Public debt: The rotten pillar of our house
As part of the “Mini Evening School”, a series of volunteer events organized by Freedom Square on April 18th, 2018, the educational event ” Public debt: The rotten pillar of our house” took place in the social center “Dunja”. The purpose of the event was to familiarize the Macedonian audience with concrete economic postmodern topics that have been portrayed in recent years throughout Europe: public debt of countries in the last decade, the debt economy as a tool for colonization, the individual debt per capita and the individual debt per household.
The discussion was led by Ajda Pistotnik (Ljubljana), Andreja Zivkovich (Ljubljana) and Kire Vasilev (Bitola). Ajda Pistotnik is a project manager of the EnaBanda collective, a researcher and activist who during the financial crisis was one of the main contributors to the TroikaWatch newsletter, the European Public Debt Activist Initiative, the austerity measures proposed by Troika institutions and their impact on politics and society. Andreja Zivkovich is a sociologist and author who contributed to the writing of a chapter on the political economy of the debt economy in ex and post Yugoslavia in the “Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics in the Former Yugoslavia”, Verso, 2015, by Srechko Horvat and Igor Shtiks. Kire Vasilev, a longtime activist in the field of labor rights, author and co-author of several economic studies (the last study refers to the formation of a new Syndicate Social Movement in Macedonia), was the moderator of the event.