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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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New Age Marxism | Spirit of Contradiction

New Age Marxism | Spirit of Contradiction | real utopias | Scoop.it

I have started reading Heinrich’s ‘An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital’. I decided to read it after I was told that this was probably the most influential work published by what are termed the ‘value form’ theorists. Up until this point I had known of Heinrich only by his participation on the OPE-L mailing list, a list for people interested in Marxian political economy.

 
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Lisa Gansky at Compostmodern ‘11 | The Living Principles

Lisa Gansky at Compostmodern ‘11 | The Living Principles | real utopias | Scoop.it

Lisa is an author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the Mesh Directory online at www.meshing.it For more than 18 years, Lisa has been an entrepreneur and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting social ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and a resounding impact.

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Mesh it! With Lisa Gansky -- Sharing Economy Radio - Engaging People

Mesh it! With Lisa Gansky -- Sharing Economy Radio - Engaging People | real utopias | Scoop.it

Emily, Yiannis and I really enjoyed the time we spent making this podcast, Lisa id smart, warm and a lot of fun. We listened for ages and there are many more sound-bites where this comes from.

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BB interviews…Noam Chomsky

BB interviews…Noam Chomsky | real utopias | Scoop.it



“If you look at the countries of the world and ask how are they dealing with climate change — probably our biggest challenge as a species — one of the worst records is in the US, the richest country, and one of the best, maybe the best, is in Bolivia, the second-poorest country of South America. It’s striking that countries that have large indigenous populations are at the forefront of this battle.” He pauses. “They are pressing very hard for what is often called ‘rights of nature’ but should be called ‘right to survival’”.

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Signs Of The Awakening: Occupy Breaks Into The Mainstream

Signs Of The Awakening: Occupy Breaks Into The Mainstream | real utopias | Scoop.it

This has been a very, very long time coming: the facts and figures behind Occupy’s economic ideology are finally being broadcast in the mainstream.

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A historical bifurcation: the two possible world systems

A historical bifurcation: the two possible world systems | real utopias | Scoop.it
Immanuel Wallerstein on the two possible post-capitalist world systems http://t.co/AypNbIdp
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Ten Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything

Ten Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything | real utopias | Scoop.it

Before the Occupy Wall Street movement, there was little discussion of the outsized power of Wall Street and the diminishing fortunes of the middle class.

 

The media blackout was especially remarkable given that issues like jobs and corporate influence on elections topped the list of concerns for most American.

 

Occupy Wall Street changed that. In fact, it may represent the best hope in years that “we the people” will step up to take on the critical challenges of our time.

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Occupy Valentine's Day: Why Valentine's Day Doesn't Make Us Happy - PolicyMic

Occupy Valentine's Day: Why Valentine's Day Doesn't Make Us Happy - PolicyMic | real utopias | Scoop.it


According to Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the founder of The Occupy Valentine's Day movement, the holiday isn't about love; it's a bunch of baloney.

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What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolutio by Gar Alperovitz - Chelsea Green

What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolutio by Gar Alperovitz - Chelsea Green | real utopias | Scoop.it
Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin.
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Guest Post: Adam Smith Would Neither Recognize Nor Approve Of Our Financial, Monetary, Economic Or Legal Systems « naked capitalism

Guest Post: Adam Smith Would Neither Recognize Nor Approve Of Our Financial, Monetary, Economic Or Legal Systems « naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

The father of modern economics – Adam Smith – is used as a poster child to support the status quo that we have today. Smith is invoked as the patron saint of free market economics.

 


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Participatory Local Democracy

Participatory Local Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Hunger Project is working in partnership with the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) on a two-year project to cultivate a global community of practice among individuals working to build capacity for effective, responsive local governance with a particular focus on impoverished rural areas. http://localdemocracy.net

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Factory in Greece starts production under workers' control | libcom.org

Factory in Greece starts production under workers' control | libcom.org | real utopias | Scoop.it

With unemployment climbing to 30%, workers’ income reaching zero, sick and tired of big words, promises and more taxes, unpaid since May 2011 and currently withholding their labour, with the factory abandoned by the employers, the workers of Vio.Me. by decision of their general assembly declare their determination not to fall prey to a condition of perpetual unemployment, but instead to struggle to take the factory in their own hands and operate it themselves. Through a formal proposal dating from October 2011 they have been claiming the establishment of a workers' cooperative under full workers’ control, demanding legal recognition for their own workers’ cooperative, as well as for all the others to follow. At the same time they have been demanding the money required to put the factory in operation, money that in any case belongs to them, as they are the ones who produce the wealth of society. The plan that was drawn up met with the indifference of the state and of trade union bureaucracies. But it was received with great enthusiasm by the world of the social movements, which, through the creation of the Open Initiative of Solidarity in Thessaloniki and afterwards with similar initiatives in many other cities, have been struggling for the past 6 months to spread the message of Vio.Me across society.

 
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Greece Should Default

Greece Should Default | real utopias | Scoop.it

David Harvey, a leading theorist in the field of urban studies whom Library Journal called "one of the most influential geographers of the later twentieth century," earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, was formerly professor of geography at Johns Hopkins, a Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford. His reflections on the importance of space and place (and more recently "nature") have attracted considerable attention across the humanities and social sciences. His highly influential books include The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; Limits to Capital; The Urbanization of Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; Spaces of Hope; and Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. His numerous awards include the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers and the 2002 Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his "outstanding contribution to the field of geographical enquiry and to anthropology." He holds honorary degrees from the universities of Buenos Aires, Roskilde in Denmark, Uppsala in Sweden, and Ohio State University.

