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Henry A. Giroux | Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism - Truth-Out

In addition, the depoliticization of politics and the increasing transformation of the social state into the punishing state have rendered possible the emergence of a new mode of authoritarianism in which the fusion of power and violence increasingly permeates all aspects of government and everyday life.[ix] This mad violence creates an intensifying cycle rendering citizens' political activism dangerous, if not criminal. On the domestic and foreign fronts, violence is the most prominent feature of dominant ideology, policies and governance. Soldiers are idealized, violence becomes an omniscient form of entertainment pumped endlessly into the culture, wars become the primary organizing principle for shaping relations abroad, and a corrosive and deeply rooted pathology becomes not the mark of a few individuals but of a society that, as Erich Fromm once pointed out, becomes entirely insane.[x]Hannah Arendt's "dark times" have arrived as the concentrated power of the corporate, financial, political, economic and cultural elite have created a society that has become a breeding ground for psychic disturbances and a pathology that has become normalized. Greed, inequality and oppressive power relations have generated the death of the collective democratic imagination.

 
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Prof. Michael Northcott - Fair Trade or Free Trade? Competing Moral Economies in a Changing World

Professor Michael Northcott, Professor in Ethics, presents "Fair Trade or Free Trade? Competing Moral Economies in a Changing World".

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Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution - Governing (blog)

Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution - Governing (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most government leaders are restlessly on the search for new ideas, for innovation, for whatever is next. It may be their good luck that this is shaping up to be a Golden Age for engaging citizens, customers and employees. For evidence of this, one need look no further than the rapidly expanding use of "crowdsourcing." This social-media tool is going mainstream in many communities as a source of innovative ideas.

 
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Why Bitcoin (And Other Cryptocurrencies) Will Inevitably Become Tools Of The Rich, Powerful, and Criminal

Why Bitcoin (And Other Cryptocurrencies) Will Inevitably Become Tools Of The Rich, Powerful, and Criminal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week, an op-ed that I wrote for The Baltimore Sun prompted a lot of very strong reactions, both positive and negative. I argued that efforts to make Bitcoins functionally anonymous are very dangerous, because money laundering is inherently very dangerous.

 

 




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Foundation House Brings Affordable Housing to Nonprofit Workers

Foundation House Brings Affordable Housing to Nonprofit Workers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The first Foundation House, pictured above, is located in the Richmond district of San Francisco.
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Furtherfield and Contemporary Art Culture - Where We Are Now | www.furtherfield.org

Furtherfield and Contemporary Art Culture - Where We Are Now | www.furtherfield.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For over 17 years Furtherfield has been working in practices that bridge arts, technology, and social change. Over these years we have been involved in many great projects, and have collaborated with and supported a variety of talented people. Our artistic endeavors include net art, media art, hacking, art activism, hacktivism and co-curating. We have always believed that it is essential that the individuals at the heart of Furtherfield practice in arts and technology are engaged in critical enquiry. For us art is not just about running a gallery or critiquing art for art’s sake. The meaning of the art is in perpetual flux, and we examine its changing relationship with the human condition. Furtherfield’s role and direction as an arts collective is shaped by the affinities we identify among diverse independent thinkers, individuals and groups who have questions to ask in their work about the culture.

 

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3D printer boom lures new wave of Japanese entrepreneurs - Edmonton Sun

3D printer boom lures new wave of Japanese entrepreneurs - Edmonton Sun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

TOKYO - Junichiro Asami gave up a stable job to join a group of Japanese entrepreneurs building businesses based on 3D printing, showing the sort of pioneering spirit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes can revitalize a calcified economy.

 
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In the face of the sharing economy, new insurance models slowly emerge

In the face of the sharing economy, new insurance models slowly emerge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week, I wrote about the issues that big, traditional insurance companies have with sharing economy companies like RelayRides,Getaround, Uber andAirbnb. The uncertainties are particularly difficult to navigate in the car-sharing space, where car owners list their cars on a marketplace like RelayRides, and a customer can rent it out.

 
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Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: The Sharing Economy

What do the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club and the first Chief Sustainability Officer of Walmart have in common? They are co-founders of yerdle, the Bay Area startup that helps members to share and receive free items with their social network. Hear Adam Werbach and Andy Ruben speak about their convergent paths to the sharing economy and their insights on driving fundamental change in the private sector. 

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"Occupy the Apocalypse"

"Occupy the Apocalypse" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Two years after the rise and demise of Occupy, we are still spinning around wondering what happened . . . and what comes next. The discussion runs in tail-chasing circles so often that when my radio show co-host suggested that we interview Nathan Schneider, an editor for Waging Nonviolence.org and the author of Thank You Anarchy, Notes From the Occupy Apocalypse, on the subject, I rolled my eyes in exasperation. Why beat the old Occupy horse?

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Amazon Is Joining, Not Starting, The Drone-Delivery Revolution | TechCrunch

Amazon Is Joining, Not Starting, The Drone-Delivery Revolution | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Amazon isn't the first company to experiment delivery by drones. In fact, over the last year, several companies beat Amazon to the punch with very similar services testing carrying tacos, pizzas and packages by multi-rotor crafts.

  

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Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism - Truth-Out

Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the current historical moment, the line between fate and destiny is difficult to draw. Dominant power works relentlessly through its major cultural apparatuses to hide, mischaracterize or lampoon resistance, dissent and critically engaged social movements. This is done, in part, by sanitizing public memory and erasing critical knowledge and oppositional struggles from newspapers, radio, television, film and all those cultural institutions that engage in systemic forms of education and memory work. Historical consciousness has been transformed into uplifting narratives, box-office spectacles and lifestyle stories fit for the whitewashed world of the Disney musketeers. As Theodor W. Adorno puts it, "The murdered are [now] cheated out of the single remaining thing that our powerlessness can offer them: remembrance."[i] The relentless activity of thoughtlessness - worship of celebrity culture, a cravenly mainstream media, instrumentalism, militarism or free-roaming individualism - undermines crucial social bonds and expands the alleged virtue of believing that thinking is a burden.

 

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Shedding Light on The Dark Enlightenment - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Shedding Light on The Dark Enlightenment - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There has been some ink spilt lately at the IEET over a new movement that goes by the Tolkienesque name, I kid you not, of the dark enlightenment, also calledneo-reactionaries.  Khannea Suntzu has looked at the movement from the standpoint of American collapse and David Brin within the context of a rising oligarchic neo-feudalism.

 
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5 books about economics and the environment - Bellingham Herald

5 books about economics and the environment - Bellingham Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The economy and the natural environment are interlinked: every economic action can have some effect on the environment, and every environmental change can have an impact on the economy.

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Trust, Transparency and Shared Economy

Trust, Transparency and Shared Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You may have seen dramatic headlines like these recently about a handful of Silicon Valley startups whose business models are disrupting the established order—among them ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft and room-sharing app Airbnb.  This new breed of company is part of what has been dubbed the “Sharing Economy,” or business models that use online platforms to let people offer shared access to unused goods and services, whether it’s cars, rooms, power tools or even dog-babysitting services.

 
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Even if the law lets them fly, Amazon's delivery drones are still nonsense - Wired.co.uk

Even if the law lets them fly, Amazon's delivery drones are still nonsense - Wired.co.uk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Amazon took over the 24-hour news cycle last night with the unveiling of Prime Air, an aerial drone that can fly Amazon packages straight to your front porch. The world's largest online retailer duped 60 Minutes and a fawning Charlie Rose -- who doesn't appear to know the meaning of the word "vaporware" -- into turning the venerable CBS news mag into the spearhead of Amazon's latest and greatest Cyber Monday marketing campaign.

 
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More than Medicine: New services for People Powered Health | Nesta

More than Medicine: New services for People Powered Health | Nesta | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This report brings together our practical learning and evidence on different ways to integrate and promote community-based services into health and social care.
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Internet Justice: A Meme Whose Time Has Come

Internet Justice: A Meme Whose Time Has Come | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For some time I’ve been discussing with colleagues how to approach Internet policy related issues holistically. Not just from a technical point of view, or commercial, or “user”, or even civil society but rather from a perspective which encompasses all of these while focusing most specifically on an integrated approach to what we, as global citizens whose world is being remade on the Internet’s digital platform, might expect (and demand).

 
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RMA: a language resource management agency

RMA: a language resource management agency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The RMA is a language resource management agency with a view to function as a single depository point for various types of electronic data of the official languages of South Africa for research and development purposes… 
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Insuring Access In The Sharing Economy

Insuring Access In The Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Insurers have always been at the forefront of responding to user needs. Direct marketing and online portals make it easier for consumers to understand and purchase insurance. Usage-based insurance (UBI) allows safe drivers, particularly those who drive less, to reduce their premiums.

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Scientists build low-cost,open-source 3-D metal printer - The Economic Times

Scientists build low-cost,open-source 3-D metal printer - The Economic Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON: Imagine making your own toys, cellphone cases or Christmas decorations at home! Scientists have developed a low-cost, freely available and open-source 3-D metal printer, meaning anyone can use it to print their own metallic objects. Until now, 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most manufacturers using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. 


 
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Shared interests: The rise of collaborative consumption - Retail Customer Experience (blog)

Shared interests: The rise of collaborative consumption - Retail Customer Experience (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, the average power drill is used for a total of 15 minutes over the course of its lifetime. And that’s not unusual. Our cars, many household items and even our homes spend much of their time idle, empty or unused. It all adds up to incalculable amounts of unused capacity, utility and value.

 

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Colin Taylor TRG's curator insight, December 3, 2013 7:17 AM

The rise of collaborative consumption will change the way we purchase things forever

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The Future of Collaborative Consumption - Eric Garland

The Future of Collaborative Consumption - Eric Garland | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’m excited to announce a series of guest posts for this week. I’m blessed with all sorts of brilliant colleagues around the world; most of them are excellent writers on top of being elegant thinkers for a new age. Plus: I’m lazy, and want to bring my readers superb reading material without any effort on my part.

 
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Unregulated? Bitcoin goes mainstream and why that's a good thing - Catholic Online

Unregulated? Bitcoin goes mainstream and why that's a good thing - Catholic Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin is a virtual currency. You can't hold it in your hand, or carry it like cash. However, more and more transactions are occurring in the virtual realm, with banks exchanging dollars and every other kind of currency by virtual means. When you think about it, unless you still deal in cash, most of your transactions are virtual. 

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