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Hugo Chavez: Social revolution that fizzled out - Scotsman

Hugo Chavez: Social revolution that fizzled out - Scotsman | real utopias | Scoop.it

El Comandante’s concern for the poor and his ambitious social programmes – including building clinics in Caracas’s miserable barrios, constructing social housing and providing free meals to poor children in schools – represent his strongest legacy and explain his enduring popularity. Nearly half of the population was in poverty when he rose to power in 1999, putting an end to 20 years of corrupt two-party rule. A decade later, the figure stood at 27.8 per cent, according to the United Nations.

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael Parenti - 09/14/14

Progressive Radio News Hour - Michael Parenti - 09/14/14 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Parenti is an internationally renown award-winning author and lecturer. He's a leading progressive political analyst.
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Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people's student loan debt

Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people's student loan debt | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt says it has abolished nearly $4 million in private student loan debt for students who attended Everest College, part of Corinthian Colleges.
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Why the Biggest Climate March in History Will Build The Movement Against ... - Huffington Post

This Sunday in New York, hundreds of thousands of climate activists will take to the streets to rejuvenate grassroots, media, and political support with "the biggest climate march in history."

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Karl Marx: More Right and more Relevant than ever! - In Defense of Marxism


Large industry and the Fordist assembly line are really features of the 1920s and 30s, long after Marx's death (although he predicted it).

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Noam Chomsky on Propaganda The Big Idea Interview with Andrew Marr - YouTube

RT @JeffreyGuterman: Noam #Chomsky: An Introduction to #Propaganda and the Mainstream Media http://t.co/FqL89xk8vO
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There's Better Ways Of Working | A Deeper Democracy For Scotland?

There's Better Ways Of Working | A Deeper Democracy For Scotland? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Essay on a possible deep, participatory democracy in Scotland, and how it might look. (What could a real participatory #democracy for #Scotland look like?
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We must all be allowed to love each other with honour: spirituality and social ... - Open Democracy

We must all be allowed to love each other with honour: spirituality and social ... - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

We enter the police station in a mid-size town in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, knocking on doors to find the officer who’s agreed to be interviewed for our research on spirituality and social transformation. A few minutes later, one door opens. “Hello, apologies for not responding, I was having my moment of prayer, but come in”, says a female warrant officer. We enter her small office. A laptop on a shelf is playing a video with a pastor giving a sermon. A document about “spiritual warfare” is pinned to the wall. 

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Scotland, Let's Chart a New Course for Generations to Come - Huffington Post (blog)


One thing is certain we're headed for change; the people of Scotland don't want to live in a democracy where engagement is limited to ticking a box every four years.

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Slavoj Žižek: a philosopher to sing about

Slavoj Žižek: a philosopher to sing about | real utopias | Scoop.it
Profile: The Slovenian thinker, who provokes both right and left with his discourses on society and humanity, is now an inspiration for four new operas. How will he fare at the hands of Covent Garden?
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INTERVIEW: Chomsky Favors Scottish Independence

INTERVIEW: Chomsky Favors Scottish Independence | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s most respected intellectuals and political thinkers, told RIA Novosti that his “intuitions favor” a “yes” vote in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence to be held September 18.
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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans So Colossally Ignorant About World Affairs

Noam Chomsky: Why Americans So Colossally Ignorant About World Affairs | real utopias | Scoop.it

The following is a short excerpt from a classic from Noam Chomsky's many published works, "The Chomsky Reader", which offers a unique insight on a question worth asking -- how is it that we as a people can be so knowledgable about the intricacies of various sports teams, yet be colossally ignorant about our various undertakings abroad? 

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Occupy Wall Street Activists File Suit Over Control of Twitter Account - New York Times

Occupy Wall Street Activists File Suit Over Control of Twitter Account - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Three years after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, an unlikely conflict has emerged over one of the cause’s most precious tools: a Twitter account.

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Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street? - Huffington Post

Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street? - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street?
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Occupy Wall Street 2014: At Zuccotti Park In NYC, A Smaller Crowd But No Less ... - International Business Times

Occupy Wall Street 2014: At Zuccotti Park In NYC, A Smaller Crowd But No Less ... - International Business Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

NEW YORK -- A small but passionate crowd of activists gathered at the east end of Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Acknowledging that the decentralized protest movement has lost considerable steam since the first encampment sprouted up here on Sept. 17, 2011, attendees insisted the group’s core messages of economic fairness and corporate accountability are still worth fighting for.

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Occupy Wall Street Buys, Then Cancels, Student Debt - Huffington Post

Occupy Wall Street Buys, Then Cancels, Student Debt - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street Buys, Then Cancels, Student Debt Huffington Post Strike Debt, a group of anti-debt activists born out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said it purchased $3.9 million in delinquent private student debt and immediately canceled...
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Occupy Wall Street pays off student loans - Upstart

Occupy Wall Street pays off student loans - Upstart | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street pays off student loans Upstart Occupy Wall Street, the protest movement that sparked a global revolt against economic inequality, celebrated its one-year anniversary in 2012 with a "roving carnival of resistance." Today, on its...
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Photos: Occupy Wall Street Returns to Zuccotti Park for 3rd Anniversary - Newsweek


Today, occupiers celebrated the 3rd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, the site of the original 2011 protest.

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How to inculcate participatory democracy

At the Communications Policy Research: south conference in Maropeng, South Africa, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) used a story to explain why we must take an integrated approach to policy development and implementation.



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John Oliver, Noam Chomsky, Russell Brand, and Groundskeeper Willie Explain ... - Men's Journal

John Oliver, Noam Chomsky, Russell Brand, and Groundskeeper Willie Explain ... - Men's Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

On Thursday Scotland will vote to remain a member of the United Kingdom — as it's been since 1707 — or become an independent country. After the independence referendum initially appeared it would fail, the latest polls show the result is too close to call.




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ZCommunications » Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs

ZCommunications » Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs | real utopias | Scoop.it

The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya [New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. For the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, the well-known principle of “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose” operates with full force.

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Work and a Sustainable Future - Huffington Post

Work and a Sustainable Future - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


The importance of a middle class is that it gives the average person an ownership stake in society and has led to both higher quality of life and political stability.

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Labour-rights activist Andy Hall on trial in Thailand: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’

Labour-rights activist Andy Hall on trial in Thailand: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Briton is facing a possible lengthy prison sentence and huge fine if convicted – but human-rights groups say he is being victimised in an attempt to silence him

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David Harvey Interviews From Quito

David Harvey Interviews From Quito | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Harvey Interviews From Quito (Video: David Harvey Interviews From Quito http://t.co/tPBZ535Kc5)
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Scottish Independence Referendum: A Launch-Pad for a Participative Democracy?

Scottish Independence Referendum: A Launch-Pad for a Participative Democracy? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The countdown has begun. The Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday the 18thof September provides the Scottish people with the opportunity to once more experience democracy in its most traditional form; at the ballot box, one person, one vote. However, on this occasion, rather than giving the polling station a modest reception, as seen in the AV referendum in 2011, or a distinctly lukewarm response, like at this year’s European Parliamentary election, engagement has surged dramatically with 97% of eligible citizens registered to vote, that’s 4,285,323 people! As a result many are predicting a turnout that will surpass Sweden’s commendable 83% showing in yesterday’s national election.


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UN International Day of Democracy: Engaging young people on democracy - Jerusalem Post

UN International Day of Democracy: Engaging young people on democracy - Jerusalem Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

The 2014 United Nations International Day of Democracy brings to the fore a great question – that begs an answer – facing the youth of the world and especially in countries in the Middle East and North Africa: How can widespread and apparently uncompromising socio-economic despondency be addressed in a sustainable manner? The answer lies in applied action – through participatory democracy that engages individuals and communities in dialog and consensus-building, with the goal of identifying their development challenges and opportunities and creating a plan for shared action to achieve priority projects.

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