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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?
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Neoliberalism and Postcapitalism

This year’s American electoral shakeup sends us looking for deeper economic tremors. Unemployment is down to 4.9%, even as discouraged workers are reentering the market and the average hourly wage rose 7 cents.
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The dot on my forehead: how we understand the crisis is part of the crisis - /The Rules

The dot on my forehead: how we understand the crisis is part of the crisis - /The Rules | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It wasn’t long before I too learned to connect the dots. I learned to see that the austerity-induced Structural Adjustment Program of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1986, then lauded as an ingenious economic solution to Nigeria’s problems, was a creature of the IMF, the World Bank, and the Trojan sentiments of free trade.
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What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic — Medium

What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The human mind evolved to deal with singular threats — a lion jumping out of the bushes or a wildfire spreading through the forest.
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The Postmodern Left and the success of neoliberalism

The Postmodern Left and the success of neoliberalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The international Left promotes its own image rather than engaging in the bitter reality of resistance against neoliberalism. It does not need to believe in postmodernism because it is postmodernism.
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Cultures of Anyone: Studies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis (Luis Moreno-Caballud

Cultures of Anyone studies the emergence of collaborative and non-hierarchical cultures in the context of the Spanish economic crisis of 2008. It explains how peer-to-peer social networks that have arisen online and social movements such as the Indignados have challenged a longstanding cultural tradition of intellectual elitism and capitalist technocracy in Spain. From the establishment of a technocratic and consumerist culture during the second part of the Franco dictatorship to the transition to neoliberalism that accompanied the ‘transition to democracy,’ intellectuals and ‘experts’ have legitimized contemporary Spanish history as a series of unavoidable steps in a process of ‘modernization.’ But when unemployment skyrocketed and a growing number of people began to feel that the consequences of this Spanish ‘modernization’ had increasingly led to precariousness, this paradigm collapsed. In the wake of Spain’s financial meltdown of 2008, new ‘cultures of anyone’ have emerged around the idea that the people affected by or involved in a situation should be the ones to participate in changing it. Growing through grassroots social movements, digital networks, and spaces traditionally reserved for ‘high culture’ and institutional politics, these cultures promote processes of empowerment and collaborative learning that allow the development of the abilities and knowledge base of ‘anyone,’ regardless of their economic status or institutional affiliations.

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▶ Puerto Rico: Labor and The Fight Against Neoliberalism and Colonialism Presentatio - YouTube

Javier Córdova is the President of the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors (A.P.P.U.) at the University of PR-Arecibo campus and also serves on A.P.P.U.’s national board and its Executive Committee. He is also leader of the Working Peoples’ Party. He spoke in San Francisco on July 25, 2015 on the economic crisis in Puerto Rico and the role of the US in pushing privatization and union busting.

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The neoliberal background to the Greek crisis | P2P Foundation

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The crushing of political choice is not a side-effect of this utopian belief system but a necessary component. Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing …
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In the Age of Global Neoliberalism, Solutions Must Come From Below

In the Age of Global Neoliberalism, Solutions Must Come From Below | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla.  The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations.
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The “Sharing” Economy, Uber, and the Triumph of Neo-Liberalism

The “Sharing” Economy, Uber, and the Triumph of Neo-Liberalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Ride-sharing is a form of prosumption- those who are using (consuming) their cars provide (produce) rides for those in need of them.
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Cultivating Reform and Revolution

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Mountains and rivers, skyscrapers and dams – the world is filled with objects and structures that appear sturdy. Glancing upwards at a skyscraper, or mountain, a person may know that these obelisks will not remain eternally unchanged, but in the moment of the glance we maintain a certain casual confidence that they are not about to crumble suddenly. Yet skyscrapers collapse, mountains erode, rivers run dry or change course, and dams crack under the pressure of the waters they hold. Even equipped with this knowledge it is still tempting to view such structures as enduringly solid. Perhaps the residents of Lisbon, in November of 1755, had a similar faith in the sturdiness of the city they had built, a faith that was shattered in an earthquake – and aftershocks – that demonstrated all too terribly the fragility at the core of all physical things.

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What’s inside the neoliberal mind? Part 2 – Marketfundamentalist Marxism, kind of

What’s inside the neoliberal mind? Part 2 – Marketfundamentalist Marxism, kind of | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The latest ECB Economic Bulletin states: “In Portugal, the 2009-13 reforms have already raised the levels of productivity and potential GDP.
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Sharing Economy Or Just Vulture Neoliberalism? The Debate Is On - Forbes

Sharing Economy Or Just Vulture Neoliberalism? The Debate Is On - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
LONDON - Innovation it's a bit like marriage, you know: after the initial wave of enthusiam, problems start. Something similar is happening with the so-called "sharing" economy, popularized by the likes of Uber, AirBnb and Task Rabbit.
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Sharing economy ? Is one Unifail here ? 

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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?
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The toxic “Age of Me” culture, Part 3

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Instead of building real value, the "Age of Me" culture is steeped in "how a person with money hires a person without for the lowest possible wage to make as much profit as possible for the one with
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Systems of Wealth Hoarding Hide in Your Mind — Medium

Systems of Wealth Hoarding Hide in Your Mind — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The internet is exploding with conversations about the Panama Papers — the largest data dump in history of secret files about rich people hiding and hoarding money. And yet the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention.

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Gates Foundation is spearheading the neoliberal plunder of African agriculture

Gates Foundation is spearheading the neoliberal plunder of African agriculture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Gates Foundation - widely assumed to be 'doing good', is imposing a neoliberal model of development and corporate domination that's opening up Africa's agriculture to land and seed-grabbing global agribusiness, writes Colin Todhunter. In the process it is foreclosing on the real solutions - enhancing food security, food sovereignty and the move to agroecological farming.
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[Essay] | The Neoliberal Arts, by William Deresiewicz | Harper's Magazine

[Essay] | The Neoliberal Arts, by William Deresiewicz | Harper's Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How college sold its soul to the market
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Social Market Economy and neoliberalism: Gross incompatibilities - The Island.lk (subscription)


Champika Ranawaka appears to have borrowed the concept of social market economy (SME) from Dr.

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The best video of the year: 3 minutes on our precarious plight under neoliberalism | P2P Foundation

The best video of the year: 3 minutes on our precarious plight under neoliberalism | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Worthless is marvelous spoken work on music poem by Agnes Török, a very powerful three minutes:
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The moral crusade against Greece must be opposed | Zoe Williams

The moral crusade against Greece must be opposed | Zoe Williams | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea that Greece partly deserves its fate reflects an order in which wealth trumps democracy. We should fight a narrative that enfeebles us all
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A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society by Thomas Piketty

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Anthony Atkinson occupies a unique place among economists. During the past half-century, in defiance of prevailing trends, he managed to place the question of inequality at the center of his work while demonstrating that economics is first and foremost a social and moral science. In his new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done?—more personal than his previous ones and wholly focused on a plan of action—he provides us with the broad outlines of a new radical reformism.
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Michael Boezi on "The Future of Work"

Michael Boezi on "The Future of Work" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michael Boezi talks about content strategy, building an audience, and making the shift from employee to small business owner. http://bit.ly/FOW-interview
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The Age of Selfishness

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“A graphic look at Ayn Rand’s life, libertarianism, the financial crisis of 2008, and where the financial world is headed now”
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Podcast of the Day: Philip Mirowski - How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown | P2P Foundation

Podcast of the Day: Philip Mirowski - How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Professor Philip Mirowski author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown
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