MSSR, Volume 6, edited by Manfred J. Holler, offers a discussion and an analysis of large variety of socio-economic, social and political issues with an historical background. Timo Airaksinen contributes a dialectical approach to pataphysics and pataphors. Referring to Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie and his “Trilogy of Desire” (or “Cowperwood Trilogy”) and Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gloria McMillan demonstrates the effects and consequences of the class gaze. Andreas Pawlas and Florian Follert et al. discuss the interest-ban problem in contemporary Christianity as well its historical background, also in other religions. Emmanouil M.L. Economou offers an analysis of Athen’s “turn to the sea” strategy and the transformation of its economy. Mercantilism and free trade are Dan Rees’ point of departure to study the Chinese opium wars triggered by the UK. In the context of his initiative for a better democracy Peter Emerson reviews the Dutch electoral system.
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