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Toward a Critical Integral Theory - P2P Foundation

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"The central concern of this article is how the search for formal structures with universal values functions ideologically, addressing Zizek’s claim that East-West syntheses may represent the dominant ideology par excellance of global capitalism. To this end, the article offers a Foucaultian genealogy of Integral theory, tracing its origins to the cultural and subjective contingencies of the British Empire, primarily in the work of Integral theory’s foundational thinker, Aurobindo Ghose. 

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On the importance of recognizing Critical Junctures

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“I think that it is important to distinguish between historical epochs or epochal changes (cfr. Epochalism) and what Robert McChesney, the author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, calls critical junctures. Critical junctures are periods when institutions are amenable to change in a way that they are not amenable most of the time. Robert McChesney writes that critical junctures occur when there is a disruptive new technology, when established institutions are discredited, and when there is an economic or political crisis. The examples he gives mostly have to do with journalism. Around the turn of the 20th Century, American journalism had, deservedly, a very serious credibility problem. Newspapers had open political allegiances. Journalists were obviously for sale and self-interested in their reporting, and few people considered them credible sources of information. In response to this credibility crisis journalistic institutions voluntarily adopted the standards of conduct that we now consider characteristic of ?professional? journalism, which is to say a commitment to objectivity and the separation of editorial content from reporting.

 

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Program on Liberation Technology - P2P Foundation

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= the Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.


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Greens and Pirates: in search of a new majority for the commons? - Green European Journal

Greens and Pirates: in search of a new majority for the commons? - Green European Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Once you make a commons together, you can have different political visions, but what you share is this desire to construct and protect the commons. Interview with Michel Bauwens, theorist and activist, co-founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation.
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Internet, Social Media and the Workplace - P2P Foundation

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"There have been heated debates on the left over the last few years on the role of the internet and social media through web based communication (WBC). In an article in International Socialism two years ago Jonny Jones reviewed these debates and correctly highlighted the dangers of overestimating the impact of social media on social movements.1 While new information and communication technologies, including social media, have undoubtedly aided the organisational efforts of social movements, they have not created them-and it would be technologically deterministic to put the cart before the horse in assessing their value. Writing from a Marxist perspective against “techno-centrism”, a leading academic on social media, Christian Fuchs, has criticised explanations of rebellions in which social media is perceived as the engine, claiming it to represent a “fetishism of things…a deterministic instrumental ideology that substitutes thinking about society with a focus on technology”.2

 
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Political Economy of Solidarity - P2P Foundation

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The essay is a critique of what the author calls the Political Economy of Freedom, which is at the basis of our current system. This conception considers, erroneously of course, that humans are atomized individuals, solely in the game for their utilitarian benefit, making choices as if they were not a part of various concrete communities and societies. The dominant market form, based on impersonal relations, is based on a implicit contract of reciprocal indifference.

 
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Economic class stratification: the challenge of our time - Sonoma Valley Sun

Economic class stratification: the challenge of our time - Sonoma Valley Sun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Millennials are the first generation of Americans who will see their living standards decline from that of their parent’s generation.  The combination of harshly reduced living standards (enforced by the Wall Street/Washington austerity consensus), accompanied by markedly decreased job security and constant competition for scarce employment opportunities, has created a toxic social environment that is making it very hard for young people to launch properly into adult life and take on family and community responsibilities.

 
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Distributism & ownership of the means of production - P2P Foundation

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Distributism, the ownership of the means of production should be spread as widely as possible among the populace, rather than being centralized


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Georgism: everyone owns what they create & everything found in nature belongs equally to all of humanity

Georgism: everyone owns what they create & everything found in nature belongs equally to all of humanity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Georgism is a philosophy and economic ideology that holds that everyone owns what they create, but that everything found in nature, most importantly land, belongs equally to all of humanity. The Georgist philosophy is usually associated with the idea of a single tax on the value of land. Georgists argue that a tax on land value is efficient, fair andequitable, and will generate sufficient revenue so that other taxes, which are less fair and efficient, can be reduced or eliminated." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgism)

 
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Peter Sloterdijk on the Acceleration of the Pace of Social Change

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Very interesting commentary by German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. Also on how capitalism is a machine to accelerate change through cultural projects that bypass generational reproduction.

 
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Declaration: An Internet for the Common Good

“Effective use of the Internet holds the potential to benefit everyone. Currently, however, its benefits are distributed unequally — some people gain power, wealth and influence from using the Internet while others struggle for basic access. Our vision is a technical, interactive and information rich Internet platform on which people in their communities and elsewhere – the poor and marginalized in Developing and Developed countries, women and youth, indigenous peoples, older persons, those with disabilities–are able to develop and exercise their civic intelligence and to work together equitably and effectively to address our multiple individual and collective challenges.

 
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George Lakoff "The Brain and Its Politics" - YouTube

George Lakoff is the co-founder of the Rockridge Institute, a think tank for progressive politics and public policies. His talk surveys basic findings about ...
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Whether you agree or disagree with George Lakoff, you need to know what he's thinking because of his wide influence.

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 19, 7:27 PM

And now, the rebuttal from the Left.

 

May it be the final rebuttal to the Right's senseless, callous, cruel, bigoted, small-minded and small-hearted sense of "self" and the world.

 

Satan's people, in other words, regardless of their displayed piety and false morality.

 

I doubt it will be though, unfortunately.

 

It'll take more trial and error to undo the dogmatic, conservative influence on the minds of others, all the while, the left will be making mistakes along the way.

