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Yanis Varoufakis

Moderated by Scott Ludlam

So many facets of our current financial system are unsound - it's time to imagine something new. Yanis Varoufakis, former Finance Minister of Greece, shares theories and hopes for a new world.

On Stream | Talks & Ideas | Live from Sydney Opera House

"I call it techno-feudalism. I don’t call it capitalism anymore."
Yanis Varoufakis

It doesn't have to be this way

From the GFC to global warming to the global pandemic, the world economy and environment has suffered some major knocks. Governments around the world are reluctant to make the sorts of major reforms that many are calling for. In the meantime, corporate tax evasion is rampant, public health and education are being stripped of resources, environmental targets are being ignored or not met, our reliance on cheap labour is exploiting our most vulnerable, and societies are becoming more unequal. 

So what do we do about it? What radical new ideas can turn us towards a better future? Watch these two great minds grapple with the problems that will make or break our future. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Cheat sheet: Yanis Varoufakis

Everything you need to know about author, economist, politician and Antidote headliner Yanis Varoufakis

More about Yanis Varoufakis...

Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece and the author of books that reveal and explain the catastrophic mishandling of Europe since the financial crisis. Born in Athens in 1961, Yanis Varoufakis was a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the USA before he entered government and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. Since resigning from Greece's finance ministry he co-founded an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, which campaigns for the revival of democracy in Europe.

More about Scott Ludlam...

Scott Ludlam was a senator from 2008 to 2017 and served as deputy leader of the Australian Greens. He has also worked as a filmmaker, artist and graphic designer. Full Circle is his first book, the fruit of a life of activism, study and travel.

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