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John Cage’s mycological foray

‘I’ve come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom,’ wrote the composer John Cage. Mushrooms require our full presence: going mushroom hunting demands a sharpening of the senses – to pick…
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New ways to inhabit

When Macron was elected president in 2017, he announced his ‘revolution’. The economy would be freed from government interference and a night-watchman state would guarantee citizens’ liberty. It looked as though France was going to renew…
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150 years Paris Commune

Urban research journal dérive celebrates the Paris Commune 150 years on. Editor Christoph Laimer quotes Marx, who considered that the commune’s ‘true secret was … the political form at last discovered in which to work out the economic…
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Merkel’s failures

Head in the sand, reactive, apolitical: Albrecht von Lucke’s verdict on the Merkel era is anything but favourable (German here). She has failed, he writes, in three major areas. The first is climate. In her book ‘The Price of Survival’,…
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Italy’s communist arc

A special book issue of Internazionale retraces the most important phases of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in the centennial of its foundation and thirty years since its dissolution. In the seven decades of its chequered existence, the…
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Wealth behind stealth

In March 2020 a large part of Crimea acquired the status of Russian border territory by presidential decree, making it illegal for ‘foreigners’ to own houses and plots of land on the peninsula. The decree is a prosecution of war by other…
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Heavy shift work

This month Merkur recognizes that the German politics of remembrance is shifting. Incumbent narratives of post-war democratization, renunciation of war and National Socialism, and especially the Holocaust’s accepted place are giving way to…
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