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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Socialism is really what Democracy is all about, interview with Noam Chomsky

"The Soviet Union was called (and called itself) Socialist, but this was as remote from Socialism as you can get!" In an interview that goes back to 2003

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David Harvey - Competition And Socialism

It's often thought that socialism and market competition are opposed to each other, but this is not the case, for example, in the Bolivian city of El Alto, as David ...
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Defending Socialism: Foner and Sanders v. Eugene Debs - CounterPunch

Defending Socialism: Foner and Sanders v. Eugene Debs - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it
Forget for a moment the falsity of the notion that Sanders is actually trying to win the presidency (he isn’t) and the absurdity of thinking (or claiming to think that) that one can advance sociali…
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Communist Philosopher Slavoj Žižek HATES Democratic Socialism

Commie Foreigner Slavoj Žižek HATES Democratic Socialism!
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On Socialism, Social Democracy, and Democratic Socialism - Huffington Post

Bernie Sanders is the creation of the New Left on the East Coast who fully extols all the attainments of the New Deal but who goes further in that he also wants to empower women, minorities, and other disempowered not only by matter of policy but...
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Forum on Socialism UH Hilo October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015 forum at UH Hilo titled "What is Democratic Socialism? Is it a solution for America's declining middle class" Guest speakers are Jerry Calton, ...
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What Is Anarchism Noam Chomsky on Capitalism, Socialism, Free Markets

Noam Chomsky. Avram Noam Chomsky (/'no?m 't??mski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political ...
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Views in brief - Socialist Worker Online

Views in brief - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it
Tech workers and class | Free Ismail Shabazz | Fighting racism on an individual level | Sanders can help advance socialism
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'The Singularity & Socialism' - an interview with author C. James Townsend - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

'The Singularity & Socialism' - an interview with author C. James Townsend - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Singularity is near! That’s what a lot of us futurists have been planning for since we first came to understand the exponential growth rate of information technologies.
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Haupt's Take: Our republic's race to democratic socialism - Watchdog.org

Haupt's Take: Our republic's race to democratic socialism - Watchdog.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
For decades, the world has debated the difference between communism and socialism. Yet it is extremely difficult to discriminate between the two simply because they both rob you of your liberty.
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Polarizing Development: Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis - Socialist Project

Polarizing Development: Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it
Neoliberal economic policies, with their emphasis on market-led development and individual rationality, have been exposed as bankrupt not only by the global economic crisis but also by increasing social opposition and resistance.
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Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | real utopias | Scoop.it
Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism?
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
He realized just how important science and technology was at developing a post-capitalist society.
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What is socialism? // Propaganda [026]

A lot of people imagine socialism as social welfare programmes or state control of the economy, but that's not the case. Socialism is simply when workers control ...
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George Orwell's socialism - Red Flag

George Orwell is often presented as a critic of any thoroughgoing attempt to change the world.
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Slavoj Žižek on Democratic Socialism

An excerpt from a discussion following a lecture delivered by Dr. Slavoj Žižek on May 5th, 2015 at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die ...
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Ecosocialism and Ending “Capitalism At Any Price” - CounterPunch

Ecosocialism and Ending “Capitalism At Any Price” - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ecosocialism and Ending “Capitalism At Any Price”
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Bolivia's Socialist Project and the Battle against Neoliberalism - Center for Research on Globalization

Bolivia's Socialist Project and the Battle against Neoliberalism - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the open­ing salvos of Latin America's uneven lurch to the Left in the early twenty-first cen­tury, Bolivia dis­tin­guished itself as the region's most rad­i­cal socio-political ter­rain.[1] Lef...
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Concerning Socialism - Huffington Post

Concerning Socialism - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required....
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Can workers run the world? - Socialist Worker Online

Can workers run the world? - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it
One of the most common arguments against the possibility of socialism is that human beings are naturally competitive.
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The Main Obstacle to Socialism in Cuba - Havana Times

The Main Obstacle to Socialism in Cuba - Havana Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The wage system under State monopoly capitalism, imposed on Cuba in the name of socialism, has always stood in the way and will continue to be an obstacle to free associated or individual labor – the authentically socialist forms of production.
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International Socialism: Thunder on the left

International Socialism: Thunder on the left | real utopias | Scoop.it
The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives. The most obvious evidence of economic weakness is that the relatively modest recoveries from the Great Recession of 2008-9 finally under way in the US, Britain and even the eurozone are dependent on massive infusions of money by the central banks. Leading economists join ex-US treasury secretary Lawrence Summers in warning that the advanced economies face “secular stagnation”.1 Meanwhile the Financial Times worries that slowing growth in the “emerging market” economies will push many in what it calls the “fragile middle”—the 2.8 billion people in the Global South with an income of between 2 and 10 dollars a day—back below the extreme poverty line.2
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Capitalism, Utopian and Scientific

Capitalism, Utopian and Scientific | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the old days of the historical Left—from the late 19th century to the mid-20th—the most-widely read piece of Marxist writing was probably Friedrich Engels’s Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. In this short text, Engels sketched the history of capitalism and the development of socialist ideas and movements as part of that history. His main point, which provided the title, was that while early socialist thinkers saw their ideas—which typically moved from criticism of the present to detailed schemes for a future society—as discoveries “of this or that ingenious brain,” Marx had demonstrated that socialist thinking and movements alike were produced by the actual development of capitalism as a society riven by opposed class interests. Socialists no longer had “to manufacture a system of society as perfect as possible” but to discover in the social conditions created by history “the means of ending the conflict” between the classes. “The Socialism of earlier days certainly criticized the existing capitalistic mode of production and its consequences. But it could not explain them, and therefore, could not get the mastery of them.”
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The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar - Socialist Project

The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

The American political system, so highly polarized between conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats, has experienced in the last year some interesting changes on the left-hand margin of the national political scene. From Bill de Blasio's victory in the mayoral election in New York City, to Kshama Sawant's winning of a city council seat in Seattle, from the late Chokwe Lumumba's popularly-based campaign in Jackson, Mississippi, to self-described socialist Bernie Sanders’ talk of a run for the presidency, something new appears to be happening. Independent politics and socialist party campaigns, so long marginal to American political life and from discussion in the media, seem to be back on the radar again. This is all the more remarkable given our terrible election laws that make it so difficult in so many states to get parties and candidates on the ballot.

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