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Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

Can Civilization Survive Capitalism? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The term “capitalism” is commonly used to refer to the U.S. economic system, with substantial state intervention ranging from subsidies for creative innovation to the “too-big-to-fail” government insurance policy for banks

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Sale of the century: the privatisation scam - The Guardian

Sale of the century: the privatisation scam - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Privatisation promised to turn the UK into an island of small shareholders. It failed: the faceless state bureaucrats have been replaced by faceless (better-paid) private bureaucrats – and big foreign corporations. How did we get to this point?
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Leaving Democracy to the Experts

Leaving Democracy to the Experts | real utopias | Scoop.it

On June 19, the second anniversary of Julian Assange’s confinement to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks rendered public the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex. The document was classified not only during TISA negotiations, but for five years after it enters into force. 

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The Revolution May Not Always Be Televised, But It Damn Sure Will Be #Tweeted - AllHipHop

The Revolution May Not Always Be Televised, But It Damn Sure Will Be #Tweeted - AllHipHop | real utopias | Scoop.it

When we hear the word revolution, one usually tends to think of images of rioting, unrest and utter chaos. But a revolutioncan also mean a break from traditional thinking; a revamp of the way we view things, accept stated norms and conduct ourselves. At this very moment, there is a national and global revolution taking place concerning a host of issues: how we gather news and information, the way we disseminate that information, rights of civilians, police (mis)conduct, freedom to assemble, the right of self-expression, the Israel-Gaza conflict, militarization of police, war and much more. And what is one main underlying thread among all of these shifts in public opinion? Young people.

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Robots Are People, Too - Huffington Post

Robots Are People, Too - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


"This is an economic revolution," a new online video says about automation. The premise of "Humans Need Not Apply" is that human work will soon be all but obsolete.

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Ferguson fallout: Black Americans grapple with victim-blaming - Al Jazeera America

Ferguson fallout: Black Americans grapple with victim-blaming - Al Jazeera America | real utopias | Scoop.it

When police in Ferguson, Missouri, released a video showing Michael Brown allegedly robbing a store and shoving around a clerk just hours before the unarmed teen was shot dead in a seemingly unrelated confrontation with an officer, many accused the department of engaging in deliberate character assassination — a tactic that some rights advocates say is commonly used against African-American victims of excessive force in an attempt to shift blame from perpetrators to victims.

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Encore: Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All - BillMoyers.com

Encore: Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All - BillMoyers.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

A recent report by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for the Roosevelt Institute suggests that paying our fair share of taxes and cracking down on corporate tax dodgers could be a cure for inequality and a faltering economy.

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My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine - Opinion

My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine - Opinion | real utopias | Scoop.it
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
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What's Carbon Got to Do With It? An Interview With Paul Hawken - Huffington Post (blog)

What's Carbon Got to Do With It? An Interview With Paul Hawken - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Paul Hawken shares his perspective on carbon--viewing it as the foundation for life rather than the cause of our problems. In this interview with Omega, he shares his beliefs on a sustainable economy and his hopes for the future.


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Analysis - Quo Vadis, Civil Society? - AllAfrica.com

Analysis - Quo Vadis, Civil Society? - AllAfrica.com | real utopias | Scoop.it


In 2007, an American environmentalist by the name of Paul Hawken published an influential and best-selling anatomy of social justice movements across the world.

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Economic Impacts of Inequality - Forbes

Economic Impacts of Inequality - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

The talk about inequality has turned from ethical issues (should the rich be so rich) to economic impacts, such as whether inequality means economic stagnation.

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Slavoj Žižek (2014) "Marx and Destructive Creation" [FULL]

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Women's liberation: The Marxist tradition - International Viewpoint


In capitalist societies, women in property-holding families reproduce heirs; women in working-class families reproduce generations of labor power for the system.

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Pope champions underprivileged - Jakarta Post

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Many North Korean defectors living in the South struggle financially as they adjust to a capitalist society. They are also often separated from families still living in the North.

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Op-Ed: Immanuel Wallerstein commentary: The Caliphate vs Everyone Else - DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Immanuel Wallerstein commentary: The Caliphate vs Everyone Else - DigitalJournal.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Binghamton - In an interesting commentary titled "The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else", the renowned American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein discusses the way in which the successful advance of the Islamic State forces has managed to alter alliances in the Middle East.


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Ukraine – who to support? - Blog - LRC

Ukraine – who to support? - Blog - LRC | real utopias | Scoop.it

The essential background to the crisis in Ukraine is the deep impoverishment of the population caused by the restoration of capitalism. Ever since then politics has been dominated by oligarchic cliques of capitalists who stole the publicly owned means of production. Capitalism has also been restored in Russia and Putin (an oligarch) is its representative. Why should socialists support one gang of capitalists against another?

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Socialism and National Rights in Ukraine, Israel/Palestine and Other Countries - Socialist Alternative

Socialism and National Rights in Ukraine, Israel/Palestine and Other Countries - Socialist Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the ‘national question’ once more forcefully onto the political agenda. How can we open a road to begin to solve seemingly age-old intractable issues? This is the question which is sharply posed for the workers’ movement, firstly in the regions immediately affected by war, but also for the international labour movement. PETER TAAFFE writes.


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Argentina. RR Donnelley: workers occupied the factory to put it into production against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory

Argentina. RR Donnelley: workers occupied the factory to put it into production against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory | real utopias | Scoop.it

(Garín district, Buenos Aires, 12/8/14). Trade union delegate Jorge Medina said: “after closing its plant in the Garín district of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in a totally illegal fashion, leaving more than 400 families on the street, and that the Ministry of Labour confirmed that the company is breaching the ruling of the court that ordered both sides to have (compulsory) arbitration to resolve the labour dispute, the shop stewards’ committee and workers at R.R. Donnelley have resolved in an assembly to occupy the factory and begin production, in order to defend the 400 jobs. The workers denounce this closure as illegal and we are not going to be intimidated. We demand the immediate re-opening of the plant under the same working conditions, number of workers and salaries. If the company alleges that it is in bankruptcy we will begin production.

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Our view: Voters have responsibility to be informed - La Crosse Tribune

Our view: Voters have responsibility to be informed - La Crosse Tribune | real utopias | Scoop.it


Democracy is supposed to be a participatory exercise. That means doing your homework. And ultimately, it means taking the time to vote after you've done your research.

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A picture of anarchy - The News on Sunday

A picture of anarchy - The News on Sunday | real utopias | Scoop.it


The PTI invokes the promise of the original bargain: participatory representative democracy. One man, one vote. The natural corollary of this is that each man's vote counts.

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Even the Upper Middle Class Struggles to Save Money

Even the Upper Middle Class Struggles to Save Money | real utopias | Scoop.it
Five years after the recession, only half of households earning $75,000 to $99,999 have enough savings to get through a three-month stretch of unemployment (Over 40% of upper middle-class households don't save.
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The caliphate vs. everyone else | Al Jazeera America

The caliphate vs. everyone else | Al Jazeera America | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the caliphate of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the caliphate from expanding and consolidating.

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Value Theory: A Research into Subjectivity » Free Download eBooks

Value Theory: A Research into Subjectivity » Free Download eBooks | real utopias | Scoop.it
Humankinds progress has always been driven by two momentums: the pursuit of truth and the creation of value.
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▶ Professor Richard D Wolff interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher - YouTube

Bill Maher interviews Professor Richard D Wolff (economist) on "Real Time with Bill Maher." 

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Slavoj Zizek (2014) "Can We Still Be Hegelians?" [FULL]

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Chomsky: Calling for change on US support for Israel

Chomsky: Calling for change on US support for Israel | real utopias | Scoop.it
Author and activist Noam Chomsky discusses the role of US foreign policy in Israel and Gaza.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation