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Paul Hawken pays tribute to green-biz visionary Ray Anderson

Paul Hawken pays tribute to green-biz visionary Ray Anderson | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ray Anderson, a pioneering sustainable business leader, passed away Monday. At a Thursday memorial service, Paul Hawken paid tribute with this eulogy.
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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What Gave Bitcoin Its Value? : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

What Gave Bitcoin Its Value? : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many people who have never used bitcoin look at it with confusion. Why does this magic Internet money have any value at all? It’s just some computer thing that someone made up.

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Russia's “Humanitarian Invasion”: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Russia's “Humanitarian Invasion”: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into ... - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

The West is trying to turn the Russian humanitarian aid convoy “… into a duplicitous dangerous act because it would better fit with the kind of scenario that they have been putting forth about Russia being a predator or being the provocateur,” says renowned author Dr. Michael Parenti, a political scientist from Yale University, a historian, and a cultural critic, in an interview with Radio VR.


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The Shame Of Labor Day - Forbes

The Shame Of Labor Day - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Labor Day,” writes Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post, has become a “mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers.” Why are workers no longer honored and rewarded? It wasn’t globalization. It wasn’t technology.  It was, he says, executives grabbing almost all the earnings for shareholders and themselves, leaving insufficient resources for the organization to grow, let alone the remunerate the workers for the gains in productivity their work has engendered.

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Forbes itself has been partly to blame for promoting policies that undermined workers in favor of corporate profits.

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What The Left Can Learn From Alexander Hamilton - Huffington Post

What The Left Can Learn From Alexander Hamilton - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


They established a labor theory of value, but restricted its realm to agriculture. In their view, all other labor and economic activity was parasitic upon farming.

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Stopping Nato and the spread of War - Boris Kagarlitsky | London 27-08-14

Russian author and campaigner Boris Kagarlitsky speaking at a meeting organised by Stop the War Coalition on the eve of anti-Nato protests in Newport, Wales

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'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier),' From Janos Szasz - New York Times

'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier),' From Janos Szasz - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


Directed by Janos Szasz, it is based on a widely admired novel, written in French, by the Hungarian-born writer Agota Kristof.

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It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - Scoop.co.nz

It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - Scoop.co.nz | real utopias | Scoop.it

The latest bestseller in economics has done a great deal of service to progressives in highlighting the imperative of shared wealth. But given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, this emerging conversation on global sharing has to get a lot more radical. 


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How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone - GreenBiz.com (blog)

How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone - GreenBiz.com (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Don’t let fashion go to waste,” says H&M, the global clothing retailer that booked $20 billion in revenues last year. So I brought a bag of old T-shirts, sweaters and khaki pants to an H&M store in Washington, D.C., which took them, no questions asked, and gave me a coupon for 15 percent off my next purchase. H&M takes back clothes in all of its 3,100 stores in 53 countries.

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Implications of the Overthrow of Communism by Michael Parenti - Dutch Subtitles

Michael Parenti: Reflection on the Overthrow of Communism NL Subtitles Dutch Michael John Parenti (born 1933) is an American political scientist, historian, ...
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In Ukraine, the Old World Order Ends in Farce - Carnegie Europe

In Ukraine, the Old World Order Ends in Farce - Carnegie Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it


A new version of the Helsinki Final Act could install modern civil society as a prerequisite for success in a globally networked world.

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Coca-Cola and Its Egregious History - CounterPunch

Coca-Cola and Its Egregious History - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Coca-Cola Company is, of course, a capitalist company meaning that its goal is to make money virtually any way possible. It’s good at this. Its market cap today is $168.7 billion according to Forbes.  Since it’s founding in the late 1800’s it is now known to be the most recognized product in the world. Its goal of making money is accomplished regardless of the consequences be it environmental degradation, pollution, abuse of and destabilizing water use, worker assassinations, discrimination in the work place, or the health of individuals drinking its product, to name but a few.  Promoting a product that requires purchase by huge numbers of individuals in order to make a profit necessitates deliberate efforts at creating a positive public image. It’s good at that also but it is simultaneously considered by some as one of the most evil corporations in the world – a designation that suits it well.

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The Entire World Is Under Siege - CounterPunch

The Entire World Is Under Siege - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

With each new atrocity committed by Israel against the Palestinians & Occupied Territories of Palestine, propagandists and dictators everywhere grow bolder, ever more confidant in their own ability to show brazen, arrogant contempt for the basic welfare of the common man and woman. To quote an old cry against South African apartheid: “An Injury To One Is an Injury To All!” This unresolved crisis represents The Black Hole of the human spirit on our planet!

