Articles by Filip Balunovic

About Filip Balunovic

Filip Balunovic is a PhD candidate at Scuola Normale Superiore at the department of Political Science and Sociology in Florence; executive editor of Le Monde Diplomatique Serbia; author of the book "Freedom Notebooks", member of "DiEM 25"

Fredric Jameson: People are saying “this is a new fascism” and my answer is – not yet!

One of the most important voices on the left, Fredric Jameson, in this interview provides us with some reflections on contemporary political theory, its directions and misconceptions, possible solutions for left-wing politics and its present limitations, the importance of the Occupy movement, Bernie Sanders, and possible conceptual and ideological solutions at a time when the new fascism is, according to him – not yet here. FB: What should be the focus of political philosophy today?  Jameson: The tradition since 1968 has been to put an emphasis on power. In terms of power, there has been a shift from what we c ..

Orban as the European Unconscious

This article was originally published at Oštra The decision of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, to erect a four-meter-long wall along 175km of his country’s border with Serbia in order to prevent illegal immigration, prompts us to consider analytically two important factors. The first and most obvious concerns the symbolic meaning of erecting a wall. After the fall of a wall that separated eastern from western Europe, socialism from liberal capitalism, a united Europe, which again leaves outside of its borders some European states, has decided to erect a wall so as to protect itself fr ..

Serbia’s Sleepwalkers

In the post-Yugoslav transition space, we have never – until now – found ourselves in a situation in which a single party has managed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections. But this is exactly what has happened in the recent elections in Serbia, where a faction that split from the ultra-right Serbian Radical Party, the Serbian Progressive Party, managed to win more than 50 percent of the vote. An indication of what the new government and its Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, will do in the coming period can be seen not just from their previous term in office when Vučić was the fir ..

Gavrilo Princip, a hero?

It is less than a year before the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the bloodiest war in human history thereto. As 28th June 2014 approaches, it is more certain that the German government will take part in the organization of the celebration of the centennial in Sarajevo, where Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince and his wife. The greatest nightmare of our grandmothers and grandfathers begins to worry us as this date approaches. The question that bothers us is ‘What will the world say?’ When analysing the role of Gavrilo Princip in world histor ..