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The Economic Realms: Can non-profit organizations meet all the needs for-profit businesses currently meet?

The Economic Realms: Can non-profit organizations meet all the needs for-profit businesses currently meet? | real utopias | Scoop.it

I just came across an interesting blog post by Stephen Monrad with title of "Can non-profit organizations meet all the needs for-profit businesses currently meet?" (link presently unavailable for viewing) His conclusion is that "If a non-profit organization wanted to produce toothbrushes, there is no reason in principle that it couldn't."

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky and the public intellectual in turbulent times

Noam Chomsky and the public intellectual in turbulent times | real utopias | Scoop.it
by Henry A. Giroux Noam Chomsky is a world renowned academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addres...
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The problem with corporate social responsibility - Open Democracy

The problem with corporate social responsibility - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The problem with an approach that lets business define corporate responsibility is that it is not grounded in a set of principles about what it means to be a responsible business. Corporate social responsibility is whatever companies want it to be,...
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When raising the minimum wage isn't enough - CNNMoney

When raising the minimum wage isn't enough - CNNMoney | real utopias | Scoop.it
Vermont has some of the most progressive wage and hour laws in the country, but low-income workers are still struggling.
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The End of Capitalism | The Great Transformation

The End of Capitalism | The Great Transformation | real utopias | Scoop.it
Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure, European governments are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy—and the world’s billionaires are getting richer...
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Who's Afraid of Occupy Wall Street? Apparently, the Red Cross - Truthdig

Who's Afraid of Occupy Wall Street? Apparently, the Red Cross - Truthdig | real utopias | Scoop.it
Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.
- 2014/12/15
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The Political Economy of Austerity Now - Monthly Review

The Political Economy of Austerity Now - Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
Chronicling the Crisis of the Working Class
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Bryce Edwards: New Zealand's war on the poor - New Zealand Herald

Bryce Edwards: New Zealand's war on the poor - New Zealand Herald | real utopias | Scoop.it
Under capitalism there's always going to be a war against the poor.
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James Connolly: National liberation and socialism - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

James Connolly: National liberation and socialism - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it
James Connolly: National liberation and socialism Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal Many other republican forces, while perhaps sympathetic to socialism, believed that the struggle for social transformation had to wait until after...
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Slavoj Zizek "On Violence" (2013) - YouTube

The International Journal of Zizek Studies organized an interview with Slavoj Zizek about his latest book "On Violence"
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Scenes from Ferguson: the Uprising's Reach, and the Reaction - Center for Research on Globalization

Scenes from Ferguson: the Uprising's Reach, and the Reaction - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it
I've been in Ferguson since November 22, and I don't think a day has gone by where there hasn't been a protest, most often multiple protests. There may be one at the Ferguson police station, and an...
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Robert Fisk: CIA torture report, Noam Chomsky and Dick 'Dark Side' Cheney - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Robert Fisk: CIA torture report, Noam Chomsky and Dick 'Dark Side' Cheney - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thank God for Noam Chomsky. Not for his lifetime of eviscerating assaults on our political hypocrisy, but for his linguistics. Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his
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Our Democracy Is Dying - Huffington Post

Our Democracy Is Dying - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden.
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Occupy groups to start 'non-cooperation movement' as follow-up to mass protests - South China Morning Post (subscription)

Occupy groups to start 'non-cooperation movement' as follow-up to mass protests - South China Morning Post (subscription) | real utopias | Scoop.it
Students and civic groups are launching a "non-cooperation movement" - urging people to delay paying their public-housing rent and to pay tax bills in small and symbolic amounts - as an offshoot of the Occupy prodemocracy protests....
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A Plan for Posterity: the Presidential Election of 2016 - OpEdNews

A Plan for Posterity: the Presidential Election of 2016 - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it
Bernie Sanders or Dennis Kucinich for President, supported by Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Michael Parenti, Richard D. Wolff, Elizabeth Warren, Kshama Sawant, Cornel West, Ron Paul, and Cynthia McKinney.
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Noam Chomsky on America: ‘This is a very racist society’

Professor Noam Chomsky said it would be “no small trick” for the Ferguson protests to turn into an anti-racism and social justice movement, considering America’s founding principles are slavery and the extermination of the indigenous population.
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Going Beyond Private Versus Public - Truth-Out

Going Beyond Private Versus Public - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it
Economic democracy inside all enterprises is our era's issue, not secondary disputes over the division of production between private and state enterprises.
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The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism

The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
You thought capitalism was permanent? Think again. Leading Marxist thinker Professor David Harvey unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism -- its drive, for example, to accumulate cap...
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Hong Kong Police Will Clear Last Occupy Protest Site Tomorrow

Hong Kong Police Will Clear Last Occupy Protest Site Tomorrow | real utopias | Scoop.it
Hong Kong will clear the last occupation site in pro-democracy protests tomorrow, ending more than two months of road blockades in the city that have disrupted traffic and sparked violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
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Noam Chomsky (2014) "Gaza and the Prospects for Palestine" (FULL SPEECH + Q&A)

October, 2014.
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Spain: Congress Passes Draconian "Gag Law" | revolution-news.com

Spain: Congress Passes Draconian "Gag Law" | revolution-news.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Draconian "Gag Law" passes Spanish Congress threatening freedom of expression and criminalizing protests.
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Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to freedom of assembly and association, including the right to form trade unions, subject to certain restrictions that are "in accordance with law" and "necessary in a democratic society".

“Article 11 – Freedom of assembly and association

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.

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It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize - Huffington Post

It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials unveiled new rules on Friday that will streamline and simplify the union election process, a reform long sought by labor unions and fiercely opposed by businesses.
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