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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Slavoj Žižek: The west's crisis is one of democracy as much as ...

In one of the last interviews before his fall, Nicolae Ceausescu was asked by a western journalist how he justified the fact that Romanian citizens could not travel freely abroad although freedom of movement was guaranteed by the constitution. His answer was in the best tradition of Stalinist sophistry: true, the constitution guarantees freedom of movement, but it also guarantees the right to a safe, prosperous home. So we have here a potential conflict of rights: if Romanian citizens were to be allowed to leave the country, the prosperity of their homeland would be threatened. In this conflict, one has to make a choice, and the right to a prosperous, safe homeland enjoys clear priority …

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Spain Could Collapse Like the U.S.S.R. | Opinion

Spain Could Collapse Like the U.S.S.R. | Opinion | real utopias | Scoop.it
Catalonia has adopted a declaration of sovereignty. To those of us who lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union, this is very much deja vu. Everything here began exactly the same way.
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Aristonico Belargio's comment, February 3, 2013 4:57 AM
The declarations in Catalonia about their right for an independent state are simply a flare to avoid the actual fact: high level corruption in the current local government and the privatization of health and educational systems.
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Researchers Create 3D Microchip Using Nanotechnology - AZoNano.com

Researchers Create 3D Microchip Using Nanotechnology - AZoNano.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions. Currently, microchips can only pass digital information in a very limited way - from either left to right or front to back. The research was published today, 31 January, in Nature.
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The Occupy Movement – a lasting legacy? Reflections by a participant.

The Occupy Movement – a lasting legacy? Reflections by a participant. | real utopias | Scoop.it
Exactly one year ago, on 28 February 2012, the Occupy camp next to London's stock exchange was evicted. In this guest post, Vera Weghmann will share her experience as an activist at Occupy London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) and evaluate the lasting legacy of the Occupy movement.
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Quipu.cc | Citizens Climate Lobby: the Regeneration of Participatory Democracy

Quipu.cc | Citizens Climate Lobby: the Regeneration of Participatory Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

In order to ensure that our economic and environmental policies harmonize with the life-as-lived interests of ordinary human beings, at the human scale, a grassroots movement of citizens has begun working to steer the US Congress away from corporate backers and toward people-centered solutions. The American economy’s dependence on fossil fuels carries an incredible burden of hidden costs, and the American people are increasingly aware that clean energy will make the nation more prosperous, more environmentally stable and more democratic.

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'Distant Witness': Social Media's 'Journalism Revolution' - NPR

'Distant Witness': Social Media's 'Journalism Revolution' - NPR | real utopias | Scoop.it

When protests in Tunisia inspired a wave of revolutions known as the Arab Spring, Andy Carvin tracked the events in real time from thousands of miles away in Washington, D.C.

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Slavoj Zizek. The Buddhist Ethic

Slavoj Žižek, contemporary philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Western Buddhism, the West, capitalism, science, ideology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, bodhisattva, samsara, enlightenment, kharma, nirvana, war, Thomas Metzinger, free will, Benjamin Libet, Martin Heidegger, Patricia and Paul Churchland, and The Lion King.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012
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Occupy 2.0: The Great Turning

Occupy 2.0: The Great Turning | real utopias | Scoop.it

After a roaring start, the Occupy movement hit a wall in the form of rough-handling and evictions by the police. Occupiers could have given up on nonviolence—as a small faction will always try to get us to do—or just given up; but instead we have gone back to the drawing board, while continuing to occupy select spaces, this time with advance training. This is exactly the right response. As my former Berkeley colleague Todd Gitlin writesin The Nation, “To take on a warped state of affairs that has been decades in the making will take decades,” and for this purpose the encampment culture is “both necessary and inadequate.”

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End the Nuclear Lobby - CounterPunch

End the Nuclear Lobby - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

For decades the peace movement has been satisfied with scraps from the table of nuclear weapons and their beneficiaries. Even the New START Treaty was offset by the Obama administration promise to spend $185 billion in this decade on modernization of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

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Open Source Philosophy

Open Source Ecology founder Dr. Marcin Jakubowski and the OSE team explain the philosophy behind their work. Special thanks to our remote collaborators Tom G...
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Domestic Fair Trade - CounterPunch

Domestic Fair Trade - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Whole Foods Market (WFM) CEO John Mackey has done a brilliant job of creating the illusion that his empire is all about abundance, bounty and the good life. But there’s nothing bountiful or good about the way the second-largest non-unionized food retailer exploits workers.

