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Noam Chomsky: 'We are seeing a decline in American power' - Washington Times

Noam Chomsky: 'We are seeing a decline in American power' - Washington Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2013 ― Noam Chomsky is one of America’s most celebrated and controversial academics. In addition to dramatically transforming the fields of modern linguistics and philosophy, he has authored nearly one hundred books, including such political works as Manufacturing Consent, 9/11, Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, and his latest, On Western Terrorism.

 




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Exploring the Mesh: Sharing Economy & Social Innovation (webinar)

Exploring the Mesh: Sharing Economy & Social Innovation (webinar) | real utopias | Scoop.it
Traditional businesses follow a simple formula: create a product or service, sell it, collect money.
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China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive - Reuters UK

China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive - Reuters UK | real utopias | Scoop.it

The number of strikes so far this year is up by close to a third - the biggest surge in protests since the global financial crisis, according to one labour group - as businesses cut costs and foreign companies restructure or close operations in response to slowing growth in the world's second-biggest economy.

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Slavoj Zizek - A Plea for Leninist Intolerance

What is tolerance today? The most popular TV show of the fall of 2000 in France, with a viewer rating two times higher than that of the notorious Big Brother reality soap, is C'est mon choix (It's my choice) on France 3, a talk-show whose guest is each time an ordinary (or, exceptionally, wellknown) person who made a peculiar choice that determined his or her entire lifestyle. For example, one of them decided never to wear underwear, another constantly tried to find a more appropriate sexual partner for his father and mother. Extravagance is allowed, solicited even, but with the explicit exclusion of the choices that may disturb the public (say, a person whose choice is to be and act as a racist is a priori excluded).

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The real economy is finally doing better than the money economy - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

The real economy is finally doing better than the money economy - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet | real utopias | Scoop.it

Michel explains what the FLOK Society is and how it can help Ecuador to become a p2p and commons-oriented society. At the end of May the proposed policies of FLOK will be presented amongst politicians from Ecuador and the whole of South America as well as civic society.

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Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: From the Maidan to the revolution? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: From the Maidan to the revolution? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Ukraine in 1918, workers’ protests by the “Reds” took place solely in response to actions by the nationalist authorities that had installed themselves in Kiev. The question of how progressive the regime established by the supporters of the Donetsk Peoples Republic and other movements in Ukraine’s south-east will prove remains unanswered for the present simply for the reason that the very survival of these movements is far from guaranteed. But it can already be said with assurance that there is no road back. The point of no return has been passed, not only in in the political but above all in the social sense.

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Nicaragua: National Traits and Characteristics - CounterPunch

Nicaragua: National Traits and Characteristics - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Even talking about national traits can be enough to get you into trouble. It’s a topic with which the left has never been all that happy. At best it’s considered a gross simplification. At worst it shows a not too latent attitude of cultural superiority. And really, it’s not hard to find evidence for either or both of these views.

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The Beginning of the Chavez Era - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8) - The Real News Network

The Beginning of the Chavez Era - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8) - The Real News Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

Edgardo Lander is a professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and he is a member of CLACSO and the Hemispheric Council of the Social Forum of the Americas. His books include Modernidad y Universalismo (1991) and Neoliberalismo, sociedad civil y democracia (1995), and his academic writing has been published frequently in scholarly journals.


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Noam Chomsky on "Nazi Collaboration in France, Italy, Greece & the Netherlands"

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Labor needs to take lessons from the Occupy Movement - Sydney Morning Herald

Labor needs to take lessons from the Occupy Movement - Sydney Morning Herald | real utopias | Scoop.it

Piketty's central argument is the one per cent is no unhappy accident but the natural result of capitalism. The only means of reversing this inequality is through government intervention, which is a nice way of saying the rich need to pay a whole lot more tax.




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How will labor be revived? - Socialist Worker Online

How will labor be revived? - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

MUCH OF your work is on the rise of American business unionism and the defeat of more progressive visions of unionism. Can you sketch out some of the contours of business unionism in the U.S. briefly?

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Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent - The Real News Network (blog)

Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent - The Real News Network (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That’s because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- “the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.”

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Book Review: Demise of capitalism put into question - Morning Star Online

Book Review: Demise of capitalism put into question - Morning Star Online | real utopias | Scoop.it


US professor David Harvey provides interesting interpretations of the classic capitalist contradictions analysed by Marx in this book.

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Jeremy Rifkin examines society after capitalism's eclipse - The Province

Jeremy Rifkin examines society after capitalism's eclipse - The Province | real utopias | Scoop.it


Jeremy Rifkin has written 20 books, including The Third Industrial Revolution, which is about his vision of a sustainable, post-carbon economic paradigm.

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Noam Chomsky (April, 2014) "Activism and Solidarity" [FULL INTERVIEW]

FULL INTERVIEW April, 2014 Please Share!
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The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution - Edgardo Lander ... - The Real News Network

The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution - Edgardo Lander ... - The Real News Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

Edgardo Lander is a professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and he is a member of CLACSO and the Hemispheric Council of the Social Forum of the Americas. His books include Modernidad y Universalismo (1991) and Neoliberalismo, sociedad civil y democracia (1995), and his academic writing has been published frequently in scholarly journals.


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SLAVOJ ZIZEK (April, 2014) "The Judeo-Christian Worldview is Uniquely Accurate" - YouTube

April, 2014 (SLAVOJ ZIZEK (April, 2014) "The Judeo-Christian W…: http://t.co/LjMfyOaElr as always the man is telling the right story)
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The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith - Spectator.co.uk

The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith - Spectator.co.uk | real utopias | Scoop.it


An example of an agnostic prodded into fruitful reflection on religion is the famous brainy lefty Terry Eagleton.

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Golden Dawn and the rise of the far right in Europe

Golden Dawn and the rise of the far right in Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
The post-2008 financial crisis is fuelling the rise of 'Eurosceptic' parties in countries run by unelected technocrats. (Far right parties taking hold in post-2008 crisis Europe as voters feel loss of sovereignty to EU and immigration.
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Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control - In Defense of Marxism

Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ukrainian president Oleksandr Turchynov declared yesterday in a live televised address that a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched to regain control over Eastern Ukraine. Whether it is a bluff or a real threat, which the Ukrainian government has the will and means to enforce, is yet to be seen. But today, the same Turchynov has declared that the Kiev government is not against holding a referendum in Eastern Ukraine and set a date for May 25. Meanwhile, there is talk of Kiev asking for UN peacekeepers. This all shows the insoluble mess the Ukrainian authorities have got themselves into.

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Five pathways to post-capitalist 'renaissance' by a former oil man

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In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewableenergy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020.

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What Was Socialism? - The Nation.

What Was Socialism? - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it

Socialism and capitalism seem like natural antagonists, but their rivalry is Oedipal. To many, the relationship appears straightforward. Capitalism, they would argue, created the modern industrial working class, which supplied the socialist movement with its staunchest recruits. This story, variations of which reach back to Karl Marx, has been repeated so often that it seems intuitive. But it gets the lines of paternity backward. Capitalism did not create socialism; socialists invented capitalism.

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The contradictions of capitalism: an interview with David Harvey

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David Harvey is a professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has been teaching classes on Marx’s “Capital” for more than 40 years, and is the author of a two-volume “Companion” to Marx’s magnum opus. That “close reading” of “Capital” is based on a series of 13 lectures, videos of which Harvey has made available online. 


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Will We Ever Be Able to Enjoy a Shorter Work Week? - Pacific Standard

Will We Ever Be Able to Enjoy a Shorter Work Week? - Pacific Standard | real utopias | Scoop.it

For most individuals in the knowledge economy, limits on daily work hours are irrelevant to economic and mental health. France thinks it may have finally found a solution, but its last efforts were unsuccessful.

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Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world - The Guardian

Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

The École d'économie de Paris (the Paris School of Economics) is actually situated in the most un-Parisian part of the city. It is on the boulevard Jourdan in the lower end of the 14th arrondissement, bordered on one side by the Parc Montsouris. Unlike most French parks, there is a distinct lack of Gallic order here; in fact, with lakes, open spaces, and its greedy and inquisitive ducks, you could very easily be in a park in any British city. The campus of the Paris School of Economics, however, looks unmistakably and reassuringly like nearly all French university campuses. That is to say, it is grey, dull and broken down, the corridors smelling vaguely of cabbage. This is where I have arranged an interview with Professor Thomas Piketty, a modest young Frenchman (he is in his early 40s), who has spent most of his career in archives and collecting data, but is just about to emerge as the most important thinker of his generation – as the Yale academic Jacob Hacker put it, a free thinker and a democrat who is no less than "an Alexis de Tocqueville for the 21st century".

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Yaffe and Bullock on the 'Contradictory' Role of the State

Yaffe and Bullock on the 'Contradictory' Role of the State | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The crisis has to be located at the level of capitalist production. To show how the central tendency of the rate of profit to fall can express itself as inflation and eventually stagflation (stagnation and inflation), we need to examine how the capitalist experiences this tendency and attempts to maintain profitability by increasing prices. We then have to consider how these prices set by the individual capitalist can be realised – that is how commodities can be sold – exchanged for money – at these prices.”


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