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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Thoughts on the labor theory of value | An und für sich

Marx’s labor theory of value is often summarized in a dismissive way, as though he thinks that there’s literally some kind of labor-substance that adheres in a commodity, providing it with an objective value. This theory is often set over against a more Austrian-style relativism, where value is determined by desire. As I painstakingly worked my way through the first two sections ofCapital in German (in preparation for my summer seminar, which begins tomorrow by the way), it struck me that Marx’s theory is more robust and weird than I had realized. In a way, it charts a path between the supposed “objectivity” of earlier uses of the labor theory of value in political economy and the later “subjectivity” of the Austrian school. And a helpful way to get at that is to think of value as replacement value.

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Families occupy unfinished homes in Spain - Raw Story

Families occupy unfinished homes in Spain - Raw Story | real utopias | Scoop.it


The washbasin in Juana Alonso's bathroom is brand new, but no water comes out of the tap. No bulbs hang from the light fittings.

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What Snowden can teach the Occupy Central movement - South China Morning Post

What Snowden can teach the Occupy Central movement - South China Morning Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
What Snowden can teach the Occupy Central movement
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Since Edward Snowden first broke cover in Hong Kong, many people have been puzzled about his choice of this city to take on the US government.
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Tens Of Thousands Demand Change In Brazil In Another Day Of Protests

Tens Of Thousands Demand Change In Brazil In Another Day Of Protests | real utopias | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country’s biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lament — people are weighed down by high taxes and high prices but get low-quality public services and a system of government infected with corruption.
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Greece: State broadcaster run under workers' control as its closure sparks ... - Green Left Weekly

Greece's three biggest trade unions called a general strike today on June 13 in protest at the government's decision to close public broadcaster ERT, the Morning Star said that day.

 

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More than 100000 demonstrators take to the streets of Brazil (and occupy the ... - Daily Mail

More than 100000 demonstrators take to the streets of Brazil (and occupy the ... - Daily Mail | real utopias | Scoop.it


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Over 100,000 people took to the streets in overwhelmingly peaceful protests in at least eight cities in Brazil on Monday.

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Brazil protests erupt on huge scale - The Guardian

Brazil protests erupt on huge scale - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it


Comparisons have been drawn with rallies in Turkey and elsewhere by a more networked society with a long catalogue of grievances.

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From Nukes to Renewables: Japan on Track to be World's Largest Solar Market

From Nukes to Renewables: Japan on Track to be World's Largest Solar Market | real utopias | Scoop.it

Japan could be on course to become the world’s largest market for solar energy, just two years after theFukushima power station melt down took virtually all of its nuclear fleet offline.

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About « ΕRT archive initiative

In December 2007, the administration of the Greek public television and radio broadcasting company ERT inaugurated a new website where people can only watch parts of the audiovisual archive of ERT. Although the digitisation of such a precious treasure is a positive initiative, ERT showed complete disregard for the citizens by whom the company has been funded for decades:

 
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The internet's strengthening of labor has weakened the delocalization strategies of capital

The internet's strengthening of labor has weakened the delocalization strategies of capital | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Ever since there has been a capitalist world-economy, one essential mechanism of its successful functioning has been the runaway factory. After a period of significant accumulation of capital by so-called leading industries (usually about twenty-five years), the level of profit has gone down, both because of the undermining of the quasi-monopoly of the leading industry and because of the rise in labor costs due to syndical action of some sort.

 
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Report: The SPREAD European Sustainable Lifestyles Scenarios for 2050

Report: The SPREAD European Sustainable Lifestyles Scenarios for 2050 | real utopias | Scoop.it

“SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 is a European social platform project running from January 2011 to December 2012. Different societal stakeholders – from business, research, policy and civil society – have been invited to participate in the development of a vision for sustainable lifestyles in 2050. This process will result in a roadmap for strategic action that will identify opportunity spaces for policy, business, research and civil society to take action to enable more sustainable lifestyles across Europe.”

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Book of the Day: Greening Through IT

Book of the Day: Greening Through IT | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Greening through IT is well written, incredibly well researched, and most timely. There is no doubt now that the planet is in trouble, and that our present energy consumption levels, waste (both personal and industrial) and pollution levels are far too high to allow life to continue as we know it. How long it will take before catastrophic changes occur is a matter of speculation, some say 10 years some say 100! Whichever, these time spans are minuscule compared to the time it has taken earth, and all the various species (including humans) to evolve to the present. One of Tomlinson’s main arguments throughout this book is the inability of humans to understand long time spans. As he points out we are going to have to improve this faculty and implement long-term changes that consider future generations.

 
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The austerity blame game - EUobserver.com

Public broadcasting is a crucial public service. The public at large pay for this vital media outlet as a fundamental source of its daily information, as a central means of embracing participatory democracy through well-informed citizens. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has described these measures as a temporary move, stating that the government is “protecting the public interest.”

