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Technology for Socialist Civilization - Dissident Voice

Technology for Socialist Civilization - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

Increased social mixing through globalization can be welcomed for its positive impact on global society and its erosion of the many communication barriers corresponding with huge power inequalities among nations. This article posits important links between the potentials of emerging technologies, increased Internet use, and the world’s transition to a socialist world system predicted by American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Josh Craddock - The Democracy Deficit in the EU

Josh Craddock - The Democracy Deficit in the EU | real utopias | Scoop.it
In May, the European Commission summarily rejected the largest democratic initiative in European Union history. The decision left many wondering: Is participatory democracy dead in the European Union?
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Norman Finkelstein on Israel and Noam Chomsky - YouTube

Israel has refused to permit Noam Chomsky, the linguist and icon of the American left, to enter the occupied West Bank from Jordan. Some argue that Chomsky, ...
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Participation and Praxis: A Study of How Participatory Budgeting Deepens Democracy by Institutionalizing Critical Consciousness, by Michael Wesley Petite, 2014

Participation and Praxis: A Study of How Participatory Budgeting  Deepens Democracy by Institutionalizing Critical Consciousness, by Michael Wesley Petite, 2014 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Baixe aqui.(Participation and Praxis: A Study of How Participatory Budgeting Deepens Democracy by Institutionalizing Critical… http://t.co/kWEqLnvqRr)...
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When Participation “Fails”: The Implications of Struggling Organizations for Participatory Democracy

When Participation “Fails”: The Implications of Struggling Organizations for Participatory Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it


While early studies of participation were steeped in skepticism and cynicism, since the beginning of the new millennium researchers have promoted participatory governance and...

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Slavoj Zizek "Lacan and Sexual Difference" (FULL UNCUT) - YouTube

This talk was given by Slavoj Zizek at The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
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E.F.Schumacher Talks About Participatory Democracy - YouTube

E.F.Schumacher, economist and author of "Small Is Beautiful," discusses the value of participatory and direct democracy for us all. Please leave a comment an...
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Noam Chomsky (2014) "Language Extinction and Diversity" - YouTube

April 4, 2014 (RT @Plurilinguismo: Noam Chomsky (2014) "Language Extinction and Diversity" http://t.co/Muy8qAM5Xa)
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Radical Spanish Leftists Plan to 'Occupy Gibraltar' - Breitbart News

Radical Spanish Leftists Plan to 'Occupy Gibraltar' - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it


A radical anti-capitalist Spanish trade union plans to "occupy" Gibraltar for one day next month to reclaim The Rock for Spain and as a protest against tax havens.

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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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Debate over Criticism, Democracy Flares Up in Venezuela - Venezuelanalysis.com

Debate over Criticism, Democracy Flares Up in Venezuela - Venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

One of the most important public debates over the future of Venezuela's revolutionary process has opened up after the publication of a document by recently ousted planning minister Jorge Giordani.

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If Labour is serious about people power it must do more than propose public-access PMQs

If Labour is serious about people power it must do more than propose public-access PMQs | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband’s recent proposal to hold regular Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) with members of the public was met with derision from some commentators. In typical critical fashion, Telegraph blogger Dan Hodges said the proposal by the Labour leader was a “glaring example of precisely the sort of superficial gesture politics he decries” and “will only serve to drive a further wedge between our MPs and those who elect them”.

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In Fortaleza, BRICS became co-dependent upon eco-financial imperialism - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

In Fortaleza, BRICS became co-dependent upon eco-financial imperialism - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

BRICS are friendly family enablers of Western capitalists who are fatally addicted to speculative-centric, carbon-intensive accumulation. Suffering what increasingly appears to be the neurological impairment of a junkie, officials in Washington, London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Tokyo continue helter-skelter pumping of zero-interest dollars, euros and yen into the world economy. This is a hopeless drug-addict’s fix: maintaining policies of economic liberalisation that lower national economic barriers and generate new asset bubbles.

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Peer2Politics

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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Does Capitalism Have a Future? Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun

Does Capitalism Have a Future? Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Great Recession has prompted a reassessment of the specific mode of capitalist accumulation that achieved dominance in the era of globalization. Yet just about all of this literature has focused on one of two issues: why things went wrong, and what we need to do in order to return the system to stability. Outside of a contingent of radical socialists on the fringes of the debate, virtually no one questioned whether capitalism could continue. In Does Capitalism Have a Future?, the prominent theorist Georgi Derleugian has gathered together a quintet of eminent macrosociologists to assess whether the capitalist system can survive.

