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      Yanis Varoufakis and Brian Eno on Money, Power and a Call for Radical Change in Knightsbridge

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      November 4, 2019

      Monday   7:00 PM

      5 Sloane Terrace
      Knightsbridge, Greater London SW1X 9DQ

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      Yanis Varoufakis and Brian Eno on Money, Power and a Call for Radical Change

      The liberal order is under threat. Increasing inequality, the rise of far-right nationalism and the climate emergency pose unprecedented challenges. It’s time for some radical thinking. On November 4th Intelligence Squared is bringing to its stage two of the world’s great radicals – Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister known for his trademark leather jacket, motorbike and self-described erratic Marxism, and legendary music producer Brian Eno, known for his progressive politics and human rights activism. Varoufakis and Eno are friends and political allies, both involved in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, whose goal is to create a truly democratic European Union, accountable to its people. In conversation with the BBC’s Ritula Shah, they will tackle how our global financial system, with its kleptocrats, money launderers and tax evaders, has established a stranglehold on our society, enriching the few and impoverishing most of the rest. And they will discuss the radical change that is needed in order to achieve a more democratic, egalitarian society. Since entering politics during the Greek financial crisis in 2015, Varoufakis has become a globally recognised figure, both admired and loathed for his excoriating attacks on the international economic establishment. Eno, one of the world’s most original and influential musicians, began his career playing synth with Roxy Music in the 1970s and has produced music for acts including David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay. In everything he does his goal is to overturn established ways of thinking and spark creativity, whether in the world of music or in his political activism. Join us as these two outspoken and original thinkers from very different worlds come together for an evening of provocative argument, insight and progressive ideas. SpeakersYanis VaroufakisFormer finance minister of Greece and international bestselling authorGreece’s finance minister from January to July 2015, when he resigned, refusing to sign a loan agreement on the grounds that it would worsen Greece’s economic situation. His bestselling books include Adults in the Room: My Struggle Against Europe’s Deep Establishment; Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism; and And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability. He is chair in political economy at the University of Athens, as well as visiting professor of political economy at King’s College, London. He is a member of Greece’s parliament where he leads MeRA25, the Greek electoral wing of DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025.Brian EnoMusician, record producer, visual artist, and political activistMusician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist, generally considered to be one of contemporary music's most influential and innovative figures. After recording two albums with Roxy Music, he left the band in 1973. He began recording solo and developed what he called ‘ambient music’. He has worked with artists such as David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones and Damon Albarn. In 1975 he co-created Oblique Strategies, a card-based method for breaking creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. He is a human rights campaigner and political activist.CHAIRRitula ShahBBC journalist and broadcasterAward-winning BBC journalist and broadcaster. She is the main presenter of the World Tonight, Radio 4’s main evening news programme, which focuses on domestic politics and international affairs. She has presented the programme from all over the world and is passionate about bringing global stories to the widest possible audience. Shah is also a regular presenter of the political panel programme, Any Questions, and has made a number or documentaries and series for Radio 4.  Speakers are subject to change.

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