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Culture Life Politics

The liberal world – tales from utopia

It feels so good to be a liberal. I don’t doubt that most people, if they had a choice, would prefer to live in a liberal world. A liberal is, by definition, on the right side of history and has universal justice on his side. To tell it all, until recently I thought I was […]

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Culture Life Politics

Our “culture” has lost any cultural value

For most of my adult life I used to have education and high culture in general in the greatest of esteem. My respect for culture bordered on deference

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Culture Politics United States

Globalism is just another word for colonialism

There was a time, not many years ago, when globalization was something that everybody loved to hate.

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Culture Germany

Open Germany is a dead-end

We live in a thriving democracy. We enjoy the benefits of an open and tolerant society, our system of government is transparent. The highest positions and the highest honors are accessible to those who display enough merit

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Culture Languages

Byron in Armenia – or why learning a foreign language does not have to mean being a language nerd

I remember I used to be very impressed when people told me they learned Hebrew or Chinese. I thought if they learned something so difficult and “unusual”

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Culture Life

Social networks have made us more antisocial

When Facebook started some ten years ago, I acted like one of these old dinosaurs who always look at a new technology with a mixture of skepticism and haughtiness.

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Culture Life Politics

The Swedish ideal of society is a dreadful and inhumane dystopian future

Sweden is nothing less than the most progressive country on earth, again and again appearing close to the top in the list of the most developed countries in the world, and the people in Sweden are apparently were well aware of (and make no mysteries about) it. But what does this being “progressive” mean? At […]

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Berlin Books Culture Germany

The tyranny of coolness – or not? Book review: 111 reasons to hate Berlin

Everybody loves Berlin. Especially if you are a cool person you just have to love Berlin, it is young, dynamic, creative, sexy, well, you know the list. Yes, everybody loves Berlin, except Kristjan Knall. Kristjan Knall does not love Berlin, in particular he does not love the Berliners, in particular the hipsters (this subspecies of […]

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Culture Germany Politics

Why Germany is not a multicultural paradise

In Germany nobody seems to be concerned about the problem of immigration anymore. Expressing the slightest worry about the possibility of integration of many young men from a very different culture is regarded as a sign of unequivocal backwardness, possible grave mental deficiencies and dangerous and intolerable political leanings. Not even the sexual assualts of Cologne on New […]

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