 

A sad state of affairs for humanity.  But, that's how our brains work, in the flesh.

 

Deaf, blind and stupid.

 

Think about it.

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▶ George Lakoff on Embodied Cognition and Language - YouTube

Speaker: George Lakoff, Cognitive Science and Linguistics Professor at UC Berkeley Lecture: Cascade Theory: Embodied Cognition and Language from a Neural Per...
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Two Levels of Change - P2P Foundation

Two Levels of Change - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Level ONE change maintains the initial view of the world and the systems to be changed: abandoned, phased out, fixed, replaced, tuned-up, expanded, or downsized. We remain "in the box", with changes that only "tweak" at the edges of the box. Level TWO changes moves us to consider going "out of the box". Systems are created, constructed, reformed; they develop, evolve, and emerge. Construction and reform could be included also as type ONE change. There are varying degrees of level TWO changes, from those that will appear to some to still be "in the box" to radical and awesome shifts that are terrifying to those locked "in their boxes".

 
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Manifesting in Meat Space - Reality Sandwich

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The long-term implication of peak oil is that when oil production peaks and begins to decline all of this increased societal complexity that comes from replacing human and animal muscle power with fossil fuel energy will have to move back in the direction of our pre-petroleum living arrangements. We will not be able to sustain the level of societal complexity that exists now.

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Unlike Us #3 - Bernard Stiegler: Social Networking As a Stage of Grammatization and the New Political Question

Unlike Us #3 - Social Media: Design or Decline Session 1: Theory and Critique of ‘Social’ Bernard Stiegler (FR) Social Networking As a Stage of Grammatization…
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Seeing Like a State - P2P Foundation

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"In “Seeing Like a State“, James Scott explains why certain state-centered schemes to improve the human condition have failed. Scott writes that “no administrative system is capable of representing [or monitoring] every existing social community except through a heroic and greatly schematized process of abstraction and simplification.” (http://irevolution.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/the-prospects-for-cyberocracy/)

 
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Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection | openDemocracy

Forget empathy – it’s time for radical connection | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the struggle for social justice it’s not how much empathy we feel that makes the difference, but what we do with it in concrete situations.  This is the third in our series of articles about empathy and transformation.

  

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Occupy as Mutual Recognition

Occupy as Mutual Recognition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Recent waves of revolutionary struggle – the Occupy movement in New York and elsewhere, London on the steps of St. Pauls, Cairo at the time of Mubarak’s fall, Greece and Spain in response to neoliberalism-imposed austerity, Gezi Park in Istanbul…the list is endless – throw into relief a common issue. The issue is that ofrecognition. Occupy-style events and initiatives point towards a future where mutual recognition serves as a guiding thread in human interaction. The present short paper explains the sense in which this is the case.

 
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A series of essays introducing an alternative philosophy of systemic change

A series of essays introducing an alternative philosophy of systemic change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Understandably, there’s a lot of talk today about ‘social change’ and the ‘need for a revolution’. As I wrote recently, we all hold an idea about ‘social progress’ and how fundamental social change might happen.
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Towards an Alternative Form of Politics Beyond the Left - P2P Foundation

Towards an Alternative Form of Politics Beyond the Left - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"These are no longer momentous days for the left, as I strongly believe that an alternative would transcend much of leftist narrative as we know it. Furthermore, whether it is orthodox Marxism or democratic socialism, I have a difficult time seeing fundamental social change emanating from out of almost every one of the traditional political movements of the contemporary left and here’s why:

 
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Revolution as a Transitory, Integrative and Holistic Process - P2P Foundation

Revolution as a Transitory, Integrative and Holistic Process - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"What is perhaps most vile about the political analysis emanating from out of many leftist groups today, is how so many tend to implicitly or explicitly treat people engaged in struggle as though they’re chess pieces in some sort of theoretical game: ‘a means toward an end’. There are so many ‘leftist’ theories as to what ‘social change’ might mean or look like, but these theories are often so bound up in an ever rigidifying political or theoretical framework that they tend to treat ‘the alternative’ the same way bureaucrats treat the young men and women who are about to be sent to die in some corrupt war.

 
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Podcast of the Day: Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’. An Interview With Michel Bauwens

Podcast of the Day: Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’. An Interview With Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A very special interview between sustainable community expert and “business provocateur” John Thackaray and our very own Michel Bauwens.

 
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From Free Software to Artisan Science - P2P Foundation

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"My personal journey with Free Software began in the 1990′s when I was working on technology projects in the UK non-profit sector. I had become aware of a collaborative mode of software production that sounded like it shared a lot of the values of organisations I worked with. I was used to non-profit and participatory projects being small and mostly low impact: imagine my surprise when I read that most of the servers in the City of London ran Apache (a free software web server), and mostly without the knowledge of the senior managers.

 

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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Lessons from cliodynamics ...

“The US political system has been under the influence of wealthy elites ever since the American Revolution. In some historical periods it worked primarily for the benefit of the wealthy. In others, it pursued policies that benefited the society as a whole. Take the minimum wage, which grew during the Great Compression era and declined (in real terms) after 1980. The proportion of American workers who were unionised changed in a similarly cyclical fashion, as the legislative field tilted first one way then the other. The top marginal tax rate was 68 per cent or higher before 1980; by 1988 it declined to 28 per cent. In one era, government policy systematically favoured the majority, while in another it favoured the narrow interests of the wealthy elites. This inconsistency calls for explanation.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation