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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

IDEA HISTORY: 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 democracy than Athens – the so-called cradle of democracy.

When there is politics in the courtroom

Duncan McCargo: Fighting for Virtue. Justice and Politics in Thailand

THAILAND: A powerful elite in Thailand – Myanmar's neighbor – has for the past decade tried to solve the country's political problems with the courts, which has only exacerbated the situation. In a new book, Duncan McCargo warns against "legalization."

The relationship between art and the political

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

CONTEMPORARY ART: 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?

Lars Fr. H. Svendsen: The philosophy of lies

LIE: 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 a theme, Donald Trump comes out in two variants: in a very personal version (where he owes just about 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

Elizabeth Frazer, Kimberly Hutchings: Violence and Political Theory

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we allow ourselves to be duped by the rhetoric of violence?

Simply earthlings

Alain Badiou: Migrants and Militants

MIGRANTS: 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

Radu Jude: Dead Nation (Tara Moarta)

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

The oil industry is the root of all evil

Rachel Maddow: Blowout

MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most destructive 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 talks this time with experienced Sandrine Dixson-Declève 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

Nadir Bouhmouch: Movement

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