Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned as Finance Minister for Greece's Syriza-led government on Monday, July 6, 2015, is the author of The Global Minotaur and a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow him on Twitter: @yanisvaroufakis

 

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Instead of wasting energy on an ineffective wealth tax, progressives should concentrate on a three-pronged strategy. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Redistribution Games
The Olympic 100-meter final is about to begin. The crowd roars at the sound of the starting gun. The sprinters are off. But, after 30 meters, the frontrunners slow down, as if in solidarity with the laggards. They have not chosen to do so, but new rules set strict limits on the maximum distance...
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People pass by The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 3, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 31, 2020
The Post-Capitalist Hit of the Summer
On August 12, something extraordinary happened. The news broke that, in the first seven months of 2020, the United Kingdom’s economy had suffered its largest contraction ever (a drop in national income exceeding 20%). The London Stock Exchange reacted with a rise in the FTSE 100 by more than 2%. On...
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For the oligarchs and functionaries of Big Tech, Big Pharma, and other megafirms, who got on famously with the strongmen in authority, globalization proceeded apace. (Photo: Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 28, 2020
A Chronicle of a Lost Decade Foretold
To exorcise my worst fears about the coming decade, I chose to write a bleak chronicle of it. If, by December 2030, developments have invalidated it, I hope such dreary prognoses will have played a part by spurring us to appropriate action. Before our pandemic-induced lockdowns, politics seemed to...
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Critics of the “frugal” northern EU governments point out some striking disparities. Photo: Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Solidarity Is Not What Europe Needs
Even if Britain and America were never really divided by a common language, as George Bernard Shaw once quipped, contemporary Europe is certainly divided by a single word that was meant to represent the European Union’s foundation stone: solidarity. A malevolent demon seeking to maximize European...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a campaign stop at The River Center on December 28, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Warren wants to rein in capitalism's excesses but calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads. Views
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Imagining a World Without Capitalism
ATHENS — Anti-capitalists had a miserable year. But so did capitalism. While the defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the United Kingdom this month threatened the radical left’s momentum, particularly in the United States, where the presidential primaries loom, capitalism found itself under...
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Yanis Varoufakis, leader of the anti-establishment European Realistic Disobedience Front (MeRA25) movement, DiEM25's electoral wing in Greece, during a press conference following the European parliamentary elections earlier this year. (Photo: Aris Missinis/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Another Europe Is Possible
As harsh austerity and xenophobic nationalist fester in Europe, former Greek finance minister and DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis discusses his antidote to the crisis with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White in the following interview first published at the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) here ...
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With the climate strikers marching on their front feet—and the old guard caught retreating on its heels—we have a clear opportunity to achieve a true systems change. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A Recession Is Coming. When It Does, We Need to Demand a Green New Deal.
American carnage and Brexit collapse, detention camps and environmental breakdown—the daily barrage of bad news makes it easy to forget that these are disparate symptoms of the same disease unleashed by the 2008 financial crisis. Back then, activists in Europe and the US pushed for a holistic cure...
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Journalists who fail to oppose Assange’s extradition to the US could be next on the hit list of a president who considers them the “enemy of the people.”(Photo: Reuters) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
First They Came for Assange
My meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange all took place in the same small room. As the intelligence services of a variety of countries know, I visited Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy many times between the fall of 2015 and December 2018. What these snoops do not know is the relief I...
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  Break in: communist-affiliated PAME union members force their way into the labour ministry in Athens during a 2018 protest. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki /AFP/Getty) Views
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Let’s Change Europe From the Ground Up
The 2008 global financial crisis — the modern 1929 crash — set off a vicious chain reaction across Europe. By 2010 it had irreparably damaged the foundations of the eurozone, causing the establishment to bend its own rules and commit crimes against logic in order to bail out its banker friends. By...
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"Trump takes a look at the trade flows with the rest of the G7 and comes to an inescapable conclusion: he cannot possibly lose a trade war." (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) Views
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If Trump Wants to Blow Up the World Order, Who Will Stop Him?
Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality. In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become...
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