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Athena Athanasiou

The Right to Democratic Dissent: A View from Greece

[100,000 people protest against IMF austerity measures in front of parliament building in Athens (29 May 2011). Image by Wikimedia Commons User Kotsolis.]

One of the normative impulses of Eurozone orthodoxy has been to forestall the element of dissent, and to establish an uncritical and authoritarian doctrine: namely, that neoliberal austerity is the only possible “game in town”.  For five years, the peoples of Greece and other countries of the European South have been experiencing the implications of a compulsory economization of the political terrain: rampant inequalities, dispossession of public space, dismissal of ...

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