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Buddhism in the 'Asian Century': A new era of scientific humanism' - The Island.lk (subscription)

Buddhism in the 'Asian Century': A new era of scientific humanism' - The Island.lk (subscription) | real utopias | Scoop.it

The continued growth of interest in the study and practice of Buddhism throughout the Western world is a fascinating phenomenon which warrants scrutiny. Rather than trying to account for this expansion of Buddhism worldwide, we consider instead the relevance and significance of Buddhism in confronting a world ethos, driven by the dynamics of what has been termed the ‘Asian Century’ in the new millennium. To this end we shall endeavour to demonstrate how Buddhism has the capacity to respond to two dominant and distinctive but disturbing features of modern society – be it the First, Second, or the Third World – I refer here first and foremost to the rampant and growing anti-intellectualism closely associated with religious fundamentalism; and secondly, to the culture of selfishness and greed that dominates post-industrial capitalism, born out of an excessive and uninhibited ideology of individualism.

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A major critic says we’ve forgotten how to read. Does it matter?

A major critic says we’ve forgotten how to read. Does it matter? | real utopias | Scoop.it
British literary theorist Terry Eagleton’s new book starts by asking you to imagine a similar conversation, a group of university students discussing Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. For Eagleton, the problem with both conversations is the same: Both discuss everything about these novels except the qualities that make them novels, works of imaginative literature.
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In Defense of the Labor Theory of Value

In Defense of the Labor Theory of Value | real utopias | Scoop.it
Engels once said of certain critics of Marx’s Capital, Volume I that they “took more trouble to understand it wrongly than was necessary to understand it correctly” (Engels, “Supplement”). So it is with those who claim that Marx’s Labor Theory of Value (LTOV) cannot account for the way demand affects the price of a commodity. Theirs is not a critique of Marxist economics, but a critique of a misunderstanding of Marxist economics, though admittedly a misunderstanding that is defended by plenty of so-called Marxists. In this essay I will argue that use-value is in fact central to the LTOV without creating any irresolvable contradiction in it, as some have claimed (Keen, “Use­Value, Exchange Value, and the Demise of Marx’s Labor Theory of Value” 107). Instead, we must recognize a dialectical relation between use-value and exchange-value, while maintaining that socially necessary labor time is the source of all exchange-value.
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ZCommunications | Noam Chomsky Breaks the Set on War, Imperialism, and Propaganda by Noam Chomsky | ZSpace

ZCommunications | Noam Chomsky Breaks the Set on War, Imperialism, and Propaganda by Noam Chomsky | ZSpace | real utopias | Scoop.it
interview on the boston bombings, us terror inflicted abroad, drones, obama's rebranding of bush administration policies, the national defense authorization act and other topics (more wise words.
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Revolution 2.0 -- How One Google Exec + Facebook Sparked An Uprising in Egypt - Huffington Post

Revolution 2.0 -- How One Google Exec + Facebook Sparked An Uprising in Egypt - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
The revolution that started on January 25 was about citizens keen to overcome "torture, corruption, injustice and unemployment." They sought to hold more accountable a government that treated Egypt like a "piece of property that can be divided among a few" while the rest "sit and watch." They came from all social classes, religions and backgrounds. And most of them were demonstrating for the first time in their lives. In the process, they gave credence to the view that "Egyptians are capable of the impossible if they stand united."
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Over a Million Signatures in Support for Sen. Warren's Student Loan Bill

Over a Million Signatures in Support for Sen. Warren's Student Loan Bill | real utopias | Scoop.it

Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) call to lower student loan interest rates to the same "discounted rates" given to big banks has received an "outpouring of support" as organizations and institutions of higher education are lining up to endorse the measure.

 

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Philosopher advises sending non SYRIZA supporters to gulag - DigitalJournal.com

Philosopher advises sending non SYRIZA supporters to gulag - DigitalJournal.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

A Slovenian philosopher and ardent supporter of the Greek extreme left political party SYRIZA has suggested that to ensure a democratic future all those who do not support SYRIZA should be given one-way tickets to the gulag.

 
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Noam Chomsky (2013) on "Silicon Valley, the Internet, Google, Wikileaks and other topics"

LATEST NEW INTERVIEW OF PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY.
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Noam Chomsky on Bilingualism

Noam Chomsky on Bilingualism | real utopias | Scoop.it

A few years after having written my first book on bilingualism (Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism), I contacted Professor Noam Chomsky at MIT to ask him whether he would be kind enough to give me a bit of his time to talk about bilinguals and bilingualism. He very kindly accepted and the interview took place in his office in the now famous Building 20 at MIT.

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Noam Chomsky: Can civilisation survive really existing capitalism?

One of the world's leading intellectuals and political activists, Professor Noam Chomsky has been awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honour that University College Dublin can bestow.

The award was inaugurated in 2005, as part of the university's sesquicentennial celebrations, to highlight the 'creative brilliance' of UCD alumnus James Joyce. It is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution.

Professor Chomsky was presented with the UCD Ulysses Medal by the President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, following a public lecture hosted by the UCD Philosophy Society and the UCD School of Philosophy at University College Dublin on Tuesday 02 April 2013.
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Beijing Plans to Reduce the State’s Role in the Economy

Beijing Plans to Reduce the State’s Role in the Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it
After years of relying on state spending to supercharge growth, China’s new prime minister, Li Keqiang, said the government would seek to unleash the nation’s creative energies.
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We're reading THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT by David Graeber

We're reading THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT by David Graeber | real utopias | Scoop.it

The one SF trope embraced more than any other by the mainstream in recent years is the dystopia. From Wool to The Hunger Games, it seems like everyone’s looking ahead to a world of scarcity, drastic inequality and state brutality. The societies of most Western countries have been operating in crisis mode – and it’s a very long, drawn-out crisis – for the past few years, and perhaps there’s something to be said for throwing up a worst-case scenario and trying to shock people out of their complacency with the threat of Big Brother. Then again, maybe it’s time for another view of the social future. One that suggests a direction we might want to go in, rather than what we should be desperate to avoid.

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