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Exploring the Horizon of Social, Political and Economic Change: An Interview with R.C. Smith by John Wisniewski (Part 2) | Heathwood Press

Exploring the Horizon of Social, Political and Economic Change: An Interview with R.C. Smith by John Wisniewski (Part 2) | Heathwood Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The demands of sustainable social-historical change are so complex - we need input from all disciplines, we need radical democratic and alternative philosophical foundations. We can’t possibly think that we can just overthrow the system – to suddenly remove presents structures and systems – and then some Utopia will suddenly emerge. It will take a lot of healing and support to move beyond capitalism’s coercive legacy (psychologically, emotionally, relationally, socially, epistemologically and so on). To suddenly destroy the capitalist system will not make its coercive legacy disappear. That is why, again, I think that seeing emancipatory change as a transitory process is crucial. Indeed, it will take a lot of participation and grassroots organisation, and it will require different systems to support this in both the short and long term. I am reminded, for instance, of a great paper by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis titled From the <em>Communism of Capital to Capital for the Commons: Towards an Open Co-operativism</em>, which highlights a similar transitional approach to a post-capitalist economy that I’ve alluded above, combining both commons-oriented open peer production models with common ownership and governance models, such as those of co-operatives (i.e., worker self-directed enterprises, economic democracy, etc.) and the solidarity economic models. The idea here is basically to create a “proto-counter-economy”, which, again, could support the development and expansion of alternative (political, social and economic) space and assist in the greater multidimensional sociohistorical transition. There is something fundamentally significant about this concept."

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Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism

Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
That’s a pretty good description of what the state does under actually existing capitalism, as opposed to the free market. Just about everything we identify as problematic about corporate capitalism — the exploitation of labor, pollution, waste and planned obsolescence, environmental devastation, the stripping of resources — results from the socialization of cost and risk and the privatization of profit.
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Counter-Intelligence: Beyond the Deep State - Dissident Voice

Counter-Intelligence: Beyond the Deep State - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Kim Petersen: Part III of the series, “Strategy of Tension” gives an extensive listing of false flags from Israel’s Susannah, Gladio in Italy, and Phoenix in Viet Nam. False flags serve the function of allowing aggressor states to portray themselves as victims. Explain the false flag.

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Peter Turchin – The history of inequality

Peter Turchin – The history of inequality | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. Our future looks like a rough ride
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Henry A. Giroux | Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism - Truth-Out

In addition, the depoliticization of politics and the increasing transformation of the social state into the punishing state have rendered possible the emergence of a new mode of authoritarianism in which the fusion of power and violence increasingly permeates all aspects of government and everyday life.[ix] This mad violence creates an intensifying cycle rendering citizens' political activism dangerous, if not criminal. On the domestic and foreign fronts, violence is the most prominent feature of dominant ideology, policies and governance. Soldiers are idealized, violence becomes an omniscient form of entertainment pumped endlessly into the culture, wars become the primary organizing principle for shaping relations abroad, and a corrosive and deeply rooted pathology becomes not the mark of a few individuals but of a society that, as Erich Fromm once pointed out, becomes entirely insane.[x]Hannah Arendt's "dark times" have arrived as the concentrated power of the corporate, financial, political, economic and cultural elite have created a society that has become a breeding ground for psychic disturbances and a pathology that has become normalized. Greed, inequality and oppressive power relations have generated the death of the collective democratic imagination.

 
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Scaling: The surprising mathematics of life and civilization

Scaling: The surprising mathematics of life and civilization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
By Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute
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South/South collaboration for a post-capitalist paradigm - América Latina en Movimiento

In July 2014 a new step was taken towards constructing a multi-polar world, with the meeting in Brazil of the BRICS, the constitution of a new Bank and of a Fund for Development. This was followed by a joint meeting between the BRICS, UNASUR, the Organization of the South American States and CELAC (the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean).  All this happened without the participation of the Triad (USA, Europe and Japan).

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Evo and Proud: The origins of Northwest European guilt culture

Evo and Proud: The origins of Northwest European guilt culture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ruth Benedict first made the distinction between “shame cultures” and “guilt cultures” (source). Pervasive feelings of guilt are part of a behavioral package that enabled Northwest Europeans to adapt to complex social environments where kinship is less important and where rules of correct behavior must be obeyed with a minimum of surveillance. Is this pervasive guilt relatively recent, going back only half a millennium? Or is it much older?


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The Rise of Cultural Nationalism: Boon or Bane? - Lanka Business Online

The Rise of Cultural Nationalism: Boon or Bane? - Lanka Business Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

These principles that uphold toleration are equally valid to India as well as to Sri Lanka today where a high wave of cultural nationalism has swept across the sub-continent. In both countries, the goal of the propagators is to reverse the time machine and go back to the past. As long as the cultural nationalism aims at establishing the past, it closes the door for modernisation.

 
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