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Living in the New "Pre-History": An Interview with Gar Alperovitz

Living in the New "Pre-History": An Interview with Gar Alperovitz | real utopias | Scoop.it
Gar Alperovitz, a founding principal of theDemocracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, is a chaired professor there. He has also been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and of King’s College, Cambridge. His most recent book is America Beyond Capitalism, and his new book What Then Must We Do? will be published by Chelsea Green this spring.
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The Power of Statelessness | Hoover Institution

Most political groups in modern history have wanted to build and control a state. Whether movements of self-determination in the 19th century, of decolonization in the post–World War II decades, or political parties advocating separatism in several Western states in the 1990s (e.g., Italy and Quebec) — all aimed at one thing: to have a separate state that they could call their own. The means they employed to achieve this end ranged from terrorism and guerilla warfare to political pressure and electoral campaigns, but the ultimate goal was the same — creation of its own state.

 
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Why do we need a theory of value?

Why do we need a theory of value? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The gentleman from Unlearning Economics asked me recently in response to my rebuttal of Steve Keen’s critique of Marx’s theory of value why indeed there is any need for a value theory at all. It seemed to him labor as the measure of value was simply assumed by Marxists, and even if their explanations of the economy were clearly better than others and they can rebut the critiques of Keen, Bose and others, it is still not clear why there should be such a thing as a ‘labor theory of value’ at all. I find I often run into this problem with many intelligent, critical people who are by no means unwilling to take my Marxisant analysis seriously, but who simply do not get what kind of thing a theory of value is, let alone Marx’s; and then indeed it must seem a strange and unnecessary quasi-metaphysical imposition. Now initially I thought this as well, and before I fully immersed myself in Marxist thought I was quite hostile to the notion of the labor theory of value, or even the need for such a theory at all. And indeed neoclassical economists have spent more than a century trying to refute both Marx’s theory and the need for such a theory at all. However, it is not so much just Marx’s arguments in Capital itself that convinced me, as my wider reading giving me a more historically and anthropologically grounded perspective about production and exchange in history, and I would venture to say the concept of a theory of value can only make sense if put explicitly in this wider context.

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Long Distance Revolutionary: Michael Parenti

Long Distance Revolutionary opens NYC February 1, 2013 Opens Seattle February 22, 2013 Opens LA March 1, 2013 Like Us: http://on.fb.me/QFLhnk Follow Us: http...
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Michael Heinrich – The Development of Marx’s Theory of Value, and its Ambivalences (English) « communism

Michael Heinrich on the devlpmnt of Marx theory of value http://t.co/zhexCtb3 HT @christokane H's intro to Das Kap a must read.
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Immanuel Wallerstein: We Are in Transition to Another System Beyond Capitalism

Immanuel Wallerstein: We Are in Transition to Another System Beyond Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Modern capitalism has reached the end of its rope, argues Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scholar at Yale University.
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Eurozine - New world-system? - Almantas Samalavicius, Immanuel Wallerstein A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

Eurozine - New world-system? - Almantas Samalavicius, Immanuel Wallerstein A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein | real utopias | Scoop.it
Immanuel Wallerstein: Yes, the fundamental explanation is their position in the structure of the world economy. Of course, in eastern Europe as anywhere else in the world, there are variations in how the government handles the situation. There are often countries that can maneuver better and improve their relative position. South Korea is a notable example. In the 1960s, their economic performance was no better, probably worse, than that of say Poland or even Lithuania in the 1990s. Yet today, as everyone has noticed, South Korea has a much, much stronger economic performance. No doubt in part this was due to many intelligent decisions on the part of the government. But it was also due to their geopolitical location and the interest of the United States in fortifying them (and therefore permitting them to do things against which the United States inveighed in other parts of the world). The crucial point is that, at any given time, there is room only for a few countries (out of a large list) to improve their world-economic position. Eastern Europe (and particularly the 1990s' trio of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic) thought they could be this "few". They were wrong.
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Greek Factory Under Workers Control | The Nation

Greek Factory Under Workers Control | The Nation | real utopias | Scoop.it

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its bankrupt owners, have been unpaid since May of 2011. This week, after a series of general assemblies the workers convened, they’ve started occupying the factory and operating it under direct democratic workers’ control. The culmination of a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, the occupiers are trying to kick-start production and prove themselves a viable new model.

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Noam Chomsky "Global Warming and The Common Good"

Noam Chomsky addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 7, 2013. As part of the broader discussion on Public Education and T...
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Mothers of the Soil

Mothers of the Soil | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Tanzania, as in many African countries, women produce much of the food that feeds people. Few, however, own the land they farm or enjoy the same rights as men. In a pre-show interview to Oxfam and Maisha Plus, Tatu Abdi, a contestant from the Tanga region said, “Women are treated as tractors, but they have to treat their husbands like angels.”

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The possibility of political pleasure: David Graeber at TEDxWhitechapel

David Graeber is an anthropologist and sometime activist currently teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London. He did his original fieldwork in Madagascar,...
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Seeking to Reproduce Without a Romantic Partnership

Seeking to Reproduce Without a Romantic Partnership | real utopias | Scoop.it
People who are single yet wish to have biological children are increasingly turning to nonromantic co-parenting arrangements.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation