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Era of a New Democracy: Part I These Revolutionary Times

Era of a New Democracy: Part I These Revolutionary Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two weeks after the court-martial proceeding of Bradley Manning began, an unauthorized audio recording of Manning's courtroom statement spread through social media despite extraordinary secrecy surrounding his trial. In it, Manning laid out why he chose to release the massive trove of documents. After admitting that he was the source of the largest leak of classified information in history, he spoke about the motivation behind his actions: "I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general." Attorney Michael Ratner said of Manning; "To lock him up for even a day is to lock up the conscience of our nation."

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Preserving middle class key for labor leaders - WMUR Manchester

Preserving middle class key for labor leaders - WMUR Manchester | real utopias | Scoop.it


And there was talk of the recent Market Basket showdown where workers stood by their ousted President Arthur T. Demoulas until he regained control of the company.

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The United States Is Not a Democracy: From Wall Street to Detroit and Ferguson - Center for Research on Globalization

The United States Is Not a Democracy: From Wall Street to Detroit and Ferguson - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

The United States is not a democracy. Occupy Wall Street announced this fact to the world with the 1% and inequality. The protests in Ferguson and Detroit are bringing it to the social and political spheres. Around the world another democracy has begun to manifest itself, one organized by people, from below, in plazas, parks, schools, workplaces and on street corners – a democracy where people are no longer silent and are beginning to take back control of their lives.


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Obama Wants to Defeat ISIS–But Not That Badly - CounterPunch

Obama Wants to Defeat ISIS–But Not That Badly - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

But that’s unlikely to happen. The one thing worse than an ISIS victory, from the American state’s perspective, would be the demonstration effect of an alternative to both corporate capitalism and state socialism, based on decentralism, direct democracy and self-management.

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Chavistas Debate Economic and Institutional Reform: Maduro Combats ... - Eurasia Review

Chavistas Debate Economic and Institutional Reform: Maduro Combats ... - Eurasia Review | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Bolivarian project in Venezuela has warded off the latest counter revolutionary offensive and is now engaged in a profound debate over the next phase of the revolution. Though the smoke over the barricades has settled, neither President Nicolas Maduro nor the popular sectors labor under the illusion that rightist hard-liners will now respect the constitutional order. The opposition, fielded by the coalition of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), is largely in disarray after divisions over the failed “exit” strategy of violent protest and the resignation of the coalition’s executive secretary Ramón Guillermo Aveledo. The MUD is, however, regrouping to continue what veteran Venezuelan revolutionary Julio Escalona has called a “permanent war” against Chavismo.i

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Michael Parenti: Methods of Media Manipulation

#Article Marketing Monopoly Media Manipulation: http://www.michaelparenti.org/Monopol... Alliance: http://www.media-alliance.org/article...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_ma... Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities. He is the author of thirteen books, including Democracy for a Few (6th edition); Power and the Powerless; Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media (2nd edition); The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race; Make-Believe Media: The Politics of Entertainment; Land of Idols, Political Mythology in America; Against Empire: Dirty Truths; and Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism. Dr. Parenti's articles have appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals and political periodicals. He lives in Berkeley, California, and devotes him self full-time to writing and lecturing around the countryhttp://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Med... Archive, Michael Parenti: http://archive.org/search.php?query=m...

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How The Industrial Revolution Ended Naps - Motherboard

How The Industrial Revolution Ended Naps - Motherboard | real utopias | Scoop.it

Before the 18th century, night was a pretty scary time for most people, even the rich, who could only afford to buy light-producing objects such as candles. But as light technology became more prevalent, and evening activities more common—up until the 17th century, most people out at night were either drunk or looking for prostitutes, according to the paper—we began to change our sleeping patterns to suit our new access to later hours.

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ROS ALTMANN: Leaving older workers on the scrapheap will damage ... - This is Money

ROS ALTMANN: Leaving older workers on the scrapheap will damage ... - This is Money | real utopias | Scoop.it


A social revolution is underway. Redefining retirement – offering the opportunity for a whole new phase of life.

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Where would workers be without labor unions? - Arizona Republic

Where would workers be without labor unions? - Arizona Republic | real utopias | Scoop.it

Labor Day falls in an interesting time of our political season, when the primary race ends and the general-election cycle begins. No doubt politicians will praise workers on the day that pays tribute to their contributions to the strength and well-being of our nation, but most candidates likely will avoid mentioning the words union or labor.

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resposta fácil. basta olhar para os primórdios da era industrial. ou para a versão moderna disso, a precarização e trabalho a muito baixo custo: "Unions were in the forefront in the fight for laws and programs we take for granted — Social Security, health insurance, the eight-hour day, overtime pay, pensions, paid vacations, paid holidays, maternity leave, safe-working conditions"

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Bluegrass Poll: Voters want higher minimum wage - Cincinnati.com

Bluegrass Poll: Voters want higher minimum wage - Cincinnati.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

A majority of Kentucky voters want the federal government to raise the minimum wage, but say workers should be allowed to hold jobs at unionized businesses without joining the union or paying its dues.

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On Labor Day, workers still need a fair wage and affordable health care (Your ... - The Post-Standard - syracuse.com (blog)

On Labor Day, workers still need a fair wage and affordable health care (Your ... - The Post-Standard - syracuse.com (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

While the job market has certainly improved since last Labor Day, wages and compensation have remained stagnant since the end of the Great Recession. Several states and even some cities across the nation are debating raising the minimum wage while Congress and the President remain in gridlock on the issue. In a time when the stock market has reached new highs with record corporate profits, it is time to share some of that wealth for the workers whose labor helped create those profits in the first place. Even some from the ultra right have called upon raising the minimum wage so that low wage earners no longer need taxpayer financed subsidies for food and healthcare. They argue that placing further burden on the middle class taxpayer to support underpaid workers of profitable corporations is tantamount to corporate welfare.

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Noam Chomsky (2014) "The Women's Movement"

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Vincent Deary: 'Are you living the life you want to lead?' - The Guardian

Vincent Deary: 'Are you living the life you want to lead?' - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


And if it's a bit self-conscious at times, Slavoj Žižek this and Melanie Klein that, for the most part it keeps its feet on the ground.

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It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - The People's Voice

It's time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth - The People's Voice | 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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▶ Slavoj Zizek: Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians on the Rise in Europe, 1 of 2 - YouTube

Slavoj Zizek: Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians on the Rise in Europe We turn now to Europe, where many are concerned about the growing acceptability ...
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Slavoj Zizek: Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians on the Rise in Europe 2 of 2 - YouTube

Slavoj Zizek: Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians on the Rise in Europe 2 of 2 http://t.co/rrAO8bcGJA
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Are unions dead? - The New Republic

Are unions dead? - The New Republic | real utopias | Scoop.it


Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still significant American institutions.

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The Living Wage and Class Struggle in South Africa (Remember Marikana?) - News24

The Living Wage and Class Struggle in South Africa (Remember Marikana?) - News24 | real utopias | Scoop.it


It is no exaggeration to put it to you without hesitation that black people are still severely marginalised in our country, sadly 20 years post-democracy.

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A left-wing, but flawed, vision for an independent Scotland - Green Left Weekly

A left-wing, but flawed, vision for an independent Scotland - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it

Elected a Labour Party MP for South Ayrshire in 1970, he shifted away from mainstream Labour Party politics due to his commitment to setting up a Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

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Ecuador: WikiLeaks cables show US how used 'democracy promotion' to push ... - Green Left Weekly

Ecuador: WikiLeaks cables show US how used 'democracy promotion' to push ... - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ecuador's pro-US neoliberal president Lucio Gutierrez was ousted in 2005. Since then, relations between Ecuador and the United States have deteriorated, with the Andean nation’s increasing rejection of US hegemony.

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Indonesia and the Philippines: A tale of two democracies - Aljazeera.com

Indonesia and the Philippines: A tale of two democracies - Aljazeera.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

In The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the Czech legendary writer Milan Kundera famously argued: "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." In many ways, this was the struggle that defined the most recent elections in the world's third largest democracy, Indonesia.


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CCEPA: Ethical Issues in Agriculture - Dr. Paul Thompson

Dr. R. Paul Thompson, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Institute For The History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; Dept. Of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

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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

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“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

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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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