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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The Democracy Project by David Graeber

The Democracy Project by  David Graeber | real utopias | Scoop.it
A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America   Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the...
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Everyone Counts: could Participatory Budgeting change democracy?

Everyone Counts: could Participatory Budgeting change democracy? | real utopias | Scoop.it
A new book by Josh Lerner, executive director the the North American Participatory Budgeting Project is the result of winning a new USA democracy award, coordin
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Publication “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action” | CISDP

Publication “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action” | CISDP | real utopias | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce that the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of UCLG has released its publication “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action”.

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a review of The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

a review of The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton is on Abdulrahman’s read shelf. Abdulrahman gave this book 4 stars
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David Brooks: Ambition needs morals for capitalism to succeed - Post-Bulletin

David Brooks: Ambition needs morals for capitalism to succeed - Post-Bulletin | real utopias | Scoop.it
In 1976, Daniel Bell published a book called "The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism." Bell argued that capitalism undermines itself because it nurtures a population of ever more self-gratifying consumers.
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Mészáros and the Critique of the Capital System - Monthly Review

Mészáros and the Critique of the Capital System - Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
István Mészáros is one of the greatest philosophers that the historical materialist tradition has yet produced.
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Itinerary of a Long-Distance Internationalist of the Global Emancipatory Movement - P2P Foundation

Itinerary of a Long-Distance Internationalist of the Global Emancipatory Movement - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
‘This is an admirable memoir of an intellectual-activist who has lived most intensely the progressive struggles of the last sixty years of world history. Yes, world history, because despite being born in Europe, Peter, in the best tradition of Communist internationalism, participated in struggles and movements, not only in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in Africa and most recently in Latin America. But this is much more than a memoir. It is so well documented that, in this personal experience, there are reflected some of the most decisive events of contemporary history. It is a living history book. But even more than this, this book is so clearly and vividly written that at times it reads like the script for an imaginary documentary of our times. This book should be read by all concerned with our recent history in order to get a much more complex inside view of what happened while it was happening. In particular it should be read by the youth in order to get a close-up of the difficulties and possibilities in building another possible world at a time where there existed a vibrant international communist movement. It is up to such youth to evaluate whether difficulties are now less or more daunting, the possibilities less or more luminous’.
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The politics of Piketty’s reception on the Left - Left Flank

The politics of Piketty’s reception on the Left - Left Flank | real utopias | Scoop.it
This is a version of my paper from the Historical Materialism Australasia conference in Sydney earlier this month, which was part of a panel on Thomas Piketty’s Capital In The Twenty-First Century. I’d like to thank my fellow panelists Anitra Nelson and Mike Beggs.
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Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today

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Created by Students for a Democratic Society in a small Michigan town in 1962, the Port Huron Statement has been called the most ambitious, the most specific, and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American Left. Now, fifty years after its drafting, principal architect Tom Hayden and the other SDS contributors revisit this seminal document and provide an original and comprehensive analysis of its historical impact andits increasing relevance to today s movements.

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Book of the Day: With P2P Towards a Post-Capitalist Society | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: With P2P Towards a Post-Capitalist Society | P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
The book is based on a 12-hour interview by former journalist Jean Lievens with Michel Bauwens, and is divided into six chapters: the Economy of P2P, the Politics of P2P, P2P and Spirituality, the Philosophy of P2P, the P2P Foundation and a Biography of Michel Bauwens, who was elected on the Enriched List of the Post Growth Institute, a list with the 100 most inspiring people (dead and alive) ever in relation to sustainability.
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The Failure Of Capitalist Production - Andrew Kliman - bluecoffeeandbooks.com

Book Summary: The Failure Of Capitalist Production - Andrew Kliman

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Governing The Firm: Workers' Control In Theory And Practice - Gregory K. Dow

Book Summary: Governing The Firm: Workers' Control In Theory And Practice - Gregory K. Dow

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Kevin Kelly's WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS: how technology changes us and vice-versa

Kevin Kelly's WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS: how technology changes us and vice-versa | real utopias | Scoop.it
Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants is an inspiring, provocative and sweeping account of how our world works and where it's going.
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'This Changes Everything' tackles global warming - The Denver Post

'This Changes Everything' tackles global warming - The Denver Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
"This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Simon & Schuster), by Naomi Klein Cutting the vast amounts of man-made pollution that feed global warming is an enormous challenge for societies that gobble up coal, oil and gas.
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The Future of Work, Leisure, and Consumption... - Dollars & Sense

The Future of Work, Leisure, and Consumption... - Dollars & Sense | real utopias | Scoop.it

Economist Juliet Schor is known worldwide for her research on the interrelated issues of work, leisure, and consumption. Her books on these themes include The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of LeisureThe Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer, and Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (retitled True Wealth for its paperback edition). She is also a professor of sociology at Boston College. —Eds.

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Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism - WAMC

Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism - WAMC | real utopias | Scoop.it

  Historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told that slavery and its expansion were central to the evolution and modernization of our nation in the 18th and 19th centuries, catapulting the US into a modern, industrial and capitalist economy. 

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Why is Thomas Piketty's 700-page book a bestseller? - The Guardian

Why is Thomas Piketty's 700-page book a bestseller? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


I make my living teaching finance, the branch of economics concerned with putting a value on assets such as stocks, bonds, mortgages and options.

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Noam Chomsky's Favorite Books - YouTube

Here's the full reading list of Noam Chomsky - http://leftreferenceguide.wordpress.com/noam-chomsky-reading-list/ And the following are the ones mentioned in...
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How liberalism lost its way - New Statesman

How liberalism lost its way - New Statesman | real utopias | Scoop.it

All over the Atlantic world, political liberalism has fallen on evil days. In the US, the creed of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D Roosevelt and John F Kennedy has become a sin that dare not speak its name. In last year’s German election, the Free Democratic Party – the embodiment of the country’s liberal tradition and the second party in coalition governments for most of the postwar period – won less than 5 per cent of the popular vote and is no longer represented in the federal parliament. In the 2011 Canadian election, the Liberal Party – for decades a dominant force – suffered a catastrophic defeat. The Radical Party of the Left, today the closest approximation to a liberal party in France, is little more than a pimple on the body politic. In Britain, the Liberal Democrats, heirs of the Liberal Party of Lloyd George, Keynes and Beveridge, have clambered into bed with a market-fundamentalist Conservative Party and endured a huge slump in the opinion polls.

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Steven Pinker's Guide to Classic Style - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Steven Pinker's Guide to Classic Style - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | real utopias | Scoop.it

So there you have it: Steven Pinker’s guide to classic style. I don’t want you to go away with the impression that this is all there is in the book. There is much more, including some very interesting chapters on grammar and the psychology of correct usage. I would encourage everyone to read the full thing. Still, I hope this summary gives a flavour of its contents, and is of some use to all. 

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Owen Jones' middle-class moralism - Spiked

Owen Jones' middle-class moralism - Spiked | real utopias | Scoop.it

Having caricatured the working classes in his first book, Owen Jones caricatures the ruling classes in his second. Where in Chavs the less well-off were held aloft by our pitying author as the ‘victims of social problems’, ‘vulnerable’, and ‘lacking… toys, days out, good food’, in The Establishment the rulers of society are denounced as ‘venal’, ‘greedy’, ‘despicable’, ‘zealots’, ‘scroungers’, and possibly even psychopathic. To read Jones’ books is to enter into a super-moralistic world in which all shades of grey have been banned for fear of muddying the narrative. There are only the put-upon and the putters-upon. It must be nice to live in such a binary moral universe. I wish I lived there.


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well, what would you ha-ve expected from this critic? :)

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Required Reading: University pushing purchase of 'Democracy for the Few' - Campus Reform

Required Reading: University pushing purchase of 'Democracy for the Few' - Campus Reform | real utopias | Scoop.it

An entry-level political science course at Cypress College (CC) in California is requiring students to purchase Democracy for the Few, a book written by “one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts.”

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Four decades of thinking gender: the gains, struggles and debates

Four decades of thinking gender: the gains, struggles and debates | real utopias | Scoop.it
The past four decades have produced gains around the world for women and girls in literacy, formal education, life expectancy, workforce participation and access to some professions. We have also seen…
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Vincent Deary: 'Are you living the life you want to lead?' - The Guardian

Vincent Deary: 'Are you living the life you want to lead?' - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


And if it's a bit self-conscious at times, Slavoj Žižek this and Melanie Klein that, for the most part it keeps its feet on the ground.

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