Author: John Milios

John Milios is Professor of Political Economy, National Technical University of Athens, and member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA.

  • Austerity Unbroken

    Jannis Milios interviewed by Alp Kayserilioğlu Much coverage of the Greek debt crisis has focused on the ‘troika’ of international creditors and German chancellor Angela Merkel – a striking image of parasitic foreign powers scapegoating the country for personal gain. In some corners of the Left, this narrative has fueled the demand for ‘Grexit’ (a Greek … Keep reading »

  • The Class Logic Behind Austerity Policies In the Euro-Area

    Can SYRIZA Put Forward a Progressive Alternative? 1. The Nexus of Economic Crisis and Austerity 1.1 Austerity as a cost saving capitalist strategy After the outbreak of the 2008 global economic crisis, extreme austerity policies prevailed in many parts of the developed capitalist world, especially in the European Union (EU) and the Euro-area (EA). Austerity has been … Keep reading »

  • Syriza’s Only Choice: A Radical Step Forward

    “One must know how to employ the kairos [right or opportune moment] of one’s forces at the right moment. It is easy to only lose a little, if one always keeps foremost in the mind the idea that unity is never the trick, but the game.” — Guy Debord, “Notes on poker.”   1. Introduction … Keep reading »

  • Taking Power In and Beyond the State

    For some two decades, the anti-globalization movement and its successors have assumed that society contains within itself – and automatically throws up – political oppositions and organizational forms independent of capital and of the state. There is simply the need to encourage the cumulative growth of society’s own potentialities for forming alternatives apart from the … Keep reading »

  • Greece, Syriza and the Struggle Against Austerity

    An interview with Dimitra Maragoudaki and John Milios,members of the Central Committee of SYRIZA Ingo Schmidt (IS): The economic and political crises in Greece were headline news for a couple of years. An explosion of sovereign debt, caused by an uncompetitive private economy and a bloated public sector, was presented as cause of the recession; spending … Keep reading »