.

    Likewise, there is still a lack of men who dare to stand up and say: I screwed up there back then, molested or raped women, but now I know better.

    Why should only women always show courage? Men can do that too, can't they?

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    I love the idea of ​​an unconditional basic income. Unfortunately, Verdi's criticism is not entirely without: wipo.verdi.de/++fi...Grundeinkommen.pdf

    There is even a risk that this will increase social inequality. That is why I have the following compromise proposal:

    The amount of this UBI would be based on the neoliberal variant. Principle: As high as possible, as low as affordable. If in doubt, we can always increase the amount later, if the experience with it is positive.

    At the same time, however, all previous social benefits remain in place. This also applies to Hartz IV; However, the BGE should not be counted towards the standard rate, but would be paid out in addition. Likewise, of course, all labor market regulations in favor of employees would have to remain in place.

    An additional tax would withdraw the UBI again from all people with higher incomes than a certain limit. Income also includes investment income, rental and lease income and the like, as well as social benefits such as sickness and unemployment benefits

    Annuities and pensions. Those who get less than the limit amount but more than the tax exemption limit pay correspondingly less.

    Wage dumping as a result of a UBI could presumably be avoided if companies that do not pay according to the tariff are obliged to contribute to the costs of a UBI with their own tax that is as high as possible. Courts might then have to clarify whether a company pays its employees according to the correct tariff (e.g. Amazon: logistics instead of retail tariff). This should promote collective bargaining coverage rather than weaken it.

    Further financing options:

    - progressive (!) inheritance taxes

    - progressive wealth tax

    - Significantly higher top tax rate

    - last but not least: a consistent fight against tax fraud

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    They should rather reopen schools and daycare centers as much as possible in order to relieve parents, instead of promising general easing! That is much more urgent.

    What happens if the easing that is now being considered leads to a flare-up of the pandemic? Then families will have to suffer much longer due to the subsequent tightening of security measures.

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    To all commentators who consider the author to be an asshole: Be careful what you write - it could happen to you that you reinforce their theses without wanting to.

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    Hey dude, you could benefit from the basic idea behind feminism :-)

    The fact is that all people are worth the same. They are now slowly reaching the age that our society generally does not see as valuable to its owners. Because no longer productive and such. See the debate: if the old are locked up at home, then the young can go back to work even in corona times.

    You could fight with us feminists for the dignity of all human beings. Or?

    * Smart shit mode off * :-)

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    Doesn't Mr. Ramelow know how badly a second lockdown would hurt the economy? How much would it then cost the state to bail out even more companies? We can lift the distance rules and the obligation to wear a face mask in closed rooms if there is an effective vaccine and 70% of people are vaccinated. But until now it only exists as an idea, not as a substance.

    And how should the police effectively control lockdowns that are different in each county and the distribution of which changes every few weeks? How should the citizens know what applies in all of the surrounding districts? Gosh, I don't think that was thought out.

    I'm so sorry for the Muslims in Hanau that after the serious assassination they can't even celebrate a big church service at the Sugar Festival.

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    So my self-sewn masks don't pinch or leave any marks. When sewing, I used the instructions here from the taz as a guide. I changed them a little and described this in the comments.

    taz.de/Atemschutzm...e-machen/!5673871/

    The masks sit much more comfortably when they are attached around the neck and back of the head instead of the ears. The skin behind the ears is just a lot more sensitive.