Theater of Cruelty

book review – literature

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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Children's digital use

INTERNET: Are we here presented with 224 pages of panic attacks?

The intolerance of divergence

TRANSFORMATION: Hartmut Rosa is a central critic of modernity. He emphasizes the importance of our resonant experiences – be it with another, a work or a book – as a central part of being human.

Life is short, and it is urgent to make the right choices

RELIGION: Religion constitutes a war against the spontaneous. Is there an equality between being an obedient citizen and being godly?

"Agriculture leaves deserts everywhere" DECLINE: The

NEDVEKST: The Japanese re-reading of Marx advocates green communism or degrowth. The historical overview is impressive, and the analyzes are inspiring. Will a socialist or communist society necessarily be better, ecologically speaking? And should use value now come into play instead of exchange value?

The absurd distinction between so-called civilized and barbaric violence

TORTURE: Veena Das' research shows that systematic torture is part of modern democracy.

Barbarism or socialism?

ECONOMY: The conflict between the United States and China is a confrontation between the divergent political-economic models of Chinese industrialism and American fiscal policy. But China has charted its own course and avoided neoliberal shock therapy, according to American economist Michael Hudson.

This time – from the inside

CHINA: How much do we know about what the Chinese themselves think and say? In China, the transformation process from a traditional empire to a modern state has included the amalgamation of 56 ethnic groups. This anthology has a number of themes from China itself.

When patriarchy and state violence go hand in hand

DEBT: Women are more vulnerable to aggressive lending methods, high interest rates and fees.

Pragmatic utopianism

ENVIRONMENT: Among those who recognize the climate and nature crisis, the narratives that tie the damage of the past and the solutions of the future together are very different. 'Hammer's little green' invites debate and discussion.

Gigantic global experiment

MEDIA: In the book Digital hedgehogs, Italian Davide Sisto tackles what the virtual does to our self-perception and our five – perhaps many more – senses.

The pull towards evil

MODERNITY: The West, with its colonial history, fell into violence, perfidiously masquerading as humanism. Here about Dostoevsky.

Lots of life, movies and poetry

ESSAYIST: Immediately dive into the scribblings of Scottish Margaret Tait about poetry and film and all that makes life worth living. For example, as she writes about the experimental film – it is like poetry: airy, open, you can dive into it and just swim around.

Two about the tragedy of the Palestinians

ISRAEL: When the Knesset in 2018 passed the so-called nation-state law defining Israel as a Jewish state, it undermined the legitimacy of their own state's existence as a democracy. And here the Norwegian oil fund topped the list of 725 European financial institutions that have invested in 50 companies linked to the illegal settlements on the West Bank.

Structural changes in the public sector

HABERMAS II: The policy is marketed via advertising and propaganda and not through discussion. The audience is affected by echo chambers and filter bubbles. And what does globalization mean for today's public?

Eternal recovery

ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY: In this book, a collision between economics and ecology is suggested. According to Oksana Timofejeva, the use of solar energy must be different from the domination of the industrial paradigm.

Are we good at the bottom?

PSYCHOLOGY: How has a thoroughly pessimistic view of humanity arisen? That man must be fundamentally sinful is a cornerstone of Western thinking. Or?