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The next recession

The next recession | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Back last summer, there was growing concern that the world economy, already making the weakest recovery from the deepest slump in production and investment since 1945, was slowing down. Indeed, it ...
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The Boundaries and Future of Solution Space – Part 2 - The Automatic Earth

The Boundaries and Future of Solution Space – Part 2 - The Automatic Earth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If proposed solutions depend on a cooperative social context at large scale, they will not be part of solution space.
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Global Crisis: Understanding the Crisis Historically

Speakers: David Harvey, CUNY; Duncan Foley, New School for Social Research; Beverly Silver, Johns Hopkins; Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale. Discussant: ...
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There is no agenda for Australian youth - Rational Radical

There is no agenda for Australian youth - Rational Radical | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The intergenerational theft that is the legacy for our youth is not public debt, it is the mountain of private debt at the heart of our new banana republic
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▶ The Lie We Live - YouTube

Exposing the truth about our corrupt world and what humanity has become. This is a short documentary film I made and wrote questioning our freedom, the educa...
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Man: Our sad history

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A horrible graphic illustration of our history, but sadly all too true. Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. Sacred Economics The Story of Stuff Post-crash economics On Writing ...
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Boom Bust Boom

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The big idea began with the unlikely combination of Monty Python's Terry Jones, and Theo Kocken, Professor of Risk Management at the VU University in Amsterdam. Frustrated by the lack of information available to the public, they decided to write a documentary to explain the global economic system, and look at how things could change.
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This is more than an economic and political crisis: it’s a crisis of civilization

This is more than an economic and political crisis: it’s a crisis of civilization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A large portion of European citizens hold the belief that our present consumerist society can (and must) “progress” into the future. Meanwhile, a majority of the inhabitants of the planet can only dream of attaining the same level of material comfort that we have. However, our level of production and consumption has been achieved at the cost of exhausting natural (including energy) resources and by disrupting the equilibrium of Earth’s ecosystems.

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Center for a Stateless Society » This is Not Your Ancestors’ Collapse Scenario

Center for a Stateless Society » This is Not Your Ancestors’ Collapse Scenario | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A forthcoming “NASA study” that predicts medium-term collapse has gone viral on the Internet, based entirely on Nafeez Ahmed’s advance writeup for The Guardian (“NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?,” March 14).

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This entry was posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 12:24 am and is filed under Culture & IdeasOpen Hardware and DesignOriginal ContentP2P FoundationP2P InfrastructuresTechnology. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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'Collapse' Of Modern Civilization A Real Possibility: Study - CounterCurrents.org

'Collapse' Of Modern Civilization A Real Possibility: Study - CounterCurrents.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

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Capitalism Headed for Collapse? How the Sharing Economy Might Break the Fall. |

Capitalism Headed for Collapse? How the Sharing Economy Might Break the Fall. | | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In my last two posts, I painted a gloomy picture of our current state of affairs due to the over-commodification of everything and the devaluation of labor, with no benefit equation other than a numerical financial value going to increasingly fewer people. This trend can result in the collapse of the whole system, possibly after a period of unpleasant hegemony by the few and suffering of the rest. Extreme as that sounds, it’s not unrealistic. The bad news streaming by on my feeds far outnumbers the small gains in environmental laws upheld, minimum wage promoted, or a judge upholding civil liberties, property rights or voting rights somewhere.

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We'll All Be Having a Hacking New Year - Huffington Post

We'll All Be Having a Hacking New Year - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Even after two decades of successfully forecasting spot-on international trends for consumers and corporations, I didn't see coming what I refer to as the Year of the Everyday Trendspotter (aka 2013). It's so easy to do up-to-the-minute searches and publish in real time online that everybody from daddy bloggers to CEOs is broadcasting pronouncements about what's next in their area of expertise. Which might mean a change in my own "next," but for now, here's what I see coming for 2014.

 

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Deutsche Bank to Shrink Workforce by 35,000 in Broad Revamp

Deutsche Bank to Shrink Workforce by 35,000 in Broad Revamp | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Deutsche Bank announced plans to eliminate 35,000 jobs from its payroll over the next two years as part of a sweeping overhaul under new co-Chief Executive John Cryan.
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When even Deutsche Bank is cutting 35% of its staff, something big is happening.
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It implies the system itself has reached its limits, and no further growth is possible within the current paradigm. Interest rates are already approximately zero and "Quantitative Easing" has pumped vast amounts of new money into the economy. But it plainly isn't working because even Deutsche Bank is making massive losses...
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When this happens it is no longer good enough to say "65,000 of you will continue to have well paid jobs, 35,000 of you will have zero." Because tomorrow the statement will be "50,000 of you will continue to have well paid jobs and 50,000 will have zero." And then 40,000, 30,000, 20, 10.
The system itself is broken, and we can't make everybody redundant. We have to build a new system. 
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We need to build a new system where "Nobody gets everything until everybody gets something." Or "Nobody gets a Porsche until everybody has a bicycle."
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When the system itself has reached its limits, a new system has to emerge: one that rebuilds from the ground up and becomes more stable over time, not less; one that starts from a wide and firm foundation.

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BitBeat: Bitcoin, the Euro, and Currency Crises

BitBeat: Bitcoin, the Euro, and Currency Crises | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The world's gaze has been fixated on the eurozone crisis, which helped push bitcoin back to $300 for the first time since March. But bitcoin has its own crisis brewing, and both offer valuable lessons on what makes a currency valuable--real, digital, or otherwise.
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Monster bubbles: the delayed crisis of capitalism resurfaces

Monster bubbles: the delayed crisis of capitalism resurfaces | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Seven years since the bursting of a US housing bubble led to financial meltdown, investors and policymakers are already well on their way to the next.If there’s one lesson from the history of financial manias, panics and crashes, it’s that bankers...
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Structural Crisis of the Modern World-System - Video and audio - News and media - Home

Structural Crisis of the Modern World-System - Video and audio - News and media - Home | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Immanuel Wallerstein (@iwallerstein) is Senior Research Scientist in Sociology at Yale University. He is the former President of the International Sociological Association (1994-1998), and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1993-1995). He writes in three domains of world-systems analysis: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge. Books in each of these domains include respectively The Modern World-System (4 vols.); Utopistics, or Historical Choices for the Twenty-first Century; and Unthinking Social Science: The Limits of Nineteenth-Century Paradigms. 

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Stanford Biologist Warns: Early Signs of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction in Progress

Stanford Biologist Warns: Early Signs of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction in Progress | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Those who keep taking our biodiversity for granted: dumping corporate waste, spraying copious amounts of herbicides and pesticides, contaminating our…
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Transforming crisis to krisis. Τhe Festival4sce: a hub of networks towards the Alternative Route in Greece

Transforming crisis to krisis. Τhe Festival4sce: a hub of networks towards the Alternative Route in Greece | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Crisis. Originally, the word derives from the ancient Greek verb “krinein”, meaning to judge in order to take a decision and its noun, “krisis”, meaning judgment, decision. According to Steven James Venette 1 “crisis is a process of transformation where the old system can no longer be maintained.”

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8 institutional innovations that could update the economic system

8 institutional innovations that could update the economic system | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises – financial, food, fuel, natural resources, poverty – challenge almost all societies. Yet over the coming decades these disruptions will also create, and are already creating, opportunities for profound personal, societal, and global renewal.
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Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need - The Boston Globe

Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need - The Boston Globe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one. What information should we leave survivors? And how do we store it so they can actually make use of it? In recent years, these questions have jumped onto the research agendas of a range of thinkers, from physicists to philosophers to agricultural engineers to librarians, who are considering how to curate and preserve caches of the most useful and important information, tools, and biological samples from today’s world.
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The End of the World As We Know It? The rise of the post-carbon era

The End of the World As We Know It? The rise of the post-carbon era | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In an exclusive new essay, political scientist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed presents a dramatic picture of the world we're about to leave behind, and the new possibilities ahead. He argues that the age of Carbon is coming to a close, and only a concerted effort can prevent an impending crisis on a global scale.
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NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? - The Guardian

NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


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The study based on the HANDY model has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics.

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The Metropolitan Revolution: Cities on the Rise out of Necessity

The Metropolitan Revolution: Cities on the Rise out of Necessity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the face of “federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil,” cities and metropolitan areas across the country are tackling the pressing problems that Washington won’t, says Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program. Her new book The Metropolitan Revolution (with Brookings colleague Bruce Katz) is about cities that are instigating change from the ground up in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and citizens.
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