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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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From endless growth to a new model of democracy: Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed at TEDxHornstull | The Crisis Of Civilization

This new paradigm also applies to food. On the one hand, we need to put an end to the wasteful practices of the industrial food system, by which one third of global food production is lost or wasted every year. On the other, we must shift away from resource-intensive forms of traditional corporate-dominated agriculture. In many cases, we will find that smaller-scale forms of organic farming which are more labour intensive, though less energy and water intensive, can be more sustainable than current industrial practices. Communal organic farming offers immense potential not only for employment, but also for households to become local owners and producers in the existing food supply chain. In poorer countries, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food finds that small-scale organic methods could double food production. And a recent University of Michigan study concludes that no-pesticide, local forms of organic agriculture without artificial fertilisers, could theoretically be scaled up to sustain high nutritional requirements for the entire global population.
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Capitalism and the West's Existential Crisis: An Interview With Terry Eagleton

Capitalism and the West's Existential Crisis: An Interview With Terry Eagleton | real utopias | Scoop.it
A few months ago, English literary critic Terry Eagleton was kind enough to speak with me for a few moments about his latest book, Why Marx Was Right, published in April by Yale University Press. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and hopefully this will give you a taste. It’s an excellent companion to the relentlessly depressing debt ceiling news.
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The Contradictions of Capital - David Harvey

Professor David Harvey delivered his lecture on 14 February 2013 at the University of Warwick. (Prof David Harvey at University of Warwick couple of weeks back . . .
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Immanuel Wallerstein and the Good Book Debate on the Origins of Capitalism

Immanuel Wallerstein and the Good Book Debate on the Origins of Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago the Regents of the University of California published again a worldwide well-known book by Immanuel Wallerstein's "The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century" which, since its first publication in the 1950s, was at the center of a famous good book debate. Wallerstein's "The Modern World System... " focuses the problem of transition from feudalism to capitalism, with a subsequent controversy about the rise of capitalistic underdevelopment.

 




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BBC News - Hardtalk - Are we seeing the end of capitalism?

BBC News - Hardtalk - Are we seeing the end of capitalism? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Philosopher David Harvey on the need to think of alternatives to capitalism as endless growth is no longer a possibility. (BBC News - Hardtalk - David Harvey - Are we seeing the end of capitalism? It's collapse is inevitable.
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Egypt: Officials Turn Blind Eye to Port Said Police Abuses | Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Officials Turn Blind Eye to Port Said Police Abuses | Human Rights Watch | real utopias | Scoop.it

(Cairo) – The newly appointed investigative judge looking into the January violence in Port Said should fully examine police responsibility for unlawful killings during the episode, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the Alkarama Foundation, and Human Rights Watch said today. Forty-two people, including two police officers, died after a court, on January 26, 2013, recommended sentencing 21 Port Said residents to death for killings after a soccer match a year earlier. The confirmation of this sentence and verdict against the remaining 52 defendants is scheduled for March 9.

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Documents Show Homeland Security Was Tracking Occupy Wall Street Even Before The First Protest

Documents Show Homeland Security Was Tracking Occupy Wall Street Even Before The First Protest | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Department of Homeland Security has been tracking the Occupy Wall Street movement since well before protesters first took Zuccotti Park last September, according to internal DHS memos obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Act Request. 

 

 

 

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Zeitgeist ~ Addendum

The second documentary film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution.
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Noam Chomsky Calls Jacques Lacan a ‘Charlatan’ :: Critical-Theory.com

Noam Chomsky Calls Jacques Lacan a ‘Charlatan’ :: Critical-Theory.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky appeared in a podcast on the site Veterans Unplugged back in December 2012 to give his thoughts about American militarism. When asked by the interviewer if he thought the work of Slavoj Zizek had any relevence, Chomsky started to rail against what he considers “fancy words” that mean nothing once they are “decoded”. “Zizek is an extreme example, I don’t see anything in what he’s saying,” said Chomsky.

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Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian?

Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Social Data Revolution is the term, coined by Dr Andreas Weigend. For the first time in history we can learn about humans at scale. Now, we have an unprecedented knowledge of what they think and how they are connected.
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Documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America | real utopias | Scoop.it

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. MAKERS captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

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How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes | Red Pepper

How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes | Red Pepper | real utopias | Scoop.it

Sergio Zulian, a long standing activist in Italy’s North East Social Centres network, comments: ‘This electoral result is certainly a child of the economic crisis that finally destroyed the credibility of the political class, which was already highly damaged by the corruption scandals typical of this country. Even the radical left wasn’t able to separate itself from the old representational mechanisms that are seen as part of the establishment. Grillo had a very effective communicative strategy that allowed him to re-frame many battles led by the movements. The same cannot be said for the parties of the left.’ 

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Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages - Truth-Out

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. A Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, and currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It

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Inequality, Capitalism and a Nation of Men - Huffington Post

Inequality, Capitalism and a Nation of Men - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

John Adams famously sought to create "a government of laws and not of men." Sadly, I suspect John Adams would be disappointed in the nation today. Increasingly, the application of the law reflects what Adams feared: It depends on who the men or women are rather than what they have, or have not, done.

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Slavoj Zizek on Violence | noir realism

Slavoj Zizek on Violence | noir realism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Reading this work of Zizek, ‘Violence‘, awakens in me something old and dangerous, a realization that the power of rhetoric and the dialectic serve each other as either violent partners to an ongoing crime, or as the secret accomplices of a two-thousand year old murder and of the guilt that comes with such monstrous actions. The violence of language is at the forefront of this unique work. Zizek uses every tool at his disposal to bring philosophical speculation down into the street. He is no frigid academic whose prose, grey and analytic, distills truths that are so abstract and cold to be almost useless. No, Zizek opens up the guts of the world, spills out the grotesque humor of our dark heritage in all its disgusting glory, and offers us no absolution but the truth of our own inescapable complicity in a crime we commit daily by both our action and inaction, by our failure to solve the riddle of democracy

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Slavoj Zizek - The Buddhist Ethic and The Spirit of Global Capitalism

Nietzsche pointed out the most dangerous person in the world is a philosopher because it comes in everything it was agreed on is no longer clear, it confuses everyone and tonight we have a founding FOUNDING professor of EGS, he was here on the first year and he has coming back every time he can. On his book one can read “the most dangerous man in the world”.

 
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The Punk Patriot: Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks

The Punk Patriot: Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks. via the Young Turks. Shouted into the internet by The Punk Patriot at 9:59 PM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: The Young Turks. CLICK ON THESE ...
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Colombia: Has the Coffee Revolution begun?

Colombia: Has the Coffee Revolution begun? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Farmers in Colombia, a leading coffee exporter, are blocking roads and battling with police. Coffee production has crashed so hard that the land of Juan Valdez is now importing coffee — which would be akin to Saudi Arabia or Iran importing oil.
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"Turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt: Beginning or End of the Revolutions?

In Tunisia in December 2010, a single individual ignited a popular revolution against a venal autocrat, an uprising that was followed promptly by a similar eruption in Egypt against a similar venal autocrat. The Arab world was astonished and world public opinion immediately was very sympathetic to these "model" expressions of the struggles around the world for autonomy, dignity, and a better world.

 
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Noam Chomsky (Feb 2013) FULL speech "The Common Good"

Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT gives a speech in February 2013 on Education, Climate Change, and other interesting topics.
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Noam Chomsky: The Lateral State of America | The Occupied Times

Noam Chomsky: The Lateral State of America | The Occupied Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Since 2008, the latest crisis of capitalism has given birth to a new wave of horizontal and collective forms of organising in the United States: The occupation of the State Capitol of Wisconsin in early 2011 in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s plan to drastically reduce collective bargaining rights. The Occupy movement and its notorious occupation of Zuccotti Park in late 2011, followed by similar occupations of public space across hundreds of American cities. And most recently, the network of relief hubs, organised at a community level and aimed at cultivating an atmosphere of mutual aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Indeed, Occupy Sandy has been at the forefront of filling the gaps where the state seems absent. The last few months has witnessed the development of tools for debt resistance, exemplified by numerous debtors’ assemblies held in city squares across America, and more recently by the Rolling Jubilee, which aimed to display the power of collective refusal of debt peonage.

 

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Occupy one year on: what is the financial system's achilles heel? - The Guardian (blog)

Occupy one year on: what is the financial system's achilles heel? - The Guardian (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked this. It's usually at social gatherings after the inevitable "what do you do" question, and my reply that I write about social change. Until recently the question was slightly different – I was asked whether I thought Occupy would make a difference. But now it's always in the past tense.

 

 

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The Arab Revolutions' Reality Check - Social Europe Journal

The Arab Revolutions' Reality Check - Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two years after popular uprisings began to convulse the Middle East, few people speak of an “Arab Spring” anymore. Given Syria’s bloody civil war, the rise to power of Islamist forces through free elections, the ever-deepening political and economic crises in Egypt and Tunisia, increasing instability in Iraq, uncertainty about the future of Jordan and Lebanon, and the threat of war over Iran’s nuclear program, the bright hope of a new Middle East has vanished.

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Occupy London: A Year on from the St Paul's Cathedral Eviction - IBTimes.co.uk

Occupy London: A Year on from the St Paul's Cathedral Eviction - IBTimes.co.uk | real utopias | Scoop.it

Members of the group soon moved into empty offices near Liverpool Street that were owned by the Swiss investment bank UBS, which has recently been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for its role in attempting to manipulate the key benchmark rate Libor.

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Occupy Central plan amounts to tyranny of minority - South China Morning Post

Occupy Central plan amounts to tyranny of minority - South China Morning Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Unlike Occupy Wall Street - a "leaderless resistance movement" of the 99 per cent against the "greed and corruption of the one per cent", as it proclaims on its website - Occupy Central is more a campaign than a movement. It is not concerned with social and economic inequality, but with one-man-one-vote elections.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation