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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".
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As the next phase of world history

BITCOIN:
Mark Alizart: Cryptocommunism

In a book that is both wild, elegant and utopian, accelerator Mark Alizart sees bitcoin as the very royal road to a classless society and a better future.

What shaped him as a human being

MEMOAR:
Thorbjoern Jagland: You must own it yourself

Was the most interesting thing in Thorbjørn Jagland's book overlooked by the critics?

What is accelerationism?

BOOK EXCERPT:
Armenian Avanessian: Acceleration (anthology, excerpt)

No serious policy in our time can remain defensive if it is to win. The reader is encouraged to see the possibilities for a liberated and solidary future in the extension of the capitalist-driven development.

Japanese women's views on life, gender roles and society

PHOTO:
Anne-Stine Johnsbråten (photo): Good Wife, Wise Mother

Japanese women struggle between traditional gender roles, an expectation of work effort and reproduction while maintaining the role of "good wife, wise mother".

To be able to live up to the dignity as true citizens of the world

HOLBERG PRICE:
Martha C. Nussbaum: The Cosmopolitan Tradition. A Noble but Flawed Ideal

Material inequality is part of the order of the day in the 21st century. Nussbaum takes care of one of our most pressing challenges to make the world a better place.

How do you "stay home" if you do not have a home?

pandemic:
Jessie Kindig, Mark Krotov, Marco Roth: There Is No Outside – Covid 19 Dispatches

Even during the pandemic, we maintain our status quo; the privileged remain privileged, and the others remain outside society.

A world that is subtle, beautiful, ugly and strange

ART:
Chris Kraus: Where art belongs

Does the artist today work constantly burdened by network care, communication and visibility, without producing anything truly created? Chris Kraus gives his take on what an artistic work should be.

A death sentence on the Syrian state

SYRIA:
Khaled Khalifa. Translated from Arabic by Oda A. Winsnes: Death is a toil

A multisectoral, multi-religious, multi-linguistic and multiethnic state torn to shreds by the Ba'ath party, extremists, militias and rival superpowers, all demanding their share of the country.

Neoliberalism as a more indirect art of governing?

MANAGEMENT:
Svein Hammer: Social democracy versus neoliberalism. Norwegian governing art 1814–2020

This is a book about what neoliberalism is – also as a more indirect art of governing

All against all

REFUGEES:
Translated from English by Signe Prøis: Behrouz Boochani: Only the mountains are my friend

Unity is pulverized, everyone just thinks of managing on their own, surviving, tearing up an extra bite of food, a place in the food queue or the telephone queue.

Many Norwegian conservatives will nod appreciatively to Burke

A DOUBLE BIOGRAPHY:
Claus Bryld, Translated from the Danish by Lars Nygaard: The Prophet of Conservatism. Edmund Burke

Since the 1950s, Burke's ideas have undergone a renaissance. Opposition to rationalism and atheism is strong among the 40-50 million evangelical Christian Americans.

An agricultural cluster – a state-of-the-art industrial complex

MAD:
Eskil Halberg: Packed lunches for the revolution

The problem is access to food. Everyone must eat to live. If we are to eat, we must buy. To buy, we must work. We eat, digest, and shit.

The dictatorship of virtue

CHINA:
Kai Strittmatter: The reinvention of the dictatorship. How China builds the digital surveillance state and thereby challenges us.

China's Communist Party boasts today that it is able to recognize any of the country's 1.4 billion citizens within seconds. Europe must find alternatives to the growing polarization between China and the United States.

Protest can cost you your life

HONDURAS:
Nina Lakhani: Who Killed Berta Cáceres?

Nina Lakhani's dangerous search for the truth behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres ends up in more questions than answers.

The cultural binder

ROMAN:
Don DeLillo, Translator Kyrre Haugen Bakke: The silence

DeLillo stages a kind of general, paranoid state, a suspicion that has global reach.

Creative destruction

GARBAGE:
Find Arne Jørgensen: Recycling

Norway is not equipped for textile sorting. Although we sort rubbish, we are nowhere near places in Japan that can recycle in 34 different categories. The goal is that the municipalities are not left with any waste – and without garbage trucks!