Monthly Archives: August 2015

Greek Poetry and the Revolution in the 2000s

In the early 21st century, for the first time in its modern history, Greek poetry lost its faith in the Revolution. Not just individual poets but the collective poetic project abandoned political messianism. The “generation of the crisis” (poets born … Continue reading

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Compromises of the Left

When the Greek Left came to power for the first time in 2015, it resigned after just seven months, not because it was defeated by outside forces but because it imploded. It resigned itself to its structural inability to govern. … Continue reading

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After the Event

Explosive events, like expansive cadenzas, augur. Recent political phenomena like the Occupy movements, Assembly practices, and mobilizations of the Multitude have given new impetus to various visions of rebellion. A popular theme of these visions is Alain Badiou’s notion of … Continue reading

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Does the Left fail to Govern?

When the Left is in the opposition, it talks about the responsibilities of government.  When the Left is in the government, it talks about what is Left. To take the current Greek case as an eloquent example, when the Left … Continue reading

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The Critical Potency of Despair

As the Greek Left is driving in the summer of 2015 through the Desert of its Defeat, reflections on the critical potency of despair acquire special urgency.  In The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (2015), Robyn Marasco proposes … Continue reading

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Commemorating Defeat

Writer Vyron Leontaris, who died at 83 yesterday, on August 6, 2014, was the leading member of the so-called 2nd post-WWII generation of Greek poets. More importantly, he was a tremendous thinker who reflected on poetry itself in terms of … Continue reading

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Listening to the singing voice

Greeks pay tremendous attention to song lyrics. They know by heart an impressive number of verses, and love to sing along with or dance to almost any song. They do not just like the song but get personally involved in … Continue reading

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