Penser le travail

J’ai failli effacer le mail m’informant de la
conférence de Christophe Dejours sur “Réenchanter le travail, une urgence politique”.

J’ai regardé la vidéo.
Puis j’ai eu envie d’assister à la conférence.
Pour finir, j’ai été chargé d’écrire le Thema du woxx de cette semaine sur ce sujet.

Dans ce passage, il analyse la manière dont sont mises en oeuvre les transformations du monde du travail.

Brillant ! Il ne réchigne pas à critiquer les pratiques du monde scientifique et même son propre comportement.

Pour en savoir plus sur sa critique de l’évaluation individuelle des performances, voir les parties 6 et 7.

Psychologie, philosophie, politique

Je précise que c’est la dimension philosophie politique du discours de Christophe Dejours qui m’a séduit, plutôt que son utilité au niveau des luttes syndicales – nécessaires par ailleurs – pour empêcher la dégradation de l’environnement de travail.

Voici l’analyse très inspirée du “sujet des balieues” et de la manière dont l’exclusion conduit à une inversion des valeurs.

Merci à la CSL de l’avoir invité !
Curieux de le voir en live ce soir !

Wie ist die Lage?

Wie mein woxx-Artikel zum “état de la nation” zustande kam

Alle Jahre wieder und jedes Mal anders. Die Rede zur Lage der Nation bietet immer Gelegenheit für einen “Exercice de style”. Vor der Ära Xavier Bettel habe ich so manche Rede von Jean-Claude Juncker analysiert und kommentiert, und nun schreibe ich schon zum dritten Mal über des blau-rosa-grünen Premierministers Ansprache (nach 2014 und 2015).

Le grand carrousel des partis au Marché de Noël. Notez les figurines rouge et bleue, derrière il y en a aussi une verte et une noire...

Le grand carrousel des partis au Marché de Noël.
Notez les figurines rouge et bleue, derrière il y en a aussi une verte et une noire…

Das ist immer ein bisschen stresssig. Dienstags die Rede anhören, Mittwochs schreiben, denn als Regard darf der Artikel nicht zu spät ins Layout gehen. Die grobe Analyse muss recht schnell erstellt sein, am besten gleich nach dem Anhören. Zum Glück war der Text kurz davor vermailt worden, ich saß zuhause vorm Fernseher, Computer auf’m Küchentisch und konnte so Ideen niederschreiben, Bettels Vortragsweise notieren (diesmal nicht viel zu sagen) und gegebenenfalls mündliche Abweichungen festhalten (anders als bei Juncker, kaum welche). Dieses Jahr habe ich auch nicht versucht, die Reaktionen in und außerhalb der Chamber einzuarbeiten, sondern mich auf den Gesichtspunkt des Regierungschefs konzentriert.

Xavier Bettel und die Steuerreform

Dass Bettels Reden nicht so toll sind wie Junckers beste, ist keine wirkliche Neuigkeit. Dass sie, was die Form angeht, so schlecht nun auch wieder nicht sind, gehört aber hervorgehoben. Darüber hinaus gab es dieses Jahr Inhalt zur Genüge. Die Quintessenz der Steuerreform war bekannt. Wie sie Bettel der Nation präsentiert hat, war dagegen leicht überraschend – von der Absicht her lobenswert, doch angesichts der tatsächlichen sozialen Ausgestaltung auch kritikwürdig.

Bestätigt hat sich, was bereits in den beiden Reden zuvor durchschien: Bettel betont viel stärker den Teamgeist als seinerzeit Juncker – mit einer klaren Rangfolge, die dem arithmetischen Gewicht der Partner entspricht: erst blau, dann rosa, und am Ende ein bisschen grün. Ist das gut oder schlecht? Es ist jedenfalls – so meine Ansicht – nicht das größte Problem, das diese Regierung hat.

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 Alles was zählt

Back to the job

I like my job at the woxx, but it’s journalism I love.



Several weeks off the social media… several weeks of very demanding daylong activities. Mainly the woxx coordination.

We don’t have a boss, so each one of the political journalists fulfills the coordination job in turn, usually for three weeks in a row. Three weeks of being the boss? Not really. No commanding the others around. More like cleaning up the mess.

Not a very funny part. But part of the job. Unfortunately, it can make you forget what the real job is about: Have a special look at the world we live in and share it with others. Just my two cent.

Beethoven’s eternal quartet opus 130

Yesterday evening at the Phil’, there was this Cavatina from Beethoven’s opus 130, followed by the “Große Fuge” (yes, the Elias Quartet chose to play it that way). To me, it was a reminder of the shift of timescale that the human mind sometimes stumbles over. As in a quiet song that has been there forever, or an ancient reservoir of wild energy that can be summoned to help achieving great things.

The Elias Quartet: Songs of eternal quietness and wild energy

The Elias Quartet: Songs of eternal quietness and wild energy

That idea of timesacale shift that has been well formulated by my friends from the Bureau of linguistical reality in their definition of the term “Shadowtime”. An idea that is also part of the charm – don’t laugh – of the better Buffy episodes and comics, when instead of slayer kungfu vs. your daily vampire, they are about a timeless evil fought with universal resources of humanness.

I enjoyed the concert. It helped me getting back a sense of purpose, after weeks on duty. Living, thinking, writing.

