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Palm increases Vietnam support – US economic reprisals?

ORIENTERING 11.10.1969::
After Sweden has decided to provide extensive financial support for the construction of North Vietnam, the US criminal measures start a new round.

The profit hunt price

SOCIAL CRITICISM:
Ton van Zantvoort: Sheep Hero (Sheep Hero)

The pursuit of profit forces the Dutch sheep owner Stijn out of its comfort zone. Honest work is no longer enough – today you have to have pointed elbows.

The unbearable ease of the Libya war

LIBYA::
Following the Jan Petersen Committee's report on the Libya war in September 2018 – and after the Storting's lack of reactions – several academics are upset.

Dead and living metaphors

LANGUAGE DEBATE:
Kristin Fridtun: The language is a trouser. About car use in Norwegian language debate

How can the metaphor be tested against factual knowledge?

White and black workers


Joe William Trotter jr .: Workers on Arrival. Black Labor in the Making of America

THE WORKING CLASS: Hegemonic Trump analysis makes it appear as if the working class of the United States is white.

The abyss of peace

ORIENTERING 22. FEBRUARY 1969::
Iron Mountain's report is a frightening satire that strikes American social science and the armor industry. The research report is a fictitious document showing what would happen if peace broke, and concludes in a sober scientific language that war is a necessity for our social system. In this way, the book – which has now come in Norwegian as the Fakkel book from Gyldendal – can also be read as a shocking revelation of habit thinking and war preparations. The Danish author Carl Scharnberg chooses to read the book as an authentic and serious document and gives in this chronicle a summary of the "research results".

Poor people, unite you – across racialization

ECONOMIC INequality:
Sylvie Laurent: King and the Other America. The Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality

In an era when antiracism is being portrayed as identity politics and white poor people are being blamed for Trump, it is helpful to be reminded of Martin Luther King's attempt to bridge the fight against racism and economic inequality.

The crisis when it comes

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The next financial crisis will not be like the previous one.

The technology of yield


Alex Rosenblat: Uberland. How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

Uber's algorithms rewrite the conditions of work, believes technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat. But the question is whether the app company is not just taking advantage of the existing conditions.

Over-matured economy


Alan Nasser: Overripe Economy. American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy

In his new book, Allan Nasser takes a useful account of the myth of the United States as the country where anyone can realize their dreams.

The patent laws create an intellectual monopoly

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Today's patent rules are outdated and hinder the innovation and diffusion of technology, argues Zia Quereshi, former head of development economics at the World Bank. Is it time for a patent reform?

Man should enter into a contract between the living, the dead and the unborn


Per Stig Møller: The Four Icebergs: The world's greatest challenges

Denmark's former Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller has authored a book on the world's challenges. It is dystopian, but Møller also offers suggestions for solutions.