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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.

Raw, naked and masculine

RACISM? Before, it was the Baroque who seduced Mbembe, now it's brutalism - used as an analytical breakthrough to understand Africa and its relationship to Europe.

«The disciplinary community was born out of the great plague epidemics»

CONTROL: Today, millions of racialized bodies have become redundant in relation to capital's metabolism and enrolled in a digitally mediated nexus of exclusion, control, and destruction technologies. MODERN TIMES here goes into the theme via author Achille Mbembe in three articles.

Hatred is an integral part of American popular culture

USA: American religious scientist puts his finger on the convulsive attempts of the liberalist society to cover up the injustices of the past.

New energy production must be decarbonised, decentralized and digitized

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: The climate crisis is an energy crisis. Today, the environmental movement must be careful not to support capitalist exploitation through well-intentioned green innovations.

Together for life

SYMBIOSE: We must think differently about both man and computer. Their being is more entangled than we think, and both change and adapt to each other.
Violence and Political Theory

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?

Flashy Norwegian-supported consumption in Africa

CONSUMPTION AND CORRUPTION: We haven't heard much about Luanda Leaks in Norway. Perhaps because it is embarrassing that Statoil paid NOK 420 million to a non-existent research center owned by Angola's state oil company Sonangol, where Isabel dos Santos was the director until she was fired in November 2017?

How capitalist alienation has assumed form

MEDIA fellowship: An analysis of how human relationships, including language, have been staged. Here in a cool elegance, what Debord himself called "the style of negation."

From stone age hunting to industrial slaughter

PLANT COST: Is there no way beyond meat?
Camus The Plague

Pandemics and the free man

DISASTERS: Is there anything to learn from Albert Camus' plague, or is the book hyped up due to the corona pandemic?

Dormant ideological viruses

KORONA: Will a far more favorable ideological virus spread and hopefully infect us, the virus that makes us think of another society, beyond the nation-state, a society that realizes itself as global solidarity and cooperation?

Simply earthlings

Migrant: How hospitable can you expect to be? Those who do not belong anywhere become poets, because they have to invent a new form of world citizenship, writes Alain Badiou.

A dance with words

CRITICISM OF THE CRITICIAN: In The Disintegration of a Critic, a selection of Jill Johnston's personal and special reviews are presented and criticized by other writers and artists.

Creativity, openness, style consciousness, entrepreneurial spirit, empathy and cosmopolitanism

MIDDLE CLASS: Current in these corona times is whether Reckwitz's analysis opens up a restructuring of the economy back to a "real economy" - from the cultural capitalism in which the goods promise consumers symbolic, narrative, aesthetic and ethical experiences.

The value of man in the unemployed society

LIFE: How can we manage to live a meaningful life in a world without work, where everything is automated and education no longer leads to work?
Giordano In the time of infection

In the age of opportunism

VIRUS: An Italian writer and physicist has wrought while the corona iron is hot. But his message is, paradoxically, drowning in the banalities that he believes should depart from mathematical realities.

Obama's loyal advisor

ruthless: Democrat Susan Rice was the United States ambassador to the United States and became a national security adviser. After tough negotiations with Iran, she got an explosive alert case in her lap: Edward Snowden.

Religious notions

SUNNI AND SJIA: The religious contradictions between the two main directions of Islam are not so great. But in conflicts between countries and groups, they are used for everything they are worth.
Think about the children's right to privacy

What happened to the children's right to privacy?

"SHARE THINGS" : Parents share a snapshot of photos and information about their children in social media without considering the long-term consequences, and without the children's consent.
October 1981: This basic support of the Russian submarine is by no means representative of the submarine activity in the Swedish archipelago, where Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States were also active. Despite hundreds of media reports, there is no evidence that Soviet submarines have violated Swedish territory since October 1881, according to US Secretary of Defense Weinberger.

When Sweden was deceived

ENEMY IMAGES: What do we really know about hidden activities, power games and secret submarine operations in Swedish waters?

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".