IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Ein Literat und die Ökonomie – Enzensbergers An- und Einsichten über Utopien, Kapitalismus und Globalisierung / A Man of Letters and the Economy – Enzensbergers Views and Understanding of Utopias, Capitalism and Globalization


  • Starbatty Joachim

    () (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Nauklerstr. 47, D-72074 Tübingen, Germany)


Though men of letters have a strong impact on public opinion and articulate strong judgments on their economic environment, economic evaluations of those reflections are rather rare. This article analyses the essays of Hans Magnus Enzensberger. It is shown that one cannot distinguish between Marx as the analyst of global capitalism and Marx as the prophet of a new world, as Enzensberger believes. Marx’s understanding of the capitalist world is developed from his deterministic view of history. Further on one cannot distinguish between good, freedom guaranteeing Utopias and bad Utopias, based on collectivistic force; rather all Utopias, abolishing private property as the cause of exploitation, will involve resort to force. Finally it is shown that Enzensberger’s arguments are contradictory. On the one side he sees men bounded to a global capitalism and complains that they have no alternative, and on the other side the social evolution is regarded as unpredictable and forecasts as principally uncertain. His second Statement is an implicit pleading for an open society, which implies decentralized property rights and is therefore anti-socialistic by nature.

Suggested Citation

  • Starbatty Joachim, 2004. "Ein Literat und die Ökonomie – Enzensbergers An- und Einsichten über Utopien, Kapitalismus und Globalisierung / A Man of Letters and the Economy – Enzensbergers Views and Understanding of Utopias, Cap," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 224(1-2), pages 185-197, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:224:y:2004:i:1-2:p:185-197

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Tych, Wlodek & Pedregal, Diego J. & Young, Peter C. & Davies, John, 2002. "An unobserved component model for multi-rate forecasting of telephone call demand: the design of a forecasting support system," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 673-695.
    2. Chung-Ming Kuan, 2006. "Artificial Neural Networks," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 06-A010, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:224:y:2004:i:1-2:p:185-197. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Golla). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.