Surviving Capitalism – Alexandros Pagidas
In our interview with Alexandros Pagidas, founder of the Philosophical Fight Club and a philosopher shared his thoughts on the intersection of capitalism and democracy. The interview took place in Pnyx, the birthplace of democracy, providing a fitting backdrop for Pagidas’ discussion of the history of democracy.
Pagidas began the interview by discussing the early history of democracy, pointing to the role of forgiveness of debts in the emergence of the democratic revolution. He argued that the forgiveness of debts was a crucial step in the development of democracy, as it allowed for the creation of a more equal and just society by breaking the cycle of debt and servitude that had characterized previous forms of governance.
Throughout the interview, Pagidas emphasized the importance of democracy as a system of government that is based on the principles of equality and participation. He argued that the ongoing struggles for democracy and social justice around the world are a testament to the enduring relevance and value of these principles.
Pagidas also discussed his work with the Philosophical Fight Club, which brings together philosophers and non-philosophers to engage in open and critical dialogue about a range of topics while learning not only physical defense but how to defend their ideas in debate as well. He emphasized the importance of fostering an environment of open and respectful debate and the role of philosophy in helping to build a more equitable and just society.
Overall, the interview with Alexandros Pagidas offers a unique perspective on the intersection of capitalism and democracy. His insights into the history and evolution of democracy, as well as the role of philosophy in critiquing and understanding the system, provide a valuable perspective for anyone interested in politics, philosophy, and the future of society. This interview is a must-read for anyone interested in the interplay between capitalism and democracy, and the potential for philosophical thinking to inform and shape the future direction of society.