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Labor as both a commodity and a Common Pool Resource

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“The everyday experience of working people, economic policies of governments, bargaining priorities of trade unions and theoretical models of economists refute the idealistic maxim that labor is not a commodity.

 
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed | real utopias | Scoop.it
A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against whether Jesus lived.
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Several journalists attacked while covering 'Freedom March' in Pakistan - Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, August 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides to respect the role of journalists and media workers covering an anti-government demonstration in Pakistan.
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Is Pope Francis at War with the Vatican Itself? - Breitbart News

Is Pope Francis at War with the Vatican Itself? - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it
Catholics are often told to be in the world but not of the world, meaning that while they carry on ordinary lives, they should never forget their faith and what it demands of them.
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Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism - Sudan Vision

Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism - Sudan Vision | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the book; Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism, Hilal Khashan, an associate professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, provides a vivid description of Arab political performance since the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century and the subsequent formal abrogation of the Islamic Caliphate in 1924 amidst rising European colonialism and Zionism. The book is small (149 pages of text) but concise and well written. Despite raising some very controversial issues, Khashan has combined the coolness of scholarship with intellectual rigor and political concern. His dispassionate perspective is refreshing and makes the book unapologetically independent and provocative.

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Blog #54 - Community Land Trusts as Transformative Housing Reforms

That New York City has a housing problem is rather well known. The devil here is indeed in the big picture as well as in the details. 47% of the city’s low-income renters[1] pay more than half of their incomes to obtain housing. Imagine what paying half your income just for housing means for the ordinary person, let alone one with limited income. 24% live in overcrowded quarters, more than 1.5 persons per room in the standard definition. Neighborhoods are clustered by race, ethnicity, income, household composition –what impolite critics call segregated, one of the most segregated (84.3 on the widely used dissimilarity index, where 100is completely segregated. Only Gary, Detroit, and Milwaukee, of the 314 other metropolitan area in the United States, are more segregated.[2] 224,000 units were in physically poor conditions. 164,000 units were vacant but not available for sale or rent, according even to the official figures.[3]There were 15,993 mortgage foreclosures in the city in 2013;

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Should robots take control? MIT scientists say yes - Tech Times

Should robots take control? MIT scientists say yes - Tech Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


More surprising, the human workers said that they preferred the groups where the robots took more control.

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Krugman on War: Even the Best Mainstream Economists Write Nonsense - Huffington Post

Krugman on War: Even the Best Mainstream Economists Write Nonsense - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a recent column in the New York Times (aka the newspaper of record), Paul Krugman explained the causes of war. Since this is a rather important issue and of interest to readers of the real news, I want to convey Professor Krugman's insights to those that might have missed the article itself. Early in the article we are informed:

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Injured Occupy Activist: Money Can't Replace Part of My Brain | Interview with Scott Olsen

Abby Martin speaks with Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran and activist who was awarded a $4.5 million settlement after receiving permanent brain injuries from a projectile launched by militarized police during the Occupy Oakland Movement.

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The 10 things a perfect city needs

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Paul Mason: Political unrest, bicycle lanes and sleazy hangouts are a must
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Occupy Television Vows to Keep Flailing Movement Alive - Breitbart News

Occupy Television Vows to Keep Flailing Movement Alive - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which blazed brightly two years ago amid a sea of arrests, vandalism and attacks against the wealthy, is coming back in the form of an online TV channel.
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Will humans let robots take control? MIT researchers know the answer - Tech Times

Will humans let robots take control? MIT researchers know the answer - Tech Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


Gombolay says that handing over control to robot workers does not mean that cyborgs will be leading the manufacturing processes.

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Democracy, capitalism and the defence of kindness - rabble.ca

Democracy, capitalism and the defence of kindness - rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

I confess. I have been binge-watching TV series. Lately I have narrowed my watching mostly to The West Wing, an old favourite about a Democratic president, Jed Bartlet, which portrays the manic, day-to-day crisis management of the White House. But in my defence, I am doing so in part as an antidote to another series which I quit watching because the values it displayed and promoted were so execrable. The award-winningHouse of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman seeking revenge (and higher office) for being betrayed by "his" president. Both these series are exceptionally well-written and well-acted. But one actually features characters who are trying to accomplish laudable social objectives (for the most part) and who treat each other with genuine respect and even affection. House of Cards never allows such sentiment to prevail or even appear except as a reflection of weakness and naïveté. It's all about varying degrees of ruthlessness and we are clearly supposed to admire Spacey as a masterful practitioner of the Machiavellian arts.

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Caroline Lund: Reflections of a trade union militant and socialist - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Caroline Lund: Reflections of a trade union militant and socialist - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

August 25, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Caroline Lund was for many years a leader of the US Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and for some years of the Fourth International. She and I resigned from the SWP in 1988.

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South Africa: New liberation forces debate post-apartheid struggle - Green Left Weekly

South Africa: New liberation forces debate post-apartheid struggle - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it


That NUMSA's call has received so much attention can be explained by the reality of South African society 20 years after the fall of apartheid.

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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | real utopias | Scoop.it

The need for a democratic formative culture and the necessity to take the educative nature of politics seriously raises crucial questions about the educative nature of politics and how the public pedagogy produced by the old and new media can be used to expand rather than close down democratic relations.

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The economics of slavery - Daily Times


Ancient thinkers have concentrated mainly on the ethical aspects of slavery.

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Forget New York City, This City is Where All the Artists Are Moving To

Forget New York City, This City is Where All the Artists Are Moving To | real utopias | Scoop.it

Will Dyer came to Portugal for the waves but ended up staying for the art. “I was expecting a poor country with a good surf scene, but Lisbon has blown my mind. There is so much cultural stuff happening here,” the 28-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, tells OZY.



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Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS, engineer claims

Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS, engineer claims | real utopias | Scoop.it
The warning was made by Amsterdam-based Nell Watson, who said robots could decide that the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone to end suffering.
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"the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone to end suffering" 

 

That was my my philosophy for a while. Nowadays I just feel like killing them either way, for the hell of it.

 

It's not just more compassionate for humans, but for the planet in general.

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After the Financial Crisis: The Price of Inequality | Journal

In the Interview: Nobel Economics Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz/Mehr Information: http://www.dw.de/programm/journal/s-3230-9801.
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Christopher Hitchens vs Michael Parenti - Iraq and the future of US foreign policy [2005]

Christopher Hitchens vs Michael Parenti - Iraq and the future of US foreign policy [2005] | real utopias | Scoop.it
Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti debated at Wesleyan University on April 18, 2005.
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The Culture Struggle - Michael Parenti

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Here you can find where to get The Culture Struggle - Michael Parenti download.
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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

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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

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