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Hatred in Europe? Take a Closer Look | Open Society Foundations

Hatred in Europe? Take a Closer Look | Open Society Foundations | real utopias | Scoop.it
Even at this time of mounting social and economic pressures, solidarity among ordinary people in Europe is still robust, new survey results confirm.
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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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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We-commerce: The sharing economy's uncertain path to changing the world - TechRepublic

We-commerce: The sharing economy's uncertain path to changing the world - TechRepublic | real utopias | Scoop.it


Then came Craigslist, which started in the late 1990s, and Zipcar, whose fleet entered the market back in 2000.

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Savage Capitalism Returns As Recovery Misses Working Class - Firedoglake

Savage Capitalism Returns As Recovery Misses Working Class - Firedoglake | real utopias | Scoop.it

Though Thomas Piketty’s book Capital In The 21st Century has proved popular among establishment intellectuals, the research in the book validates one of the most common radical critiques of capitalism  – that when unrestrained by governments or social movements capitalism is a reckless and malevolent enterprise. And so after 30 years of Neoliberalism savage capitalism is now back according to David Graeber.

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No Future For You! David Graeber v. Peter Thiel

No Future For You! David Graeber v. Peter Thiel | real utopias | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, in the heyday of social prognostication, many Americans believed that gadget-related knowledge would surely yield immeasurable leaps forward in the progress of the human species.
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5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed | real utopias | Scoop.it
A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against whether Jesus lived.
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Several journalists attacked while covering 'Freedom March' in Pakistan - Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, August 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides to respect the role of journalists and media workers covering an anti-government demonstration in Pakistan.
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Is Pope Francis at War with the Vatican Itself? - Breitbart News

Is Pope Francis at War with the Vatican Itself? - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it
Catholics are often told to be in the world but not of the world, meaning that while they carry on ordinary lives, they should never forget their faith and what it demands of them.
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Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism - Sudan Vision

Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism - Sudan Vision | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the book; Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism, Hilal Khashan, an associate professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, provides a vivid description of Arab political performance since the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century and the subsequent formal abrogation of the Islamic Caliphate in 1924 amidst rising European colonialism and Zionism. The book is small (149 pages of text) but concise and well written. Despite raising some very controversial issues, Khashan has combined the coolness of scholarship with intellectual rigor and political concern. His dispassionate perspective is refreshing and makes the book unapologetically independent and provocative.

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Blog #54 - Community Land Trusts as Transformative Housing Reforms

That New York City has a housing problem is rather well known. The devil here is indeed in the big picture as well as in the details. 47% of the city’s low-income renters[1] pay more than half of their incomes to obtain housing. Imagine what paying half your income just for housing means for the ordinary person, let alone one with limited income. 24% live in overcrowded quarters, more than 1.5 persons per room in the standard definition. Neighborhoods are clustered by race, ethnicity, income, household composition –what impolite critics call segregated, one of the most segregated (84.3 on the widely used dissimilarity index, where 100is completely segregated. Only Gary, Detroit, and Milwaukee, of the 314 other metropolitan area in the United States, are more segregated.[2] 224,000 units were in physically poor conditions. 164,000 units were vacant but not available for sale or rent, according even to the official figures.[3]There were 15,993 mortgage foreclosures in the city in 2013;

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Perhaps it goes without saying that for many residents of NYC #AffordableHousing isn't a reality.  Nearly half of low-income residents put half of their income towards housing.  And in many cases the housing is crowded. 

 

Can Community Land Trusts create better options for #AffordableHousing in NYC? 

 

One benefit of CLTs is:  They provide for deeply democratic management of their housing. By having not only residents but also neighbors and supporters from the wider community on their boards, they can provide diversity, establish priorities for expenditures, achieve efficiencies of scale, and put the strength of the trust behind individual members falling on hard times. 


It certainly seems worth a try! 

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Should robots take control? MIT scientists say yes - Tech Times

Should robots take control? MIT scientists say yes - Tech Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


More surprising, the human workers said that they preferred the groups where the robots took more control.

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Krugman on War: Even the Best Mainstream Economists Write Nonsense - Huffington Post

Krugman on War: Even the Best Mainstream Economists Write Nonsense - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a recent column in the New York Times (aka the newspaper of record), Paul Krugman explained the causes of war. Since this is a rather important issue and of interest to readers of the real news, I want to convey Professor Krugman's insights to those that might have missed the article itself. Early in the article we are informed:

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Injured Occupy Activist: Money Can't Replace Part of My Brain | Interview with Scott Olsen

Abby Martin speaks with Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran and activist who was awarded a $4.5 million settlement after receiving permanent brain injuries from a projectile launched by militarized police during the Occupy Oakland Movement.

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The 10 things a perfect city needs

The 10 things a perfect city needs | real utopias | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: Political unrest, bicycle lanes and sleazy hangouts are a must
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Occupy Television Vows to Keep Flailing Movement Alive - Breitbart News

Occupy Television Vows to Keep Flailing Movement Alive - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which blazed brightly two years ago amid a sea of arrests, vandalism and attacks against the wealthy, is coming back in the form of an online TV channel.
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Will humans let robots take control? MIT researchers know the answer - Tech Times

Will humans let robots take control? MIT researchers know the answer - Tech Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


Gombolay says that handing over control to robot workers does not mean that cyborgs will be leading the manufacturing processes.

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Democracy, capitalism and the defence of kindness - rabble.ca

Democracy, capitalism and the defence of kindness - rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

I confess. I have been binge-watching TV series. Lately I have narrowed my watching mostly to The West Wing, an old favourite about a Democratic president, Jed Bartlet, which portrays the manic, day-to-day crisis management of the White House. But in my defence, I am doing so in part as an antidote to another series which I quit watching because the values it displayed and promoted were so execrable. The award-winningHouse of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman seeking revenge (and higher office) for being betrayed by "his" president. Both these series are exceptionally well-written and well-acted. But one actually features characters who are trying to accomplish laudable social objectives (for the most part) and who treat each other with genuine respect and even affection. House of Cards never allows such sentiment to prevail or even appear except as a reflection of weakness and naïveté. It's all about varying degrees of ruthlessness and we are clearly supposed to admire Spacey as a masterful practitioner of the Machiavellian arts.

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Caroline Lund: Reflections of a trade union militant and socialist - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Caroline Lund: Reflections of a trade union militant and socialist - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

August 25, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Caroline Lund was for many years a leader of the US Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and for some years of the Fourth International. She and I resigned from the SWP in 1988.

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South Africa: New liberation forces debate post-apartheid struggle - Green Left Weekly

South Africa: New liberation forces debate post-apartheid struggle - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it


That NUMSA's call has received so much attention can be explained by the reality of South African society 20 years after the fall of apartheid.

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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | real utopias | Scoop.it

The need for a democratic formative culture and the necessity to take the educative nature of politics seriously raises crucial questions about the educative nature of politics and how the public pedagogy produced by the old and new media can be used to expand rather than close down democratic relations.

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The economics of slavery - Daily Times


Ancient thinkers have concentrated mainly on the ethical aspects of slavery.

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Forget New York City, This City is Where All the Artists Are Moving To

Forget New York City, This City is Where All the Artists Are Moving To | real utopias | Scoop.it

Will Dyer came to Portugal for the waves but ended up staying for the art. “I was expecting a poor country with a good surf scene, but Lisbon has blown my mind. There is so much cultural stuff happening here,” the 28-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, tells OZY.



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Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS, engineer claims

Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS, engineer claims | real utopias | Scoop.it
The warning was made by Amsterdam-based Nell Watson, who said robots could decide that the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone to end suffering.
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Danger's curator insight, August 26, 7:39 AM

"the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone to end suffering" 

 

That was my my philosophy for a while. Nowadays I just feel like killing them either way, for the hell of it.

 

It's not just more compassionate for humans, but for the planet in general.

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After the Financial Crisis: The Price of Inequality | Journal

In the Interview: Nobel Economics Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz/Mehr Information: http://www.dw.de/programm/journal/s-3230-9801.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation