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▶ Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood: The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire, SOAS, University of London - YouTube

This Globalisation Lecture entitled "The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire" was given by Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada) on 29 October 2008 at SOAS, University of London

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Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include postings on social media or having a relative already deemed a terrorist. We are joined by investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept. Last week they published the secret U.S. document along with their new article, "The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist."
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Improve Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde’s prison conditions immediately

Our friend Nadia EL-Imam , from Edgeryders has alerted us to this important campaign. Please read the article below and  add your signature to the petition.

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Professor William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism Is in the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis

Professor William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism Is in the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
US intervention abroad in the 20th century - the forging of a US empire - claimed tens of millions of victims, inflicted untold suffering, and set back the aspirations of freedom and democracy in dozens of countries.
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US Empire Reaches Breaking Point. “Greatest Threat to Humanity”. Time To End It - Center for Research on Globalization

US Empire Reaches Breaking Point. “Greatest Threat to Humanity”. Time To End It - Center for Research on Globalization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The US is involved in military disputes around the globe, conflicts each could lead to a much broader war. The US role seems to encourage violence, rather than minimize it; to intervene, rather than allow people in the country or region resolve disputes. The breadth of Empire is costly in financial and human terms as well as to the respect of the United States and its people. Is the US Empire spread so thin at a time of a struggling economy that this is a moment where people can come together and build a movement to end Empire?
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Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic

Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public.
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Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth

Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The other night, I saw George Orwell’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Save the Teatro Valle Commons in Rome!

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Save the Teatro Valle Commons in Rome! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The three-year occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome is now legendary:  a spontaneous response to the failures of conventional government in supporting a venerated public theater, and the conversion of the theater into a commons by countless ordinary citizens.  Now the mayor of Rome is threatening to end the occupation, evict the commoners and privatize the management of the facility.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Wu-Ming on Beppe Grillo and the 5-Star Movement

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Wu-Ming on Beppe Grillo and the 5-Star Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over here the situation is very bad, and people abroad are completely disinformed about it. Every day we read nonsense and bullshit on Grillo by people who completely ignore the reactionary, authoritarian nature of his movement. A harsh reality is biting our arses and we need to send a message in a bottle right now. 
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Some Heretical Thoughts on Politics and Economics - American Thinker

Some Heretical Thoughts on Politics and Economics - American Thinker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The belief that the raw mechanics of Capitalism, uninformed by any moral penumbra of ethics, religion, or philosophy, has alone caused the great material increase of the West, is of itself suspect. Indeed, the Protestant Work Ethic, the idea of fair play, the conception of noblesse oblige, respect for contracts and law, the forbearance of pleasure for industriousness, thrift, moderation, Christian charity, and a host of other ideals and virtues, have invariably tinctured capitalism’s character for better or worse.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Establishment elites are no longer in control: the rise of global bottom-up politics

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Establishment elites are no longer in control: the rise of global bottom-up politics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The list of countries with enduring and worsening civil strife is growing. A short while ago, the world media were highlighting Syria. Now they are highlighting Ukraine. Will it be Thailand tomorrow? Who knows? The variety of explanations of the strife and the passion with which they are promoted is very striking.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Eben Moglen: “Snowden and the Future”

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Eben Moglen: “Snowden and the Future” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The ongoing Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance have all sorts of implications for the rule of law, constitutional democracy, geopolitical alignments, human rights and much else.  The disclosures deserve our closest attention for these reasons alone.  But what do these revelations have to do with the commons?

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Douglas Rushkoff on debt, outsourcing and suburban isolation

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Douglas Rushkoff on debt, outsourcing and suburban isolation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Continuing our serialization of Penny Nelson’s  interview with Douglas Rushkoff for HiLobrow magazine, this week the conversation turns to the emotional components of debt, the inherent structures of corporations and why men must be kept busy with the front lawn.   We recommend that you read the first part if you haven’t already, to get some context. Please, check back on Friday for the third and final installment.

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Douglas Rushkoff on Corporations, Money and the Middle Ages

Douglas Rushkoff on Corporations, Money and the Middle Ages | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How did we get to where we are now, with Wall Street occupied by a mini-tent city while financial instruments increasingly funnel funds towards the already-wealthy? How did we get to a state where corporations seem to have more legal (and financial) access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than the average citizen? How did we get to a point where money is invisible and computerized, yet distributed ever more unevenly?


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Fortunately, Edward Snowden also showed us a pathway out. Governments can maybe made accountable, and mass surveillance can surely be evaded, and made much more costly. By moving away from technology that controls us, we can use, promote and develop technology that makes us more free. It is a long path, requiring efforts, to break away with the habits and the blind trust we placed in the Machine, and requiring an appropriation of technology by everyone. Through the use of free software, decentralized architectures and end-to-end encryption, we can –probably– take back control of the Machine.
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This entry was posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 12:35 pm and is filed under ActivismAnti-P2PCognitive CapitalismCopyright/IPCulture & IdeasEmpireFeatured ContentFeatured Essay,NetworksPolitics. 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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The Decline of E-Empires

The Decline of E-Empires | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Steve Ballmer’s surprise announcement that he will be resigning as Microsoft’s C.E.O. has set off a huge flood of commentary. Being neither a tech geek nor a management guru, I can’t add much on those fronts. I do, however, think I know a bit about economics, and I also read a lot of history. So the Ballmer announcement has me thinking about network externalities and Ibn Khaldun. And thinking about these things, I’d argue, can help ensure that we draw the right lessons from this particular corporate upheaval.

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Video of the Day: "Come Back" - the Story of Enric Duran's action and its aftermath

Come Back” is a full-length documentary film detailing the aftermath of Spanish activist Enric Duran’s notorious action against 16 major banks. In case you’re not familiar with his act of “financial civil disobedience”, Duran attained roughly half a million Euros in bank loans and subsequently distributed the funds to support anti-capitalist activist movements. This documentary revisits the years-long preparation for the action itself, and interviews the various groups of activists who consequently benefited from the money. The action also led to the foundation of the revolutionary Catalan Integrated Cooperative, a transition-minded post-capitalist community, which is currently thriving. You can read more about Duran and the CIC in this recent interview with Duran, conducted by Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Neal Gorenflo.

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Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A few weeks back, we reported that the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee planned to send some questions to Edward Snowden as part of its inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens. He’s now replied to these, prefacing them with a short statement (pdf — embedded below.) Although there are no major revelations — he specifically states that he will not be disclosing anything not already published — it does contain many important clarifications and interesting comments. For example, he confirms that:

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Amazon and the US book trade

Amazon and the US book trade | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“In the nineteen-nineties, a different leviathan held publishers and independent bookstores in its grasp: chain stores, led by Barnes & Noble. When Amazon emerged, publishers in New York suddenly had a new buyer that paid quickly, sold their backlist as well as new titles, and, unlike traditional bookstores, made very few returns. Publishers must buy back unsold inventory from retailers, an archaic and costly practice that one ex-Amazon employee called “an absurdly inefficient model, worse than my uncle sending his laundry home from college.”

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Debating nine pre-P2P perspectives: 3) Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitanism has become a powerful current in the development of alternative globalisation discourses. Cosmopolitanism springs from strong moral intuitions. In the simplest terms it describes ‘the view that all human beings have equal moral standing within a single world community’ (Hayden, 2004, p. 70). It is a moral-normative conception which gives direction to a number of variants (For example see Binde (2004)). Hayden writes that ‘legal cosmopolitanism contends that a global political order ought to be constructed grounded on the equal legal rights and duties of all individuals’ (Hayden, 2004, p. 70). There are also descriptive accounts which, by contrast, focus on the way planetary governance is being constructed as ‘cosmocracy’ (Keane, 2005) ‘civil society going global’ (Kaldor, 2003) or as ‘sub-political’ agency (Beck, 1999).

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Podcast of the Day/XE: John Michael Greer on the History of Apocalyptic Thinking and its Limitations

Podcast of the Day/XE: John Michael Greer on the History of Apocalyptic Thinking and its Limitations | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Even though we live in an age of economic decline and collapse, do our expectations for the future act similarly to the thought patterns of religious faiths expecting the end of the world?  For the last 3,000 years, our species has used the meme of apocalypse to create the expectation for a utopia that never arose. Beginning with the Zoroastrian religion, the monotheistic faiths have contained the notion of an end to the world. Our historical record contains many events where a date was set and nothing happened. How did it feel to be one of those that had sacrificed everything to be swept away by a deity that never arrived?

 
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▶ Interview mit Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson (University of Missouri, Kansas City) zur Finanzkrise - YouTube

Interesting conversation / interview with Michael Hudson which provides parallels between today and the end of the Roman Empire. Well worth listening to. 
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Even in the p2p age, we will need large-scale supra-state organisations

Even in the p2p age, we will need large-scale supra-state organisations | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Slavoj Zizek, making a lot of sense as usual. Watch the video here:
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation