The Czech economist Tomáš Sedláček gained global fame with his recent book “The Economics of Good and Evil”. He served as economic advisor to the former Czech president Václav Havel and currently teaches economic history and theory at the University of Prague. He is the chief economist of ČSOB, one of the biggest banks in the Czech Republic.
The Belgian political scientist and post-Marxist is best known for her contribution to the development – jointly with Ernesto Laclau – of the Essex school of discourse analysis that focuses on redefining theories of identity and politics of the Left. Mouffe has undertaken extensive research on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe. She is currently teaching at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, where she directs the Centre for the Study of Democracy.
The Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic is one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time. Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, "The Sublime Object of Ideology“. He is a regular contributor to newspapers like “The Guardian”, “Die Zeit” or "The New York Times“. He has been labelled by some the "Elvis of cultural theory“ and is the subject of numerous documentaries and books.
Karthick Ram Manoharan is a PhD Student at the University of Essex. His research interest is in identity politics, but his political interest lies in trying to figure out a way to transcend it. He is a blogger at the Huffington Post, where he writes about politics. If it is at all possible, he hopes to fully comprehend both Hegel and Nietzsche one day. And he loves to cook.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a marxist theorist, activist, and writer.
Jasper Finkeldey is a PhD student at the University of Essex and a freelance journalist. He studied Politics and Theatre at universities in Hamburg, Bochum and Paris before moving to England to focus on Political Theory and Organization Studies. Finkeldey is a former editor of the European Magazine Cafebabel.com and has also written for the German newspaper “taz” and “The Conversation”.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a literary theorist and cultural critic. She is a professor at Columbia University, where she cofounded the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her areas of focus include 19th- and 20th-century literature, the politics of culture, feminism, Marxism, and globalization. She has published numerous academic and literary books.
According to Czech economist Tomáš Sedláček, there’s good reason not to blame capitalism for our contemporary ills but something much more inherently human. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to discuss why Marx would prefer to live in a capitalist society, how the Left has dismantled itself, and why modern capitalism is like walking across a graveyard at night.
What does it mean to be a worker in contemporary Europe? Our contributor Creston Davis sat down with Franco “Bifo” Berardi to find out. Here’s what he had to say about work in the age of the internet and the ideological cleavage emerging in Europe.
Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a citizen from Wittstock in Brandenburg wrote. A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the Eastern Germany.”