ESSAY How can it be that some politicians can lie as much as they want, like President Trump, and at the same time be perceived as truthful by their constituents? We look at how the philosopher Hannah Arendt defined the difference between the traditional and the modern lie, as the difference between hiding and destroying. And how the truth can be faked because one can finger reality.
DESTROYED NATURE: Profit hunting, illegal wildlife trafficking and a growing population taking over natural areas provide the basis for disasters. Covid-19 is not the revenge of nature; we have done this to ourselves.
COMMENT: In the future, people and governments are believed to have learned enough to deal with conflicts without weapons and enemy thinking. If we ever get there, we do not know, but the possibility exists, and how it will be, depends on our choices.
COMMUNISM: On December 7, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek comes to Bergen to take part in the Holberg debate. During the debate he will explain why he is still a communist. He will also be interviewed by US economist Tyler Cowen.
EXHIBITIONS: William Blake, the visionary poet-painter, seems to be more advanced than ever. In London opens a large exhibition of his works at Tate Britain 11. September, in Norway, his graphic series inspired by Job's book will be on display at Haugar as part of the exhibition "Metaphysics".
TRAVEL-ESSAY: Since 2017, my partner Edy Poppy and I have developed an art project, The Personal Meeting with World Politics. We have passed a law against structural violence, which criminalizes the maintenance or profiteering of violent structures. We sued ourselves for breaking our own law. Now it was time for a holiday and we booked a trip to Bulgaria. But we discovered that you can't vacation from the law
arbejder:Half a century ago, the first Filipino workers traveled across the globe to work at factories and hotels in Denmark and Norway, among others. Their journey provides insight into a global labor market in motion.
PROPHET: The Polish historian, author and Solidarity man Karol Modzelewski was written off as a hopeless romantic in his protests against welfare cuts and the privatization of the industry. As we see the evolution of political change in recent years, his warnings seem prophetic.