Review: This changes everything (film)

Trailer burn


Is this a movie you should watch alone, behind your desk, in a DVD or ripped version? Or should you watch it with a group of like-minded people, discussing it afterwards and relating its global thoughts to the local actions taking place where you live? I think it can be good both ways. But yesterday, I deliberately chose the second one.

Glad to have watched it at last, thanks to the people from Luxembourg’s alternative movements who brought it to the Cinémathèque. Having nothing else to do on that Monday evening as well as the prospective to meet some friends was enough to get me there. The latter part worked a bit too well, and I stayed later than intended. But although I missed my last bus and spent an unconfortable night in my sleeping bag at the office, I don’t regret that evening.

A movie against technocracy

First, I can only praise the moviemakers: It’s a pleasant watch, the off voice of Naomi Klein, which runs on a big part of the film, fits well with the images. The rhythm also seems right to me – not a small achievement in a movie that in the first place is a juxtaposition of very different episodes. Also, linking these episodes together is done quite well, although the film does not have a straightforward dramaturgy. To me, many things could have gone wrong with that kind of movie, and the mere fact that I wasn’t bothered by the form of the movie means that it is well crafted.


What about the content? The big surprise was (I haven’t read the book, only stuff about it) that Naomi Klein’s message is not just climate-aided capitalism bashing. From the start, she points to the more general paradigm of machinism, technocracy, Descartes’ dream or whatever you want to call it. That is an approach I would have associated with Charles Eisenstein, who focusses on questioning the storytelling of progress, capitalism and growth that still shapes the political debate. But no, Naomi Klein also insists that this is the wrong story and that we should turn towards indigenous peoples to develop another kind of storytelling: instead of dominating nature as a machine, humans may work together with nature, take from it but also give back, et caetera.

Although I’m not sure how far you should push that logic, I think that point of view is an important part in any critical approach to the world as it is. So this was a good surprise then.

Naomi Klein’s shock avoidance ;-)

Some criticism. The movie never focussed on the contradictions between the various ideas that it introduced. This might suggest to the audience that there are no such contradictions and conflicts. Bad thing. The bashing of the fossil fuel fetichism may be justified, but then, why do we not question the green tech fetichism. After all, solar panels are high tech stuff, and not exactly what is produced in a harmonious interaction with nature. Just think about the metal mining and the energy needed (presumably German or Chinese coal-based electricity) to produce those shiny gadgets. Also, the statements of the movie about China and Germany are a bit rosy to my taste.

Characters - This changes

Then there is the important topic of the traditional fight for social justice – the combination of which with the environmental causes is the main specificity of Naomi Klein’s book. Unfortunately, we are mostly shown the local population fighting against mining, but not the miners themselves, who might lose their jobs. Sure, the Indian wetland inhabitants explain why the industry won’t get them development and how they prefer to keep their links to the land. But what about all the people who do not have something like “their land” to relate to? Let’s not forget that already 50 percent of world inhabitants live in cities. Should we all move back to the countryside? Maybe, but at least I would like to have it discussed.

Green growth, really?

Finally, there’s the monologue of the tar sand worker at the end that gives the author hope. Sure, it’s comforting to hear that those who destroy the earth for a living feel bad about it. But when he explains that there should be a not too fast transition towards green energy, putting the money made with the tar sands to good use, what can we say? Isn’t that thinking of nature as a machine, where you first take the grey part, then the green one? Isn’t that also something that the governemnts from the South are claiming – polluting to get the funds for a green development? And, above all, isn’t that precisely the logic of “green” growth and capitalism – and didn’t we turn to Naomi Klein to hear a different tune? Granted, this is not her speaking. But again, not pointing to the contradictions might give the impression that they don’t matter.

That being said, the movie is able to transmit a lot of not so easily understandable ideas to people that are not ready to read the book (which some say is not an easy read anyway). I myself learned a lot, the stories made me think a lot, so in the end I can only be satisfied with the movie as a whole.

What if its the best chance - This changes FB

Site (book and movie)

Núria Rial unplugged


Nach dem L’Arpeggiata-Konzert in der Philharmonie hatte ich geschrieben:
“Ich [hätte] ihnen hier am liebsten wirklich den Stecker aus dem Verstärker gezogen, um die Verletzlichkeit der Violinklänge und der Stimme wiederzuhaben”. Und einen Wunsch geäußert: “Noch lieber aber würde ich mir anhören, wie Rial, Capezzuto und der harte Kern von L’Arpeggiata Purcell ganz ohne Elektronik interpretieren.” (Was L’Arpeggiata in der Philharmonie mit Alter Musik anstellt und wie aus Purcell Jazz wird)

Heute Abend war die Sopranistin Núria Rial ein weiteres Mal in Luxemburg zu Gast im Rahmen der Rencontres musicales de la Vallée de l’Alzette. Ohne Purcell, ohne Arpeggiata, ohne Capezzuto, in der Steinseler Kirche. Nur Rial, begleitet von Artemandoline, dafür aber völlig unplugged.

Sospiri d’amanti – klassisch und unplugged

Und, wie war’s?
Kein “supreme thrill”, dafür war das Programm zu luftig. Aber: Obwohl die Begleitung der Kantata “Il Giuoco del quadriglio” von Antonio Caldara mir nicht optimal erschien, kam Núria Rials stimmliche Ausdruckskraft mit all ihren Nuancen bei dieser Performance voll zur Geltung. Keine Frage, “Núria unplugged” ist klasse!