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8 Answers to 8 Questions on Economic Theory, Economic Policy, Humanity & Capitalism – interviewed for The Age of Economics

, 16/05/2021

 In this extensive interview, for the good people at The Age of Economics, I try to answer eight large questions ranging from “Why does economics matter?” and “What are the differences between economics and natural science or engineering?” to “Is capitalism a natural system, given human nature, for serving humanity’s purposes?”. 1. Why does economics […]

Techno-Feudalism & the End of Capitalism – interviewed by Alice Flanagan for NOW THEN

, 16/05/2021

“If you know of Yanis Varoufakis, you know him as the economist and Greek finance minister whose nuanced analyses of the crisis of 2008 became perhaps the defining voice among left-wing critics of global finance. If you don’t know who he is, it’s never too late to get to know him – and conveniently Yanis’s most recent […]

From the peculiar failure of economic theory to capitalism’s transition to technofeudalism: A discussion with Ilan Pappé

, 16/05/2021

We met to discuss economic theory’s curious failures, how they relate to neoliberalist ideology, the manner in which the Crash of 2008 gave rise to the transition of capitalism to technofeudalism, and the prospects of international solidarity to give humanity a chance to escape both technofeudalism and the climate emergency. However, we spent the first […]

Debating the EU with Douglas Murray on UNHERD – video

, 16/05/2021

“The EU has had a difficult pandemic. A slow procurement of vaccines, followed by a botched rollout, and blame-shifting by its leaders has drawn together critics from all politics stripes. Two of unlikely bedfellows from very different political traditions, Douglas Murray and Yanis Varoufakis, joined Freddie Sayers for a discussion about the bloc at an […]

mέta is here! (DiEM25’s Centre for Postcapitalist Civilisation) Read about its purpose & watch our digital launch

, 15/05/2021

Following the Crash of 2008, Capitalism has begun morphing into a form of Technofeudalism – a transformation that the pandemic accelerated and reinforced. We are, thus, already living in postcapitalist times. Dystopian times. Times that bear no resemblance to those we dreamed of as Socialists, as Democrats, as children of the Enlightenment. Can we overturn […]

Discussing events in Palestine with Ilan Pappé

, 15/05/2021

In the context of a long discussion organised by the University of Exeter, on the transition from capitalism to technofeudalism, we dedicated 15′ discussing recent events in Palestine/Israel and the manner in which the Israeli state is pursuing its Apartheid policies both within Israel and the Occupied Territories For the broader discussion click here.

When the truth of Israel’s Apartheid is replaced with missile and assorted violence data reporting

, 13/05/2021

Imagine if reports of riots in Soweto against Apartheid never mentioned Apartheid but only concentrated on the violence of the youths or the loss of life and property caused by militant blacks. This is what we are being treated to today in Western media reports ftom Palestine. When the truth is replaced by silence, a […]

mέta – DiEM25’s & MeRA25’s Centre for Postcapitalist Civilisation premiers tonight, 13th May, at 19.00CET

, 12/05/2021

Imagine the world anew, together.  Thursday 13 May 2021, at 19.00CET (17.00GMT, 20.00 Athens time), streaming at mέta’s YouTube channel and at facebook.com/meta.cpc. Through a sequence of intensifying crises, capitalism has already morphed into a dystopian postmodern, hi-tech version of feudalism. Postcapitalism is, thus, already here. Through art and research, argument and poetry, mέta, the […]

ANOTHER NOW: Why a science fiction novel on the alternatives to capitalism we could have had today? – Festival of Debate

, 09/05/2021

In conversation with Sara Hill, Festival of Debate, Sheffield Imagine a world with no banks. No stock market. No tech giants. No billionaires. Imagine if Occupy and Extinction Rebellion actually won. ANOTHER NOW, my political science fiction novel, examines what such a world would look like through the eyes of three characters: Iris, a disillusioned […]

The Eternal Marx: Reviewing Shlomo Avineri’s KARL MARX: PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

, 04/05/2021

Shlomo Avineri’s recent biography demolishes the charge that Karl Marx was a self-hating anti-Semite. And by dragging Marx, kicking and screaming, back into the Rhinish Jewish community that shaped him, Avineri yields new insights pertinent to today’s global challenges. Shlomo Avineri, Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution, Yale University Press, 2019. The problem with egotists is that […]

Football Takes Capitalism Out of Bounds – Project Syndicate

, 04/05/2021

Europe has discovered its moral Rubicon, the frontier beyond which commodification becomes intolerable. The line in the sand that Europeans refuse to cross, come what may, has just been drawn. We bowed to bankers who almost blew up capitalism, bailing them out at the expense of our weakest citizens. We turned a blind eye to […]

Listen now to the Communist Manifesto, including the new introduction of the latest Penguin edition

, 24/04/2021

Penguin’s recent edition of the Communist Manifesto is now available on audio here and here. (Meanwhile, here is an extract of my introduction to the Manifesto – as it appeared in The Guardian. For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with images and ideas […]

Another Now Beyond Technofeudalism – in conversation with Giuseppe Iannaccone, Professor of Electronics at the University of Pisa

, 18/04/2021

A conversation on the vision in my political science fiction novel ANOTHER NOW for an alternative world, beyond the present version of capitalism – which I call Technofeudalism. Here is a statement by Giuseppe Iannaccone on ANOTHER NOW before we had our discussion (which you can watch above): Another Now is a fascinating book. It […]

‘The Austerity Doctrine in the Time of Coronavirus’: Crucial Q&A on post-pandemic austerity with Brian Eno & Yanis Varoufakis plus special guests Stephanie Kelton & Naomi Klein

, 16/04/2021

In the 3rd episode of Let’s Talk It Over regulars Brian Eno and Yanis Varoufakis welcomed very special guests Stephanie Kelton and Naomi Klein to discuss The Austerity Doctrine in the Time of Coronavirus. Here are some of the questions tackled in the program: Austerians for years told us that all hell would be unleashed on […]

A Covid-19 counterfactual for Europe – Project Syndicate

, 10/04/2021

Imagine that the coronavirus pandemic, rather than undermining confidence in the European Union, had strengthened it. Imagine that Covid-19 had persuaded EU leaders to overcome years of acrimony and fragmentation. Imagine that it had catalysed the emergence this year of a stronger, more integrated bloc to which the world looked for global leadership. Imagine. It […]

Everything Must Change! DiEM-TV’s lockdown interviews now available as a book

, 05/04/2021

As the pandemic placed capitalism in suspended animation, dividing us between the privileged who could afford to quarantine ourselves and those who risked life and limb keeping the world’s wheels turning, DiEM-TV went into action. Srecko Horvat and I began a series of livestreamed discussions with one aim in mind: to keep alive the hope […]

What Europe Must Now Do – DiEM25’s Progressive European Policy Agenda for the 2020s

, 01/04/2021

Covid-19 has unveiled the EU’s lack of institutions that can address a public health crisis. It has also confirmed that the EU continues to lack the institutions necessary to reduce the economic imbalances which undermine the Union, suppress investment and cause preventable economic failures that undercut the life prospects of the majority of Europeans. Lastly, […]

Draghi’s outrageous deployment of McKinsey, Europe’s predicament, DiEM25’s proposals – La Stampa

, 15/03/2021

Last week, upon hearing that Mario Draghi, as Italy’s new PM, employed McKinsey to advise the government on how to spend the billions of the EU Recovery Fund, I tweeted, in anger and frustration: So predictable, so sad: Mario Draghi hired McKinsey to ‘organise’ Italy’s distribution of the Recovery Fund monies. What next? Get the […]

Transcending Technofeudalism is necessary but insufficient. To shape postcapitalism progressives need a feisty, autonomous feminist movement

, 10/03/2021

Crises affect women more than they do men. Every crisis, economic or environmental, weakens women and the cause of defeating patriarchy. DiEM25 policies bolster women by tackling the crises which weaken them. But, these policies are not enough. Without an autonomous feminist movement that tackles power everywhere, patriarchy will not be defeated. To this purpose […]

The Goldilocks Stimulus Myth – Project Syndicate, The Kathmandu Post

, 09/03/2021

Both supporters and critics of US President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan assume that there is a dollar amount that is just right. In fact, no such figure exists: every possible stimulus size is simultaneously too little and too big. ATHENS – US President Joe Biden, facing the great challenge of stimulating his country’s […]

Capitalism has become Technofeudalism | UpFront interview on Al Jazeera

, 21/02/2021

A recent Oxfam study found that since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s richest 10 billionaires have seen a wealth increase of half a trillion dollars – enough to pay for every person on the planet to get a vaccine. In this UpFront special, Marc Lamont Hill discusses with economist and former Greek […]

‘Trumpism after Trump’ – Premier of LET’S TALK IT OVER, co-hosted by Roger Waters & Yanis Varoufakis

, 21/02/2021

In the premiere of LET’S TALK IT OVER, Noura Erakat and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor are the guests of Yanis Varoufakis and Roger Waters to discuss TRUMPISM AFTER TRUMP.

The Consequences of Capitalism – Guest Lecture at the U of Arizona, 16th February 2021

, 19/02/2021

Invited by Noam Chomsky and Marvin Waterstone, here is an audio of the lecture I delivered to University of Arizona students on ‘The Consequences of Capitalism”

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