Category Archives: Economics

Two Bakeries, two Countries, two Cultures

Zur deutschen Fassung. Today, at the bakery in Germany: I purchase three pieces of cake. They cost 5 euros and 13 cents. I have 12 cents in coins, otherwise only bills. “That’s not enough,” the bakery lady says with mathematical … Continue reading

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A Postcard from M├ílaga

Zur deutschen Fassung. Outside the town hall, Antonio stands with a sign, no, with several signs against high taxes and levies. Against which ones, I ask. “All of them!” I am probing further and learn that it’s about something like … Continue reading

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Hermit for Hire

Of the name of this blog, the hermit part actually suits me better than the happy part. Or, to be more precise, happiness often depends on hermitness. It’s becoming increasingly harder to become hermity, though, not least because the number … Continue reading

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Spain is already celebrating Christmas today

Zur deutschen Fassung. In many countries, a battle is raging over whether 24 or 25 December is the real Christmas. A battle between capitalists and Christians that is being waged with particular ferocity this year. Some want to die for … Continue reading

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Film Review “Capital in the 21st Century”

I am usually an advocate of reading the book before the movie – or indeed of only reading the book and not spoiling it. But I haven’t yet been in the mood to delve into Thomas Piketty’s 570-page book analyzing … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Minimalism”

Seeing guys with houses, cars and expensive phones talk about minimalism made me laugh. And there’s the minimalist version of my review of “Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things” already. Seriously, though, this is an important subject wasted on … Continue reading

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You can now support my blog on Patreon

Let me send my sincerest regards to you, wherever you are in quarantine, under lockdown or in any other virus-fighting modality, as long as it’s not the one where you deny reality. The good thing about this time is that … Continue reading

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The Asparagus Airlift

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. To fight the Corona virus pandemic, Romania has imposed a very strict curfew, which is being controlled by the police and by the military. Now, the happiest people are those living in the countryside and … Continue reading

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How to become a Millionaire (Quarantine Edition)

One of my more popular posts is the one on how to become a millionaire. It has helped hundreds of readers to fulfill their dream! But what now, in times of the Corona crisis? When we can’t go to work, … Continue reading

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What does the Corona Virus mean for Tourism?

It’s no surprise that a rapidly spreading and rather lethal virus wouldn’t be conducive to tourism. Not enough people were considering the option of using travel as a way to get to safety. Too many believe – often erroneously – … Continue reading

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