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Innovation And The State

Innovation And The State | real utopias | Scoop.it
People confuse invention with innovation. But, as Dan Breznitz notes in the INET interview below, innovation is more than just inventing something. 
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Noam Chomsky State Power Trumps Actual Security Again and Again

Speaking at Helen Caldicott's symposium The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction on 3/1/15 in New York City, Noam Chomsky speaks about the long .
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The State, the Market, and Development – Joseph Stiglitz - 30th Anniversary Conference

Keynote: The State, the Market, and Development – Joseph Stiglitz Chair: President Tarja Halonen More about the conference: ...
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Going Beyond Private Versus Public - Truth-Out

Going Beyond Private Versus Public - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it
Economic democracy inside all enterprises is our era's issue, not secondary disputes over the division of production between private and state enterprises.
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The Entrepreneurial United States is Anything But - ValueWalk

The Entrepreneurial United States is Anything But - ValueWalk | real utopias | Scoop.it


Alternatively, one of the more “trendy” ways of justifying state interventionism has been a “dynamic” theory of the state.

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Michael Parenti - The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism - YouTube

Michael Parenti - The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism: http://t.co/onNFwVN2H1 via @YouTube
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Noam Chomsky: A Surveillance State Beyond Imagination Is Being Created in One of the World's Freest Countries

Noam Chomsky: A Surveillance State Beyond Imagination Is Being Created in One of the World's Freest Countries | real utopias | Scoop.it
A constitutional lawyer in the White House seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties.
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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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Noam Chomsky (2014) "Security and State Policy" [NEW!!] - YouTube

 Lecture by Professor Noam Chomsky 
Date - February 28th, 2014

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Yaffe and Bullock on the 'Contradictory' Role of the State

Yaffe and Bullock on the 'Contradictory' Role of the State | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The crisis has to be located at the level of capitalist production. To show how the central tendency of the rate of profit to fall can express itself as inflation and eventually stagflation (stagnation and inflation), we need to examine how the capitalist experiences this tendency and attempts to maintain profitability by increasing prices. We then have to consider how these prices set by the individual capitalist can be realised – that is how commodities can be sold – exchanged for money – at these prices.”


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Chris Hedges | Fighting the Militarized State - Truth-Out

Chris Hedges | Fighting the Militarized State - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Barack Obama administration, determined to thwart the attempt by other plaintiffs and myself to have the courts void a law that permits the military to arrest U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and indefinitely detain them, has filed a detailed briefwith the Supreme Court asking the justices to refuse to accept our petition to hear our appeal. We will respond within 10 days.

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State intervention to save capitalism: the IWW and the state - libcom.org (blog)

State intervention to save capitalism: the IWW and the state - libcom.org (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

A discussion of the role of state intervention in the workers movement, an increasing approach of mobilizing movements to improve capitalism through state reform, and an appeal for the IWW to take an oppositional role to the state and such reform projects.

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David Graeber- Indigenous Perspectives on the Modern State

David Graeber- Indigenous Perspectives on the Modern State | real utopias | Scoop.it

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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Companies and the state - The Economist

Companies and the state - The Economist | real utopias | Scoop.it

The relationship between business and government is becoming increasingly antagonistic, says Philip Coggan. But the two sides should not overdo it: they need each other

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The State and Revolution - Dissident Voice

The State and Revolution - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

Lenin discusses these two topics in section four of chapter one of The State and Revolution (1917). This section begins with a long quote from Engels’ 1870’s work Anti-Dühring. The quote begins with “The proletariat seizes state power and turns the means of production into state property to begin with. But thereby it abolishes itself as the proletariat, abolishes all class distinctions and class antagonisms  and abolishes the state as state.”

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Crisis and Revolt: Is private enterprise possible in a post-capitalist ...

