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Occupy Central seeking support from women, workers after criticism - South China Morning Post

Occupy Central seeking support from women, workers after criticism - South China Morning Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Organisers of the Occupy Central movement said they had been seeking support from women and workers but acknowledged it had not been easy.

 

In recent days the campaign for universal suffrage came under criticism after 10 more professionals stepped forth to back Occupy Central. Critics said the support came as no surprise because some were already known as pro-democracy activists, such as Tony Tsoi Tung-ho, a former radio host and co-founder of the online House News portal

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Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky to Appear in Dinesh D'Souza's New Film (Video) - Hollywood Reporter

Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky to Appear in Dinesh D'Souza's New Film (Video) - Hollywood Reporter | real utopias | Scoop.it

Dinesh D'Souza will let several prominent liberal thinkers have their say in his follow-up documentary to 2016: Obama's America. The conservative filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter that the documentary, America, will feature the commentary of Alan Dershowitz, Noam Chomsky, Bill AyersMichael Eric Dyson and Charles Truxillo.

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Slavoj Žižek: What Fullfils You Creatively Isn’t What Makes You Happy

Slavoj Žižek: What Fullfils You Creatively Isn’t What Makes You Happy | real utopias | Scoop.it

While theorist and provocateur Slavoj Žižek tends to get characterized—especially in a recent, testy exchange with Noam Chomsky—as obscurantist and muddle-headed, I’ve always found him quite readable, especially when compared to his mentor, psychoanalytic philosopher Jacques Lacan. As an interpreter of Lacan’s theories, Žižek always does his reader the courtesy of providing specific, concrete examples to anchor the theoretical jargon (where Lacan gives us pseudo-mathematical symbols). In the short Big Think clip above, Žižek’s examples range from the history of physics to the Declaration of Independence to the familiar “male chauvinist” scenario of a man, his wife, and his mistress. Žižek’s point, the point of psychoanalysis, he alleges, is that “people do not really want or desire happiness.”

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On Tour With Rock-Star Economist Thomas Piketty - New York Magazine

On Tour With Rock-Star Economist Thomas Piketty - New York Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it

You’ve heard of Thomas Piketty, non? In just a few short weeks this spring, the French economist has gone from dismal scientist to intellectual superstar. This past weekend, his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Centuryhit No. 1 on Amazon and came up in six New York Times articles. One hundred and eighty years after Alexis de Tocqueville came back to France with the news that he’d found true égalité in America, his countryman has arrived on our shores to deliver the opposite news: Not only is the U.S. doomed to accelerating inequality, but so are all capitalist societies, absent some fairly serious interventions — mostly taxes. The tough prognosis in Capital runs across nearly 700 graph-dappled pages and three centuries of economic history. No serious economist could afford to ignore its mountains of fresh data and analysis, but for the rest of us, it’s a heavier lift. Hence Piketty’s New York publicity push last week — a different kind of endurance test, involving midtown traffic, a publicist shouting “Short answers!,” and the unbridled fury of a WNYC producer facing 30 minutes of dead air.

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David Harvey – The End of Capitalism? | rovitothis201

David Harvey – The End of Capitalism? | rovitothis201 | 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 faster than ever before. The current situation is not sustainable. But what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.”

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Social Democracy for the 21st Century: A Post Keynesian Perspective: Adam Smith on the Labour Theory of Value

There has been a lot of discussion of the labour theory of value in the comments section lately, a view which, I think, most Post Keynesians reject, and rightly so.

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Slavoj Zizek "Wake Up And Smell The Apocalypse!" - YouTube

24th November 2013 (Slavoj Zizek "Wake Up And Smell The Apocalypse!": http://t.co/V3BJaEn3Wq ;D)
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Socialist Alternative Growing Rapidly - Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative Growing Rapidly - Socialist Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

Kshama Sawant’s election victory has received repeated national media attention, helping to revive interest in socialist ideas and establishing Socialist Alternative as a pole of attraction for workers and youth looking to get active in the struggle against capitalist crisis. Since November, our work has been covered regularly by Seattle media and has also been featured in MSNBC, The Washington PostThe Nation, and even on the front page of The New York Times.

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Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can't Say - CounterPunch

Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can't Say - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

One reason the United States and the West aren’t particularly interested in defending their neoliberal policies is because by the time their effects are felt in a particular location, the world and its five-minute attention span has already moved on. Once the glamour of violence simmers down, the appetites of the bourgeoisie are sated. Whether Russia or Thailand or Korea or Chile or the Ukraine, the vicious coup d’état or knowingly-savage policy prescriptions that unlock a country’s economy quickly fade into obscurity. Into that fathomless swamp of imperial crimes. The media moves on to fresher fires, newer conflicts, and more entertaining waves of repression. Falling wages, rising prices, mass privatization, and vanishing tariffs are not newsworthy—at least when ‘newsworthy’ is defined by clicks and eyeballs. Who wants to listen to a cranky union vet opine on the evils of capitalist accumulation? Or see some reporter on RT or Al Jazeera wander through decaying communities in some far-flung hamlet? Not when you can listen to Wolf Blitzer’s riveting blow-by-blow of the latest artificial uprising on ‘The Situation Room’.

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David Graeber on death by bureaucracy: “If we had a basic income, we wouldn’t need to decide who needs food and who doesn’t.” at Everything In Between

David Graeber on death by bureaucracy: “If we had a basic income, we wouldn’t need to decide who needs food and who doesn’t.” at Everything In Between | real utopias | Scoop.it

Who are all these people — and this goes for private bureaucracies as well as public ones — sitting around watching you, telling you what your work is worth, what you’re worth, basically employing thousands of people to make us feel bad about ourselves. Just get rid of those people; just give everybody some money, and I think everyone will be much better off.

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The Modern History of Venezuela and the Need for a Post-Oil Economy ... - The Real News Network

The Modern History of Venezuela and the Need for a Post-Oil Economy ... - The Real News Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

We're continuing our series of discussions about Venezuela. So now joining us again in the studio is Edgardo Lander. He's a sociologist and professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He was one of the main organizers of the World Social Forum 2006 that took place in Caracas. He's a well-known supporter and critic of the Venezuelan revolution under former president Hugo Chávez. And he did his MA and PhD at Harvard. Before that, he did a degree in sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He normally is in Caracas, but today he's in Baltimore.

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40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party

40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party | real utopias | Scoop.it
International solidarity is a vital aspect of the struggle for socialism. The Socialist Party fights for a world free of poverty, war and inequality. But that requires more than just supporting workers in struggle in other countries, important though that is. We need to build a powerful international organisation, capable of helping the working class to replace the capitalist system with democratic socialism. To aid this task the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) was founded at a meeting of 46 comrades from 12 countries on 21 April 1974. Today it spans 48 countries on every continent.
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The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch

The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Spanish-American War, under President Theodore Roosevelt America seized control of the southern part of Guantanamo Bay by way of a Cuban-American Treaty which recognizes Cuba’s ultimate sovereignty over this base; a year after the Bolshevik Revolution, in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched 5,000 U. S. troops to Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia to participate in the Allied intervention in Russia’s Civil  War, which raised the curtain on the First Cold War.  Incidentally, in 1903 there was no Fidel Castro in Havana and in 1918 no Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin.

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Money and Income Inequality - CounterPunch

Money and Income Inequality - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Part of the challenge of addressing political economy is the different realms that economic and philosophical discourse exist in. Western (capitalist) economics can be informed by history but it can’t accommodate it. This can be seen in response to French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century.’ The effort, nay contrived ‘necessity,’ of quantifying income distribution across history, as Piketty has done, places it at the center of what could in different terms leave it as bit player, as artifact rather than base discursive fact. This isn’t to argue that income distribution isn’t ‘important.’ It is to argue that there are other, possibly more illuminating, ways of getting to issues of economic cum political asymmetries and their role in social outcomes. By staying within the anti-historical historiography of ‘income’ and its quantification across time a limited history is presented as the addition of ‘facts’ when it could alternatively be understood to be a detraction that leaves the base premises of capitalist theory largely untouched by design. This probably won’t make much sense to those raised in the Western economic tradition so I will spend some time below trying to relate the thesis across different modes of discourse. This effort bears some relation to the Cambridge Capital Controversy in the sense that the terms exist in what appear to be irreconcilable realms.

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Did Kalecki Accept the Labour Theory of Value? - Social Democracy ...

I have to admit to relying on memories of some reading on Kalecki quite a while ago, but some further research yields this interesting statement from the Polish Marxist economist Włodzimierz Brus, which seems to be from his personal conversations with Kalecki (who had 

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Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People's Library of Occupy Wall Street

Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People's Library of Occupy Wall Street | real utopias | Scoop.it

For two months, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) held off a paramilitary police force, a billionaire mayor, and the combined ire of the world’s biggest, baddest global corporations. And it was done with bandanas, tarps, apples, and books. But it started small, on September 17, 2011, when rabble-rousers unrolled their sleeping bags in New York City’s financial district.

