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Social media: The fallacy of a “new” revolution…

Social media: The fallacy of a “new” revolution… | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you read the news and follow the hype you’ll be familiar with the calls to throw out your old ways or risk becoming irrelevant. While there is some truth amongst the hype, we’ve seen similar changes before and you are better prepared than you realise – so if you’ve been following these rapid developments and wondering how to make sense of it all, read on.

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Why the "Maximizing Shareholder Value" Theory of Corporate Governance is Bogus | naked capitalism

Why the "Maximizing Shareholder Value" Theory of Corporate Governance is Bogus | naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
One mantra you see regularly in the business and popular press goes something along the lines of "the CEO and board have a fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder value."

That is untrue.
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STRAIGHT TALK: Monopolies must fear technology - BDlive

STRAIGHT TALK: Monopolies must fear technology - BDlive | real utopias | Scoop.it

SIZE may count, but it is intimate access that matters. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and global expansion are almost unanimously approved nowadays, unless you’re the Heineken family, who’ve opposed that view for five generations. And don’t hold your breath that they’ll change any time soon — if they ever do decide to sell, let the buyer beware.

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What climate marchers learned from anti-nuke organizers - Grist

What climate marchers learned from anti-nuke organizers - Grist | real utopias | Scoop.it


It all comes down to your theory of change. To the climate march's organizers, the anti-nuclear rally proved the value of movement-building through an event.

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The Climate March could be the Occupy Movement's most noble progeny: Opinion - NJ.com

The Climate March could be the Occupy Movement's most noble progeny: Opinion - NJ.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Given the growing challenges to life on this planet and the concomitant need for policy change and political courage – notably from climate change deniers, whether they are governed by profit or political cowardice -- one yearns for leadership.

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Why is Thomas Piketty's 700-page book a bestseller? - The Guardian

Why is Thomas Piketty's 700-page book a bestseller? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


I make my living teaching finance, the branch of economics concerned with putting a value on assets such as stocks, bonds, mortgages and options.

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Will Occupy end up having a bigger impact than the tea party on real people's lives?

Will Occupy end up having a bigger impact than the tea party on real people's lives? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy rescued students indebted to a ... (RT @dailykos: Will Occupy end up having a bigger impact than the tea party on real people's lives?
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Michael Parenti on Globalisation, Terrorism, and Conspiracy by Jesse

Michael Parenti on Globalisation, Terrorism, and Conspiracy by Jesse | real utopias | Scoop.it
“In societies that worship money and success, the losers become objects of scorn. Those who work the hardest for the least are called lazy. Those forced to live in substandard housing are thought to be the authors of substandard lives. Those who do not finish high school or cannot afford to go to college are considered deficient or inept.
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Why We March: Tired Of Winning the Argument and Losing the Fight for the Planet

Why We March: Tired Of Winning the Argument and Losing the Fight for the Planet | real utopias | Scoop.it
It’s the first time one century has wrecked the prospects of the millennia to come, and it makes us mad enough to march – for those generations yet to come, our children, grandchildren, and their children.
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Noam Chomsky (2014) "How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways" - YouTube

Noam Chomsky spoke at Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014, sponsored by the Northeastern University Economics Society http://www.northeastern.edu/econsocie... in Boston, MA.

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Noam Chomsky's Favorite Books - YouTube

Here's the full reading list of Noam Chomsky - http://leftreferenceguide.wordpress.com/noam-chomsky-reading-list/ And the following are the ones mentioned in...
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Noam Chomsky (Aug 7, 2014) "Much Worse Than Apartheid" [FULL] - YouTube

August 7, 2014 FULL INTERVIEW! Part 1 -- 00:51 Part 2 -- 38:21 Thanks to Democracy Now!
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Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Privilege

Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84. His popularity - or notoriety as some would say - endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public's best interest. 

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Participatory or deliberative democracy? Exploring the mediation effects of perceived online deliberation and online interactive activities on social outcomes

Participatory or deliberative democracy? Exploring the mediation effects of perceived online deliberation and online interactive activities on social outcomes
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Slavoj Zizek- Tolerance as an Ideological Category

Why are today so many problems perceived as problems of intolerance, not as problems of inequality, exploitation, injustice? Why is the proposed remedy tolerance, not emancipation, political struggle, even armed struggle? The immediate answer is the liberal multiculturalist's basic ideological operation: the "culturalization of politics" - political differences, differences conditioned by political inequality, economic exploitation, etc., are naturalized/neutralized into "cultural" differences, different "ways of life," which are something given, something that cannot be overcome, but merely "tolerated." To this, of course, one should answer in Benjaminian terms: from culturalization of politics to politicization of culture. The cause of this culturalization is the retreat, failure, of direct political solutions (Welfare State, socialist projects, etc.). Tolerance is their post-political ersatz:

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All Talk, No Innovation: Peter Thiel on America's Failings

No flying cars. No robot maids. No cure for cancer. Are we getting anything right? The famed investor sounds off during a debate with an anarchist.
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David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism

David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism on GRITtv (Is there the way out?
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Immanuel Wallerstein: Unthinking Social Science

Immanuel Wallerstein: Unthinking Social Science | real utopias | Scoop.it

In this, new edition of a classic work—now with a new preface—on the roots of social scientific thinking, Immanuel Wallerstein develops a thorough-going critique of the legacy of nineteenth-century social science for social thought in the new millennium. We have to "unthink"—radically revise and discard—many of the presumptions that still remain the foundation of dominant perspectives today. Once considered liberating, these notions are now barriers to a clear understanding of our social world. They include, for example, ideas built into the concept of "development." In place of such a notion, Wallerstein stresses transformations in time and space. Geography and chronology should not be regarded as external influences upon social transformations but crucial to what such transformation actually is. Unthinking Social Science applies the ideas thus elaborated to a variety of theoretical areas and historical problems. Wallerstein also offers a critical discussion of the key figures whose ideas have influenced the position he formulates—including Karl Marx and Fernand Braudel, among others. In the concluding sections of the book, Wallerstein demonstrates how these new insights lead to a revision of world-systems analysis.

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Here's Who To Thank For Our National Obsession With Inequality - Huffington Post

Here's Who To Thank For Our National Obsession With Inequality - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


Three years ago this week, Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan went from being a place bored office workers went for a cigarette break to the center of Occupy Wall Street.

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Occupy activists commemorate third anniversary

On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U-S, activists have gathered in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. The gathering was aimed at commemorating the opening of the widespread protest movement.

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Occupy group buys, then cancels nearly $4 million of student debt

Occupy group buys, then cancels nearly $4 million of student debt | real utopias | Scoop.it
Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street that aims to abolish debt, used donations to purchase and release nearly $4 million in delinquent student loans.
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Occupy Wall Street’s Student Debt Solution

Occupy Wall Street’s Student Debt Solution | real utopias | Scoop.it
Six years ago this week, storied Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for (Occupy Wall Street's newest targets: for-profit schools
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How liberalism lost its way - New Statesman

How liberalism lost its way - New Statesman | real utopias | Scoop.it

All over the Atlantic world, political liberalism has fallen on evil days. In the US, the creed of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D Roosevelt and John F Kennedy has become a sin that dare not speak its name. In last year’s German election, the Free Democratic Party – the embodiment of the country’s liberal tradition and the second party in coalition governments for most of the postwar period – won less than 5 per cent of the popular vote and is no longer represented in the federal parliament. In the 2011 Canadian election, the Liberal Party – for decades a dominant force – suffered a catastrophic defeat. The Radical Party of the Left, today the closest approximation to a liberal party in France, is little more than a pimple on the body politic. In Britain, the Liberal Democrats, heirs of the Liberal Party of Lloyd George, Keynes and Beveridge, have clambered into bed with a market-fundamentalist Conservative Party and endured a huge slump in the opinion polls.

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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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