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Beyond Ideology: Rethinking contextuality (by Yavor Tarinski)

Moving beyond Ideology does not mean abdicating from our ideas and principles but their constant reevaluation and development. To the fears that without ideological identities we will be absorbed by the dominant culture of political apathy and mindless consumerism we can answer with the creation of a broad citizen culture of autonomous individuals who are, before all, speakers of words and doers of deeds [12]. Such a broad concept, based, as proposed by Mary Dietz, on the virtue of mutual respect and the principle of “positive liberty” of self-governance (and not simply the “negative liberty” of non-interference), will keep the anti-authoritarian spirit while allowing for interaction with large sections of the society and the implementation in practice of our ideas in different contexts.

A Critique of the Austerity Proposal put forward by Syriza for Greece, and an Alternative.

It is increasingly likely although not a done deal that Greece will come to an agreement with the 19 European Union countries that use the Euro, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (the troika) in the next week or so. The Greek proposal which can be found on the New York Times website for July 10, 2015 is similar to what the European Union proposed last week and that Greek voters overwhelmingly voted no to last Sunday, July 5th, 2015. There will be a new three year loan to the Greek government of $59 billion dollars and there will be an infusion of Euros into Greek banks so that they can reopen and make loans…

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The Respublica.gr team started its operation in January 2015, as an initiative to promote analytical articles regarding politics, philosophy, art and ecology, and to strengthen dialogue around political matters. We are a diverse community (workers, unemployed, artists, academics, students …) people with similar concerns and sensitivities, people from different parts of the world, and we unite our voices under a common purpose: to contribute in our own way to the emergence of a public sphere, creating an open circle of political and social reflection, within the current climate of de-politicization and generalized poverism/conformity, which eliminates any real sense of public contact.