"It was a war against an enemy of unspeakable evil. Hitler’s Germany was extending totalitarianism, racism, militarism, and overt aggressive warfare beyond what an already cynical world had experienced. And yet, did the governments conducting this war—England, the United States, the Soviet Union—represent something significantly different, so that their victory would be a blow to imperialism, racism, totalitarianism, militarism, in the world?" http://libcom.org/history/world-war-ii-peoples-war-howard-zinn
“Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people.”
Andrew W. Mellon
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." - General Smedley Butler
"The study of philosophy is conducted along two lines, one concerned with action, the other with pure thought—hence they may be called practical and speculative philosophy, the former dealing with the conduct of life and the establishment of moral standards, the latter concerned with the theory of causation and the nature of absolute truth. Socrates is the type of excellence in practical wisdom, while Pythagoras concentrated on the contemplative, for which he was equipped by his intellectual power."
—Augustine, City of God, VIII, c . 4.
“Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through excessive quantity."
- Nicolaus Copernicus - 1525
I teach economics at the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS) in Brazil.
I was born and grew up in West Germany and obtained my doctorate (along with the post-doctorate degree of Dr. phil. habil. and the venia legendi) in economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
In 2007 I founded the independent think tank "The Continental Economics Institute" (www.continentaleconomics.com).
Before coming to Brazil, I gained experience as an international financial market operator and held various academic positions in Europe and the United States, where I was a Fulbright scholar.
My main research areas beyond macroeconomics are international finance, international political economy, monetary economics (central banking) and
Austrian economics with an emphasis on the dynamics of unexpected change and dispersed knowledge, subject areas which throw me sometimes into metaphysical despair.