Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

In this series of conversations, economist Yanis Varoufakis further explores the question of whether the current form of globalised capitalism is forcing democracy towards its ultimate demise.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

When Greece’s financial problems reached their peak in 2015, Syriza’s finance minister was the economist Yanis Varoufakis. Since leaving the Greek government, Varoufakis has written a series of books arguing that politics and economics do not exist in isolation, including And The Weak Suffer What They Must? and Talking to My Daughter About the Economy. In this series of conversations, he further explores the question of whether the current form of globalised capitalism is forcing democracy towards its ultimate demise. In a wide-ranging strand of discussions with politicians and writers from around the world, Varoufakis explores the ways in which democracy can be restored to health.

Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Yanis Varoufakis with Shami Chakrabarti
THE ECONOMICS OF LIBERTY
Saturday 18 August 15:15 - 16:15
Former Finance Minister in the Greek government Yanis Varoufakis has written several influential books. Adults in the Room was described as ‘one of the greatest political memoirs of all time’, while Talking to My Daughter About the Economy is a lightning-quick account of the links between the economy and politics. He discusses his ideas with Shami Chakrabarti, Labour peer and former director of Liberty.

Yanis Varoufakis
GIVING DEMOCRACY NEW LIFE
Sunday 19 August 20:15 - 21:15
Former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis is a champion of the new political movement DiEM25 and author of the bestselling analysis of European austerity policies and rising American authoritarianism, And the Weak Suffer What They Must? He joins us today to discuss the challenges and how democracy can be revitalised.

Jeremy Corbyn with Yanis Varoufakis
THE RESURGENCE OF SOCIALISM
Monday 20 August 20:30 - 21:30
The remarkable transformation of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn caught commentators by surprise. Against a backdrop of mainstream media scepticism, Corbyn galvanised his grassroots support and denied Theresa May an overall majority at the last election. As part of his Killing Democracy? series, Greek economist and author Yanis Varoufakis talks to the Labour leader about the renaissance of the left and the future of democracy.

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