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With spine and ethical compass intact

: NOTICE We need a media culture and a society built on accountability and truth. We do not have that today.

Healing in the natural

Peter Michalzik: Vegetarier, Künstler und Visionäre suchen nach dem Neuen Paradies

INNOVATORS: The anarchist collective project Monte Verità was a groundbreaking, vibrant center with inspiration for ideas that are heard even today.

Have you worried about the state of the world today?

Sibylle Berg: Nerds save the world

VOLUNTARY WORK: Sibylle Berg has written a current book in which she interviews nerds who are trying to save the world.

The moment of freedom

Jens Bjørneboe: The moment of freedom

EUROPE: Bjørneboe's black humor is dialectical thinking about the conditions of unsentimental human dignity. It strikes with its cynicism the blue-eyed and decent mass murderers of the usual barbaric moral type. '

Being threatened with death can make most people keep a low profile

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES 'regular writer in this essay about different authorities' use of force. Away from today's mass media, an "underground" network of intellectuals has now emerged, including experienced journalists, intelligence officers, renowned professors and politicians.

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

Andreas Reckwitz: The End of Illusions. Politics, Economics and Culture in the Late Modern

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

No more Russian heroes

Alexandr Rastorgujev: Electing Russia

: Electing Russia sheds a depressing light on the opposition in Russia. Do they really represent a real change, for the benefit of the people?

The 68 generation according to German history writing

Heinz Bude / Alexander Sedlmaier / Christina von Hodenberg: Adorno for Ruinschildren: A History of 1968 / Consumption and Violence: Radical Protest in the Federal Republic / The Other Eighties: Social History of a Revolt

: Three newly published books about the sixty-eight provide partly surprising and new perspectives. All are written by scientists who do not even belong to this mythical generation.

Germany 50 years after the student riots

Gretchen Dutschke / Rudi Dutschke / Elisabeth Zöller: 1968. We are proud to dare / story is feasible. Texts about the prevailing falsehood and the Radicality of Peace / Change the World! The Life of Rudi Dutschke

: Much is unclear about the role of key players in the German '68 uprising. Therefore, a black-and-white interpretation of the era will never be correct. 

Germany's new digital inquisition

: Anyone who has seen the film The Lives of Others on Surveillance in the GDR State knows that the East German authorities knew their lousy craft at their fingertips. The United Federal Republic is now introducing comprehensive statutory surveillance using new digital spyware.

The noble art of lying

Werner Sonne: Where the storm sat

: In Werner Sonne's new political thriller, fake and facts merge into a higher and most frightening unit.

The confessions of an apolitical girl

Christian Krönes / Olaf S. Müller / Roland Schrotthofer / Florian Weigensamer: A German Life

: Goebbels' self-proclaimed apolitical secretary tells his version of historical events. The result is an important document for posterity, but is this all we need?