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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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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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