Advancing Conversations: Srećko Horvat - Subversion!

Advancing Conversations: Srećko Horvat - Subversion!

An interview with acclaimed European philosopher and political activist Srećko Horvat.


In a world dominated by capitalism which is dangerously sliding into a new kind of fascism, Srećko Horvat's new book explores the concept of subverting the dominant paradigm in politics, technology and love. Drawing from his own experience of participating in different protest movements all around the world, working closely with WikiLeaks and being one of the protagonists of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, Horvat resists the prevailing melancholy of the Left by offering new political imagination beyond traditional concepts. Instead of the tension between horizontal movements or vertical political parties, “Subversion!” opts for a radical dialectics of both methods as the only way out of our current deadlock. If there is a crack in everything, the way to use the light that gets in is constructive subversion.


Based on rich personal experience and participation in constructive subversion, along with wide reading from classics to the latest dreams of artificial intelligence, Horvat leads us on a whirlwind tour of the maladies and discontents of modern civilization and the many ways to right what is wrong and achieve a better future. ~ Noam Chomsky, MIT

History has only produced decency when good people infiltrated despotic institutions and succeeded in subverting them, often at a terrible cost to themselves. Horvat explains brilliantly subversion’s creative potential, in juxtaposition to isolationism and escapism which are the establishment’s best friends. ~ Yanis Varoufakis, Economist, former Finance Minister of Greece

Alfie Bown
Alfie Bown Alfie Bown is co-editor of the Hong Kong Review of Books. He is author of 'Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism' (Zero, 2015), 'The PlayS...
Srećko Horvat
Srećko Horvat Srećko Horvat is a philosopher and author of more than 10 books, most recently "The Radicality of Love" (Polity Press, 2015) and "What Does...
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