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The relationship between art and the political

CONTEMPORARY ART:
Oliver Marchart: Conflictual Aesthetics: Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere

Today's patrons use shameless art as a giant advertising pillar. And what can art do when politicians lie?

When is it okay to lie, and why?

LIE:
Lars Fr. H. Svendsen: The philosophy of lies

There are no limits to how many lies leaders can tell the people as long as the lies are useful to the state, and other lie perspectives from the philosophy of the new book.

Why populism?

TRUMP::
In the latest issue of Agora with populism as its theme, Donald Trump comes out in two variants: in a very personal version (where he owes almost everything he owns) and as a patrimonial leader in a postmodern United States.

Is it time for a new kind of democratic involvement?

COMMENT::
Do we need far less elected politicians to represent our opinions?

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE:
Elizabeth Frazer, Kimberly Hutchings: Violence and Political Theory

The world is violent. Do we get bogged down by the rhetoric of violence?

Simply earthlings

MIGRANTS:
Alain Badiou: Migrants and Militants

How hospitable can one be expected to be? Those who do not belong anywhere become poets, because they have to invent a new form of world citizenship, writes Alain Badiou.

Romania's bad conscience

HOLOCAUST:
Radu Jude: Dead Nation (Tara Moarta)

A doctor's diary reveals the troubling story of how Romania treated the Jews during World War II.

The oil industry is the root of all evil

MONEY AND OIL:
Rachel Maddow: Blowout

If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most devastating industry in the world – the oil industry – the result is an explosive mix.

"Our existence depends on changing our growth and consumption habits"

THE WOMAN OF CHANGE::
MODERN TIMES is talking to experienced Sandrine Dixson-Declève this time about sustainable growth and green development. She is now the leader of the European Commission's Expert Group for Research and Innovation.

The unifying force of a common struggle

ACTIVISM:
Nadir Bouhmouch: Movement

Movement is a lyrical and beautifully filmed piece of political propaganda – with a Moroccan twist.

The anatomy of democracy

FUKUYAMA:
Mathilde Fasting: After the end of the story. Meet with Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is one of the world's foremost democracy theorists, and this book gives an updated introduction to his overall authorship.

What now, EEA?

:
The EEA Agreement is 25 year on year. What does Europe mean for Norway, and what does President Macron say about Europe's future?

Who will own the stories?

POWER:
Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story Is This?

Whose Story Is This? encourages each of us to change the world by changing what story we choose to tell and who it belongs to.

Fascinating about fascism

IDEOLOGY:
Roger Griffin Translated by Kjersti Velsand: Fascism. An introduction to comparative studies

Do we know enough about fascism to understand it?

The world's hardest turning point

WAR AND ENVIRONMENT::
The military-economic complex is a giant environmental culprit.

"Norway's place is in Europe"

EU::
If Europe is to achieve a "Green New Deal" where the environment is taken seriously, we must get past nationalism and damning populism – according to Eva Joly.

From individual participation to authoritarian politics

POLICY:
Nathan Gardels, Nicolas Berggruen: Renovating Democracy – Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

Does technology development destabilize modern democracies? China can be seen as a positive counterpart to the West.

Can Islam be modernized?

REFORM:
Sylo Taraku: The struggle for freedom in Islam

A thorough presentation and discussion of the work that is being done to reform Islam, in Norway and internationally.

From the mass party and the TV party to today's digital party

FACEBOOK'S POLITICAL PAGE?:
Paolo Gerbaudo: The Digital Party

The new "digital" parties are experimenting with social media in order to reinvent the party form and eliminate the distance that has arisen between political leaders and the population.

An internationalism that should not be nationalistic

POPULISM::
Antonio Gramsci would have united self-righteousness and internationalism. MODERN TIMES talks to philosopher Diego Fusaro in connection with a new Norwegian release.

Before you know it, you're a terrorist

TERRORIST LIST::
An otherwise uneventful late summer day I received a message in my inbox that I was listed on a Turkish list of alleged terrorists.

The freedom that was won – and lost

THE WAR IN SYRIA:
Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts: For the same

A filmmaker begins to document a celebration of freedom in Aleppo, but ends up documenting the fatal consequences of this particular dream.

The good old days ”- a time without feminism, migration and globalization

LATE FASCISM::
The notion of constituting an endangered culture goes back to all the different Late Fascist communities

The hidden fascism


Natasha Lennard: Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life

FASCISM: Is it possible to live a non-fascist life in a society built on fascist power structures?

The virtual space has become as real a part of the daily lives of millions of people as the purely physical environment

EVERYDAY LIFE:
Ismael Joffroy Chandoutis, Kevin Jerome Everson: Swatted / Black Bus Stop

Two card documentaries highlight two different experiences of modern man's everyday life – one is virtual, the other is a little too real.