The understanding of the possible

The readers of Ny Tid know Mikkel Bolt as a reviewer and essayist in the newspaper. In addition to being a newly appointed professor of political aesthetics at the University of Copenhagen, Bolt is also the author of a number of books on art history and political theory. In the beginning, this was mostly based on the question of the avant-garde and the situationist upheaval before May 68, but he has also written about the works of art and culture under totalitarian conditions. The topic appeared in Bolt's inaugural lecture "Late Capitalist Fascism and the Aestheticization of the (White) Working Class" this autumn at the University of Copenhagen – a study of the reasons why the democratic nation-state today cultivates a racist image in, for example, Denmark.

The subject of fascism was also dealt with in Bolt's book Trump's counter-revolution (Nemos, 2017). Nothing is more relevant than the issue of building totalitarian mastery in an age when digital control seems to be without limits other than those masks and umbrellas can provide, as we see it during the ongoing and in every way crucial uprising in Hong Kong , the world's democratic gunpowder. The connection between ethical issues and subversive practices has included Bolt in several of his books on precisely that uprisings.

The question of the uprising

I At the shouting distance of Marxism this is especially true of the situation of Marxism. . .

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