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Fraternitas mercatorum

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Fraternity is a key Western value since the time of the Greeks... But how did it become the yearning of the urban masses to the point of forming a triad with freedom and equality?
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Excerpts from How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet | Peters | First Monday

Excerpts from How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet | Peters | First Monday | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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1,700 years ago, the mismanagement of a migrant crisis cost Rome its empire

1,700 years ago, the mismanagement of a migrant crisis cost Rome its empire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
On Aug. 3, 378, a battle was fought in Adrianople, in what was then Thrace and is now the province of Edirne, in Turkey. It was a battle that Saint Ambrose referred to as "the end of all humanity, the end of the world." The Eastern Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens Augustus—simply known as Valens, and nickname
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The Myth of the Barter Economy

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Adam Smith said that quid-pro-quo exchange systems preceded economies based on currency, but there’s no evidence that he was right.
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History US Military Economy

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ROOSEVELT’s New Deal, 1933-1945 New Deal deficits create strong economic growth: correlation .73 from 1934 through 1939. New Deal Provides Five Times War Growth: Total growth from 1933 to 1941 was 86%. Total growth from 1942 to 1947 was 17%. Unemployment change followed deficit change R=.74.  Note that unemployment decreased at a steady rate from…
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Eyewar - Cybernetics and Project Cybersyn

A history of real-time information technlology, war, politics, commerce and the rise of the idea of organisational cybernetics. Project Cybersyn was a Chilea...
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From Big Gods to the Big Brother

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  I recently finished reading Ara Norenzayan’s Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. It’s an important book, which is also a lot of fun to read. However, it will be hear…
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Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century.

Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the 19th century, changes in knowledge were facilitated not only by large quantities of new information pouring in from around the world but by shifts in the production, processing and analysis …
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We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jingoists conveniently forget the West's Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida VIDEO
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Utopias, past and present: why Thomas More remains astonishingly radical - The Guardian

Utopias, past and present: why Thomas More remains astonishingly radical - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What is a perfect society, and what’s the best kind of utopianism? Terry Eagleton looks at future thinking and concludes that our system is run by dreamers who call themselves realists
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The City as a Project | Geopolitics of Tabula Rasa: Persian Garden and the Idea of City

The City as a Project | Geopolitics of Tabula Rasa: Persian Garden and the Idea of City | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The early Islamic cities embodied a new way of living, promoted and supported by the Islamic law and the life of the Prophet and his successors. The idea of ‘paradise’ as a reward for the Muslim faithful was the basic concept developed by Muhammad from the beginning of his apostolic mission in Mecca. [1] This was more than an abstract vision of future bliss because the Prophet made many specific statements as to the garden’s iconography, topography, its nature and its inhabitants. Since then these descriptions have played an important role in the Muslim ideology in relation to the built environment.

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Who May Use the King's Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time | David Bollier

Who May Use the King's Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The relationship between law and the commons is very much on my mind these days.  I recently posted a four-part serialization of my strategy memo, "Reinventing Law for the Commons."  The following public talk, which I gave at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin on September 8, is a kind of companion piece.  The theme: this year's celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and its significance for commoners today.


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Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms

Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

‘The basic reaction of the human mind to pleasure and to achievement is not satisfaction; it’s the craving for more.’

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Excerpts from How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet | Peters | First Monday

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"Too much Maths, too little History: The problem of Economics"

This is a recording of the debate hosted by the LSE Economic History Department, in collaboration with the LSESU Economic History Society and the LSES
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The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money: The dark side of digital finance: On financial machines, financial robots & financial AI

The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money: The dark side of digital finance: On financial machines, financial robots & financial AI | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Fast-forward to 2016 and we’ve entered into a world no longer dominated by tools, but by machines. The crucial difference between a tool and a machine is that the former relies on human energy, while and the latter relies on non-human energy channelled via a system that replicates - and accentuates - the action of a human using a tool. The carpenter is now a furniture corporation using computer-programmed CNC cutters. Likewise, the bank that keeps score of that company’s money runs humming datacentres with vast account databases. These are digital equivalents of the old ledger books, drawing upon fossil-fuel generated electricity to write and hold information as magnetised atoms on hard-drives.
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The Evolution of Fintech

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Starting in 1865, the structures, networks and ideas that are the foundation for financial technology today began to take shape.
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We’re in a brave, new post open source world — Medium

We’re in a brave, new post open source world — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The history of open source and a glimpse at its future
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Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth

Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It is my great pleasure to report that my latest book, Ultrasociety, has been published. It is now available on the Amazon as an e-book (Kindle). Once we check the proof copy, you will also be able…
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What to think today of Arnold Toynbee “A Study of History” ? | P2P Foundation

What to think today of Arnold Toynbee “A Study of History” ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Chris Quigley, whom I met in Dublin last year during a seminar by Thomas Greco on monetary reform, choose to reflect on civilizational change in one of the last issues of his newsletter. See the first part below: Wealthbuilder Stock Market Brief 15th
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Between the Modernists and the Postmodernists Were the Hippies

Between the Modernists and the Postmodernists were the hippies. As a cultural moment, the 1960s and early ’70s are extraordinarily resonant with our own time—with echoes in organic farming, climate-change debates, digital communication, and the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s no surprise that the countercultural explosion has received attention in the design world recently, from the 2011 MoMA exhibit Access to Tools: Publications From the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 to Maurizio Cattelan and Pieropaola Ferrari’s luscious book 1968: Radical Italian Design (Deste Foundation/Toiletpaper, 2014).

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South Korea accused of rewriting history over schoolbook policy

South Korea accused of rewriting history over schoolbook policy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Revisionism row intensifies as ministers push ahead with plans for state-issued texts to correct ‘pro-North Korean’ bias
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Guilds and the Future of Work - The New Yorker

Guilds and the Future of Work - The New Yorker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For some, the medieval guild represents a way of cultivating habits of excellence and communizing resources like office space, companionship, and broadband.
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Who May Use the King's Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time - Commons Transition

Who May Use the King's Forest? The Meaning of Magna Carta, Commons and Law in Our Time - Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"In King John’s time, enclosure was mostly about the forest. Today it’s about everything, including life itself." The Magna Carta and Law for the Commons.
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