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Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future | Threat Level | WIRED

Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future | Threat Level | WIRED | real utopias | Scoop.it
"He’s always been optimistic about the future," says Hal Finney's wife, Fran.
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Piketty's Capital and the spectre of inequality - In Defense of Marxism

Piketty's Capital and the spectre of inequality - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Thomas Piketty, a French economist and academic, has become an overnight sensation thanks to his book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, a bestseller that has sparked debate on all sides for its detailed analysis of inequality under capitalism, with elation and praise from the reformist left, and horror and fright from the free-market right.

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What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem - Wired

What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem - Wired | real utopias | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley has been wracked with controversies about sexism lately. Only 17 percent of Google's technical employees are women. Tech conference organizers routinely post speaker lists that skew male. The female cofounder of Tinder was allegedly harassed and erased from corporate history last year. Yet some people still minimize the problem. Their argument: Since the tech industry is populated by meritocratic rationalists, it would be impossible for a talented female engineer notto rise to the top. Therefore, if few women are in the industry, the problem is not sexism but the absence of some innate capacity or interest on the part of (most) women. In other words, the dearth of women in tech is only natural.


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A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti

A Terrible Normality by  Michael Parenti | real utopias | Scoop.it

Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.

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The Greanville Post • Vol. VIII | Michael Parenti: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into Submission, West Fears Russia’s “Big White Trucks”

The Greanville Post • Vol. VIII | Michael Parenti: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into Submission, West Fears Russia’s “Big White Trucks” | real utopias | Scoop.it

he West is trying to turn the Russian humanitarian aid convoy “… into a duplicitous dangerous act because it would better fit with the kind of scenario that they have been putting forth about Russia being a predator or being the provocateur,” says renowned author Dr. Michael Parenti, a political scientist from Yale University, a historian, and a cultural critic, in an interview with Radio VR.

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Crumbling US empire - YouTube

In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equal growth in US military power. The United States is a super power but has forgotten about its own people (the republic). Michael Parenti says that US leaders have been consumed by the status of American super power and have forgotten basic infrastructure needs of their people.

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Ukraine is Yugoslavia 2.0 | Rixstep Learning Curve

Ukraine is Yugoslavia 2.0 | Rixstep Learning Curve | real utopias | Scoop.it
Michael Parenti: #Ukraine is Yugoslavia 2.0
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Quels sont les pays où il fait bon vivre quand on est homo? | Yagg

Quels sont les pays où il fait bon vivre quand on est homo? | Yagg | real utopias | Scoop.it
Une enquête a été menée auprès des habitants de 123 pays pour réaliser un classement où la France arrive 21e.
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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism - Truthdig

Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism - Truthdig | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Inside Chevron's 9 Billion Dollar Legal Battle in Ecuador - RollingStone.com

Inside Chevron's 9 Billion Dollar Legal Battle in Ecuador - RollingStone.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
For more than two decades, energy giant Chevron and Ecuadorean activists, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, have been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit about who is responsible for contaminating a vast swath of the Amazon
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The Epic Stupidity of the Rich Who Run the GOP Gets Caught On Secret Tape - PoliticusUSA

The Epic Stupidity of the Rich Who Run the GOP Gets Caught On Secret Tape - PoliticusUSA | real utopias | Scoop.it


Sure, there's a lot of important policy gaffes caught on the Mitch McConnell bowing to the Kochs tape. But there's also this.

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It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - Open Democracy

It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, we have to move far beyond the recommendations of the latest bestseller in economics. 

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Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan and How We Are by Vincent Deary – review - The Guardian

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan and How We Are by Vincent Deary – review - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

A few years ago, in a survey conducted by an accident prevention charity, 80% of respondents admitted to going through life on autopilot: arriving at the end of a car journey with no memory of driving there, buying the same item twice without realising, even turning up at the office on a day off. The other 20% must have been lying or deluded. (Or just answering the survey on autopilot, perhaps?) To an unnerving extent – made clearer by ongoing research – we're all creatures of habit, spending our days acting out ingrained behaviours and responses over which we exert no control. This has many advantages: if our brains weren't built to convert as many actions as possible into automatic routines, we would seize up trying to breathe or walk, let alone drive a car. But it's also frightening. Treading the well-worn paths of habit, we easily get mired in jobs, relationships or ways of thinking that make us miserable, in lives we'd never have consciously chosen. "Here you are, here we all are, semi-automated creatures in our tram-track worlds, running through the paths of least resistance," as Vincent Deary puts it, in one of two new books on how we get stuck – and on finding the will to forge new paths when life demands it.

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