“Not much thought is given to the gap between the rich and the poor.” – Ensedler Anzeiger

A hermit in Dielsdorf becomes a prolific author. Richard Bessig’s latest book is devoted to the widening gap between rich and poor.

Victor Kalin

‘I suppose I have cousins ​​in Einsiedeln; But I don’t know.” Richard Bessig, 76, lives in Dielsdorf and says his father of the same name (1918 to 1960) was raised in Uthal, but “immigrated to Zurich” when he was young.

Cross-country skiing in Schwedentritt and in Studen or skiing in Oberiberg would have taken him, Richard Jr., regularly to his ancestral territory in earlier years; But he does not have a special family relationship. “Maybe, that will change with this report,” Bisig says. However, Bisig’s memories of Einsiedeln are not entirely devoid of personal contact: throughout his life he maintained a friendly and familial relationship with his godfather Adolf “Dölf” Birchler (restaurant Burg) and his wife Martha Birchler, who was born in Oechslin.

Five books in six years

Writing, about which this report is about, is one of the hobbies of the younger Richard Bessig. He published his first book only six years ago. The recently released social action thriller Graph vs. Graf is already its fifth title. Tremendous pace. Nor did he seem to be running out of material when he was already contemplating a new subject, the problem of land prices.

“I’m generally better at writing,” Bisig says. This can certainly be related to the content: Richard Bessig has seen a lot in his career. Although the books are fiction and therefore generally valid, their essence is a personal treatment of what has been experienced, for which the author uses all literary liberties. Extensive professional portfolio

Bisig became known far from Dielsdorf as the former managing director of the district hospital in Dielsdorf. Given the upheavals in the healthcare system, he pushed to convert the hospital into an acute neurological rehabilitation facility; The majority of the special purpose municipalities rejected this project, and he immediately resigned. That was in 1995. His career led him to the Ministry of Health in Zurich as Head of Finance. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of a family-owned SME, twice Chairman of the Hospital Board, a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and a political activist in the Green Party of Zurich, of which he was one of the founders. From 1983 to 1991 he held her position in the Cantonal Council.

Bisig retired a few years ago; But as an independent management consultant, the Doctor of Business Administration keeps moving into retirement.

“This makes a book!”

Writing also contributes to this non-retirement. “When I wanted to work from my personal experience with our SME company, I chose the written form.” And in the end, according to Bisig, so many notes were compiled that it “makes a book.” The first “other KMU” was born. Equipping the experiment is also the basis of the second book, “Die Spitalschlusser”. In novel form, Bisig tells the story of a regional hospital in the tension between characters, plans, interests, passions, traditions, and new beginnings. He could also have worked in Insidelin. And now a book on “rich and poor”.

“Putting politics under pressure” Bisig locates “important issues in society” such as climate change, pandemics, the Ukraine war or the “widening gap between rich and poor.” According to the 76-year-old, “very little has been written” on the latter topic. Bisig wants to fill a gap with “Graph vs. Graf”: “My book aims to draw attention to this crisis and, above all, to put pressure on politicians. Even if that might sound daring. Based on reactions to inflation and rising health insurance premiums, you can say You see, this topic is explosive. I think my book will come out in time.” The author did not have to research the topic; She reached him, so to speak: “I can see from my family’s house how its value increases over time. He who has, always has more. But if you have nothing, you have nothing left.” According to Bessig, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening. “which harbor a social and political dynamism; But politicians don’t care much about that.” With Graph vs. Graff, Richard Bisig presents a thrilling social thriller that starts slowly, combines a lot of basic information and ends with an unexpected showdown. A thought-inspiring book.

Richard Bessig. “Chart vs. Graf”, vs. Verlag AG Zurich, ISBN 978-3-909066-27-8. [email protected]

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