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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Michael Parenti Blog: A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti Blog: A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti | real utopias | Scoop.it
Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.
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Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes | David Graeber

Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes | David Graeber | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Graeber: Why has the basic logic of austerity been accepted by everyone? Because solidarity has come to be viewed as a scourge
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The current conflict is not between nations, but between classes (2 graphs)

The current conflict is not between nations, but between classes (2 graphs) | real utopias | Scoop.it
from David Ruccio Most of the commentary on the ongoing euro crisis, especially the current Greek debt negotiations, has been couched in terms of a conflict between nations. This is particularly tr...
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The deepening capitalist crisis must be met with a determined working class ... - Socialist Party

The deepening capitalist crisis must be met with a determined working class ... - Socialist Party | real utopias | Scoop.it
2015: Deepening crisis must be met with a determined fightback
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The Rise Of The Uncollared Worker And The Future Of The Middle Class - Forbes

The Rise Of The Uncollared Worker And The Future Of The Middle Class - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
Like the cultural and professional shifts that arose from white collar, blue collar, and pink collared workers, we are now in the era of the “uncollared worker.” The rise of this new uncollared workforce will fundamentally and permanently change the...
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Class Interests as Economic Theory - CounterPunch

Class Interests as Economic Theory - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

There is now a widespread consensus that mainstream/neoclassical economists failed miserably to either predict the coming of the 2008 financial implosion, or provide a reasonable explanation when it actually arrived. Not surprisingly, many critics have argued that neoclassical economics has created more confusion than clarification, more obfuscation than elucidation. Economic “science” has, indeed, become “an ideological construct which serves to camouflage and justify the New World Order” [1].

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Class Interests as Economic Theory » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Class Interests as Economic Theory » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | real utopias | Scoop.it

There is now a widespread consensus that mainstream/neoclassical economists failed miserably to either predict the coming of the 2008 financial implosion, or provide a reasonable explanation when it actually arrived. Not surprisingly, many critics have argued that neoclassical economics has created more confusion than clarification, more obfuscation than elucidation. Economic “science” has, indeed, become “an ideological construct which serves to camouflage and justify the New World Order” [1].

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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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Noam Chomsky (2014): What Does National Interests Actually Mean?

Noam Chomsky talks about: What is the Meaning of the Term National Interests as it refers to those who have impacted and created United States domestic policies? Secondarily, Chomsky talks about how these interests;are often of those who are economically the most advantaged who have impact also on our foreign policies in the Middle Eastern in countries such as Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia and other countries like Cuba since 1945.

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Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC) | real utopias | Scoop.it

During a recent political seminar, a leader of the Palestinian Left, whom I respect, spoke about the political, social and economic challenges facing the Palestinian people. In concluding his presentation, he stressed the need to protect the Palestinian national rights, strengthen popular resistance, address poverty and unemployment, support marginalised groups and promote economic and social development - including, of course, freedom of women and support for the private sector.


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Has the Working Class Really Accepted Austerity? - CounterPunch

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She went onto analyze the importation of “pre-capitalist” love (from the Global South) into post-modern caring situations in the United States.

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Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes

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David Graeber: Why has the basic logic of austerity been accepted by everyone? Because solidarity has come to be viewed as a scourge (Caring too much.
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A party of advanced American democracy » pa

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"What is the character of a party of 21st century socialism?" Answering this question presents a special challenge, even before engaging its substance, to navigate the special vocabulary of 20th century socialist and communist dialog. It is a vocabulary substantially imported from political upheavals across the world that bear an uneven and often contradictory relation to the US, especially in the post World War II era.

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Michael Parenti - No War But the Class War Part 1

Tweetganic - creatureonarock Tweeted 'Michael Parenti - No War But the Class War Part 1' (Michael Parenti - No War But the Class War Part 1 http://t.co/4Y2f8DPSAy)...
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A Very Public Sociologist: Are the Greens Progressive?

A Very Public Sociologist: Are the Greens Progressive? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Are the Greens a progressive party? Are they enemies of the labour movement that need combatting alongside the Tories, UKIP, LibDems and the rest? I ask because, as Graun readers may have seen, Ian Sinclair posed the question last week; "why does the left ignore the Green Party?" It's a fair enough question to ask. Ian provided a list of policies most Labour types wish we would take on board. Wild ultra-leftist promises like renationalising rail and public utilities, which also happen to be backed by the public at large. All progressive, all would go some way to making Britain a better place to be. Yet the reasons why the left and the labour movement don't treat the Greens favourably is only partly thanks to the enduring image of sandal-wearing, lentil-snorting hippy-types. The main reason, which is occasionally articulated by the far left, is that the Greens are anti-modernist and mainly based on an "alien" class force - the petit bourgeoisie. Or so we're told. Is that really the case? Are the Greens an organisation the left should shun, despite their demonstrably centre-left political programme?

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Slavoj Žižek on Class & Racism - counter-jihad: beyond the edl

Slavoj Žižek on Class & Racism - counter-jihad: beyond the edl | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Žižek wouldn't be a Marxist if he didn't endlessly talk about class. He does. And it's the fact that postmodernists, post-structuralists, etc., at least according to Žižek, don't do so that makes them so problematic.
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Michael Parenti on Media, Class, Politics, Drones, Occupy

Michael Parenti on Media, Class, Politics, Drones, Occupy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Michael Parenti, noted political scholar and author of The Face of Imperialism joins David to discuss the changing role of media in the political landscape, the lenses of the two party system, race, culture, and class, on media reporting, and more.

 
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Amazon workers in Germany strike and threaten more action

Amazon workers in Germany strike and threaten more action | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nearly a thousand Amazon employees on Monday participated in strikes at two of the company's German sites and services union Ver.di threatened further action as the year's busiest shopping season begins.
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Chomsky: Business Elites Are Waging a Brutal Class War in America - Infoshop News

That’s why unions had the slogan, “solidarity,” even though they may not have lived up to it. And that’s what really counts: solidarity, mutual aid, care for one another and so on. And it’s really important for power systems to undermine that ideologically, so huge efforts go into it. Even trying to stimulate consumerism is an effort to undermine it. Having a market society automatically carries with it an undermining of solidarity. For example, in the market system you have a choice: You can buy a Toyota or you can buy a Ford, but you can’t buy a subway because that’s not offered. Market systems don’t offer common goods; they offer private consumption. If you want a subway, you’re going to have to get together with other people and make a collective decision. Otherwise, it’s simply not an option within the market system, and as democracy is increasingly undermined, it’s less and less of an option within the public system. All of these things converge, and they’re all part of general class war.

 
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There's Always a Class War Going On - CounterPunch

There's Always a Class War Going On - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Chris Steele: An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone,titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?


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Class and Class Consciousness in The Wire

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 [Trigger Warning: these clips use extensive profanity and racial slurs.] In the first of these 2 scenes from HBO's The Wire (season 1, episodes 1 and 3), D'Angelo teaches Bodie and Wallace how to play chess. He likens each chess piece to a member of the gang hierarchy, illustrating the stratification structure and his consciousness of it.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation