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Charlie Brooker's Wipe 2014 - Adam Curtis - YouTube

From the BBC iPlayer service, from the documentary film maker Adam Curtis shown during 'Charlie Brooker's 2014 Wipe' program. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adam...
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Who Do Politicians Take Money From?

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We live in what’s called a democracy, but is owned by the people who provide the money. — George Monbiot
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History of the Struggle Against Power Inequalities - P2P Foundation

History of the Struggle Against Power Inequalities - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"‘Against Power Inequalities’ provides a historical guide to the contest for power redistribution through the centuries, and draws out the underlying obstacles to the development of more inclusive communities."

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Alternatiba and Blockadia: the twin pillars of translocal eco-territorial struggles | P2P Foundation

Alternatiba and Blockadia: the twin pillars of translocal eco-territorial struggles | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“From our point of view, although these two processes have distinctly different points of departure; they open up spaces that both enlarge and radicalise the citizens’ dynamics for climate justice. They enlarge it because they are grounded respectively in the opposition to the devastating project that is affecting our daily lives, and the development of experiences that improve them and provide us with a glimpse of tomorrow’s world. These two processes therefore make it possible to include fringes of the population that would otherwise not become involved in the classical activist spheres.”
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A Critical Review by Brian Holmes of the "Network Society' book by Bauwens / Kostakis | P2P Foundation

A Critical Review by Brian Holmes of the "Network Society' book by Bauwens / Kostakis | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Thanks for this book, Michel and Vasilis. “Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy” is exceedingly timely and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Commons specifically, or in political economy more generally. In response, I’ve written something in between a review and a letter to the authors. I address Michel because he posted it. Hopefully he will respond to a few of my comments!

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A positive evaluation of Occupy as prefigurative practice | P2P Foundation

A positive evaluation of Occupy as prefigurative practice | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Occupy_heartsRCS: This is a fantastic question. Let me first start with a few comments regarding the apparent ‘success’ of Occupy, as I think this will lead us toward a fruitful analysis of what really forms the basis of my overall argument about Occupy-style movements. From there it might also be easiest to probe the issue of power.
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Greece's Syriza prepares for power

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A large portrait of Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg hangs in the Thessaloniki office of Nikos Samanidis, a founder member of Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left, better known as Syriza.
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Essay of the Day: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Wiredu discusses the use of the consensus principle for political theory and practice in Africa. The consensus principle used to be widespread in African politics, and Wiredu elaborates on the example of the traditional political system of the Ashantis in Ghana as a possible guideline for a recommendable path for African politics. For empirical data, he draws from historical material published by British anthropologists (Evans-Pritchard & Fortes et al.) and Ghanaian intellectuals (Busia et al.). According to Wiredu, a non-party system based on consensus as a central principle of political organisation in Africa could avoid the evident problems of both the one-party system and the multi-party system imposed by the West.”
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New party challenges Spanish political order

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Madrid, Spain - Beer and snacks are served at a makeshift bar in a small civic centre in Madrid's Carabanchel district. About 50 people have gathered on a Friday evening, and with the children of some playing noisily downstairs, it might seem at first glance to be a group of friends socialising.
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Why Conservatives Should Get to Know Bitcoin - Town Hall

Why Conservatives Should Get to Know Bitcoin - Town Hall | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What is Bitcoin, how does it work, and can it revolutionize government?
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Hacking Capitalism - P2P Foundation

Hacking Capitalism - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement demonstrates how labour can self-organise production, and, as is shown by the free operating system GNU/Linux, even compete with some of the worlds largest firms. The book examines the hopes of such thinkers as Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Negri, in the light of the recent achievements of the hacker movement. This book is the first to examine a different kind of political activism that consists in the development of technology from below."
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The return of Occupy London: this time it’s truly political | P2P Foundation

The return of Occupy London: this time it’s truly political | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This week, stalwarts of the Occupy Democracy campaign in Britain are continuing to stand their ground in Parliament Square. The heavy-handed police crackdown and evictions may have scuppered much of the plans for peaceful and creative demonstrations, but the re-emergence of the Occupy movement is a welcome sight in an increasingly unequal, stressed and disaffected city of London.
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Pablo Iglesias of Podemos on going for the win | P2P Foundation

Pablo Iglesias of Podemos on going for the win | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“I have defeat tattooed on my DNA. My great-uncle was shot dead. My grandfather was given the death sentence and spent 5 years in jail. My grandmothers suffered the humiliation of those defeated in the Civil War. My father was put in jail. My mother was politically active in the underground. My first experience of political socialisation as a child was in the mobilisations against NATO [in the 1980s], which was the last time that the Left in this country thought we could win. It bothers me enormously to lose. … And I’ve spent many years, with colleagues, devoting almost all of our political activity to thinking how we can win … The things I say in the mass media and how I say them require a great many hours’ work where we think about how to move through an absolutely hostile terrain.
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12/21 - Polarization, Conversation, and Collective Intelligence - Integral Leadership Review

12/21 - Polarization, Conversation, and Collective Intelligence - Integral Leadership Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Polarization is rooted in dichotomous thinking – binary, oppositional, polarized perspectives that have been with us for thousands of years.  The problems and insights presented by dichotomous thinking have been long recognized, along with transpolarizing perspectives that provide us with positive ways to appreciate dichotomy and deal with it and the false choices it often seems to present.

