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The Golden Dawn and the Demand for Security

Manuel Mireanu and Maria Gkresta May 2013 We want to argue here that the success of the extreme right discourses and practices in the current capitalist crisis has to be seen also as a function of the need for security. That is, we cannot explain this success merely in terms of identity politics, state and […]

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Socialism for the 21st century. An interview with Michael A. Lebowitz.

Socialism for the 21st century. Building a solidarity-based society which has the strength to fight against the repeating of history An interview with Michael A. Lebowitz by Darko Vesić and Aleksandar Stojanović   With Michael we talked about contemporary crisis and the possibilities of its overcoming, about the experiences and contradictions that characterized the societies of […]

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The Spectacle of Security in the Case of Hungarian. Far-Right Paramilitary Groups

by Manuel Mireanu PhD student, Doctoral School of Political Science Department of International Studies Central European University, Budapest, Hungary   Abstract This paper takes up the emergence of far-right patrols in Hungary in 2011 and provides an interpretation that is centered on security as a need, a practice, and a discourse. The argument is that these patrols […]

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The crisis of the left

(This is the text of the CriticAtac conference delivered in Bucharest, April 18, by Dr. Attila Melegh, senior researcher at Demographic Research Institute in Budapest and associated professor at the Corvinus University) When we look at the East European scene and ask what organized real left we have (not the liberal, cynical opportunistic one) the picture looks […]

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Words from Budapest. An interview of Gaspar Miklos Tamas with New Left Review.

Interview with G. M. Tamás Your trajectory has been an unusual one: a dissident libertarian philosopher under Communism in both Romania and Hungary, who has emerged as one of the foremost left critics of the capitalist order in eastern Europe, and author of a striking set of essays on the historical and cultural legacies and contemporary […]

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A Band of Raggamuffins’ Wondrous Adventure in a High Society Club

East versus West is once again a hot topic in Romania. Or rather a superficial repositioning – which doesn’t mean that it has a lesser influence over public agenda setting – in the never-ending battle between Europeanizers (white collars, hard-boiled capitalists, entrepreneurs) and Traditionalists of all denominations (nationalists either of Interbellum persuasion or converted during […]

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The Manele and The Underworld

This article deals with the connection between manele and the criminal world in Romania. Although I finished it more than a year ago, I hesitated a long time before publishing it – it seemed that these things, though known, wouldn’t necessarily do justice to my favourite musical genre and would certainly upset those who work […]

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On neoliberalism and “workfare” regimes. An interview with John Clarke.

Interviewed by Florin Faje and Alina-Sandra Cucu, 11 March 2013, Budapest Biographical note John Clarke is a Professor of Social Policy at the Open University, UK and a recurrent Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, at Central European University. He is one of the best-known social policy researchers of his generation. […]

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Bulgarians in flames: on the current wave of self-immolation

In one of his essays, Zygmunt Bauman (1999) deals with the existential terror induced from having knowledge about the finiteness of our existence. According to Bauman, the pre-modern world could deal with the fear of death by firmly weaving individual existence into the eternity of the afterlife. Two pillars assumed this role in the modern […]

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SYRIZA: a Political Universality of the Balkans

There is a Robinson Crusoe-like syndrome among Albanians, which can be dissected in two psychological moments. The first, a feeling of isolation which comes not only as a political isolation of the present and past, but also as a mentality which rarely steps over the home-border of social and political commitment. Such a phenomenon produces […]