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MODERN TIMES's critics write about literature
(international political prose, ethical and existential themes, as well as some fiction)
- reviews of around 15 books each month.

Camus The Plague

Pandemics and the free man

DISASTERS: Is there anything to learn from Albert Camus' plague, or is the book hyped up due to the corona pandemic?

Dormant ideological viruses

KORONA: Will a far more favorable ideological virus spread and hopefully infect us, the virus that makes us think of another society, beyond the nation-state, a society that realizes itself as global solidarity and cooperation?

Simply earthlings

Migrant: How hospitable can you expect to be? Those who do not belong anywhere become poets, because they have to invent a new form of world citizenship, writes Alain Badiou.

A dance with words

CRITICISM OF THE CRITICIAN: In The Disintegration of a Critic, a selection of Jill Johnston's personal and special reviews are presented and criticized by other writers and artists.

Creativity, openness, style consciousness, entrepreneurial spirit, empathy and cosmopolitanism

MIDDLE CLASS: Current in these corona times is whether Reckwitz's analysis opens up a restructuring of the economy back to a "real economy" - from the cultural capitalism in which the goods promise consumers symbolic, narrative, aesthetic and ethical experiences.

The value of man in the unemployed society

LIFE: How can we manage to live a meaningful life in a world without work, where everything is automated and education no longer leads to work?
Giordano In the time of infection

In the age of opportunism

VIRUS: An Italian writer and physicist has wrought while the corona iron is hot. But his message is, paradoxically, drowning in the banalities that he believes should depart from mathematical realities.

Obama's loyal advisor

ruthless: Democrat Susan Rice was the United States ambassador to the United States and became a national security adviser. After tough negotiations with Iran, she got an explosive alert case in her lap: Edward Snowden.

Religious notions

SUNNI AND SJIA: The religious contradictions between the two main directions of Islam are not so great. But in conflicts between countries and groups, they are used for everything they are worth.
Think about the children's right to privacy

What happened to the children's right to privacy?

"SHARE THINGS" : Parents share a snapshot of photos and information about their children in social media without considering the long-term consequences, and without the children's consent.
October 1981: This basic support of the Russian submarine is by no means representative of the submarine activity in the Swedish archipelago, where Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States were also active. Despite hundreds of media reports, there is no evidence that Soviet submarines have violated Swedish territory since October 1881, according to US Secretary of Defense Weinberger.

When Sweden was deceived

ENEMY IMAGES: What do we really know about hidden activities, power games and secret submarine operations in Swedish waters?

Thomas Piketty does not settle for a crisis of capitalism

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM: Piketty's latest book is about redistribution and not so much else. There is an awful lot of statistics and some fine literary examples. The hope of green capitalism seems to have completely disappeared.

Open and critical about the work of the CIA

UNDERCOVER: CIA agent Amaryllis Fox developed algorithms that predict terrorism, and tells about the CIA's working methods in its startling and exciting biography.

A sustainable labor movement

OTHER WORLDS? Heavier by the marketing of society and the alienation of man, the question now is: Who constitutes subject one in the struggle for another world?

The nature of man's blind zone

A GOOD NATURE? In the philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen's new book, the environmental problems are a symptom that our thinking is completely wrong. May we perhaps open ourselves to the fact that everything around us is the soul?

The neglected and aging

PHOTO - GRAN CANARIA: The purpose of the book Getaway has been to investigate the Westerner when he or she "enjoys, dreams, escapes and recovers".

The road to true anarchism

Agamben: The archeology of religion, art, politics and capitalism is not a search for any kind of origin - but a search for a foundation that raises past notions with the root.
Neo Black Movement of Africa (NBM) denies a link to Black Ax. Here they show up with a common banner. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Italy's fifth mafia

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Nigerian mafia is smuggling both people and drugs. Threats, violence and voodoo rituals are used to force girls into prostitution.

Worthy and unworthy lives

SIMILARITY: In The Force of Nonviolence, Judith Butler writes that systematic discrimination is the main cause of all violence.

Only ordinary people

EASTERN EUROPE: Thomas Ubbesen and his wife have written a human-like account of the people who lived on the right side of the wall.

In the shadow of Einstein

TRAGICAL FATE: The unreasonable treatment of hopeful scientist Mileva Einstein-Marić continued after her death.

Superficiality is the new dialogue

CONCEPT ART: A concept-oriented micro-art historical work that overestimates the value of art

It is we who are dangerous, not the machines

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A computer can beat you, but strive to see the difference between cats and dogs. Does that mean it's not intelligent?

The oil industry is the root of all evil

MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most devastating industry in the world - the oil industry - the result is an explosive mix.
Namibia. Photo: pixabay

The essence of Africa

Migrations, language families and trade routes: Tore Linné Eriksen's Africa book is a door opener with its many short, thematic stories. But does he succeed in delivering what he promises?