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Today's perverse fascination with everything new

Massimo Recalcati, translated by Alice Kingarriff: In Praise of Forgiveness

PSYCHOLOGY: A book about self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma and eternal depression – and love.

Taken by the training wave

Jürgen Martschukat, translated by Alex Skinner: The Age of Fitness

SELF-REALIZATION: Survival of the fittest – it's about staying in shape and taking care of your own productivity. You also have an app that measures heart rate, steps and sleep quality.

The protest against the elites, against the government, against the bureaucracy and the representative democracy

Mads Christoffersen, Kallis, Paulson, D'Alisa, Demaria, Barcelona En Comú, Debbie Bookchin, Ada Colau: The Yellow Vests Have the Word, The Case of DEGROWTH, Fearless Cities: A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movement

3 BOOKS ON ECOLOGY: From the Yellow Vests came new forms of organization within production, housing and consumption functions. And with "Degrowth", starting with very simple actions such as protection of water, air and soil. And what about the local?

A planet we ourselves have brought into radical imbalance

Julia Adeney Thomas, Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz Polity: The Anthropocene – A multidisciplinary approach

EARTH: Anthropocene means more than writing about ecology, environmental history or global warming. How about the greenhouse effect heating the ocean at such a speed that it is equivalent to pouring a billion boiling teacups into the ocean every second?

Libidinous ecology

Dominic Pettman: Peak Libido

CRISIS: Is nature in its essence erotic? And has capitalism – which will make us desire more of everything – overused our very capacity for desire?

China as the leader of an ecological civilization

Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro Polity: China Goes Green – Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: The future of the world depends on China taking its environmental commitments seriously

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings: Violence and Political Theory

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we allow ourselves to be duped by the rhetoric of violence?

The age of panic

Pablo Servigne, Raphaël Stevens, Peter Sloterdijk: How Everything Can Collapse / Infinite Mobilization

DISASTERS: We humans have lost control of the development we have started. The catastrophe is a warning that comes too late, and the elites make themselves unresponsive to the danger signals. Can we avoid panicky escape from the common problems?

Simply earthlings

Alain Badiou: Migrants and Militants

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

Liberal democracy is screwed together so that the whole idea is self-destructive

Adrian Pabst: The Demons of Liberal Democracy Author

: DEMOCRACY: According to Adrian Pabst, we basically go around with a misconception about liberal democracy.

Criticism of capitalism today

Nancy Fraser, Rahel Jaeggi: Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory

: THE CONTEXT OF CRISES: A coherent analysis of dominance is one of the major challenges facing anti-capitalism today.

Historical patience

Manuel Castells: Rupture – The Crisis in Liberal Democracy

: DISTRUST: Manuel Castells paints a picture of today's democratic decline that is as recognizable as it is gloomy.