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David Harvey - The End of Capitalism

@ Penn Humanities Forum - Nov 30 2011
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40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party

40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party | real utopias | Scoop.it
International solidarity is a vital aspect of the struggle for socialism. The Socialist Party fights for a world free of poverty, war and inequality. But that requires more than just supporting workers in struggle in other countries, important though that is. We need to build a powerful international organisation, capable of helping the working class to replace the capitalist system with democratic socialism. To aid this task the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) was founded at a meeting of 46 comrades from 12 countries on 21 April 1974. Today it spans 48 countries on every continent.
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The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch

The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Spanish-American War, under President Theodore Roosevelt America seized control of the southern part of Guantanamo Bay by way of a Cuban-American Treaty which recognizes Cuba’s ultimate sovereignty over this base; a year after the Bolshevik Revolution, in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched 5,000 U. S. troops to Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia to participate in the Allied intervention in Russia’s Civil  War, which raised the curtain on the First Cold War.  Incidentally, in 1903 there was no Fidel Castro in Havana and in 1918 no Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin.

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Money and Income Inequality - CounterPunch

Money and Income Inequality - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Part of the challenge of addressing political economy is the different realms that economic and philosophical discourse exist in. Western (capitalist) economics can be informed by history but it can’t accommodate it. This can be seen in response to French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century.’ The effort, nay contrived ‘necessity,’ of quantifying income distribution across history, as Piketty has done, places it at the center of what could in different terms leave it as bit player, as artifact rather than base discursive fact. This isn’t to argue that income distribution isn’t ‘important.’ It is to argue that there are other, possibly more illuminating, ways of getting to issues of economic cum political asymmetries and their role in social outcomes. By staying within the anti-historical historiography of ‘income’ and its quantification across time a limited history is presented as the addition of ‘facts’ when it could alternatively be understood to be a detraction that leaves the base premises of capitalist theory largely untouched by design. This probably won’t make much sense to those raised in the Western economic tradition so I will spend some time below trying to relate the thesis across different modes of discourse. This effort bears some relation to the Cambridge Capital Controversy in the sense that the terms exist in what appear to be irreconcilable realms.

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A History of the People's Library of Occupy Wall Street

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As we’ve mentioned several times (sorry [not really]), your dear co-captains wrote a chapter in the recently-released book Informed agitation : library and information skills in social movements and beyond, edited by Melissa Morrone. This having been an enterprise with its politics in the right place, we retain the rights to what we wrote. Which makes you all a lucky bunch of pirates! Below you will find the text of our chapter, in full. Some of the other authors have also made their chapters available, and you can find links to them at the above linked website. Since it’s been over a year since we wrote the thing, we might also write some reflections on the developments of our perspectives since then.

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Why I'm Eliminating the Word 'Busy' From My Vocabulary - Huffington Post

Why I'm Eliminating the Word 'Busy' From My Vocabulary - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I went to visit my holistic doctor in Santa Monica, Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, who also happens to be a dear friend and the HuffPost wellness editor. When I was at her office, she already had two patients in the rooms and I was waiting my turn. When she came out to greet me, I hugged her -- a hug is a great way to start your session with your doctor -- I said to her "Oh, you're so busy!" In the most wonderful way, she said, "Not too busy for you! You know, I never like to use that word. It doesn't mean anything to me. I live my life serving my patients as best as I can, giving everyone my full attention when they're there. I encourage my patients to stop using that word as well, because it only makes you feel more overwhelmed and not in charge of your time."

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Exploring the Mesh: Sharing Economy & Social Innovation (webinar)

Exploring the Mesh: Sharing Economy & Social Innovation (webinar) | real utopias | Scoop.it
Traditional businesses follow a simple formula: create a product or service, sell it, collect money.
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China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive - Reuters UK

China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive - Reuters UK | real utopias | Scoop.it

The number of strikes so far this year is up by close to a third - the biggest surge in protests since the global financial crisis, according to one labour group - as businesses cut costs and foreign companies restructure or close operations in response to slowing growth in the world's second-biggest economy.

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Slavoj Zizek - A Plea for Leninist Intolerance

What is tolerance today? The most popular TV show of the fall of 2000 in France, with a viewer rating two times higher than that of the notorious Big Brother reality soap, is C'est mon choix (It's my choice) on France 3, a talk-show whose guest is each time an ordinary (or, exceptionally, wellknown) person who made a peculiar choice that determined his or her entire lifestyle. For example, one of them decided never to wear underwear, another constantly tried to find a more appropriate sexual partner for his father and mother. Extravagance is allowed, solicited even, but with the explicit exclusion of the choices that may disturb the public (say, a person whose choice is to be and act as a racist is a priori excluded).

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The real economy is finally doing better than the money economy - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

The real economy is finally doing better than the money economy - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet | real utopias | Scoop.it

Michel explains what the FLOK Society is and how it can help Ecuador to become a p2p and commons-oriented society. At the end of May the proposed policies of FLOK will be presented amongst politicians from Ecuador and the whole of South America as well as civic society.

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Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: From the Maidan to the revolution? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: From the Maidan to the revolution? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Ukraine in 1918, workers’ protests by the “Reds” took place solely in response to actions by the nationalist authorities that had installed themselves in Kiev. The question of how progressive the regime established by the supporters of the Donetsk Peoples Republic and other movements in Ukraine’s south-east will prove remains unanswered for the present simply for the reason that the very survival of these movements is far from guaranteed. But it can already be said with assurance that there is no road back. The point of no return has been passed, not only in in the political but above all in the social sense.

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Nicaragua: National Traits and Characteristics - CounterPunch

Nicaragua: National Traits and Characteristics - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Even talking about national traits can be enough to get you into trouble. It’s a topic with which the left has never been all that happy. At best it’s considered a gross simplification. At worst it shows a not too latent attitude of cultural superiority. And really, it’s not hard to find evidence for either or both of these views.

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The Beginning of the Chavez Era - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8) - The Real News Network

The Beginning of the Chavez Era - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8) - The Real News Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

Edgardo Lander is a professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and he is a member of CLACSO and the Hemispheric Council of the Social Forum of the Americas. His books include Modernidad y Universalismo (1991) and Neoliberalismo, sociedad civil y democracia (1995), and his academic writing has been published frequently in scholarly journals.


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Noam Chomsky on "Nazi Collaboration in France, Italy, Greece & the Netherlands"

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Study: US Is Not A Democracy | PopularResistance.Org

Study: US Is Not A Democracy | PopularResistance.Org | real utopias | Scoop.it

study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

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Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution | Crisis ...

Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution | Crisis ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
My intent in this article is to draw together the consistent progression of this cultural decline so that we can step back and examine the path of the social revolution that has been underway in America for some time.
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The Liberation of Sensibility - CounterPunch

The Liberation of Sensibility - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Is there any role for classic-humanist literature in the moral/spiritual outlook of 21st century socialists?  There certainly was for the leading 19th century socialist: Karl Marx constantly reread and studied such authors as Aeschylus, Shakespeare, and Balzac, and his writings are sprinkled with forceful quotations ranging from Homer to Jonathan Swift.  His successors also drew upon classic authors—such as Rousseau and Tolstoy—for inspiration and moral enlightenment.  And it was only after reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, recalled the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, that he became a socialist.

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Socialist Workers governor campaigns aid 'Militant' drive - The Militant

Socialist Workers governor campaigns aid 'Militant' drive - The Militant | real utopias | Scoop.it

The five-week drive to win 1,800 new readers to the Militant takes place in a world where Washington and its imperialist rivals across Europe, as well as the capitalist rulers of Russia, face limits on their ability to close down the political space for working people to discuss, debate and to organize and resist.


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How a basic income in the U.S. could increase global poverty - PBS NewsHour

How a basic income in the U.S. could increase global poverty - PBS NewsHour | real utopias | Scoop.it

In reality, McArdle argues, the basic income couldn’t replace the existing social welfare system, as some of her fellow conservatives suggest; instead, she says it would end up doubling the federal budget. And at the same time, because the U.S. would have to halt immigration from poorer countries, she fears it would increase global poverty.

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Noam Chomsky (April, 2014) "Activism and Solidarity" [FULL INTERVIEW]

FULL INTERVIEW April, 2014 Please Share!
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The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution - Edgardo Lander ... - The Real News Network

The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution - Edgardo Lander ... - The Real News Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

Edgardo Lander is a professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and he is a member of CLACSO and the Hemispheric Council of the Social Forum of the Americas. His books include Modernidad y Universalismo (1991) and Neoliberalismo, sociedad civil y democracia (1995), and his academic writing has been published frequently in scholarly journals.


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SLAVOJ ZIZEK (April, 2014) "The Judeo-Christian Worldview is Uniquely Accurate" - YouTube

April, 2014 (SLAVOJ ZIZEK (April, 2014) "The Judeo-Christian W…: http://t.co/LjMfyOaElr as always the man is telling the right story)
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The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith - Spectator.co.uk

The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith - Spectator.co.uk | real utopias | Scoop.it


An example of an agnostic prodded into fruitful reflection on religion is the famous brainy lefty Terry Eagleton.

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Golden Dawn and the rise of the far right in Europe

Golden Dawn and the rise of the far right in Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
The post-2008 financial crisis is fuelling the rise of 'Eurosceptic' parties in countries run by unelected technocrats. (Far right parties taking hold in post-2008 crisis Europe as voters feel loss of sovereignty to EU and immigration.
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Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control - In Defense of Marxism

Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ukrainian president Oleksandr Turchynov declared yesterday in a live televised address that a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched to regain control over Eastern Ukraine. Whether it is a bluff or a real threat, which the Ukrainian government has the will and means to enforce, is yet to be seen. But today, the same Turchynov has declared that the Kiev government is not against holding a referendum in Eastern Ukraine and set a date for May 25. Meanwhile, there is talk of Kiev asking for UN peacekeepers. This all shows the insoluble mess the Ukrainian authorities have got themselves into.

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Five pathways to post-capitalist 'renaissance' by a former oil man

Five pathways to post-capitalist 'renaissance' by a former oil man | real utopias | Scoop.it

In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewableenergy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020.

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