Category Archives: Quotations

What the Regulatory Process Looked Like

I am often going on about ‘regulatory dramas’ or legislative stories from the 1970s or whatnot. In a 1984 presentation, Dieter Drabiniok (a founding member of the German Green Party and was of the first Green politicians to be member … Continue reading

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New Yorker review of MOMA’s 1953 show ‘Ten Automobiles’

Let’s indulge in a little snooty snarkiness of 1950s New York for a moment with the New Yorker‘s review of the now-famous MOMA exhibition “Ten Automobiles’. The show now has a reputation as one of the defining moments in the … Continue reading

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Was sind die Momente, in denen alles komisch scheint?

[Archaïscher Torso Apollos]

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Die Maschine ist kein Motor der Geschichte

Die Maschine ist kein Motor der Geschichte; aber um bestimmte Technologien kristallisieren sich ökonomiche Machtstrukturen, soziale Mentalitäten, technische Communities.¹ Aus Technik in Deutschland von Joachim Radkau. Diese und noch eine aus der selben Seite sind zwei meiner liebsten Zitate über Technologie.

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Ahistorical Analysis: Citroën and Porsche

We have already referred in earlier sections to how different schools of thought on the functioning of the pre-colonial Indian economy correspond fairly closely with different strands in economic thought. This is no coincidence, for each strand within Classical Political … Continue reading

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Posters read at the bottom “WITHOUT AUTO MOBILE” – taken from the official archive of the German Green party, the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung.

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Weimar-Era Autobahn Planning

One engineer […] called for giving up the usual roadside trees used for urban avenues and fruit trees along the side of the road. Instead, functional bushes should be planted, which would allow an unobstructed view and protect the roads … Continue reading

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