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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Brazilians Rise Up Against Country's Ruling Class, Refusing To Be Taken for 'Suckers'

Brazilians Rise Up Against Country's Ruling Class, Refusing To Be Taken for 'Suckers' | real utopias | Scoop.it

The first surprise about  the Brazilian protests is that they have taken place at all. The second surprise is their scale. On reflection, they should have taken place years ago. The recent hike in bus fares was simply the last straw for a nation tired of being treated like  otários ("suckers") – as a taxi driver put it to me on Sunday – by its ruling classes.

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Half of First Nations children live in poverty - CBC.ca

Half of First Nations children live in poverty - CBC.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

"The poverty rate is staggering. A 50 per cent poverty rate is unlike any other poverty rate for any other disadvantaged group in the country, by a long shot the worst," said David Macdonald, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and co-author of the report.

 
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Politics - "The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement" - Book TV

Politics - "The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement" - Book TV | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thomas Frank interviews David Graeber on his book The Democracy Project. http://t.co/xEv0fXucBw
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The Democracy Project by David Graeber: The textual life of Occupy lives on - New Statesman

Zuccotti Park is mostly empty now. Eighteen months after the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street camp, the tiny patch of public-private space in the centre of lower Manhattan’s financial district is scrubbed clean; intermittent police presence and a mobile observation tower ensure that the slightest suggestion of future protest here will be squashed. It’s a demilitarised zone: even the tourists wandering past on their way to Ground Zero seem to avoid this small plot of potted trees and marble benches.

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Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. – Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. – Conflict Kitchen | real utopias | Scoop.it

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country. Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. These events have included live international Skype dinner parties between citizens of Pittsburgh and young professionals in Tehran, Iran; documentary filmmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan; and community radio activists in Caracas, Venezuela.

 
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How to feed an entire conference with local food? Ask the crowd!

How to feed an entire conference with local food? Ask the crowd! | real utopias | Scoop.it
TEDxSydney’s crowd-farmed feast (Photo: TEDxSydney)
This year, the team at TEDxSydney took on a seemingly impossible task: feed 2,200 people with only the food grown in their own backyards. There was fear; there was trepidation; there were even pigs; but, in the end, the mission was successful. 
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Meet the Elite Business and Think-Tank Community That's Doing Its Best to Control the World

Meet the Elite Business and Think-Tank Community That's Doing Its Best to Control the World | real utopias | Scoop.it
The large foundations of America's industrial giants have played a truly profound – and largely overlooked – role in the shaping of modern society.
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GRITtv » Blog Archive » Noam Chomsky on Secret Trade Deals, Killing Polio Workers, Fighting for the Commons in Turkey & the Heroism of Bradley Manning

GRITtv » Blog Archive » Noam Chomsky on Secret Trade Deals, Killing Polio Workers, Fighting for the Commons in Turkey & the Heroism of Bradley Manning | real utopias | Scoop.it
What do Takism Square, Google Glass, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NSA data gathering have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky.
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Brazil explodes in a furious feast of democracy | ROAR Magazine

Brazil explodes in a furious feast of democracy | ROAR Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
"But while Rousseff’s precarious position provides the movement with opportunities, it also implies dangers. The greatest threat is that the right-wing and business interests, through their control over the commercial media, will try to use the left-wing protests for their own political goals and to further destabilize the Workers’ Party. As one organizer puts it, “we are criticizing the government from the left, and we want nothing to do with those anti-government or right-wing movements. That could be their last strategy to try to rid us of influence.
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Help Sustain Our Local Orchard

Help Sustain Our Local Orchard | real utopias | Scoop.it

Adopting a tree is a great way to be in touch with the production of your food supply. You can come to the orchard and help with whatever we are doing with the trees at a given time: pruning, picking, thinning, watering, and more. It's a great way to learn about the care of fruit trees and is a skill you can use all your life. We have two types of tree adoption: one for young trees and one for mature trees

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Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity

Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity | real utopias | Scoop.it

When we look into the future, we dream of a world that is radically different from the one we know today. We may be stuck in offices, trapped in traffic, tied down by debt or shacked to unhappy relationships. Inside, we are nomads. We are already in flight. The mainland awaits.

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Turkey: Dilemma of the Kurds - Immanuel Wallerstein

The world’s attention is focused at the moment on Taksim Square in Istanbul and the popular uprising against the government of Recip Tayyip Erdogan. Everyone is saying that the anti-authoritarian rebellions that have been sweeping the world, and lately particularly the Middle East, have now reached Turkey, long acclaimed as a “model” government that would be impervious to such uprisings.

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'Standing man' sparks a static social revolution - The Border Mail

'Standing man' sparks a static social revolution - The Border Mail | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a public square that has seen so much hostile protest recently, the sight of a man simply standing still, silently staring ahead, was unremarkable at first.

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World Cup in crisis as Brazil reaches breaking point

World Cup in crisis as Brazil reaches breaking point | real utopias | Scoop.it

The spiralling costs of hosting the tournament next summer have sparked a social revolution in the country, leaving Fifa with a serious dilemma

 

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New from Common Struggle e-Pubs – The Bolsheviks and Workers ...

