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55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

What does it mean to speak about – and for – democracy in an emphatic sense? Is there a common let’s say: project we – we democrats – stand for and even would fight for in difficult and dangerous times? Hopefully we would do so. But we should not conjure up such times when they are not at stake just to dress up our democratic habits. Of course: democracy always was and is an endangered political concept. Endangered is it…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

I’m very delighted to be asked to participate in this “55 Voices” series in honor of Thomas Mann and to be in Thomas Mann’s house in Pacific Palisades. I think that Thomas Mann is particularly relevant to the present moment in a couple of respects. I think that the role that he played as an exile from Nazi Germany, his “Listen, Germany!” lectures that were delivered into Nazi Germany during the war, in a way set a important precedent for…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

Whatever happened to the future? Have you noticed that the future has gone away? This I think is the most striking thing about our politics today whether it’s America or Europe or much of the rest of the world. That there’s no future anymore. For the past couple hundred years from the French Revolution forward, what democratic politics has generally been about is the future. We’ve been very good at producing different competing versions about what the future would be…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

We live in an era of stark social and economic inequality. Across the world the hoarding of wealth by the rich and powerful rests on the exploitation and impoverishment of marginalized communities. Such inequality is visibly manifested in our cities. Here in the City of Angels, inequality is evident in a stark contrast between homes worth $500 million dollars being built in the hills of Bel Air, not far from the Thomas Mann House or the University of California Los…

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Berliner Projekte im Kampf gegen Verdrängung!

Berliner Projekte im Kampf gegen Verdrängung!

For more than a year, a number of left-wing spaces in Berlin have been under threat of eviction The situation has worsened, some projects are about to be evicted. A lot of things happened sice last year. On December 31st, the Drugstore collective returned the keys to the owner. Our lawyer handed in a letter to the owner, saying that we will not leave We were expecting to get evicted within a month, even without a court order. We reopened…

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“The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future”

“The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future”

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning. Thank you, Thomas, for the kind introduction, the kind words. Thank you, too, for the warm welcome. I have felt it everywhere. I was commenting that I’m going to be here in Germany for two days. I don’t think I’ve been two days any one place in the last three years, and it has been a blessing and wonderful, and you all have been so gracious to me and to my team. I want to…

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Berlin Wall 💔🇩🇪 …explained!

Berlin Wall 💔🇩🇪 …explained!

With the inner German border fortified in 1952, the last accessible East to West Germany border crossing is via Berlin. So throughout the 1950s for a mix of political, economic, and personal reasons, a sixth of the East German population leave dictatorial East Germany for democratic West Germany via the capital. This creates a brain drain and embarrassment for the communist East German regime. East Berlin. West Berlin. All around it is East Germany. One night, the Soviets, they decided…

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How Modeselektor’s early Berlin techno parties converted nazis into ravers & more – BIMM Masterclass

How Modeselektor’s early Berlin techno parties converted nazis into ravers & more – BIMM Masterclass

– So, when you were throwing these parties and buying equipment and, in your shed or your garage, did you have much of a sense of what was going on either in other parts of Berlin, or perhaps in other parts of the world, ’cause when you’re kind of describing the environment where you were growing up in, very industrial, it makes me think of, like, a city like Detroit, which is also very industrial and has, like, very clear…

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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)

You can fight a war with drones You can fight a war with loans You can fight a war with gas or cans of paint But don’t you realize that the game is compromised if you think that this is something that it ain’t We got images of murder that don’t manage to disturb An international order that is bordering absurd And no one gets the freedom they were told that they deserve til they realize that freedom’s not a…

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Yuval Noah Harari – The Humanist Challenges of the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari – The Humanist Challenges of the 21st Century

– To Yuval, it’s a great pleasure to have you here with us. We have you here, and I must admit I’m a little bit old fashioned with regard to that in person, and not as a hologram as you appeared during the TED Conference in Vancouver last month or something like this. So thank you so much that we have you in person today with us. In my view, you are enriching the public debate by offering something that…

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