Democracy, Power, and Europe
At Transform!, Nick Buxton interviews former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who says that the nation-state is dead and democracy in the EU has been replaced by a toxic algorithmic depoliticisation that, if it is not confronted, will lead to depression, disintegration and possibly war in Europe. He calls for a launch of a pan-European movement to democratise Europe, to save it before it is too late. CLICK HERE.
At The Guardian, Evgeny Morozov writes:
Silicon Valley might have the world’s biggest reserves of chutzpah and arrogance, but could it also be laying the foundations of the new economic order? This seems to be the growing consensus among both its critics and cheerleaders; the disagreement is over what kind of order this will prove to be.
Paul Mason’s new book about “post-capitalism” straddles both ends of this debate. It’s the latest contribution to the always-green genre pioneered by Daniel Bell and Peter Drucker decades ago. As everything becomes networked and digital, argues Mason, even our new corporate overlords will be having a hard time containing the radical potential – for new forms of dissent and social organisation – that lies within.
But what if Mason is only half-right? While it’s perfectly possible that, with Silicon Valley at the helm, we will be moving towards one of those “post-” eras, why assume that it would be capitalism and not, say, the idea of social democracy that would be left behind?