Interview with Srećko Horvat on Social Movements, Political Activism & DiEM25
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In this interview with author, philosopher and activist, Srećko Horvat, we talk about a number of issues pertaining to social movements, political activism and the movement he founded with Yanis Varoufakis called Democracy in Europe Movement 2025.
- Why has the left and social movements faltered since World War II?
- What role does idealism play in social movements? Should initiators, organizers and participants shy away from it?
- Does love and empathy have a place in social movements? Are they taken into consideration when aiming to combat a greater injustice?
- What is the background and goal of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025?
- Are certain initiatives (climate justice, veganism, racial equality, etc) too narrowly focused and just combating symptoms instead of addressing the roots? Do they have a common denominator which could lead to consolidation or reprioritization?
All of this and more, are addressed in the video below:
VIDEO: Interview with Srećko Horvat
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About Srećko Horvat
Srećko Horvat, philosopher and activist, born in Yugoslavia (1983), without permanent address. He published more than 10 books translated into more than 15 languages, most recently: “What Does Europe Want?” (together with Slavoj Žižek, Columbia University Press, 2014), “Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism” (Verso, 2015) and “The Radicality of Love” (Polity Press, 2015). He regularly publishes articles in the Guardian, New York Times and Al Jazeera.
He was one of the founders of the Subversive Festival and has participated in many movements, from occupations to the World Social Forum. Together with Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis he founded Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25): www.diem25.org