Political Art Today

Art and politics have always had a symbiotic way: politics produces the substance and fabric of art, and art delivers political vision and guidance. The fine arts have often served as a vanguard and driving force of political opposition and, ideally, even an instrument of political change. But does this still apply today? And should art be political in the first place?

Art for your sake...

We don’t have to debate whether art should be political – it always is.

Last night a DJ saved ...

Disco has done a lot for world peace. Not convinced? Just head to the club and see for yourself.

Displacement is the Ne...

We asked American poet Kenneth Goldsmith to share his views on political art with us. Here’s what he has to say:

Between a rock and a h...

Artists who interfere in political issues are named and shamed. Those who don't are criticized for their passivity.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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