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Seducers love majority decisions

Kristoffer Momrak, Johan Huizinga, Aristotle, translated by Tormod Eide, Hannah Arendt translated by Per Qvale Solum, Kojin Karatani: The Metropolises of the Middle East, The Destroyed World, Politics, About Revolutions, Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy

Is Greece more of a cultural periphery in the Middle East than the origin of our modern democracy? Aristotle believed that the Phoenicians in Carthage, like the law – isonomia – had a better government than Athens – the so-called cradle of democracy.

The borderland is militarized

Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret E. Dorsey: Fencing in Democracy. Borderwalls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State

Much has been made of Trump's "beautiful" wall, but the borderland between the United States and its neighbor to the south has been militarized and cut up by fences and walls for more than a decade.

The dirty work

Neda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora: Surrogate Humanity. Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures

TECHNOLIBERALISM: Here are discussions on everything from the robotisation of manual labor over so-called sharing economy to artificial intelligence, automated warfare and technological emotion and sex work.

Madness, visions, cynicism and pragmatism

Gökçe Günel: Spaceship in the Desert. Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi

«GREEN GROWTH»: Ethnographer Gökçe Günel has followed the development of the planned carbon neutral Masdar City Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates – funded by this one of the world's most oil-dependent governments.

In a world of delusions

Jeffrey Sconce: The Technical Delusion. Electronics, Power, Insanity

Jeffrey Sconce has written a nerve-wracking, empathetic and crunchy business page tour on the connections between technology and madness.

The non-feminist women advocates of the Eastern bloc

Kristen Ghodsee: Second World, Second Sex. Socialist Women's Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War

American liberal feminists love to hate Kristen Ghodsee, who rewrites the history of the women's struggle from an Eastern bloc perspective.

Cinematic revisionism after the post-Cold War

Dai Jinhua (ed. Lisa Rofel) :: After the Post-Cold War. The Future of Chinese History

Feminist culture critic icon Dai Jinhua delivers cutting-edge contemporary diagnoses through film reading and historical analysis in a new essay collection.

Water management mismanagement

Matthew Vitz: A City on a Lake. Urban Political Ecology and the Growth of a City

The water sources of Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities, are running dry. This is the story of a notified disaster.

Teknotid and human time

Melissa Gregg: Counterproductive. Time Managem ent in the Knowledge Economy

Nymoten's apps that will make us more productive through planning and streamlining, continue a two-hundred-year tradition of self-help literature about the same.

Historical migration as a vantage point to modern China

Shelly Chan: Diaspora’s Homeland. Modern China in the Age of Globalization

20 millions of Chinese emigrated in the years 1840 to 1940. Shelly Chan analyzes modern China from a diaspora perspective and expands our understanding of China and history.

The state's right to mutilate

Jasbir K. Puar: The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability

Queer theorist Jasbir K. Puar delivers a sharp analysis of Israel and the US race-based biopolitics.

Who takes the phone and solves your fucking problem?

Jan M. Padios: A Nation on the Line. Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines

The call center industry has grown to over one million employees in the Philippines, who for decades have struggled to create jobs. In a new book, the question is asked about what it means to solve problems, often for unreasonable people across the globe – all night long.