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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Societal Ills Spike in Crisis-Stricken Greece

Societal Ills Spike in Crisis-Stricken Greece | real utopias | Scoop.it
In Greece, the perils of a drawn-out debt crisis are imprinted on its younger population — whose unemployment numbers are soaring — who turn to selling their bodies for money and to a dangerous, cheap new street drug for escape.
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Labour And Capital: Progressive Capitalism - a few thoughts

Labour And Capital: Progressive Capitalism - a few thoughts | real utopias | Scoop.it
Well, he shares a lot of common ground with the Kay Review, arguing that financial markets don't really serve savers or companies and often work more to the benefit of intermediaries.
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Nonviolent Communication - San Francisco Lecture / Workshop - Marshall Rosenberg - CNVC.org

DESCRIPTION: http://CNVC.org - Nonviolent Communication - San Francisco - Marshall Rosenberg The Purpose Of Nonviolent Communication & Expressing Observation...
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Proudhon's ideas and social change - Socialist Worker Online

Proudhon's ideas and social change - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

Marx supported universal suffrage as a democratic demand, but he hardly prioritized "electioneering" at the time. Later, he did argue that workers should participate in elections where possible, but so did Proudhon, if not in words, then in deeds. Proudhon stood for election himself twice in 1848, winning office in June and serving in the Constituent Assembly, where he generally opposed workers taking to the barricades, as they did later that same June.

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Two notions of liberty revisited - or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery

Two notions of liberty revisited - or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery | real utopias | Scoop.it
"Freedom is the natural faculty to do whatever one wishes that is not prevented by force or law.
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Remember Me: The Social Revolution and Interactive Journal of ...

Remember Me: The Social Revolution and Interactive Journal of ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

With Remember Me’s release only two weeks away, an interactive journal has been released showing a detailed backstory of the game’s setting of Neo Paris, and of Memorize, the company responsible for the freedom of memory as information in the world of the game. The story is told through the life of Antoine Cartier-Wells, as his life is documented and we see the less-than-ideal consequences of the technology he creates. The journal spans the characters whole life, giving some clues as to the direction of the story in the game itself. Also released was a video by DevinSuperTramp, as a sort of propaganda video for Memorize. The ideas it talks about are pretty interesting, discussing how in this day and age we share our entire lives with the world – so why not our memories?

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Workplace Democracy: Equality Over Profit - Truth-Out

Workplace Democracy: Equality Over Profit - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

Operating a workplace as a democracy in the contemporary business world isn't easy, Morgan says, but worker cooperatives are showing the way while thriving and multiplying

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Monthly Failure to Review: Even Worse than I Thought | Marxist-Humanist Initiative

Monthly Failure to Review: Even Worse than I Thought | Marxist-Humanist Initiative | real utopias | Scoop.it
  “However like Columbo Kliman usually goes on to say ‘and one more thing?
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Khan Academy

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With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
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Police Still Occupy Red Pepper, Monitor Offices - AllAfrica.com

Police Still Occupy Red Pepper, Monitor Offices - AllAfrica.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

The premises of the The Red pepper publications and The Monitor newspaper, Uganda are still being occupied by police for the third day after a raid by officers on Monday.

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Self-Employment Do and Don'ts: Create the Right Balance - Small Business Trends

Self-Employment Do and Don'ts: Create the Right Balance - Small Business Trends | real utopias | Scoop.it

When you are planning to start your new business and become self-employed, you need to know about the things you need to do. But that is not all. You also need to know about the things you need NOT do.

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Short Interview With Noam Chomsky | Spirit of Contradiction

Short Interview With Noam Chomsky | Spirit of Contradiction | real utopias | Scoop.it
Short Interview With Noam Chomsky. Posted on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 by Niebuhr. Twenty or thirty years ago, you held a since much circulated debate with Michel Foucault, in which the existence of any overarching human nature arose.
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How to Deal with Irrational Workers Without Losing Control

How to Deal with Irrational Workers Without Losing Control | real utopias | Scoop.it
Do you hate your job because of someone else? Here's how to deal.
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Syria: No Win for the West

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Nothing illustrates more the limitations of Western power than the internal controversy its elites are having in public about what the United States in particular and western European states should be doing about the civil war in Syria. I shall call the two positions those of the interveners and those of the prudent. Each accuses the other, and with some vehemence, of urging policies that will result in dire negative consequences for U.S. and west European geopolitical power. The thing is that both are right. Whatever the United States and western European states do will in fact have dire negative consequences for them. This is a perfect lose-lose situation for the dominant forces in the world.

 
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Food and capitalism: a crisis of waste and destruction

Food and capitalism: a crisis of waste and destruction | real utopias | Scoop.it
pesolife: In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people; housing is not made to give them shelter; clothing is not made to keep them warm; and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy.
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The Mobile Revolution Continues: How Social Media Revitalized the Food Truck Business

The Mobile Revolution Continues:  How Social Media Revitalized the Food Truck Business | real utopias | Scoop.it
Many articles and blogs have focused on how social media has helped corporations grow their business. There are so many great tips and success stories on how social media has impacted HR, marketing and digital media functions. Social media has also revolutionized many industries, providing a platform for creative entrepreneurs to develop, market and launch their products. One such example is the food truck. Now for many of you who are over, let’s say 30; you may have memories of food trucks as sterile mobile canteens that served basic drinks (tea, coffee, and soda), hot dogs and cold pastries. The 21st century has seen the rise of the social food truck. Many creative chefs have chosen to fuse the restaurant and street food
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Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | real utopias | Scoop.it
Today's class struggles are increasingly taking place in cities, says Marxist and social theorist David Harvey. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses how urbanization will play a key role in social conflicts to come.
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From Reactive to Proactive: The World Social Forum and the Anti-/Alter ... - Center for Research on Globalization

From Reactive to Proactive: The World Social Forum and the Anti-/Alter ... - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

Given the prevailing research interest on the transition from anti- to alter- globalization, this paper examines where the World Social Forum is situated in the spectrum of movements against neo-liberal globalization. I argue that the progression of the anti/alter-globalization movements, while not linear or mutually-exclusive, can be traced along a continuum, marking the transition from condemnation, to advocating for change, to articulating means by which such change can be brought about

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Micro-enterprises prepare the ground for a local service revolution - The Guardian

Micro-enterprises prepare the ground for a local service revolution - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

A growing number of small-scale businesses are working alongside councils to help support vulnerable group

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Our New Economy Of Guard Labor - disinformation

Our New Economy Of Guard Labor - disinformation | real utopias | Scoop.it

Under no conditions can alternatives, or anyone proposing alternatives, be seen to experience success. This helps explain the almost unimaginable investment in “security systems” of one sort or another: military…intelligence agencies, militarized police…a massive media industry. Mostly these systems do not so much attack dissidents directly as contribute to a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity, life insecurity, and simple despair that makes any thought of changing the world seem an idle fantasy.

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The Optimism of Uncertainty

In this awful world where the efforts of caring people often pale in comparison to what is done by those who have power, how do I manage to stay involved and seemingly happy? I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played. The metaphor is deliberate; life is a gamble. Not to play is to foreclose any chance of winning.

 
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David Graeber on MAUSS — www.freewords.org — Readability

Have you noticed how there aren't any new French intellectuals any more? There was a veritable flood in the late '70s and early '80s: Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Kristeva, Lyotard, de Certeau ... but there has been almost no one since. Trendy academics and intellectual hipsters have been forced to endlessly recycle theories now 20 or 30 years old, or turn to countries like Italy or even Slovenia for dazzling meta-theory.
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MIT Master's Thesis on Denial of Service attacks as a form of political activism

MIT Master's Thesis on Denial of Service attacks as a form of political activism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Molly sez, "For the past two years I've been researching activist uses of distributed denial of service actions. I just finished my masters thesis on the subject (for the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT).
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(NEW!) Slavoj Zizek - "The Reality of the Virtual"

Me gustó un video de @YouTube http://t.co/58VgZrnylN (NEW!) Slavoj Zizek - "The Reality of the Virtual"
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation