Die neuen Deutschen
Author: Herfried Münkler, Marina Münkler
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
«Viele glauben, dass sich nichts ändern muss, damit alles bleibt, wie es ist. Das ist ein Irrtum. Wir müssen uns jetzt überlegen, in welchem Land wir leben wollen.» Deutschland ist aus seiner Behaglichkeit gerissen worden. Die «Flüchtlingskrise» hat die Grundprobleme unserer Gesellschaft sichtbar gemacht und gezeigt, dass das alte Deutschland unwiderruflich vergangen ist. Herfried und Marina Münkler betten die aktuelle Situation – jenseits der Aufgeregtheiten der Tagespolitik – in den historischen Zusammenhang ein und weisen darauf hin, dass Wanderungs- und Fluchtbewegungen nicht die Ausnahme, sondern die Regel sind. Deutschland hat sich immer wieder – mit neuen Menschen – neu aufgestellt. Das wird auch heute nicht ohne Brüche und Probleme abgehen: Mächtige, oft divergierende Kräfte werden in der deutschen Gesellschaft freigesetzt. Wie können sie beherrscht werden, was muss man tun, damit wir ihnen nicht wehrlos gegenübertreten? Herfried und Marina Münkler benennen die Risiken und Gefahren präzise und realistisch; gleichzeitig zeigen sie aber auch die großen Chancen auf, die sich uns bieten. Die neuen Deutschen – das sind wir. Nur wenn wir die Grundfragen klären, in welchem Land wir leben wollen, wie es sich verändern soll und wie nicht, kann dieser größte Umbruch seit der Wiedervereinigung gelingen.
Author: Herfried Münkler
Do the politicians in Washington dictate the rules that the rest of the world must follow? Or do empires have a logic of their own? This book analyses the characteristics of empires and traces the rise and fall of imperial powers. It also shows how empires provide stability, and examines the dangers they face when their powers are overstretched.
Refugees and migration are not a new story in the history of humankind, but in the last few years, against a backdrop of huge numbers of migrants, especially from war-torn countries, they have again been a topic of intensive and contentious discussion in politics, the media and scientific publications. Two United Nations framework declarations on the sustainable development goals and on refugees and migrants adopted in 2016 have prompted the editors – who have a background in international criminology – to invite 60 contributors from different countries to contribute their expertise on civic education aspects of the refugee and migrant crisis in the Global North and South. Comprising 35 articles, this book presents an overview of the interdisciplinary issues involved in irregular migration around the world. It is intended for educationists, educators, diplomats, those working in mass media, decision-makers, criminologists and other specialists faced with questions involving refugees and migrants as well as those interested in improving the prospects of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration in the context of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Rather than a timeline for migration policies based on “now”, with states focusing on “stopping migration now”, “sending back migrants now” or “bringing in technicians or low-skilled migrant workers now”, there should be a long-term strategy for multicultural integration and economic assimilation. This book, prefaced by François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, addresses the question of the rights and responsibilities involved in migration from the academic and practical perspectives of experts in the field of social sciences and welfare, and charts the way forward to 2030 and beyond, and also beyond the paradigm of political correctness.
Die letzten dreizehn Jahre sind verloren für die Entwicklung unserer Gesellschaft - die Vorbereitung unserer Jugend auf Herausforderungen - eine Milderung der Globalisierungseffekte - die Bekämpfung des Rassismus - die Schaffung eines Migrationskonzepts - die Verbesserung unserer technischen Infrastrukturen - die Optimierung unserer Bildung und der Forschung - die Verstärkung der europäischen Einigung und Verbesserung der Beziehungen zu unseren Nachbarn in Europa und zu den USA - die Verbesserung unserer Verteidigungsfähigkeiten und der inneren Sicherheit - die Entkernung unseres Rechtssystems - die Neugestaltung unserer sozialen Systeme - die Stabilisierung der Frauenrechte - die Milderung der Probleme der Mittelschicht - die fiskalische Optimierung durch die Besteuerung großer Unternehmen und reicher Persönlichkeiten - die Erneuerung und Optimierung unseres Rentensystems und des Gesundheitssystems - die verbesserte Ausbildung unserer Eliten - die Optimierung und Sicherung der Energieversorgung - die Vorbereitung auf die technischen Revolutionen (Digitalisierung, Informationsgesellschaft und Gentechnologie) - das Anstoßen einer Diskussion über unsere Werte und Rückbesinnung auf unsere christlichen Werte - den Anstoß einer neuen Entwicklungspolitik, um Völkerwanderungen zu mildern - die Einführung von ökologischen Standards hinsichtlich Luftreinhaltung und Wasserqualität und die Restrukturierung und Verbesserung unseres politischen Systems hin bis zum Abbau der Macht der Parteien. Diese letzten 13 Jahre waren ein Zeitraum des Stillstands für Deutschland in allen genannten Bereichen und es bedarf erheblicher Aufwände, um diese verlorene Zeit nachholen zu können. Wir alle und insbesondere die Eliten aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Medien, Forschung und Wissenschaft haben allesamt versagt. Durch Nichtstun haben sie sich an zukünftigen Generationen versündigt. Aber es ist nicht zu spät, wenn wir endlich aufwachen.
8. The moral crisis
Author: Frank Schirrmacher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, a new Cold War is being waged in our societies. During the Cold War a theoretical model of man was developed by economists and the military, an egotistical being interested only in his own benefit and in duping his opponents to achieve his ends: a modern homo oeconomicus. After his career in the Cold War ended, he was not scrapped but adapted to the needs of the twenty-first century. He became the ringmaster of a new era of information capitalism. He sought to read, control and influence thoughts; to predict, price and eliminate risks. Today stock-market trading is guided by him. He uses computer algorithms and Big Data to build up detailed pictures of our preferences and then suggest and sell goods to us. The model has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are no longer the masters of our own fate. The Game of Life runs without us. Schirrmacher traces the progress of this extreme rationalization of social life from the Cold War games of the 1950s Rand Corporation to the stock-market trading techniques that brought about the financial crash of 2008, showing how these developments were interwoven with the rise of game theory, rational choice theory and neoliberal economics. The state and politics increasingly submitted themselves to the logic of computerized game theory and an economistic view of the world, evading real decision-making in the process. In this brave new world individuals, alone in front of their computers, may think they are constructing a reality of their own choosing, but in fact they are being manipulated all along by others who are setting the rules of the game. This international bestseller by one of Germany?s most distinguished journalists is a powerful indictment of a way of thinking that has become pervasive and threatens to undermine not only parliaments and constitutions but also the sovereignty of the individual to be the person he or she wants to be.
The Grand Chessboard
Author: Zbigniew Brzezinski
Publisher: Basic Books
InÊThe Grand Chessboard, renowned geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski delivers a brutally honest and provocative vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. The task facing the United States, he argues, is to become the sole political arbiter in Eurasian lands and to prevent the emergence of any rival power threatening our material and diplomatic interests. The Eurasian landmass, home to the greatest part of the globeÕs population, natural resources, and economic activity, is the Ògrand chessboardÓ on which AmericaÕs supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. In this landmark work of public policy and political science, Brzezinski outlines a groundbreaking and powerful blueprint for AmericaÕs vital interests in the modern world. In a revised edition with a new epilogue, Brzezinski brings his seminal work up to date with commentary on the latest global developments, including the war in Ukraine, the re-emergence of Russia, and the rise of China.
The New Wars
Author: Herfried Münkler
This text explores the changing nature of warfare in the post-Cold War era. It examines the emergence of new forms of warfare in which warlords, mercenaries and terrorists play an increasingly important role.
The Golden House
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Random House
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Praise for The Golden House “If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author’s head. The Golden House is one of those books. . . . [It] tackles more than a handful of universal truths while feeling wholly original.”—The Associated Press “The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie’s most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie’s best work.”—USA Today “[The Golden House] is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance.”—The Boston Globe
Offers an analysis of the United States and global security that utilizes recent military history and strategy; economic, political, and cultural factors; and foreign policy and security issues to examine the future of war and peace.
Author: Dave Eggers
Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Author: Patrick Lee
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Sam Dryden lives quietly in a small coastal town in southern California, buying and fixing up old houses. It's good physical work that he's come to love. But his peaceful life is shattered when he gets a phone call from an old friend in trouble. A phone call that pulls Dryden into the middle of a situation that's as violent as it is baffling. For FBI agent Marnie Calvert, it all begins at a secluded trailer in the Mojave Desert-the scene of a horrifying crime, but also of an impossible and mysterious act of heroism. At least, it should have been impossible. Determined to learn the truth, what Calvert discovers leads her to Sam Dryden-an ex-Special Forces operative whose ordinary life has suddenly become anything but. Through their actions, Dryden and Calvert have unknowingly placed themselves in the cross-hairs of a frightening and dangerous enemy, the result of a generations-long conspiracy finally coming to fruition. What these people have is a technology that allows them to affect events before they even happen. How they are planning to use it, however, will result in the death of millions. To defeat them, Dryden will need to do more than think fast-he'll need to think around corners, and face down an enemy that can seize on his mistakes before he even makes them. Following the national bestseller Runner, Sam Dryden, Patrick Lee's most indelible creation, returns in one of the most compelling, breathless thrillers yet---Signal.