Center for Social Theory and Comparative History Annual Colloquium with Stathis Kouvelakis, King's College London, Political Theory and Costas Lapavitsas, University of London, Economics.
Greece is the site of the most devastating crisis to hit a European nation since the 1930s, of a depth of economic dislocation and breadth of social destruction approaching that of the Great Depression. It is the country within the advanced capitalist world where austerity policy has been taken to its most devastating extreme, imposed by the troika of European Commission, European Central Bank, and IMF, in collaboration with a succession of Greek governments. It is the polity in Europe where popular resistance has reached perhaps the highest point, both in terms of mass action and experimentation with innovative forms of democratic organization (Syntagma Square); where polarization within the electoral arena has proceeded the farthest, with the emergence of Syriza on the Left and the rise of the nazi Golden Dawn on the Right; and where the reduction of living standards across the board has been greatest. The speakers will examine the Greek political-economic cauldron by placing it within the deepening European (and global) crisis and analyzing the evolving interactions among Eurozone economic policy, domestic popular mobilization and class struggle, and party-political conflict.
Stathis Kouvelakis is a professor in Political Theory at King’s College London. He is the author of Philosophy and Revolution. From Kant to Marx (2003) and the co-editor, of Lenin Reloaded. Towards a Politics of Truth (Duke, 2007), as well as a member of the editorial board of the French journals Contretemps and La Pensée.
Costas Lapavitsas is a professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the lead author of the new Research on Money and Finance report “Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis,” as well as Crisis in the Eurozone (Verso 2012). His book Profiting Without Producing. How Finance Exploits All will be published later this year.
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