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Fascism: A False Revolution by Michael Parenti (1996)

Fascism: A False Revolution by Michael Parenti (1996) | real utopias | Scoop.it

“…Fascism [is] the complete opposite of…Marxian Socialism, the materialist conception of history of human civilization can be explained simply through the conflict of interests among the various social groups and by the change and development in the means and instruments of production…. Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism; that is to say, in actions influenced by no economic motive, direct or indirect. And if the economic conception of history be denied, according to which theory men are no more than puppets, carried to and fro by the waves of chance, while the real directing forces are quite out of their control, it follows that the existence of an unchangeable and unchanging class-war is also denied – the natural progeny of the economic conception of history. And above all Fascism denies that class-war can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society…

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Baudrillard's Theory of Value: A Baby in the Marxist Bath Water?

Baudrillard's Theory of Value: A Baby in the Marxist Bath Water? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Jean Baudrillard outlined a theory of value in his early writings that built on, but also criticized, Marxist concepts of use value and exchange value. In this paper, I use a close reading to delineate the diachronic transition of Baudrillard's writings toward anti-Marxism and (allegedly) postmodernism, with specific focus on his value theory, in order to understand his own reasons for abandoning his previous position. I then follow the marginal stream of scholars who are making use of the early Baudrillard. I find his value theory promising but still a mere sketch rather than an actual general theory. The paper concludes that Baudrillard's arguments for abandoning Marxism altogether are problematic and led him away from developing a more finished theory of value. This is unfortunate because it remains a project that may yield interesting insights even in contemporary social theory, not least in supporting reconciliation (e.g., between critical semiotics-influenced positions and Marxism).

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Greens are a party of a different colour - Regina Leader-Post

Greens are a party of a different colour - Regina Leader-Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


Issues like participatory democracy, health care, education, agriculture and the sustainability of rural Saskatchewan will be equally important.

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Slavoj Žižek - The Myth of Western Liberty | Southbank Centre

Slavoj Žižek - The Myth of Western Liberty | Southbank Centre | real utopias | Scoop.it
But is there any future of liberty, freedom and democracy? Going to hear what Slavoj Žižek & Paul Mason think http://t.co/9PFVbAYYgK
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David Harvey

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David Harvey and Richard D Wolff are both very known Marxist Academics. In this talk they discuss the dangers of capitalism and what alternatives would be like.
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Why Being a Part-Time Worker Is Miserable - Bloomberg View

Why Being a Part-Time Worker Is Miserable - Bloomberg View | real utopias | Scoop.it


Your schedule is unpredictable and completely out of your control. For many part-time workers in the post-crash economy, life has become like endless jury duty.

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Reviews: 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' by Thomas Piketty, 'Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism' by David Harvey

Reviews: 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' by Thomas Piketty, 'Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism' by David Harvey | real utopias | Scoop.it
James Surowiecki wrote recently in The New Yorker of Stephen Schwarzman , chairman and CEO of the private-equity firm Blackstone Group . Schwarzman is worth more than $10 billion. But he's convinced that he is being persecuted.
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Pussy Riot members take Kremlin to European court of human rights - The Guardian

Pussy Riot members take Kremlin to European court of human rights - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


Tolokonnikova also corresponded with the left-wing philosopher Slavoj Žižek in an exchange of letters due to be published in September.

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Venezuela: Debate over criticism, democracy flares up - Green Left Weekly

Venezuela: Debate over criticism, democracy flares up - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it
Green Left Weekly Venezuela: Debate over criticism, democracy flares up Green Left Weekly Importantly, Chavez argued that grassroots and participatory democracy was vital to ensuring that the party became “a political instrument at the service not...
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Policy Network - Is participatory democracy the solution to populism?

Policy Network - Is participatory democracy the solution to populism? | real utopias | Scoop.it
More participatory or deliberative local publics can help strengthen the legitimacy of democratic institutions. (Is #participatorydemocracy the solution to #populism ?
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A three-day work week will make the rich richer and the rest of us poorer

A three-day work week will make the rich richer and the rest of us poorer | real utopias | Scoop.it

Carlos Slim's big idea would never work for me. Real labor reform has to start with a living wage, not fewer hours

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