Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economist and the former Greek Minister of Finance. He describes himself as a libertarian Marxist, or as he jokes, “totally confused.”
However, if this TED Talk is any indication he is anything but confused. In twenty minutes he lays out what I have been trying to say throughout this website. The economic and political spheres are decoupled; democracy does not extend to the economic sphere; the economic sphere is eating the political sphere’s lunch; our choice for the future is between a “Matrix-like” dystopia and a Star Trek economy; and finally, this choice must be made democratically.
Take twenty minutes to watch this video. Then take as much time as necessary to let the ideas he presents sink in. This is good stuff, worth watching and re-watching.
Thumbnail Image courtesy of TED Conference via flickr