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Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Writing for PS since 2015
96 commentaries
5 videos & podcasts

Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece, is leader of the MeRA25 party and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. 

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  1. The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness
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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Nov 24, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.

  2. Where in the World Can the Left Find Its Way?
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    Where in the World Can the Left Find Its Way?

    Nov 1, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis shows why it is not only Iranians who need their country’s ongoing rebellion.

  3. How the West Poisoned Its Money
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    How the West Poisoned Its Money

    Sep 21, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis explains why inflation can’t cure investors’ addiction to more than a decade of often-negative interest rates.

  4. Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets
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    Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets

    Aug 29, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis explains why Europe’s embrace of marginal-cost pricing was a bad idea in theory and even worse in practice.

  5. Sympathy for Germany
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    Sympathy for Germany

    Jul 26, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis can relate to the predicament of a country whose economic model is kaput and whose people face condescension.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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