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At the end of the Left Unity founding conference last November, Richard Brenner of the Class Struggle platform (aka Workers Power) jumped up with a ‘point of order’ which turned out to be - to no one’s great surprise - not a point of order. We were, said Brenner, about to vote on a statement of draft aims which said there could be private enterprises in the economy we wanted . Therefore we were declaring our allegiance to a ‘mixed economy’ – and therefore we were declaring our support for capitalism! A more perfect example, of chop logic could not be imagined. Worse the post-conference issue of Workers Power promised that this ‘fundamentally reformist formulation’ had to be defeated ‘however long it takes’. (1)


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Responding to the growing importance of the state in the workers' movement - libcom.org (blog)

Responding to the growing importance of the state in the workers' movement - libcom.org (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Recent waves of protests in the US have given us useful examples to understand how American revolutionaries can work out our politics in practice. IWW members and branches in particular have witnessed renewed interest and potential in class conflicts, organizing, and aspects of its politics. At the same time, IWWs face a renovated reformist opposition whose tactics and ideas, while not identical, look more and more similar to our own, and pose a challenge for how we can demonstrate concrete solutions to daily issues under capitalism while building a movement against exploitation itself. The declining standard of living, sky rocketing inequality, and grim outlook for workers (if not nearly everyone) presents a challenge and open field for revolutionaries like the IWW who want to organize around the total experience of life under capitalism towards a new society.

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The Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State - Dissident Voice

The Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

As a futurist, one of my aims has been to bring forward some of the more challenging and insightful predictions of the political future. Of these, the most important is the idea that the Nineteenth Century nation-state model, currently accepted as sovereign, must go.

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Center for a Stateless Society » Capitalism, Free Enterprise And ...

Center for a Stateless Society » Capitalism, Free Enterprise And ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Industrial Revolution is typically regarded as a story of capitalism, free enterprise, and progress in technology and living standards. This paper attempts to disentangle the threads of capitalism, free enterprise, and progress, in the context of the Industrial Revolution, with a focus on Britain and the United States. It aims to bring some historical perspectives into the current discourse.

 
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Big Brother's little siblings: How local police departments are spying on us ... - Salon

Big Brother's little siblings: How local police departments are spying on us ... - Salon | real utopias | Scoop.it

By now, it’s well known that the National Security Agency is collecting troves of data about law-abiding Americans. But the NSA is not alone: A series of new reports show that state and local police have been busy collecting data on our daily activities as well — under questionable or nonexistent legal pretenses. These revelations about the extent of police snooping in the U.S. — and the lack of oversight over it — paint a disturbing picture for anyone who cares about civil liberties and privacy protection.

 
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Socialist electoralism and the capitalist state - libcom.org (blog)

Some of my friends and comrades have written about the election of Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council and related developments, here and here. I wrote this because I want to think some more about this election and many leftists’ response to it. It seems to me there are two basic reactions by people on the left. Some people see important possibilities in efforts to elect candidates like Sawant - I’ll call these people electoral optimists, and some people don’t see such possibilities - I’ll call these people electoral pessimists. I have the pessimistic response. The normal functions of the capitalist state will only ever result in creating or maintaining some version of capitalism. As such, I think electoral optimists are mistaken in their belief that they can still use the state for worthwhile radical political purposes in a non-revolutionary time.

 

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Occupy Radio: Bypassing Government, with Thomas Linzey

Occupy Radio: Bypassing Government, with Thomas Linzey | real utopias | Scoop.it
Increasingly, state and federal laws are written to favor large scale corporate polluters over local governments and municipalities.
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Why it's time to occupy the state - The Guardian

Why it's time to occupy the state - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

Setting up political parties is not exactly what we have become accustomed to expect from radical activists. Yet, this is precisely what some of the participants in the last few years of protest and occupations are now busying themselves with. From Spain to the US, Greece to Turkey, many protesters have been persuaded that to do away with the 1% dominating the 99%, it will not be enough simply to resort to the heroic arsenal of street politics. After taking to squares, many now feel the time has come to occupy the state.

 
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Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life?

Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Clutch your mobile phone close to your bosom, stroke it tenderly, and praise the Fairy Godmother of Free Market Capitalism that you’re not walking around with an obscene brick stuck to your ear, a breadstick aerial reaching towards the heavens.
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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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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation