CAPITALISM: The fight is not now about the right not to be exploited, but the right to be allowed to participate? There is much that is valuable in Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen's short book about the possible return of fascism in today's world – but it is weak in terms of empirical documentation.
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.
THE WOMEN OF EUROPE: In our interview series with European women, Sweden's former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallström is last out. She believes that we currently live in a world of autocrats, where Nordic welfare values have poor conditions.
corona: Will a far more favorable ideological virus spread and hopefully infect us, the virus that makes us think of another society, beyond the nation state, a society that realizes itself as global solidarity and cooperation?
Andreas Reckwitz: The End of Illusions. Politics, Economics and Culture in the Late Modern
THE MIDDLE CLASS: Relevant in these corona times is whether Reckwitz's analysis opens up for a restructuring of the economy back to a "real economy" – from the cultural capitalism where the goods promise consumers symbolic, narrative, aesthetic and ethical experiences.
THE CHALLENGES OF EUROPE: The Brexit chaos seems to culminate in the British leaving the EU – now that the election of Boris Johnson is over. Brexit is the price the British have to pay for not having had an honest discussion about immigration, multiculturalism and the British Empire. But are Britain's problems unique?
CAPITALISM / Is not the struggle now about the right not to be exploited, but the right to be allowed to participate? There is much that is valuable in Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen's short book about the possible return of fascism in today's world – but it is weak in terms of empirical documentation.
Full 100-page MODERN TIMES including the appendix Orientering and Modern Times Review comes out quarterly in early March, June, September and December) with international book reviews (non-fiction) and comments / essays. According to the physical newspaper (and PDF), the articles are published regularly online (see the newsletters).