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A Budget by the People, for the People - In These Times

Historically, participatory budgeting has been used to uplift the poorest residents of an area, and to empower those who have long been disenfranchised by the existing political processes. In the late 1980s, the Workers’ Party invented PB in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as a radically democratic response to the military dictatorship that had denied working- and lower-class citizens even the most basic amenities for decades. After taking control of much of the city budget, residents built affordable housing, paved roads, erected public schools and delivered clean drinking water to what had been the city’s most neglected people.

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Turkey’s Growing Pains

Turkey’s Growing Pains | real utopias | Scoop.it
The public discontent in Taksim Square and across the nation are a reflection of maturing democratic discourse.
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Žižek's critique of direct democracy

6. Subversive Festival Round-table: "The Role of the European Left" with Alexis Tsipras and Srećko Horvat (15. 5. '13.) Cinema Europa, Zagreb, Croatia
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Letter to Andrew Kliman on the subject of the 'Self Thinking Idea ...

Letter to Andrew Kliman on the subject of the 'Self Thinking Idea ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

I thought I’d finally make the time to get back to you with some questions about the self-thinking idea because I hope we might be able to talk about this subject on Diet Soap fairly soon.

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Era of a New Democracy: Part I These Revolutionary Times

Era of a New Democracy: Part I These Revolutionary Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two weeks after the court-martial proceeding of Bradley Manning began, an unauthorized audio recording of Manning's courtroom statement spread through social media despite extraordinary secrecy surrounding his trial. In it, Manning laid out why he chose to release the massive trove of documents. After admitting that he was the source of the largest leak of classified information in history, he spoke about the motivation behind his actions: "I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general." Attorney Michael Ratner said of Manning; "To lock him up for even a day is to lock up the conscience of our nation."

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#basicincome

#basicincome | real utopias | Scoop.it

"...it's time to start thinking about our automated future in earnest, and to broaden the discussions on increased swarm redistribution such as that of a #basicincome. The history of mass technological unemployment isn't pretty—fascists in the '20s, Nazis in the '30s—and recent high levels of precariousness in Greece and Italy have already produced riots in the streets and larger followings for right-wing populist parties. And that's after only a few years of misery."

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ZCommunications | “Future of the Euro Zone Looks Pretty Dim” by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article

ZCommunications | “Future of the Euro Zone Looks Pretty Dim” by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The future of the Euro zone looks pretty dim unless primarily Germany changes its stance”, says Noam Chomsky. Germany was forgiven its huge debt by European countries after World War II so it could grow its way out of the crisis and became the major industrial center of Europe. Now Germany is in the lead in trying to prevent similar policies. “Austerity is no way to get out of a crisis, it just makes it worse”. Even the International Monetary Fund has pulled back from it. Meanwhile the famous article of the Harvard economists Reinhart and Rogoff which was used as the intellectual foundation of the austerity programs turned out to be flawed. “Deficits do in fact provide and stimulate demand. (…) Overcoming deficit is not a problem. It´s a problem for the banks and therefore it´s the center of the political debate because of their political power.” But for the population polls show the problem is jobs. “The lack of jobs is destroying a whole generation with all kinds of consequences for the future. In Europe it is even worse. And it is also harming the economy. A huge amount of potential growth is being destroyed because we have to worry about the non-existent threat of inflation.” The public just has less and less say when it comes to neoliberal policies, social cuts and free trade. “It´s not irreversible and there is plenty of protests. It might crystallize into popular movements which will compel serious changes. But it´s a long way to go and Germany is in the center of it because of its power.”

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Why capitalism cannot be reformed | Left Unity

There are many people who regard themselves as left-wing who do not want to get rid of capitalism. Not only Ed Miliband & others in the Labour party, but also some who consider themselves to the left of Labour. They believe capitalism can be made more equal through government action & that the post-war period demonstrates this. In my opinion, they fail to appreciate the material conditions.

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Social Democracy for the 21st Century: A Post Keynesian ...

“Medieval Iceland is perhaps the closest approximation of an anarchist or libertarian republic that the world is likely to see. Founded in the years between 870 and 930. when its Althing and legal system were established, Iceland was settled by people unwilling to submit to a more coercive and, as the sages describe it, tyrannical Norwegian monarchy.” (Pencak 1995: 1).
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The Future We the People Need, Voices from New Social Movements - Sudan Vision

The Future We the People Need, Voices from New Social Movements - Sudan Vision | real utopias | Scoop.it
The outcome document from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20—entitled (The Future We Want)—does not go nearly far enough to articulate what the vast majority of people around the world need, facing a future constrained by income and wealth inequalities, volatile and fragile financial and economic systems, resource depletion, global warming, and other planetary boundaries. 
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"Production Centered Local Economies" vs. "People Centered Local Economies"

"Production Centered Local Economies" vs.  "People Centered Local Economies" | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a posting to localfoodsystems.org on Feb 04, 2010, Steve Bosserman introduced the idea of “Production Centered Local Economies”, and “People Centered Local Economies”. This article synthesizes Steve’s coining of those terms, and uses concepts developed by Sam Rose, Paul Hartzog and Richard C Adler of Forward Foundation to further explain the differences between these economies, from a business development perspective.

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