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Paul Krugman: Gold Standard Would Ruin The Economy

Paul Krugman: Gold Standard Would Ruin The Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Republican Party plans to call for the creation of a commission that would explore the return of the gold standard, or tying the value of the U.S. dollar to the price of gold, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky on Free Will

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zizek/repeating lenin

The first public reaction to the idea of reactualizing Lenin is, of course, an outburst of sarcastic laughter: Marx is OK, even on Wall Street, there are people who love him today - Marx the poet of commodities, who provided perfect descriptions of the capitalist dynamics, Marx of the Cultural Studies, who portrayed the alienation and reification of our daily lives -, but Lenin, no, you can't be serious! The working class movement, revolutionary Party, and similar zombie-concepts? Doesn't Lenin stand precisely for the FAILURE to put Marxism into practice, for the big catastrophe which left its mark on the entire XXth century world politics, for the Real Socialist experiment which culminated in an economically inefficient dictatorship? So, in the contemporary academic politics, the idea to deal with Lenin is accompanied by two qualifications: yes, why not, we live in a liberal democracy, there is freedom of thought... however, one should treat Lenin in an "objective critical and scientific way," not in an attitude of nostalgic idolatry, and, furthermore, from the perspective firmly rooted in the democratic political order, within the horizon of human rights - therein resides the lesson painfully learned through the experience of the XXth century totalitarianisms.


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Reforming education is ultimately about choice - Human Events

Reforming education is ultimately about choice - Human Events | real utopias | Scoop.it


Our participatory democracy, especially at the local level, has gone awry. Having a say at that local level matters.

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Code Red Alarm: Another World right now, before a global counter-guerrilla warfare hits!

Code Red Alarm: Another World right now, before a global counter-guerrilla warfare hits! | real utopias | Scoop.it
What has been happening in Rojava and at turkey-Syrian border is extremely worrisome and tension is rapidly spreading in Turkey. Things can escalate in Turkish cities, putting nationalists, Kurdish movements, Islamist radicals, and progressives into clashes with each other, leading to the destabilization of the last brick on the wall about to collapse. Yesterday in Istanbul University campus there were IS supporters attacking and chanting radical slogans, being attacked back by left groups. Kobane has been under a very heavy attack by IS and total amount of refugees crossing border (and young and men returns to war zone) has been between 2-3 million people. In southern cities there has been increasing aggression towards new comers. No body seems to know what will bring tomorrow. This sounds pretty much like a Global Shock Doctrine in being implemented.
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Anarchist Individualism in the Social Revolution (Renzo Novatore) | The Anarchist Library

Anarchist Individualism in the Social Revolution (Renzo Novatore) | The Anarchist Library | real utopias | Scoop.it

Anarchist individualism as we understand it – and I say we because a substantial handful of friends think this like me – is hostile to every school and every party, every churchly and dogmatic moral, as well as every more or less academic imbecility. Every form of discipline, rule and pedantry is repulsvie to the sincere nobility of our vagabond and rebellious restlessness!

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Noam Chomsky - On Global Warming & How Social Change Happens (2014)

In this compelling new interview Noam Chomsky shares his insights into the threat of climate change, what can be done by ordinary citizens to combat it, and reflects on why it's so "crucial that those with the most privileged get involved."

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Ukraine's uprising against Nato, neoliberals and oligarchs - an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky

Ukraine's uprising against Nato, neoliberals and oligarchs - an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky | real utopias | Scoop.it
Despite the ceasefire the crisis in Ukraine is far from resolved.
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Hong Kong protests: 'Umbrella Revolution' phrase takes hold as striking symbol of unrest

Hong Kong protests: 'Umbrella Revolution' phrase takes hold as striking symbol of unrest | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Straits Times - Get breaking news and latest on Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world, plus commentaries, features, videos and photos, at straitstimes.com.
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Noam Chomsky on Democracy - YouTube

Noam Chomsky on Democracy http://t.co/SkzoGJSILx
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Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary

Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary | real utopias | Scoop.it
You don’t have to buy Chomsky’s ideas wholesale to recognize that his often outrageous critiques of American democracy and capitalism usually hit their targets.
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Noam Chomsky 10 Media Manipulation - More Than Reality

Noam Chomsky 10 Media Manipulation - More Than Reality | real utopias | Scoop.it
More Than Reality The most popular pictures in one place. On More than reality we are trying to give you a little bit more of reality.
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Participatory Democracy

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This is the structure of participatory democracy proposed by Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri.

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How passion has been purged from politics – along with ordinary people - The Guardian

How passion has been purged from politics – along with ordinary people - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

Can Scotland galvanise politics in the rest of the UK – or, with so few working-class MPs, are we now fatally disaffected? At last week’s Labour party conference, Carole Cadwalladr went in search of ‘real’ people and found a ‘L’Oréal convention’ controlled by slick professionals schooled to rule 

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Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide - Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State - YouTube

Harvard Book Store welcomed political commentators Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky for a discussion of Greenwald's latest book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

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Ukraine’s Uprising Against NATO, Neoliberals And Oligarchs – An Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky

Ukraine’s Uprising Against NATO, Neoliberals And Oligarchs – An Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ukraine’s Uprising Against NATO, Neoliberals And Oligarchs – An Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky http://t.co/c0CQ3T04T4
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Slavoj Zizek on Architecture and Aesthetics - YouTube

Architecture and pleasure from the aesthetics of the common beauty icons. Slavoj Zizek, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Filmed Thursday, June 10, 2010. Video belongs to Arquitectura y Sociedad (Foundation for Architecture and Society).

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Zapata and the Zapatistas: Today's continuing struggle - San Francisco Bay View

Zapata and the Zapatistas: Today's continuing struggle - San Francisco Bay View | real utopias | Scoop.it

By 1910, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz solidified his place in the annals of Mexican history. As an elitist oligarch, he corruptly governed the country with a crony-ite unashamedness that was reinforced by the caudillo (chieftain-type strongman) support base he espoused.

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Obama's Bourgeois Presidency - CounterPunch

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Enriching the “one percent” at everyone else's expense is what late (overripe, irrational) capitalism does.

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Did Climate Justice Just Get a New Lease on Life? - CounterPunch

Did Climate Justice Just Get a New Lease on Life? - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it
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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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How America's next generation was outclassed - Mail & Guardian Online

How America's next generation was outclassed - Mail & Guardian Online | real utopias | Scoop.it


Growing inequality has left the capitalist dream on its last gasp. And the sooner we ... The image stood in stark contrast to a video I saw via a friend's Facebook post.

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PAUL HAWKEN - Regeneration | Bioneers - YouTube

Paul Hawken is a visionary social entrepreneur, the award-winning author of multiple landmark books including Blessed Unrest, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism (co-author), and the Co-Founder of OneSun, a radically innovative solar energy technology company. In this speech, Hawken discusses his younger days, how and why he started a health food store in Boston in the 1970s, and our connection with nature and each other. 

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The Chomsky Paradox - CounterPunch

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One night over a bottle of Irish whiskey, Alexander Cockburn told me a story about Noam Chomsky's teeth. One day the great brain went to the dentist for a check up after several years of neglect.

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Slavoj Žižek - DVD Picks

Philosopher and theorist Slavoj Žižek stopped by the Criterion offices and the DVD closet!
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Student protests & participatory democracy - News24

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The main problem with UKZN's management of student dissent is that officials do not appear to understand the difference between representative democracy and participatory democracy.

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