"Populism," as a political concept, gained mainstream traction over the 2010s as the neoliberal consensus broke down internationally. But what is populist theory and what is its relationship to the twentieth-century Marxist thought from which it developed? In this piece, Stathis Kouvélakis offers a critical examination of the political logic of Ernesto Laclau’s theory of populism.
This open letter, signed among others by Virginie Despentes, Adèle Haenel, Annie Ernaux, Jean-François Bayart and Alexis Jenni, deplores the fact that the link between Western military interventions and terrorist attacks is never questioned.
After 4 years in power, SYRIZA were defeated in both recent elections, finishing behind the conservative New Democracy party in each. In this article written in the wake of the European election but before the results were announced of the legislative election, two leading members of the Greek left Costas Lapavitsas and Stathis Kouvelakis reflect on the reasons for SYRIZA's defeat and what it would take for the radical left to once more win power.
Pasokification isn’t the only neologism to come out of the Greek experience of the recent years. What followed Pasokification was Syrizification, and this process proved at least equally devastating in terms of its consequences.