Yanis Varoufakis


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March 24, 1961

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Let me begin with a confession: I am a Professor of Economics who has never really trained as an economist. While I may have a PhD in Economics, I do not believe I have ever attended more than a few lectures on economics! But let's take things one at a time.

I was born in Athens back in the mists of 1961. Greece was, at the time, struggling to shed the post-civil war veil of totalitarianism. Alas, those hopes were dashed after a brief period of hope and promise. So, by the time I was six, in April of 1967, a military coup d' etat plunged us all into the depths of a hideous neo-Nazi dictatorship. Those bleak days remain with me. They endowed me with a sense of what it means to be both unfree and, at once, convinced that the poss
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ΜέΡΑ25 – το μόνο κόμμα για το οποίο ο πολιτισμός παράγει πολιτική (video)

Το ΜέΡΑ25 δεν χρησιμοποιεί τον πολιτισμό ως προπαγανδιστικό εργαλείο αλλά, αντίθετα, βλέπει τον ακομμάτιστο πολιτισμό ως πηγή έμπνευσης προοδευτικών πολιτικών. Σε αυτή την εκδήλωση που οργάνωσε το DiEM25 και ο πολιτιστικός του βραχίονας, το DiEM Voice, καλλιτέχνες όπως ο Brian Eno, o Bobby Gillespie και η Δανάη Στράτου αλλά και συγγραφείς όπως ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης και ο Σρέτσκο Χόρβατ, μιλούν γι...

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“Had history been democratic in its ways, there would have been no farming and no industrial revolution. Both leaps into the future were occasioned by unbearably painful crises that made most people wish they could recoil into the past.”
Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy

“Most politicians cannot be theorists. First, because they are rarely thinkers; second, because the frenetic lifestyle they impose on themselves leaves no time for big ideas. But most of all because to be a theorist you have to admit the possibility of being wrong – the provisionality of knowledge – and you know you cannot spin your way out of a theoretical problem.”
Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur

“Regular crises perpetuate the past by reinvigorating cycles which started long ago. In contrast, (capital-C) Crises are the past's death knell. They function like laboratories in which the future is incubated. They have given us agriculture and the industrial revolution, technology and the labour contract, killer germs and antibiotics. Once they strike, the past ceases to be a reliable predictor of the future and a brave new world is born.”
Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy

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