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The Zeitgeist Evolution: THRIVE: full-length documentary

The Zeitgeist Evolution: THRIVE: full-length documentary | real utopias | Scoop.it
... John Gatto, John Robbins, Deepak Chopra, David Icke, Catherine Austin Fitts, G. Edward Griffin, Bill Still, John Perkins, Paul Hawken, Aqeela Sherrills, Evon Peter, Angel Kyodo Williams, Elisabet Sahtouris, Amy Goodman, ...
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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JSTOR: World Review of Political Economy, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 96-116

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Steven Pinker's Guide to Classic Style - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Steven Pinker's Guide to Classic Style - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | real utopias | Scoop.it

So there you have it: Steven Pinker’s guide to classic style. I don’t want you to go away with the impression that this is all there is in the book. There is much more, including some very interesting chapters on grammar and the psychology of correct usage. I would encourage everyone to read the full thing. Still, I hope this summary gives a flavour of its contents, and is of some use to all. 

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Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change - Dissident Voice

Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

We are biological creatures, part of an ecosphere, living in communities. Like any other organism, our genetic code sets parameters within which we live. The ecosphere is governed by laws of physics and chemistry that set the parameters within which all organisms exist. And we encounter the world not as isolated, independent individuals but through social systems that affect how we understand ourselves and the possibilities for our lives.

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Owen Jones' middle-class moralism - Spiked

Owen Jones' middle-class moralism - Spiked | real utopias | Scoop.it

Having caricatured the working classes in his first book, Owen Jones caricatures the ruling classes in his second. Where in Chavs the less well-off were held aloft by our pitying author as the ‘victims of social problems’, ‘vulnerable’, and ‘lacking… toys, days out, good food’, in The Establishment the rulers of society are denounced as ‘venal’, ‘greedy’, ‘despicable’, ‘zealots’, ‘scroungers’, and possibly even psychopathic. To read Jones’ books is to enter into a super-moralistic world in which all shades of grey have been banned for fear of muddying the narrative. There are only the put-upon and the putters-upon. It must be nice to live in such a binary moral universe. I wish I lived there.


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well, what would you ha-ve expected from this critic? :)

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Climate crimes: Naomi Klein on greenwashing big business - The Guardian

Climate crimes: Naomi Klein on greenwashing big business - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


Those gas assets may well have risen in value as a result of his environmental giving – what with, for example, EDF championing natural gas as a replacement for coal.

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Immanuel Wallerstein - Dilemmas of the Global Left (Lecture)

Keynote lecture by Immanuel Wallerstein at the American Sociological Association's 38th conference for the section on Political Economy of the World-System April 10th, 2014 University of Pittsburgh.
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Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media | IBM Center for the Business of Government

Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media | IBM Center for the Business of Government | real utopias | Scoop.it

It has since spread to 1,000 other cities worldwide and is gaining interest in U.S. cities as well.

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Must read take on activism in the age of climate change - Green Left Weekly

Must read take on activism in the age of climate change - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it

Too many supposedly radical books are written by academics for academics, apparently competing to see who can produce the most incomprehensible prose.

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The State of the World: Tariq Ali in Conversation with David Harvey P2 - YouTube

Tariq Ali talks to David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a...
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Thinking through David Harvey’s theorisation of neoliberalism - An Integral State

Thinking through David Harvey’s theorisation of neoliberalism - An Integral State | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Harvey is the most significant and widely read Marxist theorist of the neoliberal era and his conceptual framework is developed, chiefly, in his works The New Imperialism (2003) and A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005).
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The Islamic State threat is overstated - Washington Post

The Islamic State threat is overstated - Washington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

But Americans are misreading the recent Islamic State successes, which speak less to the group’s invincibility and inevitability than they do to external factors beyond its control. Despite its territorial gains and mastery of propaganda, the Islamic State’s fundamentals are weak, and it does not have a sustainable endgame. In short, we’re giving it too much credit.

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5 Myths About ISIS and Iraq - Philadelphia Magazine (blog)

5 Myths About ISIS and Iraq - Philadelphia Magazine (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it


Was it to find weapons of mass destruction? Well, after 11 years, during most of which we had free rein throughout Iraq, we found none.

