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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.

TaskRabbit, Uber, Airbnb and Kitchen Surfing

Platforms: The so-called sharing economy promises freedom to organize one's own working life. Sociologist Alexandrea J. Ravenelle examines the survival conditions of platform workers.

Russia without Putin

RUSSIA: One day Putin will leave the Kremlin - but that will not change anything, writes Tony Wood in his book on power and continuity in today's Russia, in which he attacks several well-known myths.

Linguistic dishes

LANGUAGE AND GENDER: Kübra Gümüşay does a slightly different language dish in Sprache und Sein, where she advocates a new way of perceiving language.

Changing your mind about identity politics can cost you everything

POLICY: American politics is not so much about changing existing policies, but more about appealing to the divisions between peoples.
Himalayas

To combine research, observation, gut feelings and human knowledge

LANGTVEKKISTAN: Erika Fatland has taken the journey across childhood's promised fantasy land that stretches across several national territories.
Back of medal

Contrary to the will of the Nobel

NOBEL PRIZE: Alfred Nobel's will is a document that the executors by law are obliged to follow. Heffermehl documents that the committee appointed by the Norwegian Storting since 1901 has ignored the will.

A people of speculators

HOUSING POLICY: Debate book launches controversial proposals on tax policy, inheritance tax, construction in allotment gardens and in the field boundary to even out economic and social differences.

China as the leader of an ecological civilization

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: The future of the world depends on China taking its environmental commitments seriously

Democracy in French-speaking Africa

SAHEL IN ENGLISH: France has strangely managed to preserve the hegemony over its former colonies, including in the dissemination of knowledge. This book is a much needed exception, which provides the background for understanding the recent coup in Mali.

The moment of freedom

EUROPE: Bjørneboe's black humor is dialectical thinking about the conditions of unsentimental human dignity. It strikes with its cynicism the blue-eyed and decent mass murderers of the usual barbaric moral type. '

“It would is not over. Long live what it would be! ”

NATURE: The attempt to control nature's wildness locally has created uncontrolled effects globally. Do we have to freeze and sweat more in the future, or is civilization far wilder?

The art of keeping the people down

THE AUTHORITY: Authoritarian leaders only follow the Constitution as long as they profit from it.

The fires are natural for the landscape!

The ecology of the landscape: Who is responsible for the fires? With this year's forest fire season in California and Oregon, are we witnessing a new kind of "cultural disaster"?

Defense speech for the small eyes of the airspace

AIR SPIES: Drones are not only the tools of power, but also of counter-power. They can be airspace hackers and can be used in the good service.

A giant pyramid game

THE FINANCIAL WORLD: Do the authors of Sabotage manage to explain how the interaction between the authorities, central banks and banking and financial institutions works?

Slavery belongs to history - racism is timeless

ANTIRASISM: In the 1700th century, it was profitable shop to capture people as slaves and commodities. In the 19th century, slavery was abolished. In the world of Ibram X. Kendi, captivity still exists - every time we fail to protest against racism.

Bjørneboe's perhaps the rarest book

PROHIBITED BOOK: Red Emma is Bjørneboe's scenic story about the anarchist Emma Goldman and her faithful «fellow soldier», Alexander Berkman.

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we get bogged down by the rhetoric of violence?

How to live in a world where the very unfolding of life causes violence?

FICTION: In Kiøsterud's quiet recluse novel, life is weighed against the pain in a quest for reconciliation. Nature remains silent and ambiguous, even when the protagonist tries to step aside with his demands for meaning.

Dreams of freedom and irresponsibility

HYDRA: Axel Jensen, Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen in a new perspective. Polly Sampson's new book is a feminist correction of mythologized authors.

The biggest narcissist in the room

JUMPED OF: Former Security Adviser John Bolton hastens to shape his legacy, while securing plenty of enemies with his White House revelations.

Low crisis awareness and unresolved climate challenges

CRISIS: The state's crisis management is not enough, as Norway as an oil-producing nation ignores the recommendations that the oil should remain in the ground.

The Norwegian double standard

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS: The story of the history of Norwegian environmental thinking is an ambivalent portrait of Norway's imagined role as an environmental nation.

Food is never just about food

FOOD GLOBALIZATION: When goods are constantly crossing borders. What the corona pandemic can teach us about ourselves and the world we live in.

The drop that causes the cup to overflow

resurrection: The three books are equal parts revolutionary manifestos for those who want an analysis of the state of affairs, and strategic manuals for those who have already taken to the streets and revolted.
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