Armenian Avanessian: Acceleration (anthology, excerpt)
BOOK EXCERPT: No serious policy in our time can remain defensive if it is to win. The reader is encouraged to see the possibilities for a liberated and solidary future in the extension of the capitalist-driven development.
ART: Does the artist today work constantly burdened by networking, communication and visibility, without producing anything truly created? Chris Kraus gives his take on what an artistic work should be.
CHRONICLE: Science has made rapid progress in producing a vaccine against Covid-19. But can vaccine programs be based on active consent and autonomous choice by citizens? And does scientific rationality now go hand in hand with creative forms of irrationality?
Paul Collier: The future of capitalism. A manifesto of social capitalism
: Professor Paul Collier is a heavyweight. He is often mentioned in the same category as the economists Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs and was once highlighted as one of the heroes of the then Minister for Development Aid Erik Solheim.
Obituary:: David Graeber died recently. MODERN TIMES chooses for once to bring an obituary – here over the anarchist who wanted to change our usual notions of what is possible and impossible, right and wrong, normal and strange.
CONTROL: Today, millions of racialized bodies have been made redundant in relation to the metabolism of capital and are being written into a digitally mediated nexus of exclusion, control and destruction technologies. MODERN TIMES here goes into the topic via author Achille Mbembe in three articles.
Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk (eds.): Conspicuous consumption in Africa
CONSUMPTION AND CORRUPTION: We have not 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 director until she was fired in November 2017?
THE PROTESTS IN THE USA:: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, LA, Louisville, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington. A response to the structural violence the poor are exposed to.
Full 100-page MODERN TIMES including the appendix Orientering and Modern Times Review comes out quarterly (March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1) with international book reviews, essays and comments – in addition to the physical newspaper and PDF, the articles are eventually published online here (see also the monthly newsletter).