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A counterbalance to today's cruel lack of solidarity

Totalitarianism? The anarcho-communist critic Franco Berardi believes we have overestimated reason and intelligence as a world-changing force.

The fear of the invisible

Behind both Islamic State and right-wing groups, exactly the same mechanisms act as a driving force, points out German author and journalist Carolin Emke. In her book, she draws on the great perspectives.

Hunger's big question – properly asked

In a small, concise book, Eric Holt-Giménez shows that hunger problems are different than we usually think.

Towards a united humanity

We live in the midst of a world historical drama where revolutionary hope must be kept equal. Only in this way can we build civilization for everyone, claims philosopher Alain Badiou.

Artificial idiocy and natural intelligence

The real danger of artificial intelligence is that we surrender to bureaucratic bureaucrats who do not know how to break the rules.

The new culture of uncertainty

Mary Kaldor's research shows that the security strategies of the authorities maintain and exacerbate the wars rather than halt them, and create good conditions for war profiteers.

First aid for the last people

Where Nietzsche advocated for a high-spirited and prophetic geophilosophy, 150 years ago, Latour continues with a poetic and down-to-earth controversy about climate agreements and the planet's overall condition. 

When the Syria warriors return home

Hundreds of European youth have traveled to join the war in Syria – some have since returned. In the book The Returned, the French journalist David Thomsons claims that many of them bring jihad back home and try to explain how and why. 

Invisible omniscience

George Orwell's 1984 is still relevant, but "Big Brother" is an outdated and misleading metaphor for today's surveillance, according to author David Lyon. He claims "Big Data" is a more up-to-date linguistic picture.

Can the migration crisis be resolved?

The migration and refugee problem could be radically reduced, says British lawyer and Harvard professor Jacqueline Bhabha in her new book.

Free markets are an illusion

John Mikler claims that the world's largest companies are so economically superior to their competitors that it is wrong to talk about global markets and free competition.

Vita hyperactive!

When the belief in shared narratives fades, while the individual's life becomes more hectic, time itself loses direction and meaning, Byung-Chul Han believes.

Europe's crisis is philosophical

Europe is suffering from an unclear crisis: the forces that would unite us are absent, while the contradictions that would propel something new are too vague. A philosophical clarification of the disease is needed to prepare a healthy political struggle. 

Brain research does not meet man as a thinking being

Modern brain research today has an unquestionable guiding star role in recent science and research policy. Markus Gabriel calls into question this status and position, and shows that nothing less than our freedom is at stake.

Digital Media: Democratic or Suppressive Political Fighting Instruments?

English media theorist Natalie Fenton warns against equating social media with democracy.

UN: a reality the world has left

We cannot do without the UN, but a more creative and efficient organization would be desirable.