‘Europe is Kaput’ – Žižek, Varoufakis and Assange on the Links Between the Global Economy, the Refugee Crisis and Terrorism

If you have two hours to spare sometime over the next few days (and I know that my friends in the US will), here’s an entertaining discussion from 16 November at London’s Southbank Centre entitled “Europe is Kaput” with philosopher (and arguably the world’s best known Slovenian) Slavoj Žižek, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who discuss (among many other things) both broadly and succinctly the inherent links between the global economy, the refugee crisis and terrorism. Žižek and Varoufakis are firmly rooted in the European left but some of their harshest critiques are directed towards the left, particularly from Žižek who saves some of his sharpest barbs for his comrades.

Given the timing, a large chunk of the two hours –those that Žižek didn’t fully succeed in dominating 🙂 — focus on the refugee crisis that has enveloped Europe and on the November 13 IS/Daesh attacks in Paris, but there’s also a solid analysis and critique –most of it from Varoufakis– of the inherent flaws of the European Union, the euro and growing Corporatocracy of Europe. The EU has it roots, as Varoufakis reminds us, as a “cartel of heavy industry“.

There’s a lot to listen to and wade through. Sociology student Alainah Rook has transcribed and summarized sizable portions of the discussion here (thanks Alainah!).

 

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