Why service in tourist areas is often poor (but not at the Berlin TV Tower)?

Why service at tourist attractions is often that poor? Because to be kind to people you just meet once does not add up. Kindness is an investment in the future. But to most tourist areas people just go once. So because there will be no second decision buying something good service doesn't pay off. That's why service is … Weiterlesen Why service in tourist areas is often poor (but not at the Berlin TV Tower)?

One question to … the Deutsche Bahn: Why do I have to take long distances (and pay for) to board your trains on the right place?

Dear Deutsche Bahn, about 2.000.000 passengers take the Deutsche Bahn every year. Many of them use the reservation system (4,50 Euro each reservation). But where to board at the platform? Because with the reservation you certainly get the information of the waggon number and seat number, but the missing information is, where your waggon stops at … Weiterlesen One question to … the Deutsche Bahn: Why do I have to take long distances (and pay for) to board your trains on the right place?

Splitting divides: The misguided debate about a taxation issue

51 percent of people in Germany are women, but just 17 percent of supervisory boards and 6 percent of executive boards are female. Women in executive positions remain rare in Germany which regularly leads to a debate (at the moment among the Green Party members) about abolishing the splitting income taxation between couples ("Ehegattensplitting"), where the tax is calculated … Weiterlesen Splitting divides: The misguided debate about a taxation issue

The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism

43 years after it was published for the first time, and 25 years after the last update there is a third edition of David D. Friedman's classic 1971 work of libertarianism called "The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism". When I've read this book in the late 1990s it really inspired me. One must … Weiterlesen The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism

"There are more good cars in the ghetto than good schools." David D. Friedman in "The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism" about the popular myth about capitalism oppressing the poor, but the poor - as Friedman says - are worse off in those things provided by government

Should Tipping Be Banned?

Why do you tip a doorman, but not the man behind the corner? - "Should Tipping Be Banned?": I am just listening to one of the most popular podcasts of @Freakonomics - very worth listening: http://freakonomics.com/2013/06/03/should-tipping-be-banned-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/  And, guess what: Good looking, blond, slender and big-breasted women in their 30s get the highest tips.

What liberalism means…

acceptance of conflict, resistance to power, belief in progress and civic respect, says Edmund Fawcett in his book "Liberalism: The Life of an Idea" mentioned by Clive Crook, Bloomberg View columnist. According to Crook this book is very worth reading. I have already sent a sample text (via Amazon) to my iPad. I am excited. Deeplink … Weiterlesen What liberalism means…

How many people who are in work use performance-enhancing drugs in Germany?

How many people who are in work use performance-enhancing drugs in Germany? 2 percent, says the statutory health insurance DAK in a report from 2009 (.pdf), but according to the business newspaper Handelsblatt the broadest study to that topic. The study is mentioned in a long article, published today, about drugs consumed in executive floors in Germany. … Weiterlesen How many people who are in work use performance-enhancing drugs in Germany?