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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Could Iranian blogger death spark Egyptian-style online revolution? - Al-Bawaba

Could Iranian blogger death spark Egyptian-style online revolution? - Al-Bawaba | real utopias | Scoop.it

As online voices of opposition across the Middle East grow in strength, the tough punishments dealt out by the region's ‘cyber police’ continue to have devastating consequences.

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How Economists Got Income Inequality Wrong

How Economists Got Income Inequality Wrong | real utopias | Scoop.it

Since the financial crisis, economists such as Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia, Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago, and even staffers at the International Monetary Fund have begun to argue that income inequality causes economic damage. Not only does extreme inequality such as now seen in the U.S. threaten social comity, they argue, but also, by tending to fuel crises and other busts, it undermines a nation's capacity to sustain growth.

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European crisis: Germany and the role of the trade unions - Green Left Weekly

European crisis: Germany and the role of the trade unions - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it

Will the bulk of German unions start to change their position and begin an offensive strategy for lost wages and conditions for German workers, while also engaging actively in solidarity with other European workers? That is the key struggle for German labour today.

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Laws of Subtraction Matthew E May

We live in an age of excess everything--an era of overwhelming choice, crippling complexity, and feature overload. Standing out in the age of excess everything demands a singular skill: Subtraction.
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Don't Buy – Share: How Collaborative Consumption Opens the Door to New Business Models and a Sustainable Lifestyle – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Don't Buy – Share: How Collaborative Consumption Opens the Door to New Business Models and a Sustainable Lifestyle – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Purchasing was yesterday. A sustainable consumer society must concentrate on the use of products rather than their ownership. In concrete terms this means swapping, sharing, lending rather than acquiring, wearing out and discarding. The ecological added value is obvious: “The sharing of a washing machine or a lawn mower among many people makes fewer of these everyday objects necessary, which in turn conserves resources. In addition, those who facilitate business models based on lending or sharing products have an incentive – the ability to supply particularly long-lasting products.” says Michael Kuhndt, Director of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).

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Rent or own? The new sharing economy values access over ownership

Rent or own? The new sharing economy values access over ownership | real utopias | Scoop.it
To rent or own, that is the question posed by the burgeoning sharing economy. For a growing population engaged in this high-tech, low-cost 'collaborative economy,' access to cars, clothes, cuisine – or even a cat – is better than ownership.
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A Dying Model: Chinese Capitalism

A Dying Model: Chinese Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

n this context, a serious debate has emerged in Chinese society. A growing number of Chinese intellectuals and social activists argue that China needs to rethink its free market-oriented economic reform. Public ownership of the means of production needs to be revived and income and wealth need to be redistributed from the wealthy to the poor in order to enhance social stability. These intellectuals and activists are known as the “New Left.” Many of them are also known as the “Maoists” as they tend to have a sympathetic perspective on China’s Maoist socialist past.

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Another City is Possible!: An Interview with David Harvey

Another City is Possible!: An Interview with David Harvey | real utopias | Scoop.it

David Harvey was ranked as one of the twenty-most cited authors of books in the humanities in 2007 by the business information company Thomson Reuters, but he might be more proud of having introduced his concept of “accumulation by dispossession” throughout the academic and activist worlds. Accumulation by dispossession is a key conceptual tool for understanding the implementation of contemporary neoliberal policies. Although the internationally published Library Journal called him “one of the most influential geographers of the later twentieth century,” seated in El Revolucionario Bar, in front of the Argentinean Congress Square, he looks like one of many Buenos Aires´s bohemians. He is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and was invited to Argentina to attend the International Encounter of Political Economy organized by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In his last book Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, the author of The Condition of Postmodernity, The New Imperialism and Paris, Capital of Modernity proposes to reconsider the city as a field of tensions in which to develop alternatives to a self-destructive capitalism.

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Occupy's latest project: Forgiving peoples' debt - CNN

Occupy's latest project: Forgiving peoples' debt - CNN | real utopias | Scoop.it
"This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need -- to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy," one of the initiative's organizers, David Rees, wrote in his blog. He said they would start out by buying debt in communities hit hardest by the recession.
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We Got This (Occupy Sandy) | OccupyWallSt.org

We Got This (Occupy Sandy) | OccupyWallSt.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thousands in New York City remain without clean water, food, heat, or power. Relief efforts by locals offer continuing direct aid to the neighborhoods most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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Occupy Wall Street offshoot to buy-back consumer debt, then forgive it

Occupy Wall Street offshoot to buy-back consumer debt, then forgive it | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy Wall Street has bred a number of offshoots that are specifically focused on providing mutual aid to members of the 99% who are in crisis.

