Category Archives: Culture news

Germany | ‘Cultural sovereign’ Helmut Kohl built an unlikely legacy

Helmut Kohl initiated a large number of national artistic institutions that changed Germany’s cultural landscape. The government’s art expenditures trebled under Kohl’s 1982-1998 tenure as chancellor.

At the start of his chancellorship, Helmut Kohl was the target of much scorn and malice and frequently criticized for his “provincialism.” The appraisal had improved by the time Kohl’s 16-year reign ended in 1998. The Süddeutsche Zeitung, for example, published a piece titled “His Cultural Sovereign, the Chancellor,” which seemed to blend irony with genuine respect for the fact that the government’s art expenditures had trebled under Kohl’s tenure.

The Poverty of Entrepreneurship: The Silicon Valley Theory of History

How Silicon Valley coopts history for its own autocratic ends.

Why didn’t the Gauls overthrow the Romans? Why was Nat Turner’s revolt defeated so quickly? Why was the Haitian Revolution the only victorious slave rebellion in the Western hemisphere? And how can the answers to these questions help you, an aspiring entrepreneur, build an amazing business?

Fanon on soccer: radically anti-capitalist, anti-commercial and anti-bourgeois

Like a lot of kids the great Martinican/Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon loved playing soccer as a youngster. Returning to Martinique in 1945 after fighting in Europe and North Africa in World War II, Fanon continued to play soccer on a local team.

Roma artists and writers launch cultural institute in Berlin

With a population of around 12 million, the Roma are the largest minority in Europe. Yet they have never had their own cultural institution on the continent—until now. After decades of lobbying by artists and writers, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) was launched at the German foreign ministry in Berlin today (8 June).

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis

WHEN Donald Trump laid into the bishop of Rome during his electoral campaign, some in America—where Catholics represent around a quarter of all voters—wondered whether it would cost him the presidency. The pope had chided Mr Trump for his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico—it was “not Christian”, the pontiff said—and Mr Trump responded with characteristic imprudence. The pope, he said, was “disgraceful”.