Adults for Adults finds it worrying that, more and more often, adults in the EU are being treated like children.
In this regard, the initiative’s core areas of interest are:
Educational policies. Bologna reforms, bureaucratisation and economisation of universities: adults are being treated like little schoolchildren; students, teachers and researchers alike are increasingly subordinated to the principles of compulsion and control. Moreover, sponsoring institutions are being converted into repressive institutions.
On this subject, see the following selection of texts:
- 2008 Der schiefe Turm von Bologna [The Leaning Tower of Bologna], in: Der Standard, 10. 10. 2008, p. 31, Link
- 2009 Ein Aufstand gegen die Kanalisateure des Wissens [An Uprising against the Channelers of Knowledge], in: Der Standard, 30. 10. 2009, p. 35, Link
- 2009 Konzept eines universitären Notprogramms [Concept of an Emergency Programme for Universities], in: Der Standard, 26. 11. 2009, p. 31, Link
- 2010 Der Kampf gegen die Fortentwicklung der Universität zur repressiven Attrappe [The Struggle against the Development of the University into a Repressive Fake], in: Unbedingte Universitäten: Was passiert? Stellungnahmen zur Lage der Universität [Unconditional Universities: What Is Happening? Views on the Situation of the University], Zürich: diaphanes, 2010: 41-53
- 2010 Die Freiheit der Forschung und ihr großer Bruder [Freedom of Research and Its Big Brother], in: Recherche. Zeitung für Wissenschaft [Research. Science Newspaper], No. 4/2010: 12-13
- 2009 „Erhöhter Druck geht auf Kosten der Menschen“ [“Increased Pressure Incurs Costs for Human Beings”]. Conversation in: Der Standard, Unistandard October 2009, p. U4, Link
- (2004) Die Hochschulen im Bologna-Prozess – zwischen neuartiger Ökonomisierung und Politisierung [Universities in the Bologna Process – Caught between Unprecedented Economisation and Politicisation], Link
The politics of instruction and warning. The politics of language. The ethics of obedience. Adults are warned about “adult language” or informed that smoking is dangerous. It is treated as self-evident that no one can be expected to think or act independently any longer. Citizens are to merely obey, and are no longer to think critically. The EU’s form of mass education is working towards what Hannah Arendt called the “Eichmannisation” of society; it contributes to the banality of evil.
- 1996 Eichmann in Jerusalem. Ein Bericht von der Banalität des Bösen [Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil], 6th edition.
Munich, Zürich: Piper
- Ein Hauch von Rauch [A Puff of Smoke], in: Der Standard, 19. 1. 2004, Link
Spreading panic and fostering disunity, pseudo-politics, bio-politics. New dangers are constantly being exaggerated, and panic is constantly being spread among citizens. Their fear and anger are directed against scapegoats within society. The primary purpose of policies is to bully citizens, rather than to prevent the truly destructive forces on the international financial markets from driving large swathes of European society into poverty, unemployment and homelessness. The health of individuals is used as an exploitable resource. In future, if people fall ill, it will be their own fault; the existing principle of solidarity is increasingly being rendered obsolete.
Security policies. Monitoring policies. Destruction of public and private realms. Contempt for the dignity of individuals and for the right to the private sphere. European governments allow foreign security services to examine their citizens even if there is no suspicion of wrongdoing. They also think nothing of subjecting their citizens to degrading security checks, even if there is no risk that might justify such checks, and even if the latter have no real security-related function. For instance, bottles of mineral water are taken away from citizens on the grounds that they could be bombs, and then, moments later, these same bottles are thrown carelessly into buckets, because they probably only contain mineral water.