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Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economist and politician. A former academic, he served as the Greek Minister of Finance from January to July 2015 under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. He has been Secretary-General of MeRA25, the political party he founded in 2018.

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Yes, Windfall Taxes on Big Oil Are Warranted—But That's Not All

While windfall taxes are undoubtedly justified, their efficacy is suspect.

Yanis Varoufakis ·


Europe's Energy System Is a Scam Against Its Own People

"If this sounds complicated, it is because it was intended to be complicated so that the citizens of Europe do not understand that this is a scam against them."

Yanis Varoufakis ·


We Need Public Utilities and We Need Them Now

The European Union's power sector is a good example of what market fundamentalism has done to electricity networks the world over. With the end of cheap natural gas, retail consumers and businesses are paying the price for their governments' embrace of a shoddy theory.

Yanis Varoufakis ·


Who Is to Blame for Inflation? The Power Brokers of Capitalism

A half-century long power play, led by corporations, Wall Street, governments, and central banks, has gone badly wrong.

Yanis Varoufakis ·


The Urgent Peace Those Who Support Ukraine Must Demand

With the world teetering on the edge of recession and the developing world facing a spiral of hunger and forced migration, it would be a grave error to dismiss those calling for a negotiated peace.

Yanis Varoufakis ·


Macron's Centrist Win Over Le Pen Also Shows Why Neoliberalism Strengthens the Right

French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected because he succeeded in presenting himself as the epitome of the efficient, competent administrator. But the election also showed that more voters than ever want the system blown up, not better managed.

Yanis Varoufakis ·


Let's Not Stop With the Russian Oligarchy

Why is oligarchy, which means rule (arche) by the few (oligoi), considered an exclusively Russian phenomenon?

Yanis Varoufakis ·


Why We Must Challenge Zuckerberg's Ring of Power

Learning to appreciate that control is an illusion is hard, especially when we are prepared to sacrifice almost everything, to pay any price, to control others. But if we are to stop others—Mark Zuckerberg, for example—from controlling us, it is a lesson we must learn.

Yanis Varoufakis ·

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