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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren't Called 'Hitler' | The ...

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren't Called 'Hitler' | The ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Mark Twain wrote a satire about Leopold called “King Leopold’s Soliloquy; A Defense of His Congo Rule”, where he mocked the King’s defense of his reign of terror, largely through Leopold’s own words. It’s an easy read at 49 pages and Mark Twain is a popular author in American public schools. But like most political authors, we will often read some of their least political writings or read them without learning why the author wrote them in the first place. Orwell’s Animal Farm, for example, serves to reinforce American anti-socialist propaganda about how egalitarian societies are doomed to turn into their dystopian opposites. But Orwell was an anti-capitalist revolutionary of a different kind—a supporter of working class democracy from below—and that is never pointed out. We can read about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but “King Leopold’s Soliloquy” isn’t on the reading list. This isn’t by accident. Reading lists are created by boards of education in order to prepare students to follow orders and endure boredom. From the point of view of the Department of Education, Africans have no history.

 
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E-book 3: Is Democracy viable without a unified public opinion? The Swiss experience and the Belgian case | Re-Bel initiative | Rethinking Belgium

E-book 3: Is Democracy viable without a unified public opinion? The Swiss experience and the Belgian case | Re-Bel initiative | Rethinking Belgium | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

October 17, 2013 -- International Viewpoint -- In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV) — the second biggest in the country, with 102,000 members — publicly broke with the social-democratic party and called for a rallying of the left to the perspective of a new broad, anti-capitalist force to the left of the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Greens. An unprecedented thunderbolt… and not without consequences.

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