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Christoph Heuermann: Deutschlands Bildungsblase – unkonventionelle Bildungswege auf dem Vormarsch

Studierte Taxifahrer gab es schon immer. Bald könnte ihre Zahl jedoch noch deutlich ansteigen. Denn überfüllte Hörsääle und Wohnungsnot sind erst der Anfang einer Blasenentwicklung, die nicht mehr aufzuhalten ist. Denn die technologische Entwicklung samt ihren Chancen für Bildung scheint an der Politik völlig vorbeizugehen, die einen höheren Anteil öffentlicher Bildung als notwendig erachtet.

Schöpferische Zerstörung, ein vom Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Joseph Schumpeter geprägter Begriff, wird die Folge sein. Diese bedeutet, dass private Anbieter den Marktanteil der staatlichen Anbieter immer weiter abtrotzen werden, sodass öffentliche Bildung immer weniger nachgefragt werden wird.

Auch 2013 haben mehr als eine halbe Million Erstsemester ihr Studium aufgenommen. Insgesamt gab es damit etwa 2,5 Millionen Studierende in Deutschland, etwa fünfhundert Tausende mehr als noch vor 5 Jahren.

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Christoph Heuermann: Two Nationalisms – Why Pro-liberty Is Not Anti-EU

Freedom for the unconditional Eurosceptics of the far right is merely freedom from Europe. They lack a universal application of liberty since their notion is based on nationality alone. “Freedom for the UK,” Nigel Farage, a prominent Eurosceptic of the UK Independence Party, proclaims, but he means freedom for the British only. For immigrants there is no space on his island.

Secessionist and independence-seeking parties are perfectly legitimate if they seek escape from the concentration of power. However, mostly they only want to shift powers from the supranational level back to the national level. They don’t oppose power per se. Their agenda is nationalist, and their sense of superiority will finally lead to misery. They do not understand the essence of liberty. Thus they oppose supranational institutions like the European Union.

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Christoph Heuermann: Heimatvertrieben – Wenn Kinder ausgewiesen werden

In der Nacht vom 19. auf den 20. Mai klopfte es an der Tür der Familie Osamnova, einer Romafamilie aus Mazedonien, die in Deutschland Asyl gesucht hatte. Das riss sie nicht nur plötzlich aus ihrem Schlaf, sondern Eltern und Kinder auch aus ihrem neuen Leben. Im Bus nach Stuttgart deportiert, sahen sie sich bald im Flieger nach Mazedonien als Teil einer Massenabschiebung. Nicht einmal all ihr Hab und Gut durften sie dabei mitnehmen.

So bedauerlich dieses Einzelschicksal auch ist, sollte es nicht drüber hinwegtäuschen, dass es fast täglich in irgendeiner Stadt Deutschlands passiert. Menschen, die mit gutem Grund aus ihren Heimatländern flüchten, haben in Deutschland kaum eine Lobby. Rechte Parteien machen Stimmung gegen sie, während die Behörden sie lediglich verwalten. Willkommenskultur? Fehlanzeige. Dabei ist jeder Mensch für Deutschland wichtig.

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Christoph Heuermann: Blogging here really caused a profound change in my views about Europe

The European Elections are finished. This column will expire as well. Before it does, I would like to share how my writing here really caused a profound change, both concerning my views about Europe and my own personal activities.

Writing from a more classical liberal perspective, there was, of course, an anti-EU bias to be recognized in my writing. Although Europe always was important for me, I widely considered the EU as an unnecessary evil. In informing myself more about it, my views changed. Although the European Union still is much too big, inefficient and inflexible, it seems to be a necessary evil. Not because of what it claims – like guaranteeing peace. More, because of what advantages it has forgotten to declare – setting into movement the powers of liberty in both economic and social spheres. Liberty is unpopular, especially for a bureaucratic machine in Brussels, this much is to be expected. However, to secure the future of the Union in the face of the rise of far right and leftist parties, this will be the only option – back to the principles which established a strong alliance in Europe.

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Christoph Heuermann: Don’t forget charity! Why we need to take social action to shrink government

Ludwig von Mises, one of the greatest economists in world history, was often criticized for being a social darwinist. His concentration on economic theory and the free-market order did not include anything about helping the poor and weak, critics argue. This conclusion, however, is not valid at all. Quite the contrary, Ludwig von Mises was so inclined in caring for the poor and weak privately  that he simply saw no necessity in writing about it. 

Like Guido Hülsmann showed in his monumental biography about „Ludwig von Mises. The Last Knight of Liberalism“, social care for the community was rooted deep within Mises’ family. His wealthy parents supported various institutions, for example orphanages in their hometown of Lemberg (today Ukraine’s Lwiw). Mises, for sure, would have continued this if he had the resources. Unfortunately, his great commitment for liberty never got him paid much.

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Christoph Heuermann: Has German politics suddenly got interesting?

The European elections are ahead. Only two weeks more and Europe can vote. This time indeed, voting makes more sense in Germany than ever before. The German Constitutional Court decided to abolish the minimum threshold clauses which prevented minority parties from gaining seats in the European Parliament. This will make the Parliament probably more colourful, while voter turnout may increase significantly as well.

However, the political parties have led a highly boring campaign. Their posters are even more meaningless than in national elections. So meaningless, an insurrectionist German satirical party has gained much popularity. „Die Partei“ („The Party“), which is led by the popular TV comedian Martin Sonneborn, makes the march towards the elections much more endurable. Their slogan „Yes to Europe, No to Europe“ teases the monotony of other parties‘ campaigns. Now, without the threshold clause, they have a serious chance to gain seats in the European Parliament. In this case, they already promised to abdicate every week in order to give all their members the possibility to experience the advantages of an EU-politician. They may make watching the debates of the European Parliament a prime time TV event.

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Christoph Heuermann: Why the left is responsible for the rise of the far right

The far right is in ascendance. Although their programmes differ widely, most far right movements are united in their rejection of Europe, immigration, and in their approval of a more traditional type of society. One should not wonder at their rise – the political left have tried everything to avoid this but only ended up encouraging them further with their attempts.

The main difference between European far right parties lies in their economic policies. Those who favour a more free market economy (rare as they are) are generally also much more liberal with regards to civil rights issues. One may even argue whether they fall under the far right category at all, because after all ‘rebels’ like Nigel Farage from UKIP and the Dutch Geert Wilders and his party know about the importance of a free economy.

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