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, January 11, 8:56 PM

Polarization is rooted in dichotomous thinking – binary, oppositional, polarized perspectives that have been with us for thousands of years...

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Social mobilization vs. the power of disruption | P2P Foundation

Social mobilization vs. the power of disruption | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Today social movement theory is a well-established area of focus within sociology and political science. In the 1970s, however, it was just barely gaining a foothold in the academy. Stanford professor Doug McAdam tells the story of how, as a student activist in the late 1960s, he sought out classes on social movements at his university, searching the catalogue of the political science department. None were listed. When he finally did find discussion of movement activism, it took place in a very different setting than he had expected: namely, in a course on Abnormal Psychology.

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Alexis Tsipras: we want debt relief and the Elgin Marbles - Channel 4 News (blog)

Alexis Tsipras: we want debt relief and the Elgin Marbles - Channel 4 News (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Some of the Syriza members I spoke to are, privately, still not sure they even want to govern. But one thing is certain: when you look him in the eye, Alexis Tsipras most definitely does.
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Remove money from politics!

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Since my book came out … I’ve subjected to incredible media attack, which makes me think perhaps the establishment is not as stable as it would have us believe. — Russell Brand

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Why Pirate Parties need to evolve, or die | P2P Foundation

Why Pirate Parties need to evolve, or die | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“I came to the Pirate movement as a film student frustrated with Hollywood and fascinated with the Internet. I stayed for the promise of a genuinely new kind of political thought, and the Pirate Wheel‘s potential to apply to every sociopolitical issue. As institutions fail all over the globe, that holistic approach hasn’t really materialized. Even though we need it more than ever.
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John Michael Greer on intermediation and the end of the market economy | P2P Foundation

John Michael Greer on intermediation and the end of the market economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One of the factors that makes it difficult to think through the economic consequences of the end of the industrial age is that we’ve all grown up in a world where every form of economic activity has been channeled through certain familiar forms for so long that very few people remember that things could be any other way. Another of the factors that make the same effort of thinking difficult is that the conventional economic thought of our time has invested immense effort and oceans of verbiage into obscuring the fact that things could be any other way.
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The Politics of the Sharing Economy - Our World

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While he supports peer production and sharing practices, Trebor Scholz is vexed by attempts to subsume them into corporate hype of “the sharing revolution”.
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Janet Biehl on Libertarian Municipalism and the Kurdish Struggle | P2P Foundation

Janet Biehl on Libertarian Municipalism and the Kurdish Struggle | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Janet Biehl biographer of Murray Bookchin discusses the deep influence of his writings on Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan
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What happens to Occupy Democracy in London shows Britons no longer have freedom of assembly | P2P Foundation

What happens to Occupy Democracy in London shows Britons no longer have freedom of assembly | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“From last Tuesday, Parliament Square was wrapped in wire mesh. In one of the more surreal scenes in recent British political history, officers with trained German shepherds stand sentinel each day, at calculated distances across the lawn, surrounded by a giant box of fences, three metres high – all to ensure that no citizen enters to illegally practice democracy. Yet few major news outlets feel this is much of a story.
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How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology - P2P Foundation

How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"In the mid-1990s, as the Internet and the World Wide Web went public, a utopian near consensus about their likely social impact seemed to bubble up out of nowhere. The Net would level social hierarchies, distribute and personalize work, and dematerialize communication, exclaimed pundits and CEOs alike. The protocols of the Net were said to embody new, egalitarian forms of political organization. They offered the technological underpinnings for peer-to-peer commerce, and with them, claimed many, an end to corporate power. And well above the human plains of financial and political haggling, suggested some, those same protocols might finally link the now-disembodied species in a single, harmonious electrosphere.
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According to the article, scholars pointed out that new technologies as diverse as telephones and airplanes have always generated utopian hopes. This piece focuses on Internet aspects that became viewed as Utopian. I focused on the social benefits of the Internet and the Web. 

 

Utopian views of the Internet have been discussed since the introduction of this revolutionary technology. The Internet masks users and creates a "world" or "culture" where everyone is equal. The internet also connects people from all over the world. As I read this piece and looked up what certain terms meant, I found myself further researching. The Internet has the ability to give people a chance that they are never able to receive face-to-face. I read about a girl who was born deaf and was only able to communicate with people using sign language. When she was in her mid-teenage years, she learned how to use the Internet. She was able to interact with people on social media on the same level that everyone else interacted. She sat at her computer and responded to people's comments. She felt so included and did not think about her disability even once during her session. She also researched people who are just like her and made many new friends. Overall, the Internet allowed for this girl to feel more and more confident, until she found ways to interact and people to interact with where and with whom she no longer felt insecure.

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Advocacy at the UN for a commons-based vision of sustainable development | P2P Foundation

Advocacy at the UN for a commons-based vision of sustainable development | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Civil society groups at the United Nations are highlighting a powerful new movement in our midst based on caring, sharing, community and cooperation - and they propose a comprehensive vision for how governments can unleash its full potential.
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