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A counterbalance to today's cruel lack of solidarity

Franco «Bifo» Berardi: The Second Coming

Totalitarianism?: The anarcho-communist critic Franco Berardi believes we have overestimated reason and intelligence as a world-changing force.

The fear of the invisible

Carolin Emcke: Against Hate

: Behind both Islamic State and right-wing groupings, exactly the same mechanisms function as the driving force, points out the German author and journalist Carolin Emke. In her book, she draws up the great perspectives.

Hunger's big question – properly asked

Eric Holt-Giménez: Can We Feed The World Without Destroying It?

: In a small, concise book, Eric Holt-Giménez shows that hunger problems are differently composed than we usually think.

Towards a united humanity

Alain Badiou: I Know There Are So Many Of You

: We live in the middle of a world historical drama where the revolutionary hope must be maintained. Only in this way can we build civilization for everyone, claims the philosopher Alain Badiou.

Artificial idiocy and natural intelligence

Harry Collins: Artifictional intelligence – Against Humanity's surrender to Computers

: The real danger of artificial intelligence is that we surrender to obscure bureaucratic machines that do not know how to break the rules.

The new culture of uncertainty

Mary Kaldor: Global Security Cultures

: Mary Kaldor's research shows that the security strategies of those in power maintain and aggravate wars rather than stop them, and create good conditions for war profiteers.

First aid for the last people

Gary Shapiro / Bruno Latour: Nietzsche's Earth: Great Politics, Great Events / Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

: Where Nietzsche 150 years ago advocated a high-flying and prophetic geophilosophy, Latour continues with a both poetic and down-to-earth polemic about climate agreements and the overall state of the planet. 

When the Syria warriors return home

David Thomson: The Returned. They Left to Wage Jihad, Now They Are Back

: Hundreds of European young people have traveled to take part in the war in Syria – some have since returned. In the book The Returned, the French journalist David Thomsons claims that many of these take jihad home again and try to explain to us how and why. 

Invisible omniscience

David Lyon: The Culture of Surveillance

: George Orwell's 1984 is still relevant, but "Big Brother" is an outdated and misleading metaphor for today's surveillance, according to author David Lyon. He claims "Big Data" is a more up-to-date linguistic picture.

Can the migration crisis be resolved?

Jacqueline Bhabha: Can We Solve the Migration Crisis?

: The migration and refugee problem could be radically reduced, says the British lawyer and Harvard professor Jacqueline Bhabha in her new book.

Free markets are an illusion

John Mikler: The Political Power of Global Corporations

: John Mikler claims that the world's largest companies are so economically superior to their competitors that it is wrong to talk about global markets and free competition.

Vita hyperactive!

Byung-Chul Han: The Scent of Time

: When the belief in common narratives falls away, at the same time as the individual's life becomes more hectic, time itself loses direction and meaning, Byung-Chul Han believes.