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DiEM25 is radicalising, seizing the moment, upping our game. Join us?

, 22/11/2021

A message for DiEM25 members: We are on the cusp for our paneuropean movement’s second, more radical, terribly necessary phase. Are you in? DiEM25 is your movement. Existing members, please go to https://diem25.org/YESlets to let us know that you’re in. Everyone else, you can get a full membership at https://internal.diem25.org/users/sig…

Visionary realism : Chatting with Noam Chomsky & Ann Pettifor on a green future beyond capitalism

, 17/11/2021

The context is the fraud and fiasco also known as Cop26. The frame is DiEM25’s COP-OFF video chats. And the purpose is to discuss whether there was ever a possibility of Cop26 yielding a significant prospect for a timely green transition. In this discussion Noam, Ann and I agree: Yes, the Green New Deal is […]

LA STAMPA interview on the Italian edition of ANOTHER NOW: From Marinnetti & the Sex Pistols to Hephaestus & favourite books

, 17/11/2021

On the occasion of the publication of my ANOTHER NOW in Italian (Un Altro Presente), La Stampa put to me some quirky and irreverent questions. Just in case you wanted to read them, and my answers, in the English original, here they are. Have fun! Marinetti and the Sex Pistols are milestones for Costa: is […]

Talking to the Bunker about ANOTHER NOW

, 16/11/2021

Renowned economist, politician, and author Yanis Varoufakis stopped by the Bunker to talk about his latest book, Another Now, which is an alternate history in which our world developed into a post-capitalist world after the economic crash in 2008. Yanis shared the story of how he was politicized early after the Greek civil war and his father’s imprisonment, […]

Assessing the Biden Presidency one year after his election – Rick Wolf & Yanis Varoufakis

, 06/11/2021

In this edition of THE INTERNATIONALIST, following news from the global struggle against reactionaries, Rick Wolf and I discuss the US situation (from the 8th minute onwards). Yes, it has been one year since Joe Biden came into office. While he is at COP26 making weak and unconvincing commitments on the climate, the global crisis […]

Explaining to friend & comrade Slavoj Zizek that which why I didn’t get a chance to tell my father: why I think capitalism has evolved into technofeudalism

, 06/11/2021

I must have been no older than five or six when my dad introduced me to the idea that technological progress forces the pace of history. I remember him explaining how written records coincided with humanity’s ability to smelt copper tools. Of how history accelerated when ancient smiths progressed from copper to forging iron tools […]

Can capitalism be fixed? An Intelligence Squared debate between Gillian Tett (Yes!) and Yanis Varoufakis (No!)

, 06/11/2021

Gillian Tett, the Financial Times Chair of the Editorial Board & Editor-at-large, believes that capitalism can be fixed, through copious regulation and institutional interventions. I, on the other hand, not only think that capitalism cannot be fixed but, additionally, that capitalism has made itself irrelevant through a surreptitious transformation into a new version of the […]

Star Trek vs The Matrix: Chatting with Briahna Joy Gray about my ANOTHER NOW on BAD FAITH

, 06/11/2021

Truly enjoyed this chat with Briahna Joy Gray which began with a discussion of my novel ANOTHER NOW, and the question of what a non-capitalist world could look like in the here and now, and drifted nicely to our favourite show, Star Trek – the ultimate depiction of a liberal communism worth working towards; which […]

What’s behind our #yourNHSneedsYou campaign: DiEM25 ushering in a new way of doing progressive politics – The New Statesman

, 06/11/2021

A new campaign to save the NHS from privatisation-from-within (#yourNHSneedsYou) is going from strength to strength  in the UK. In this New Statesman article,  Yanis Varoufakis, Nathalie Bennett and John McDonnell explain why and how the NHS is being eaten up from within by Big Tech, Big Pharma and Big Business more generally. What makes […]

Σκληρό Μαρκάρισμα Νο. 6.Με τον Γιώργο Ευγενίδη

, 13/10/2021

Χωρίς απαγορευμένες ή υπαγορευμένες ερωτήσεις. Χωρίς ταμπού θέματα ή προσυμφωνημένες ατζέντες. Συνεντεύξεις όπως πρέπει να γίνονται. Στο έκτο «Σκληρό Μαρκάρισμα» απαντώ στις ερωτήσεις του Γιώργου Ευγενίδη για το ενδεχόμενο εκλογών και για το αν διάγουμε μια προεκλογική χρονιά, για την οικονομία και την ανάπτυξη, για την αμυντική συμφωνία με τη Γαλλία και τον αστάθμητο παράγοντα […]

ANOTHER NOW: Socialist Alternatives to Capitalism Explored in New Novel – On Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman

, 11/10/2021

In an extended interview with Yanis Varoufakis, member of the Greek Parliament and former finance minister of Greece, we discuss his new novel, “Another Now,” and why he chose to write fiction after years of nonfiction. “All my life as a lefty, I had to find ways of escaping the poignant question: ‘If you don’t like […]

On Merkel’s Legacy, European Politics & the “Sordid Arms Race” on the Seas – On Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman

, 11/10/2021

The centre-left Social Democratic Party in Germany has narrowly claimed victory in an election that marks an end to the 16-year era of Angela Merkel’s conservative chancellorship. We look at what this means for Europe and the world with Yanis Varoufakis, a member of the Greek Parliament and the former finance minister of Greece. The […]

