Bureaucracy and Neoliberalism

By Yavor Tarinski

Bureaucracy.jpgThe neoliberal bureaucratization of society and of government action seems to be one of the main characteristics of the contemporary world, transcending as it does the diversity of geographical, social, political, and economic situations.

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City, Municipality, Commons: Rebel Cities in the Neoliberal Age

UntitledCity, Municipality, Commons: Rebel Cities in the Neoliberal Age

By Yavor Tarinski

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Weitere Unterstützung für internationale Efrîn

defendafrin1Mit Beginn des Angriffskrieges der türkischen Streitkräfte gegen den nordsyrischen Kanton Efrîn starteten international bekannte Persönlichkeiten wie Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, David Harvey und viele weitere Intellektuelle eine Unterschriftenkampagne, in der sie von den USA, Russland und Iran fordern, Maßnahmen gegen den Angriff der Türkei auf die Souveränität von Syrien zu ergreifen. Continue reading “Weitere Unterstützung für internationale Efrîn”

Self-Limitation and Democracy

By Yavor Tarinski

9687368356_6c01d3ea58_b-750x375[F]or the impulse of mere appetite is slavery, while obedience to a self-prescribed law is liberty.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau[1]

The philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis has often been credited with saying that “democracy is the regime of self-limitation.” [2] But since for him the only true democratic form is direct democracy, this claim might seem a bit odd. Direct democracy has come to be conceived by many, including several critics, as a regime that disconnects society from laws and regulations, resulting in its depolitization and degradation. This concept has understandably raised concerns about what would be the outcomes of the more excessive actions of the masses. Continue reading “Self-Limitation and Democracy”

Μπάνσκο: Ο Αγώνας Ενάντια στην Τουριστική του Ανάπτυξη

Συνεντευξη με τον Yavor Tarinski στην εκπομπή ΒΑΒΥΛΩΝΙΑ.

Ο Νίκος Ιωάννου συζητά με τον Γιάβορ Ταρίνσκι για ένα οικολογικό ζήτημα της γείτονος χώρας μέσα στην καθ’όλα Βαλκανική ατμόσφαιρα των ημερών. Continue reading “Μπάνσκο: Ο Αγώνας Ενάντια στην Τουριστική του Ανάπτυξη”

A coffee with Jacques Rancière beneath the Acropolis

Yavor Tarinski, Yannis Ktenas, Alexandros Schismenos, Nikos Ioannou, Nikos Katsiaounis and Ioanna Maravelidi, from the editorial team of Babylonia, in conversation with Jacques Ranciere, during B-Fest 6, 2017.

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Political Parties: Obstacle to Democracy

By Yavor Tarinski

Neverending RaceIf understood to the letter, a Democracy must be a stateless society. Power belongs to the people insofar as the people exercise it themselves
Giovanni Sartori [1]

The contemporary political model, vulgarly named democracy, is undergoing deep crisis, which can be attributed to many of its systemic features and the political parties are among the main reasons for it. The Party, once encompassing massive social support and powerful movements, has become today synonymous with dishonesty, greed for power and corruption. Many have embarked on journey to recreate it in different ways that strive at mimicking the grassroots, decentralized character of contemporary social movements and the internet. Continue reading “Political Parties: Obstacle to Democracy”

Революционни общини срещу държавата

Автор: Явор Тарински

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O Tejo (1967), автор Carlos Botelho (1899 – 1982)

Днес националната държава претърпява сериозна криза. Въпреки всичките приказки за държавно „изчезване“, настоящият неолиберален модел преминава към нейното преосмисляне. На практика държавният апарат от структура със свой собствен, национален дневен ред бива свеждан до основен налагател на капиталистически догми и производител на съответните антропологични типове (аполитични, предприемчиви консуматори), нужни на настоящата система, за да функционира. Наративи за „ширеща се свобода“ се използват, за да замаскират авторитарното естество на настоящата олигархия. Но държавната роля на пазител на неолибералния ред и неговите основни стълбове, като например неограничения икономически растеж, задълбочава допълнително нейния конфликт с обществото (на какъвто конфликт ставаме свидетели от известно време, и особено съвсем наскоро, по улиците на Барселона, където видяхме кадри, напомнящи за гражданската война от 30-те години на миналия век) и я принуждава често да прибягва до груба сила, като по този начин се делегитими-
зира още повече. Continue reading “Революционни общини срещу държавата”

Ecological Struggles in the Neoliberal Era

By Antonis Broumas and Yavor Tarinski

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Life on this planet, as we know it, is a result of fragile environmental conditions that the contemporary predominant neoliberal system has already began to alter. Capitalism and its doctrine of unlimited economic growth seems to completely neglect this dependency and continues to violently exploit nature for the benefit of tiny elites, thus increasing their already enormous power. Continue reading “Ecological Struggles in the Neoliberal Era”