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MODERN TIMES is as a commentary at the same time a book review with around 40 books mentioned in each issue (March, June, September, December). We discuss (preferably in an essayistic way) nonfiction Interior political, ecological and philosophical literature, but also literature in our time "big tech".
The newspaper of around 100 pages also includes the theme supplement ORIENTERING and / or the documentary film magazine MODERN TIMES REVIEW.
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The pandemic and its societal implications

COVID-19: Renata Avila and Srećko Horvat: Everything Must Change! The World After Covid-19
In a newly published interview anthology about the pandemic, Roger Waters says that war and climate change are killing us faster than anything else, but the breathing pause that began in March 2020 may still open up other alternatives. At the same time, the entire anthology presupposes digital technology – for which we can all be grateful.

Disappointed with the French intellectual milieu

Philosophy: Paul Ricoeur: Philosophy Ethics & Politics
A book by Paul Ricoeur on topics such as the work of art, metaphors, opinion formation and the significance of the French Revolution for Europe's culture and politics.

A life in transit

TRAUMER: Christina Pareigis: Susan Taubes: An Intellectual Biography
The biography of the Judeo-Hungarian philosopher and author Susan Taubes depicts life, thought and work intricately intertwined with the historical trauma of the 20th century – and experiences of rootlessness.

Ecology as a new form of survival art

NATURE: Conversations with Anders Dunker: Rediscovering Earth. Ten Dialogues on the Future of Nature
A crucial insight is that the fate of endangered species in nature is decided in culture, by human attention and values ​​- as we, for example, overeat and overconsume.

After corona – a technocratic, planetary order

COVID-19: Benjamin Bratton: The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World
It is difficult to read Bratton's positive biopolitics as anything other than a form of technocratic authoritarianism – where the subject is a point in a biopolitical network.

The cynical creation of the Internet

SURVEILLANCE: Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley. The Secret Military History of the Internet
State surveillance would not have been possible without the services of Silicon Valley's technology companies. For example, Google in Surveillance Valley is described as "a full-fledged military contractor, who sold versions of the company's consumer data and analytics technology to police departments, city councils, and major U.S. intelligence and military organizations."

Israel – a utopia?

ISRAEL: Omri Boehm: Israel – a utopia?
The German-Israeli author Omri Boehm has a past in Israeli secret services. He wants us to put the Nakba – the violent expulsion of around 700 Palestinians – on a par with the Holocaust.

The gentle, ordinary and tame

CHINA: Arne de Boever: François Jullien's Unexeptional Thought
Via the sinologist François Jullien, Arne de Boever reveals blind spots, dangerous prejudices and decisive differences in mentality in the meeting between East and West.

"There you are, my friend"

HANDKE: Peter Handke: My day in another country
An eternal relationship of tension between the individual and the community. With age, has Peter Handke gradually given up on rage?

Obsolete human rights

FREEDOM: Ferdinand von Schirach: Everyone
Ferdinand von Schirach will inspire a modernization of the democratic system.

An Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Bodies (IoB) and Internet of Minds (IoM)

Ole Sverre Olsen: Conversations with the speeds of light. The construction of the digital realm of the dead.
Zuckerberg presents the visions for the 21st century, you should pay close attention to what is the concrete content of what they present of technology, researched in the laboratories of Silicon Valley.


KNOWLEDGE: Cass R. Sunstein: Too Much Information
What should we trust? How should we use the information we receive in our own lives?

Political propaganda, role mixing and politicians – Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, Pinochet, Gaddafi, Erdogan….

DICTATORS: Clément Fayol, Ruth Ben-Ghiat: These French from the foreign service, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
It is your network of contacts that shows who you are and that gives you a job.

Anarchist pedagogy

EDUCATION: Judith Suissa: Anarchism and education. A philosophical perspective
An anarchist school model is based on an anti-authoritarian, non-hierarchical, autonomous thinking. Is it possible to re-actualize today?

"Rather break the law than the poor"

HOUSING: Owen Hatherley: Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London
London, a futuristic skyscraper city, a neo-Tokyo, a city in a country ruled by an authoritarian and nationalist elite. Where did Corbyn's manifesto for massive development of municipal housing go?

Today's perverse fascination with everything new

PSYCHOLOGY: Massimo Recalcati, translated by Alice Kingarriff: In Praise of Forgiveness
A book about self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma and eternal depression – and love.