A well-known critic of the neoliberal world order, economist Yanis Varoufakis believes capitalism has become ‘techno-feudalism’ – with tech companies and Covid making the rich even richer and the poor poorer. But he also believes there is a democratic socialist alternative, which he presents in his 2020 novel Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present.
Varoufakis asks us to imagine what in 2025 a fairer and more equal society might look like. It’s a post-capitalist world in which work, money, land, digital networks and politics have been democratised — and where global imbalances and climate change cancel each other out.
Varoufakis was appointed as the Finance Minister of Greece in 2015, and led the country’s negotiations with European leaders during the Greek government-debt crisis, following austerity measures that brought the country to the brink of ruin.
He currently appears as part of the streaming Andidote 2021: Alternative Futures Festival presented by the Sydney Opera House.
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