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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.

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?

The wonderboy of German journalism tricked readers

FAKE NEWS: Claas Relotius tricked Der Spiegel's readers into fictional stories for years. Currently a self-examination and debate is underway in the German press.
Photographer Fred Baldwin's Autobiography

To tell something important about others

PHOTOGRAPHY : World renowned photographer Fred Baldwin has published his memoirs at the age of 90. Is this a peculiar insight into a person who, through everything and everyone he meets, first and foremost sees himself?

The big backdrop world

CHINA: Yu Hua shows how today's economically controlled China of 40 years has moved from peasant society to the most economically powerful country

Man is like the flower

THE FUTURE: We live in a MODERN TIMES age where artificial intelligence evolves on its own and becomes our rescue, not our death. It will only happen a little later.

Ecological Economics and Utopian Laws

ECO-ECONOMY: Economics professor Ove Daniel Jakobsen is as wild in mind as the nature of Nordland is wild and diverse. In his 12th book, the Utopians will save us.

Sun and sorrow in Sicily

SICILY: The South Italian family is still a powerful institution. It slides seamlessly into the mafia's power structure, with its familismo amoral. The family is the law - not the social institutions.

If we are to solve the climate crisis, we must speed up

CLIMATE: Sluggish speed in climate action will harm the climate, people and democracy, according to Bernd Ulrich.

Climate activism without the state

RADICAL CRITICISM? Is the climate crisis legitimizing a new authoritarian state mode of government?
Ethiopia

Organic rage

ETHIOPIA: Could modernity have sprinkled some small blessings on people groups in Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed's homeland?

Economic motives can ruin artificial intelligence

KI: What happens if we create something that is more intelligent than ourselves, a machine that might do something completely different than we want?

Crises are good store

AFRICA: A great many consultants and mission researchers have made good money on the crises in the belt that stretches across Africa. Sahel has become important not only for Norway, but also for the EU and the US.