Μανιφέστο εναντίον της αναδυόμενης Τεχνοφεουδαρχίας σε 15′ – Βουλή 21/9/2021

, 28/09/2021

Όταν ζούσα στην Αυστραλία, είχα συναντήσει οδηγούς φορτηγών που το προηγούμενο βράδυ είχαν απολυθεί από την εταιρεία τους, η οποία τους έλεγε μην ανησυχούν καθώς θα τους έφερνε νέες συμβάσεις το 1991, με τις οποίες όμως θα έπρεπε να δανειστούν και να βάλουν υποθήκη το σπίτι τους για να μπορέσουν να αγοράσουν τα οχήματα τους […]

ANOTHER NOW – Interviewed by Radio New Zealand

, 27/09/2021

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 […]

Hypatia: my choice of a great life to re-visit and celebrate – on BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives

, 27/09/2021

When I was still in primary school, I sought my mum’s help in countering a friend’s bigoted assertion that “women are useless”, which he had based on the fact that our teachers never mentioned a single woman mathematician or scientist. My mum’s reply came immediately: Hypatia! So, when the producers of BBC Radio 4’s Great […]

Gillian Tett & Yanis Varoufakis, through their books Anthrovision & Another Now, revisit capitalism – An IQ2 event, live and in situ, Union Chapel, London, Monday 4th Oct 2021

, 20/09/2021

SPEAKERS Yanis Varoufakis: Greek MP & former finance minister of Greece and author of Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present Gillian Tett: Chairman of the US editorial board and U.S editor-at-large at the Financial Times Gillian Tett is the pioneering columnist who has spent the last decade documenting the rise of ‘conscious capitalism’, a movement led […]

Remembering Mikis Theodorakis – BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight

, 03/09/2021

My first inkling that his music was significant was when my parents warned me – I must have been 6 or 7 yrs old – that merely whistling a Theodorakis tune was an arrestable offence – such was the fear that his music caused in the minds of our fascist rulers during the awful dictatorship […]

Barcelona City Council’s fight to shield flamingoes from rent-seeking flights of fancy: An excellent case study in municipalism vs corporate greed

, 05/08/2021

Covid-19 forced billions of humans to re-assess the way we live, work and travel. Monstrous wildfires (from British Columbia to Greece and Croatia) and murderous floods (e.g. Germany) have confirmed that which we should have known: We, humans, have damaged the planet, possibly, beyond repair. Against this background, it is heartbreaking to observe how our […]

Προς Κεραμέως: “Είστε για την Παιδεία ότι το ΤΑΙΠΕΔ για την Δημόσια Περιουσία!”

, 02/08/2021

Κυρία Κεραμέως, αναρωτηθήκατε ποτέ γιατί κανένας συνάδελφός σας Υπουργός Παιδείας χωρών στις οποίες στέλνετε τα παιδιά σας να σπουδάσουν, κανένας τους δεν εισήγαγε ποτέ ελάχιστη βάση εισαγωγής; Και μην διαμαρτυρηθείτε, μην πείτε άλλη μία φορά ότι αυτό δεν ισχύει! Μην επαναλάβετε το λάθος που κάνατε τότε που μιλούσαμε περί πανεπιστημιακής Αστυνομίας και επιμένατε ότι υπάρχει […]

Πρόσωπο με Πρόσωπο Νο.5: Απαντώντας σε 10 νέες βιντεο-ερωτήσεις σας

, 02/08/2021

Στο 5ο «Πρόσωπο με Πρόσωπο» απαντώ σε 10 νέες ερωτήσεις σας: 0:0:16 – Καταστολή και αυταρχισμός της κυβέρνησης κατά το δοκούν 0:2:38 – Απλή αναλογική και προεκλογικές ή μετεκλογικές συνεργασίες 0:6:27 – Πιθανά χαρακτηριστικά μιας κοινωνικής επανάστασης το 2021 0:10:09 – Τα κόμματα καρτέλ που κυριαρχούν στο κοινοβούλιο 0:11:37 – Το voucher των 150 ευρώ […]

What political lessons can we learn from football? A lively chat with Brian Eno, Ken Loach & Roger Waters (plus a short text on the politics of football)

, 16/07/2021

On this, the 6th edition of LET’S TALK IT OVER, the whole gang (Brian Eno, Ken Loach, Yanis Varoufakis & Roger Waters, chaired as always by Frank Barat) is on stage – to chat about lessons progressives must/can learn from… football. It turned out a fun, and possibly, insightful, hour. Whatever the quality of our […]

Discussing books by Atwood, Balchain & Reid with Harriet Gilbert & Patrick McGrath – On BBC Radio 4’s A GOOD READ

, 05/07/2021

In this episode of Radio 4’s THE GOOD READ, I found myself choosing Margaret Atwood’s treatise on debt (Payback: Debt & The Shadow Side of Wealth) for discussion with presenter Harriet Gilbert and author Patrick McGrath. In Payback, Atwood examines money lending throughout the ages and how it has been portrayed in classic literature. Meanwhile, […]

Who is afraid of Julian Assange? Why are they so determined to suck the life slowly out of his body?

, 03/07/2021

My dear friend Julian continues to waste away in Britain’ Guantanamo, the victim of ruthless Western governments determined to suck his life slowly from his body as a cautionary tale to anyone who dares expose inconvenient truths. DiEM25, the movement that Julian co-founded, is moving heaven and earth to stop them. Today, Saturday 3rd July, […]

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