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China

The authoritarian state capitalism

CHINA:
Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg: The silent conquest. How China is undermining Western democracies and reorganizing the world

It is known that China under Xi Jinping has developed in an autocratic direction. The authors show how the effect has spread in the rest of the world.

The dictatorship of virtue

CHINA:
Kai Strittmatter: The reinvention of the dictatorship. How China builds the digital surveillance state and thereby challenges us.

China's Communist Party boasts today that it is able to recognize any of the country's 1.4 billion citizens within seconds. Europe must find alternatives to the growing polarization between China and the United States.

Coronary vaccines: science and myths

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?

Infection tracking, monitoring and consequences

Surveillance::
How much freedom do you really have, if your movements are restricted by a corona pass and you get fired if you refuse to be vaccinated?

The military commanders wanted to annihilate the Soviet Union and China, but Kennedy stood in the way

Military::
We focus on American Strategic Military Thinking (SAC) from 1950 to the present. Will the economic war be supplemented by a biological war?

China as the leader of an ecological civilization

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY:
Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro Polity: China Goes Green – Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

The future of the world depends on China taking its environmental commitments seriously

Being threatened with death can make most people keep a low profile

FREEDOM OF SPEECH::
The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES's regular writer in this essay about different authorities' use of force. Away from today's mass media, an "underground" network of intellectuals has now emerged, including experienced journalists, intelligence officers, renowned professors and politicians.

Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence?

HUAWEI::
The United States is as believing as China in using national technology as a means of mass surveillance and political manipulation.

A manifesto for democracy and human rights

REBEL:
Joshua Wong and Jason Y.Ng: Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now

Joshua Wong started a protest movement against the Chinese authorities, but was refused to stand for election in Hong Kong.

Recommended literature this summer


: Recommended books

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

Information totalitarianism

Self Straight?::
The companies behind platforms, smartphones and the Internet of Things continuously track all our movements. With a digital footprint, one can determine a person's access to credit, transportation, social services or health care. We lose our individual freedom and autonomy.

Where are we going now?

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Is globalization an evil that should now be fought? No, it's more nuanced. We who have an international orientering looks with fear at how international cooperation is now weakening with the pandemic.