New from Common Struggle e-Pubs – The Bolsheviks and Workers ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Bolsheviks and Workers Control is a remarkable pamphlet by Maurice Brinton exposing the struggle that took place over the running of workplaces in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution. In doing so not only does it demolish the romantic Leninist ‘history’ of the relationship between the working class and their party during these years (1917 – 21) but it also provides a backbone to understanding why the Russian revolution failed in the way it did. From this understanding flows alternative possibilities of revolutionary organisation and some 26 years after the original was written this is perhaps its greatest contribution today.

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Leninism and Workers Control | The Chair Leg of Truth

Leninism and Workers Control | The Chair Leg of Truth | real utopias | Scoop.it

There is probably no question in contemporary left-wing politics where greater confusion, both substantive and terminological, reigns than over “workers control.” Of the several forms of confusion, the most dangerous is a stagist conception of workers control as the link between day-to-day trade-union militancy and revolutionary dual power, as the necessary, first step toward the seizure of state power. Workers control is not a demand which communist trade unionists agitate for and seek to implement every day in every way. It is only appropriate to a qualitatively different, higher level of class struggle.

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Solidarity Online » Greek TV station under workers' control: “We're ...

Solidarity Online » Greek TV station under workers' control: “We're ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

A workers’ occupation of the Greek ERT state broadcasting corporation was the only media outlet broadcasting in the country today, Wednesday. Journalists across the rest of the Greek media struck in solidarity with occupation.

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Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives? | Dario Azzellini

Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives? | Dario Azzellini | real utopias | Scoop.it
The importance of this wide range of worker control experiences rests in its showing that during the past one hundred years workers have occupied their workplaces and started democratically controlled and self-managed production enterprises in almost all regions of the world. Under all forms of political rule, workers have struggled for participation in the decision-making processes of the enterprises they work in, and have attempted to develop forms of co- and self-management, or workers’ control; they have founded cooperatives and councils as a genuine expression and manifestation of their historical and material interests.
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Workers' control of production | revolutionaryprogramme

Workers' control of production | revolutionaryprogramme | real utopias | Scoop.it

In my review of the programme put forward by the left in Ireland, generally no different from other countries across Europe and further afield, I have argued that while it may be better for workers than the current austerity policies it is not socialist.  By this I mean that it does not involve a class alternative, an alternative to capitalism, one that involves ownership of the means of production moving to the working class.

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JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe - World Socialist Web Site

JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it
The authors of the JPMorgan report are arguing for governments to adopt dictatorial-type powers to complete the process of social counterrevolution that is already well underway across Europe.
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Occupy Sandy: Horizontal lessons in community-based disaster recovery - rabble.ca

Occupy Sandy: Horizontal lessons in community-based disaster recovery - rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

By the time Hurricane Sandy crashed up on the shores of New York City in October 2012, pundits had long-declared Occupy Wall Street 'dead.' But with its eviction from Zuccotti Park, the global movement had in fact begun to grow roots that would support the city's hardest hit communities through the difficult days and months that followed the worst storm the city had ever seen.

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Whose Walmart?: Workers Crash Walmart's Party - The Nation.

Taking inspiration from small strikes and actions over the past few years, OUR Walmart activists struck a note of dissent at the corporation’s annual party.

 


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Clear Evidence That Corporate America Wants the Govt. to Treat Protesters as 'Terrorists'

Clear Evidence That Corporate America Wants the Govt. to Treat Protesters as 'Terrorists' | real utopias | Scoop.it
Major company behind the Keystone XL pipeline wants American police to treat people sitting in trees like Mohammad Atta.
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Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013 - CounterPunch

This year’s Left Forum, held from 7 to 9 June at Pace University in lower Manhattan, was a rather impressive conference, one that arguably lived up to the Forum’s self-ascribed description as the “largest [single] gathering in North America of the US and international Left.”  Rather justifiably, this year’s theme at Left Forum was “Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation”; a great number of the panels and plenary sessions exhibited during the weekend reflected this dual sense of urgency well.  As is to be expected from a large-tent meeting of “civil libertarians, environmentalists, anarchists, socialists, communists, trade unionists, black and Latino freedom fighters, feminists, anti-war activists, students, and people struggling against unemployment, foreclosure, inadequate housing, and deteriorating schools,” though, the diversity of voices presented at this year’s Left Forum included some perspectives that were more palatable than others.  In this sense, the Forum exemplified the long-standing tensions among leftists between agitating and mobilizing for reform as against revolution, and vice versa.  While I reiterate my admiration and respect for most of the speakers and intellectual positions I encountered during the Forum’s weekend, it should be clear which perspectives I found to be more legitimate, as the reader progresses through this report-back I have made of the particular events I attended over the Forum’s three days.

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an interview with Noam Chomsky - Middle East Monitor

As far as he is aware, a couple of Israeli journalists and activists are pursuing this issue further, to look more deeply in to exactly what happened as it is evidence of what happened in 1948, and others are being uncovered.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation