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Why we slobber over Slavoj Žižek: Or, how to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time

Why we slobber over Slavoj Žižek: Or, how to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time | real utopias | Scoop.it
BY REBECCA ROTHFELD


(Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street / Photo by Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News)

The contemporary world’s best-known and most controversial intellectual, Slovenia (a kegger thrown by Zizek?
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Responses to Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine and BDS - The Nation.

Responses to Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine and BDS - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it


Noam Chomsky rightly recognizes the injustices done to Palestinians, as well as the US role in perpetuating those injustices.

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Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing 'Supreme International Crimes'

Noam Chomsky: America Is the World Leader at Committing 'Supreme International Crimes' | real utopias | Scoop.it
The U.S.'s sledgehammer worldview is destroying countless lives and future generations.
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The Effects of Participatory Democracy on Political Competition: The Case of Brazilian Participatory Budgeting by Paolo Spada :: SSRN

The Effects of Participatory Democracy on Political Competition: The Case of Brazilian Participatory Budgeting by Paolo Spada :: SSRN | real utopias | Scoop.it
What are the effects of Brazilian participatory budgeting? Most studies answer this question using selected case studies. This paper proposes an empirical analysis of the political and fiscal effects of participatory budgeting. Focusing on all the cities that have a population greater than 50000 inhabitants between the years 1989 and 2008 it extends significantly the scope and understanding of previous empirical work. To the contrary of previous anecdotal evidence the results show that participatory budgeting does not alter the composition of public spending and public revenues. However participatory budgeting significantly increases (~9%) the probability of reelection of the party of the mayor. This effect is heightened when focusing on the sample of cities with more than 100000 inhabitants. Most interestingly for smaller cities the positive effect of adopting for the first time PB on the reelection of the mayor is mediated by the victory of the Workers’ Party. When the Workers’ Party doesn’t control the city the effect disappears. For the larger cities we observe the opposite result.

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David Harvey (2014) "Limits To Capital And The Right to The City"

Rio de Janeiro.
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Reading Capital #1: The Labor Theory of Value

Reading Capital #1: The Labor Theory of Value | real utopias | Scoop.it

This summer I finally overcame my fear of getting real, and have embarked on that old left journey, the reading ofCapital. While I'm taking on Volume 1 with some good people, I'd like to publicly collect my general impressions that don't find their way into our weekly conversations, which tend to be more technical and about whatever interests the group shares. This is the first of what will be an ongoing "series" of posts tracking my grasping at an overall vision of the capitalist mode of production — a much grasped-at thing  and on the process of reading the seminal text. So here's my first impression.

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Michael Parenti on the Cuban Revolution - YouTube

Michael Parenti on the Cuban Revolution: http://t.co/KW1qPVsKzr @MichaelParenti
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Noam Chomsky | The Sledgehammer Worldview

Noam Chomsky | The Sledgehammer Worldview | real utopias | Scoop.it
Aggression is no longer the ''supreme international crime.'' It cannot compare with destruction of the lives of future generations to ensure bigger bonuses tomorrow.
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Venezuela: Questions about Democracy and a Free Press - Center for Research on Globalization

Venezuela: Questions about Democracy and a Free Press - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

If Venezuela’s government is a dictatorship, why have there been 18 elections in 15 years under the late president Hugo Chávez Frías (d. 2013) and his democratically elected successor Nicolás Maduro?  Why is it that according to many international observers Venezuela’s democratic elections are, in the words of ex-president Jimmy Carter, “the best in the world”?

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Venezuela: Maduro initiates gov't 'shake-up' - Green Left Weekly

Venezuela: Maduro initiates gov't 'shake-up' - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it


In Barquisimeto, Lara state, a workers' march on June 27 called for direct worker control and further support for the Bolivarian revolution.

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Participatory democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Participatory democracy

Participatory democracy is a process emphasizing the broad participation of constituents in the direction and operation of political systems. Etymological roots of democracy (Greek and ) imply that the people are in power and thus that all democracies are participatory. However, participatory democracy tends to advocate more involved forms of citizen participation and greater political representation than traditional representative democracy.

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Capitalism: A Reversible Mistake? - Dissident Voice

Capitalism: A Reversible Mistake? - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it


That is, for many in our society there is no discrepancy between the “theory” of capitalism and its reality.

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▶ Joseph Stiglitz: Crawford School Oration 2014 - YouTube

In this landmark lecture entitled 'Crisis averted? Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis' Nobel Laureate and distinguished Fellow of the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, examines the origins of the GFC, analyses the economic policy responses and discusses whether the crisis really has been averted. He also looks at what's right, and wrong, with contemporary policy stances.

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Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism: Stealing Back The Commons « FlourishingEnterprise

Michael Jacobs, an ex-SpAd to Gordon Brown, has recently written in the New Satesman that ‘green social democracy can save capitalism’. Well, not everyone agrees. For some, the ‘green social democracy’ experiment has, thus far, not worked, and indeed, might be running out of time.

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Slavoj Žižek on Kevin MacDonald’s “Culture of Critique”

Slavoj Žižek on Kevin MacDonald’s “Culture of Critique” | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Žižek is perhaps the highest-grossing Marxist continental philosopher. But there’s always been the suspicion that the purported Communist is a bit of a prankster and put-on artist.
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Real Socialism and “Coloniality” in Cuba - Havana Times

Real Socialism and “Coloniality” in Cuba - Havana Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


Cuban society will not achieve true social emancipation and decolonization without breaking with these power relations, which persist within capitalism and socialism alike.

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Why you're still poor as the Dow nears 17 000

Why you're still poor as the Dow nears 17 000 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Wall Street is celebrating, but much of America is still struggling with declining household income, higher prices for products and low interest rates for savings.
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Why Karl Marx remains relevant - Deciphering Capital by Alex Callinicos - Socialist Worker

Why Karl Marx remains relevant - Deciphering Capital by Alex Callinicos - Socialist Worker | real utopias | Scoop.it


There has been a real renewal of interest in Karl Marx's masterpiece Capital in recent years.

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Questions about socialism and value theory

Questions about socialism and value theory | real utopias | Scoop.it

A: In general, I shy away from questions about how a future socialist system will work but in the Russian revolution the original intent was to only expropriate the big capitalists. In the immediate period, however, a policy of War Communism led to the expropriation of all privately owned firms, large and small. This was a function more of the need to disempower a middle class that was hostile to the revolution rather than comply with any socialist blueprint—which of course Marx never intended to begin with.

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Slavoj Zizek - Cogito, Madness and Religion: Derrida, Foucault and then Lacan

The 'antagonism' of the Kantian notion of freedom (as the most concise expression of the antagonism of freedom in the bourgeois life itself) does not reside where Adorno locates it (the autonomously self-imposed law means that freedom coincides with self-enslavement and self-domination, that the Kantian "spontaneity" is in actu its opposite, utter self-control, thwarting of all spontaneous impetuses), but "much more on the surface": [1] for Kant as for Rousseau, the greatest moral good is to lead a fully autonomous life as a free rational agent, and the worst evil subjection to the will of another; however, Kant has to concede that man does not emerge as a free mature rational agent spontaneously, through his/her natural development, but only through the arduous process of maturation sustained by harsh discipline and education which cannot but be experienced by the subject as imposed on his/her freedom, as an external coercion:


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A call for the renewal of European democracy - EurActiv

A call for the renewal of European democracy - EurActiv | real utopias | Scoop.it

Anti-democratic forces are gaining ground at many levels of European society. Now is the time for Europe to renew democracy and introduce participation, Niccolo Milanese and Peter Oomsels write.

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Boris Kagarlitsky on eastern Ukraine: The logic of a revolt | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Boris Kagarlitsky on eastern Ukraine: The logic of a revolt | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

May 1, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Russian bureaucrats have been honestly surprised at the reaction by the official West—they did not expect such anger or unanimous condemnation. European politicians are beside themselves with fury. The mainstream press is relating appalling stories to its readers of Russian aggression against Ukraine. The television shows interviews with Kiev ministers and deputies who tearfully implore Europe to save their country from the enraged bear.

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Technology and democratic participation: friend or foe? | Involve

Technology and democratic participation: friend or foe? | Involve | real utopias | Scoop.it
Involve are experts in public participation. We design and deliver high-quality public and stakeholder engagement processes, carry out research and provide training.
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International Day of Cooperatives - Nigerian Tribune

COOPERATIVE societies play an increasingly important part in the economic life of many countries. Cooperation has existed ever since the early human beings discovered that working together, they could accomplish their tasks much more easily and effectively. Thus the historical foundations of modern cooperatives can be traced to the ancient Egypt and Babylon, the ancient China, the Roman Empire, the activities of the Aztecs in South America before the Spanish advent and conquest, and those of the American Indians as well as to the traditional African notion of working together for mutual benefits. 

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Noam Chomsky (2014) "The Future of Humanity"

June 4, 2014 Starts at 3:46 "If somebody was watching this from Mars, they'd think this species was insane." ―Noam Chomsky.
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▶ David Graeber - keynote in the Anthropological Knots Symposium - YouTube

David Graeber from the London School of Economics giving his keynote speech "Anthropology and the rise of the professional managerial class" in the anthropological Knots Symposium. Discussant: Jane Cowan, University of Sussex. Helsinki 15th of January 2014.

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