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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Was Marx Right?

Was Marx Right? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life.  "Why Marx Was Right" - Terry Eagleton; Marx in Soho - Brian Jones; "Love and Capital" - Mary Gabriel; "Utopia or Bust" - Benjamin Kunkel; BookMark: Walter Kirn; On Our Minds: Colson Whitehead.


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Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael Parenti - 05/29/14 - PRN.fm

Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael Parenti - 05/29/14 - PRN.fm | real utopias | Scoop.it
Parenti is an internationally recognized award-winning author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles.
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Michael Parenti - The Real Causes of World War II (1 of 2) - YouTube

"Who inside Germany was resisting the rise of Hitler and why were they not supported by Britain and France? Why did the Western Allies allow Hitler to take over Austria and Czechoslovakia? Why did Britain and France refuse to enter an anti fascist alliance with the Soviet Union? Why did Britain and France do nothing while Hitler conquered Denmark and Norway even though they had finally already declared war against Germany in 1939?"

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David Graeber- Indigenous Perspectives on the Modern State

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LSE SU Terra, an indigenous rights group at LSE who I have the pleasure of knowing and sometimes working with, organised Indigenous Genius week last week. There was a string of events- talks on ‘The Dread’ of New Zealand, a meeting with Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an indigenous Amazonian working with Survival International, and a panel debate on whether ‘Development=Progress?’. 

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Slavoj Zizek – The absolute recoil | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Slavoj Zizek – The absolute recoil | Backdoor Broadcasting Company | real utopias | Scoop.it

Hegel is the ultimate bête noire of the last two centuries of philosophy:proponents of Lebensphilosophie, existentialists from Kierkegaard onwards, materialists, historicists, analytic philosophers and empiricists, Marxists, traditional liberals, religious moralists, deconstructionists and Deleuzians, they alldefine themselves through different modalities of rejecting Hegel. But when enemies start to speak the same language, it is a reliable sign that something is eluding them all. So what if something happens in Hegel, a break-through into a unique dimension of thought which was obliterated, rendered invisible, by the so-called post-metaphysical thought? What if the ridiculous image of Hegel as the absurd “absolute idealist” who “pretended to know everything” is an exemplary case of what Freud called Deck-Erinnerung (screen-memory), a fantasy-formation destined to cover up a traumatic truth? The task of the symposium will be to unearth aspects of this traumatic truth.

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 4 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Populism and Democracy | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 4 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Populism and Democracy | Backdoor Broadcasting Company | real utopias | Scoop.it

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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David Harvey: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

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UCL Geography/Urban Laboratory PhD researcher Louis Moreno was invited to give an introductory talk on Professor David Harvey's work prior to his lecture at Central Saint Martins, on June 25.
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What sort of democracy do we need with Owen Jones, Caroline Lucas MP & David Graeber.mp3

What sort of democracy do we need with Owen Jones, Caroline Lucas MP & David Graeber.mp3 | real utopias | Scoop.it
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JFK Assassination: Michael Parenti reflects, 50 Years On - YouTube

Five decades to the day since John F. Kennedy met his untimely demise, many questions remain unanswered; pieces of a puzzle never likely to be filled. An undoubtable fact however is that November 22nd, 1963 changed America forever -- and to talk about it, Guy Evans enlisted the expertise of the prolific author and fiery lecturer Dr. Michael Parenti. Enjoy, share, and peace!

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CKUT 90.3fm: Noam Chomsky on Nelson Mandela and his Legacy ...

CKUT 90.3fm: Noam Chomsky on Nelson Mandela and his Legacy ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The world is mourning and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, who passed away in South Africa last week at the age of 95. CKUT's Cecilia MacArthur speaks to linguist, political commentator, and activist Noam Chomsky about Mandela's life and legacy. Chomsky explores Mandela as a controversial figure, looking at the problems with mass media's portrayal of him and explaining how we can use his legacy to fight colonialism and apartheid today.

 
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Slavoj Žižek – Economy: The Vicious Cycle of Capitalist Reproduction | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Slavoj Žižek – Economy: The Vicious Cycle of Capitalist Reproduction | Backdoor Broadcasting Company | real utopias | Scoop.it

It seems that in 1989, with the disintegration of Communism, the two centuries of the radical Leftist “paradigm” were over, that this “paradigm” exhausted its potentials, in spite of some recent half-baked attempts to resuscitate it (in Latin America, in Nepal…); that today, Communism is simply no longer an Idea that divides. So what DOES divide today? The answer seems no less clear: the endless struggle between liberal permissiveness and fundamentalist intolerance. However, do these two poles not implicate and strengthen each other? The true line of division remains the one between the totality of the existing global capitalist universe (whose immanent political antagonism is the one between liberal democracy and fundamentalism) and the radical emancipatory (Communist) idea of breaking out of the very space of this division.

 
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Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael #Parenti

Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael #Parenti | real utopias | Scoop.it

Parenti is an internationally known, highly respected political scientist and award-winning author and lecturer.

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David Harvey – Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism | Backdoor Broadcasting Company - Linkis.com

David Harvey – Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism | Backdoor Broadcasting Company - Linkis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

In this lecture drawing on his new ‘Seventeen Contradictions and The End of Capitalism’ David Harvey will explore the way capital works, how systemic contradictions are socially and spatially constructed, and ask whether these contradictions and inequalities generate new political and cultural pathways beyond capitalism.

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