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Searching for Sustainable Models of Activism, 2 Years After Occupy - Infoshop News

While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic: 15 percent of Americans are poor, a number that has remained the same since last year. It seems recovery is for the rich; the well-being of poor Americans does not enter into the equation of how we measure national wealth.

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Peer2Politics

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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Slavoj Žižek: Pervert's Guide to Europe

Held on 21. November 2015 at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin. A continuation of the 'Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe!' panel with Yanis Varoufak...

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Innovation And The State

Innovation And The State | real utopias | Scoop.it
People confuse invention with innovation. But, as Dan Breznitz notes in the INET interview below, innovation is more than just inventing something. 
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Danish refugee policy and the position of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Danish refugee policy and the position of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), which holds 14 of the 179 seats in the Folketing, is against this part of the bill but does not consider it the most problematic part. In practice it will hardly have any affect, as most asylum seekers arrive without significant valuables. Furthermore the new law excludes jewellery with an emotional value to the asylum seeker. And each asylum seeker (including children) gets to keep the equivalent of DKK 10.000 (EUR 1.340) in cash in those rare cases when asylum seekers arrive with appreciable amounts of money.


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Rekindling Hope: SYRIZA's Challenges and Prospects | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Rekindling Hope: SYRIZA's Challenges and Prospects | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The left in government and especially the radical left in government has never been the subject of easy discussion among leftists. As the project of social transformation was never a peaceful stroll in the park, the debates on the question of in and/or out of government, let alone those about political power, have been very heated. In fact, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that these debates are as old as the left itself. Before, during, and after coming into office, leftist theorists and practitioners have been involved in fierce discussions and heated arguments, often leading to organizational splits and fragmentation. The intense polemical nature of these debates has very rarely led to useful, positive, and practical conclusions for the left.


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On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement – Yanis Varoufakis interview in El Mundo | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement – Yanis Varoufakis interview in El Mundo | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

If there was a painful turn due to our policies, I would of course be responsible (as the finance minister in charge). However, even Eurostat confirms that, during my 5 months in office, real national income in fact rose. The damage came right at the end of my ministry. And it did not come from some policy that I implemented. It came because the troika ruthlessly closed down Greece’s banks in order to force upon the Prime Minister further reductions in pensions, greater taxes for consumers and companies etc. And afterwards they blamed the damage they caused on… me. (Typical of bullies who blame the victim for her/his victimization.)


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Collective Bargaining And Rising Inequalities: Do The OECD And IMF Get It?

Collective Bargaining And Rising Inequalities: Do The OECD And IMF Get It? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ronald Janssen In a paper published in spring 2015, the IMF’s research department made the case for trade unions and collective bargaining as a powerful to
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Leszek Miller's Degeneration To The Far-Right

Leszek Miller's Degeneration To The Far-Right | real utopias | Scoop.it
One wonders whether Miller's political degeneration has reached its lowest point, or whether there are even deeper levels of reaction he can reach.
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Why Austerity And Structural Reforms Have Had Little To Do With Ireland’s Economic Recovery

Why Austerity And Structural Reforms Have Had Little To Do With Ireland’s Economic Recovery | real utopias | Scoop.it
Aidan Regan writes that contrary to the interpretation put forward by some policymakers, the recovery has had little to do with structural reforms or austerity policies, but instead reflects a successful development strategy focused on securing foreign direct investment, particularly from the United States.
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Noam Chomsky - New Atheists, Islamophobia and the War on Terror

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btJfkPBLULg

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UpFront - Noam Chomsky opposes cultural boycott of Israel

"If you're an activist it's second nature to ask what are the consequences of my choices, not I'll do it because it makes me feels good," US academic Noam Ch...

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UpFront - Noam Chomsky on Clinton vs Sanders

Renowned political theorist Noam Chomsky is often cited for his criticism of the US political system. In the second of a special two-part interview, Chomsky ...

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UpFront - Noam Chomsky: Latin America is in regression

After more than a decade of left-leaning governments being elected to power across Latin America, some have now lost power, and others are now embroiled in p...

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Chomsky: I'd vote for Clinton over Republicans

Renowned American academic Noam Chomsky tells Mehdi Hasan that he would "absolutely" vote for leading US democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if...

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Egypt's revolution five years on remembered on social media BBC News

The fifth anniversary of the revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak is being remembered in Egypt. However, with the government cracking down on street protes...

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Egypt's revolution five years on - remembered on social media

The fifth anniversary of the revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak is being remembered in Egypt.

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UpFront - Headliner: Noam Chomsky on ISIL, Turkey and Ukraine

Noam Chomsky has been described as "arguably the most important intellectual alive". And as one of the world's most celebrated academics, he has published mo...

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UpFront - Noam Chomsky on the war against ISIL

In this episode of UpFront, Mehdi Hasan speaks to the renowned American academic Noam Chomsky about his public spat with the Turkish president, the war again...

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Chomsky: Republicans worth voting against

Prominent American scholar and political analyst Noam Chomsky has slammed the US Republican Party over its rhetoric and policies. Chomsky says the GOP has be...

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Why the CWI Russian section does not suit us | Марксистская группа 21

Why the CWI Russian section does not suit us | Марксистская группа 21 | real utopias | Scoop.it

Disagreements in the CWI RS began two years ago. Following weeks of arguments, disagreeing comrades (about half of the section) created a faction. For a short time the faction took the leadership of the section, but for simplicity we shall use the term leaders for those who remained in CWI, and the term faction for those who left.

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hopeless sectarians 

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'German Exports And The Eurozone' by Simon Wren-Lewis

'German Exports And The Eurozone' by Simon Wren-Lewis | real utopias | Scoop.it
A decline in competitiveness is the same thing as an appreciation in the real exchange rate, and this makes consumers better off.
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Why German Political Tensions Over The Refugee Crisis Are Likely To Get Worse

Why German Political Tensions Over The Refugee Crisis Are Likely To Get Worse | real utopias | Scoop.it
We need some sustainable political solutions and we need them swiftly or the erosion of Europe and its integration process might be damaged beyond repair.
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Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap” | real utopias | Scoop.it
An inspiration for Spain’s May 15 movement, the sociologist is skeptical about chances for change
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'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now'

'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now' | real utopias | Scoop.it
Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution began on January 25, 2011. Five years after
Hosni Mubarak was toppled, families of detained activists say there is even
less freedom than before
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