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How To Sell “Hard Choices” - CounterPunch

How To Sell “Hard Choices” - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

John Kenneth Galbraith argued, in American Capitalism (1956), that as the economy grows, its crises become increasingly severe and government remedial action greater in scope. We may draw the appropriate conclusion: increasingly harsh crises will prompt the owning class to demand increasing control of the State. Let’s not mince words. We are talking about the creeping  -now galloping-  privatization of the State. In fact, domestic policy is now entirely shaped by Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke.

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Sir Ken Robinson - Educating the Heart and Mind

Sir Ken Robinson speaks during the Dalai Lama Center's Educating the Heart Series. He discusses the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart.
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Karl Marx and the Emancipation Proclamation: Bill Weinberg Interviews Kevin B. Anderson

This New Year’s Day marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, with attendant media idolization of Abraham Lincoln. In the 10th YouTube edition of the Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade, Kevin B. Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies and an editor of the International Marxist-Humanist, discusses his article [...]

  
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The Meaningful is greater than the Improbable

The Meaningful is greater than the Improbable | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Kevin Kelly’s recent article The Improbable is the New Normal, he points out how we can now see amazing things every minute of the day. 

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| Marxist-Humanist Initiative

We are not a political party. Nor are we trying to lead the masses, who will form their own organizations, and whose emancipation must be their own act. But we have seen that spontaneous actions alone are insufficient to usher in a new society. We seek a new unity of philosophy and organization in which mass movements striving for freedom lay hold of Marx’s philosophy of revolution and recreate society on its basis.

 

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Citizens Redirect Funding to Bike Lanes, Community Gardens, and Street Lamps in an Experiment in Direct Democracy « Building Resilient Regions

Participatory budgeting (PB), which began in 1989 in Porto Allegre, Brazil, as a way to overcome inequality and improve living standards in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, reached the United States after spreading to hundreds of cities in South and Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

 
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Nanotechnology set to revolutionize smart grid evolution - energybiz

Nanotechnology set to revolutionize smart grid evolution - energybiz | real utopias | Scoop.it

The definition of nanotechnology is simple: It’s merely technology that manipulates matter at the atomic level. When I think of nanotechnology, however, I often picture the complicated, such as a tidal wave of the tiniest of robots doing the greatest of medical work: repairing organs, binding skin.

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The Social Help Desk Revolution

The Social Help Desk Revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it

Every day social networks are growing at an alarming rate. While Twitter is averaging 250 million tweets per day, Facebook has grown to over 900 million active users. This means that now for every five minutes spent online, one of those minutes is spent solely on social media sites.

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True Artificial Intelligence not so far away | ABC Radio Australia

True Artificial Intelligence not so far away | ABC Radio Australia | real utopias | Scoop.it
Scientists say we're closing in on the artificial intelligence seen in movies faster than we think.
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Hacking Occupy Sandy: building better technology and sharing data | Drew Hornbein's Web Log

I’ve been developing tech solutions for Occupy for over a year now. It’s easy to build tools, it’s hard to build tools people will use. We need non-technical people to help us. We the keen insight of people on the ground doing the work, using the systems. At Science and the City we will be brain storming how to improve occupysandy.org on Day 1 (Feb 9). More information about this will be forthcoming.

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Howard T. Odum on Energy Equality

Howard T. Odum on Energy Equality | real utopias | Scoop.it

Odum was able to demonstrate concretely that while the United States received more than twice as much embodied energy from trade as it exported, Ecuador was exporting five times the embodied energy that it received. Trade between the two was thus enormously disadvantageous to Ecuador in real wealth terms, while providing a massive ecological benefit to the U.S. economy.

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BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Berlin's Big Gamble

BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Berlin's Big Gamble | real utopias | Scoop.it
Can Germany produce all its power from green energy? Tom Heap investigates.
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Book of the Day: The New Networked Social Operating System

Book of the Day: The New Networked Social Operating System | real utopias | Scoop.it

People “have become increasingly networked as individuals, rather than being embedded in groups. In the world of networked individuals, it is the person who is the focus: not the family, not the work unit, not the neighborhood, and not the social group”.

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