The world situation has long been described as a dead end. Billions of people in every region of the world, suffering from high prices, poverty, unemployment and indebtedness, are looking for a way out. Amidst this economic crisis, and the authoritarian political regimes that limit the political sphere to raise social demands, it is clear that the way out must extend beyond the existing economic, political and social. We spoke with Prabhat Patnaik, one of the most respected economists in the world, whose books, articles and columns have been translated into every language, about the crisis of neoliberal capitalism, authoritarian regimes and “what to do” about the alternatives to this impasse.
Our ‘special series on neoliberalism’ continues with an interview on ‘Neoliberalism and Welfare’ with our guest Susanne Soederberg. Studying subjects such as the political economy of housing and the geopolitics of indebtedness, Soederberg published the monograph Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population. In her latest work, Urban Displacements: Governing Surplus and Survival in Global Capitalism, Soederberg analyses the housing question through the case studies of Berlin, Vienna and Dublin.
In the first interview of our series, we spoke with Pınar Bedirhanoğlu on “neoliberalism and the state” in a broad intellectual framework ranging from the capitalist state to the modern state form, from the political Islamist transformation of society in Turkey to corruption across the globe, from class relations transformed by financialization to the struggle of labor. We hope that this in-depth discussion will serve to clear up a myriad of confusion about the state-market-society triangle, on which there has been much debating but no consensus has yet been reached.
Primarily with their sheer presence, FUL and organisations with a similar orientation reveal that despite all odds, people are driven to make time to pursue knowledge and science for their inherent values, and that it is wrong to commercialise institutions which hope to foster these efforts.
Our special series on neoliberalism, which we initiated with an interview with Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, titled “Neoliberalism and the State”, continues with an interview with Intan Suwandi, where we discussed imperialism. Focusing primarily on the transformation of imperialist relations of exploitation in the neoliberal globalization process, the interview covers many issues ranging from the current forms of global division of labor to the post-Covid-19 world
This interview series will serve to both critique a social reality fraught with contradictions sharpened by the day and rethink the theoretical arsenal indispensable to the construction of an egalitarian society.
Sci-Hub today holds considerable significance for scientific knowledge. Ranging from university students to professors, many in the science community have to call on Sci-Hub in order to autonomously produce and access knowledge. We spoke with Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub, about what makes our path converge with that of science on this platform.