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Terry Eagleton's vision of Christianity

Terry Eagleton's vision of Christianity | real utopias | Scoop.it

Prof Eagleton is not a Christian, but he is (a) highly sympathetic towards the account of Christian faith he first encountered as a student “with the aid of a few maverick Dominicans [such as Herbert McCabe] and rather more pints of bitter”, and (b) at least equally hostile towards the “nineteenth-century liberal rationalism” of the likes of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

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Reinventing Democracy through Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting is coming to the fore as one of the most promising ways to change the relationship between citizens and government, as part of a wave of new democratic innovations.
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David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism - Truth-Out

David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz dig into the failure of capitalism, the hope presented by worker co-ops, and what activists fighting for a just economy must do to get there.

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Why Scotland Might Break Away From the United Kingdom - National Geographic

Why Scotland Might Break Away From the United Kingdom - National Geographic | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1746 forces loyal to Bonny Prince Charlie, the last Stuart claimant to the throne of Scotland, were crushed at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness. Almost 40 years earlier, in 1707, the Act of Union bound together England, Scotland, and Wales. Culloden—the last pitched battle fought on British soil—had marked the death knell for the Scottish dream of independence.

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The Next Women's Movement Is Integrating Men: 6 Critical Steps - Forbes

The Next Women's Movement Is Integrating Men: 6 Critical Steps - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

As a writer about women’s issues in business and life, I’ve tackled many topics that discuss what hinders women from advancing to equality – in the domestic arena, the global economy, and in political and business life and leadership. It’s a vast topic — complex, rich and multifaceted — with many factors and influences that defy easy quantification or understanding.

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On the Left or in Russia? The Strange Case of Foreign pro-Kremlin Radical Leftists | KRYTYKA

On the Left or in Russia? The Strange Case of Foreign pro-Kremlin Radical Leftists | KRYTYKA | real utopias | Scoop.it
All governments face people living beyond their borders, both foreign and native-born, who are either detractors or advocates of its policies. Vladimir Putin’s government is no different from any other in this respect. What is odd about the Russian case is that radical leftists are among those who support the Russian ruling class and its decidedly capitalist and imperialist government.
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Required Reading: University pushing purchase of 'Democracy for the Few' - Campus Reform

Required Reading: University pushing purchase of 'Democracy for the Few' - Campus Reform | real utopias | Scoop.it

An entry-level political science course at Cypress College (CC) in California is requiring students to purchase Democracy for the Few, a book written by “one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts.”

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Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala

Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala | real utopias | Scoop.it

GUATEMALA - On September 4th, after ten days of widespread street protests against the biotech giant Monsanto’s expansion into Guatemalan territory, groups of indigenous people joined by social movements, trade unions and farmer and women’s organizations won a victory when congress finally repealed the legislation that had been approved in June.



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The Road to Serfdom: Connecting Detroit, Argentina and Greece

The Road to Serfdom: Connecting Detroit, Argentina and Greece | real utopias | Scoop.it
If you want to fully understand the game at play in the bankruptcies and privatization of public assets in Detroit, Argentina, and Europe, play Monopoly.
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Four decades of thinking gender: the gains, struggles and debates

Four decades of thinking gender: the gains, struggles and debates | real utopias | Scoop.it
The past four decades have produced gains around the world for women and girls in literacy, formal education, life expectancy, workforce participation and access to some professions. We have also seen…
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A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse - The Baffler

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse - The Baffler | real utopias | Scoop.it

hat is a revolution? We used to think we knew. Revolutions were seizures of power by popular forces aiming to transform the very nature of the political, social, and economic system in the country in which the revolution took place, usually according to some visionary dream of a just society. Nowadays, we live in an age when, if rebel armies do come sweeping into a city, or mass uprisings overthrow a dictator, it’s unlikely to have any such implications; when profound social transformation does occur—as with, say, the rise of feminism—it’s likely to take an entirely different form. It’s not that revolutionary dreams aren’t out there. But contemporary revolutionaries rarely think they can bring them into being by some modern-day equivalent of storming the Bastille.

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Adapting to climate change can't be left to the wild west of the markets - The Guardian

Adapting to climate change can't be left to the wild west of the markets - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events are expensive, and will put further strain on debt-laden states. But private finance is not the answer
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Noam Chomsky | Neo-Liberal Assault on the Population - CSU - Speaker Series - YouTube

Watch as Noam Chomsky gives a talk prepared for Concordia Students in light of campus campaigns and initiatives, courtesy of your Concordia Student Union (CSU).

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