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An Affluence of Commons - Huffington Post

An Affluence of Commons - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Commons and the Eclipse of Capitalism, offers what might be termed a third vision of the future. He offers neither a Panglossian utopia nor a "doom and gloom" dystopia. Rather, he offers a serious extrapolations to a possible future built around several widely observed trends that have not previously been connected by those who are tracking them. Most of the major themes are mentioned in the title and subtitle: Declining marginal costs approaching zero constitute the latest development in the creative destruction of capitalism. The many different evocations of the commons in our time point to a future characterized by a civil society of nonprofit organization and "collaborative commons."

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Noam Chomsky helps explain the 'Fox Effect' in upcoming film 'Brainwashing of ... - Raw Story

Noam Chomsky helps explain the 'Fox Effect' in upcoming film 'Brainwashing of ... - Raw Story | real utopias | Scoop.it

The donor page explained, “As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a mild mannered life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media by the GOP, The Powell Memo and the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine, all of which would ultimately misinform millions, divide families and even the country itself.”


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Noam Chomsky "Is The Public Conservative?" (28th March, 2014)

Full Interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mb-74eiLBE.
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Titillations of Nuclear War - CounterPunch

Titillations of Nuclear War - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

For America, the prospect of the structural-ideological constancy of war preparation and occasional conflagration is a delight, conviction, compulsion. For how else demonstrate hegemony? How else, by arrogating to itself guardianship—and chief beneficiary—of the world system, legitimate, affirm, and secure the fruits of Exceptionalism? Beginning in the late-19th century, with the fusion of capitalism and national power, already prefigured in domestic expansion and railroad development, the earlier phrase, “Manifest Destiny,” albeit hackneyed and contrived from day one self-serving a ruling-class-in-formation and conveying moralistic ethnocentric content, accurately described the grandiosity of public policy to follow (up to the present and no doubt future). The psychopathology of the winner-take-all mental set fulfilled by the militarization of US capitalism has, since the end of World War II, created a closed system in which anticommunism—now counterterrorism—becomes CODE for stifling alternatives to ascendant monopoly capital and the internal regimentation of political-social thought.

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If We Remember Our Past, How Can We Seriously Say We Don't Want ... - Huffington Post UK

If We Remember Our Past, How Can We Seriously Say We Don't Want ... - Huffington Post UK | real utopias | Scoop.it

Recently, a man at the allotments told me he was going to vote Ukip this time round, because he'd had enough. He then almost apologetically trotted out the very familiar reasons, 'they're over here breeding like rabbits, they're taking all our jobs, they don't even speak our language, there's too many of them'. All these statements seemed to make perfect sense to him, and he told them from the point of view of someone who was proud of his ancestry.

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Slavoj Zizek - Lecture on Buddhism And Gangnam style - YouTube

Zizek Lecture buddhism, Gangnam style

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Anarchism, Or The Revolutionary Movement Of The Twenty-first Century (Andrej Grubacic & David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library

Anarchism, Or The Revolutionary Movement Of The Twenty-first Century (Andrej Grubacic & David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is becoming increasingly clear that the age of revolutions is not over. It’s becoming equally clear that the global revolutionary movement in the twenty first century, will be one that traces its origins less to the tradition of Marxism, or even of socialism narrowly defined, but of anarchism.

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“On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs” by David Graeber | Abolish ...

“On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs” by David Graeber | Abolish ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

If someone had designed a work regime perfectly suited to maintaining the power of finance capital, it’s hard to see how they could have done a better job. Real, productive workers are relentlessly squeezed and exploited. The remainder are divided between a terrorised stratum of the, universally reviled, unemployed and a larger stratum who are basically paid to do nothing, in positions designed to make them identify with the perspectives and sensibilities of the ruling class (managers, administrators, etc) – and particularly its financial avatars – but, at the same time, foster a simmering resentment against anyone whose work has clear and undeniable social value. Clearly, the system was never consciously designed. It emerged from almost a century of trial and error. But it is the only explanation for why, despite our technological capacities, we are not all working 3-4 hour days.

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Study: US Is Not A Democracy | PopularResistance.Org

Study: US Is Not A Democracy | PopularResistance.Org | real utopias | Scoop.it

study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

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Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution | Crisis ...

Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution | Crisis ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
My intent in this article is to draw together the consistent progression of this cultural decline so that we can step back and examine the path of the social revolution that has been underway in America for some time.
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