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IMF Warns of Political & Social Limits of Austerity Programs in Greece, Portugal

IMF Warns of Political & Social Limits of Austerity Programs in Greece, Portugal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The International Monetary Fund has warned that austerity programs in Europe’s most troubled economies could have political limits, as resistance grows in Greece and Portugal over their bailout terms.

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Occupy Sandy: Onetime Protesters Find New Cause

Occupy Sandy: Onetime Protesters Find New Cause | real utopias | Scoop.it

"This is young people making history," said Mark Naison, a professor at Fordham University who has been studying Occupy Wall Street. "Young people who are refusing to let people suffer without putting themselves on the line to do something about it."

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Occupy Wall Street: From a student's perspective - New York Daily News

Occupy Wall Street: From a student's perspective - New York Daily News | real utopias | Scoop.it
Our generation seems to be running through the muck of a messy economy, to no avail. Occupy Wall Street Protestors, however, are stepping out of the mud and splashing into the puddles of the rich, hoping to awaken their sense of morality. A majority of the protestors are fresh out of college but stale to the job market.

 

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Death of homo economicus, rise of behavioral economics

Death of homo economicus, rise of behavioral economics | real utopias | Scoop.it
Death of homo economicus, rise of behavioral economics (RT @Colinstrong: Interesting article on the rise of Behavioural Economics.....http://t.co/MgvRylF4...)...
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Labour's drift to isolationism in Europe | openDemocracy

Labour's drift to isolationism in Europe | openDemocracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Labour Party’s decision to join rebel Conservatives in the Parliamentary vote over the European Union budget probably brings nearer the day when the UK leaves the Union altogether. Labour has now joined the ranks of those who see no purpose in Britain’s EU membership other than to provide nationalistic battle cries for electoral consumption. ‘And a good thing too!’ many will cry, not just right-wing xenophobes but a growing number of liberal, left-of-centre people, dissatisfied with the increasing neoliberal drift of both EU policy and the activity of the European Court. They are wrong.

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Airbnb Had $56 Million Impact On San Francisco: Study - Forbes

Airbnb Had $56 Million Impact On San Francisco: Study - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

One of the major questions about the sharing economy or collaborative consumption companies is how these services affect local economies and what economic benefits they bring.

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Slavoj Žižek. Object a and The Function of Ideology. 2012

http://www.egs.edu/ Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the structure of belief and the mediation of desire. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses his polemic with Badiou on the notion of subtraction as a political and philosophical category, object a as cause of desire, the event, inconsistency in the symbolic order and the function of the master signifier in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière and Charles Darwin focusing on singular universality, the supernumerary element, Zapatistas, evolution, minimal difference, the point, ecology, nature, love, and generic sets. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012. Slavoj Žižek.
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Living on an intentional community

Living on an intentional community | real utopias | Scoop.it
As part of my ongoing Wwoofing volunteering I have ended up staying with an intentional community for the last week.
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US election: no gold at the end of the rainbow

US election: no gold at the end of the rainbow | real utopias | Scoop.it

The US presidential election result was almost exactly as the best pollsters predicted President Obama was reelected with just on half those who voted, with Romney about 2% behind. Obama won the electoral college comfortably as his votes were concentrated in the big coastal urban states, east and west. Romney did a bit better than McCain in 2008, taking a couple of states that Obama had won then.

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Mercantilism and Austerity Policies are the Problem – Not the Euro — Social Europe Journal

Mercantilism and Austerity Policies are the Problem – Not the Euro — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The sharp debate over the ongoing crisis of the euro zone has to a great extent driven protagonists into two camps. In what might be called the “official camp”, we find those who support the common currency project and with it policies of fiscal austerity. In the other, the “camp of the critics”, are those who oppose the austerity measures as counter-productive to the point of madness, and blame the euro itself as the fundamental source of the crisis.

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Changing the Political Clocks in Spain — Social Europe Journal

Changing the Political Clocks in Spain — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you can’t move elections to suit events, you have to move events to suit elections. Such has been the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy’s, approach to the regional elections in Galicia and the Basque country.

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David Harvey -Unravelling Capital´s Contradictions

David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books. He has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for over 40 years. http://davidharvey.org/
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Chris Anderson, Wired editor-in-chief, resigns to run 3D Robotics | Robohub

Chris Anderson, Wired editor-in-chief, resigns to run 3D Robotics | Robohub | real utopias | Scoop.it
Anderson has held the editor-in-chief position for 11 years during which time, in addition to his work at Wired, he authored three books and founded DIY Drones and co-founded 3D Robotics. He also grew Wired’s circulation and won eight magazine awards. In 2010, Adweek named Wired its magazine of the decade.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation