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The Purpose of Philosophy is to Ask the Right Questions (Video) | Postcards from Žižek | Big Think

The Purpose of Philosophy is to Ask the Right Questions (Video) | Postcards from Žižek  | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it
"I’m not a philosophical megalomaniac," says Slavoj Žižek. Philosophy is not here to provide all of the answers.
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The Jackson Plan: A Struggle for Self-Determination, Participatory Democracy, and Economic Justice - Organizing Upgrade

The Jackson Plan: A Struggle for Self-Determination, Participatory Democracy, and Economic Justice - Organizing Upgrade | real utopias | Scoop.it

A major progressive initiative is underway in Jackson, Mississippi. This initiative demonstrates tremendous promise and potential in making a major contribution towards improving the overall quality of life of the people of Jackson, Mississippi, particularly people of African descent. This initiative is the Jackson Plan and it is being spearheaded by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the Jackson People’s Assembly.

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C'mon, who doesn't like the gays? Oh...the GOP...right.

C'mon, who doesn't like the gays? Oh...the GOP...right. | real utopias | Scoop.it

A bit of advice to the Republicans, though; just freaking accept it. Marriage equality is going to happen. You will not be able to stop it. You can slow it down, but at this point you wont be able to reverse the ten states that have approved it, and the numerous others that have it on the table in their legislatures. It’s also very unlikely that the Supreme Court is going to rule in favor of Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Germany sees revolution if welfare model scrapped

Germany sees revolution if welfare model scrapped | real utopias | Scoop.it

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, while abandoning the continent's welfare model in favour of tougher U.S. standards would cause "revolution".

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 Noam Chomsky:  "Another Threat To Our Survival" - Wrecking Nature for Short Term Profit

Noam Chomsky talks about the willful and reckless destruction of the environment by the US and other Western nations. Corporate-run governments have abdicated their responsibility toward protecting the welfare of their citizens and are rushing the world toward climate catastrophe.

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Noam Chomsky on the Classification System: “It’s to Protect the State from the Citizens”

Noam Chomsky on the Classification System: “It’s to Protect the State from the Citizens” | real utopias | Scoop.it

I’ve spent quite a lot of time studying declassified internal documents, and written a lot about them. In fact, anybody who’s worked through the declassified record can see very clearly the reason for classification is very rarely to protect the state or the society from enemies.  Most of the time it’s to protect the state from its citizens.  So they don’t know what the government’s doing

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Join the Australian solidarity brigade to Venezuela - Green Left Weekly

Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s (AVSN) next brigade to revolutionary Venezuela. The solidarity tour, to run over December 4-13 this year, will be a special one for the AVSN, the first since the election of President Nicolas Maduro following the death of Hugo Chavez on March 5.

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A Fierce Green Fire lights environmentalist hearts as Gaia heats up

A Fierce Green Fire lights environmentalist hearts as Gaia heats up | real utopias | Scoop.it
The race to save wild places becomes a race to save humanity in A Fierce Green Fire. Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties) directs this lively, inspiring history of environmentalism.
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Slavoj Zizek (2013) "Karl Marx and Hegel" (Full)

Settle down with a nice cup of tea and listen intently:
Slavoj Zizek (2013) "Karl Marx and Hegel" (Full)
http://t.co/FZFYOEzbh9
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a review of What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

a review of What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption | real utopias | Scoop.it
What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman is on Lily's read shelf.
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Qu'est-ce qu'Internet ? 3/3 - Conférence Benjamin Bayart

Conférence de Benjamin Bayart, Président de FDN, à Sciences Po.Organisé par Libertés 

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TEDxMaastricht - Simon Sinek - "First why and then trust"

Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) created a simple model, The Golden Circle, that codifies what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful and influential. Beginning as a student in anthropology, Simon Sinek turned his fascination with people into a career of convincing people to do what inspires them. Through his struggle to rediscover his excitement about life and work, he made some profound realizations and began helping his friends and their friends to find their "why" — at first charging just $100, person by person. Never planning to write a book, he penned Start With Why simply as a way to distribute his message. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
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Jesus: Why He had to Die

Fred Harrison reveals why Jesus had to die. The New Testament parable of the vineyard (Mark 12) was the first lecture on public finance in history. Jesus explained that the rent of land was sacred income that had to be reserved for the common good. Its misappropriation was a form of cheating. The parable exposed the social elites, who realized they had to silence Jesus. That's why he was stitched up, and crucified.

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Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke | | Rolling Stone

Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke |  | Rolling Stone | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or "drug paraphernalia" in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me.

 



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Six Propositions for a Panel on Inter/national/ist Labour Net/working by Peter Waterman (2001) | Networked Labour

Six Propositions for a Panel on Inter/national/ist Labour Net/working by Peter Waterman (2001) | Networked Labour | real utopias | Scoop.it

Prepared for a Conference of the Global Studies, Association, Manchester Metropolitan University, July 2-4, 2001. The panel was co-coordinated by Peter Waterman, together with Stuart Hodkinson, stuart [at] leedsalumni [dot] org [dot] uk.


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Under Empire, All Life is Imperiled - CounterPunch

Under Empire, All Life is Imperiled - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

The point, in sum—as well as the hope—is to radicalize and intensify these encouraging social strides from below against the system, to help along the birth of the new—or, as Bloch termed it, the “Not-Yet.”  It is past time to sound the tocsin, whether physically like Jean Paul Maratdid to defend the Great French Revolution, or musically like Dmitriy Shostakovich did in defense of the memory and future promise of the 1905 Russian Revolution (as well as other revolutions).  The alarm must be continuous, not so that we grow accustomed to it, but rather so that we never lose sight of the substantial tasks with which we are confronted today, and the anarchist means by which we would most likely best respond to these.  Positively and concretely, I would here reiterate some of the proposals for action made by my comrade Cristian Guerrero nearly a year ago in the run-up to planned counter-protests against the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, México: agitation, indignation, mobilization, direct action, occupation, blockade of capital, popular assembly.

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Is Socialism the Answer for Honduras? - Huffington Post (blog)

Is Socialism the Answer for Honduras? - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Libre Party presidential candidate Xiomara Castro de Zelaya wants to move Honduras away from an economic model based on neoliberal capitalism and toward one based on socialism. For more than two-thirds of the people in the country who struggle to survive on $3 or less per day, this is probably a good idea because the primary outgrowth of such a move (if implemented competently and without generating excessive civil turmoil -- both very big "ifs") would be the redistribution of power, wealth, and control over national resources. For them, neoliberal capitalism has produced nothing but misery, so to them a new economic model emphasizing more balance in society through more government control and regulation sounds pretty nice.

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Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age

Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since its appearance twenty years ago, Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy has been one of the primary standards against which political science thinking and writing is measured.
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Conditions of Possibility: Slavoj Žižek Part I

As part of the series Critical Theory Today, eminent theorist Slavoj Žižek joins Martin Hägglund and Adrian Johnston in a discussion about "Conditions of Possibility," with respect to philosophy, literary theory, religion, and psychoanalysis. Drawing on such diverse and archetypal figures as Kant, Hegel, Freud, Derrida, and Lacan, the panel will explore the notion of philosophical critique and its transformation in contemporary theory. 
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«Je suis pro-palestinien», a déclaré M. Zizek, "mais je ne pense pas que c'est la pire situation dans le monde. Tout homme au Congo vendrait sa mère en esclavage pour passer à la Cisjordanie.
"Mais j'aime Israël. Israël est l'Etat le plus athée au monde. Je les aime pour cela. Mais dans le même temps que la majorité ne croit pas en Dieu, ils affirment que Dieu leur a donné le droit à la terre ».

Il a dit qu'il avait hâte d'un voyage à Jénine au printemps prochain et avait récemment rencontré un groupe de Palestiniens, il se rendra là-bas. "Ils ne sont pas des fondamentalistes islamiques. Ce sont des gens normaux comme nous. Nous avons commencé à échanger des blagues salaces. Ils m'ont dit que l'un. «Pourquoi les femmes irakiennes ne dorment pas avec des soldats américains? Parce qu'ils parlent toujours de se retirer, mais ne le font jamais. : http://fr.calameo.com/books/001343388ea6e1e32efc9

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Conditions of Possibility: Slavoj Žižek Part II

As part of the series Critical Theory Today, eminent theorist Slavoj Žižek joins Martin Hägglund and Adrian Johnston in a discussion about "Conditions of Possibility," with respect to philosophy, literary theory, religion, and psychoanalysis. Drawing on such diverse and archetypal figures as Kant, Hegel, Freud, Derrida, and Lacan, the panel will explore the notion of philosophical critique and its transformation in contemporary theory. 
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A Revolution for All: Women’s Rights in the New Libya

A Revolution for All: Women’s Rights in the New Libya | real utopias | Scoop.it
This 40-page report highlights key steps that Libya should take to meet its international obligations by firmly rejecting gender-based discrimination in both law and practice.
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Top 10 Poisons that are the legacy of Monsanto

Top 10 Poisons that are the legacy of Monsanto | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1985 Monsanto bought Searle Company that was the producer of artificial sweetener called aspartame used in carbonated beverages. Nutrasweet products are low calorie sweeteners that have been linked to cancer, craving for sugar, obesity, diabetes and chronic neurological disorders. At the same time, Monsanto among many other powerful corporations in America donates millions of dollars to research centers and facilities including the American Diabetes Association.

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Chinese Prime Minister Gives A 'Remarkable' Speech About Turning The Economy Over To Market Forces

Chinese Prime Minister Gives A 'Remarkable' Speech About Turning The Economy Over To Market Forces | real utopias | Scoop.it
In a major speech reported by The New York Times' David Barboza and Chris Buckley, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang says the Party will now more actively embrace market forces and encourage private, foreign investment into Chinese industry.
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Social Networks and Democracy

Social Networks and Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Foreign policy pundits have been bullish about the ability of social media to bring democratic change in authoritarian regimes. Observers have argued that social media can literally “make history” by helping topple regimes, and democracy promoters are sinking big money into a variety of trainings with this very goal.   But in countries such as China, Russia, and Iran, where users of local social networks still far outnumber users of Facebook and Twitter, authoritarian governments have used their leverage over domestic networks to contain online opposition to the regime.

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Slavoj Žižek | Philosopher | Big Think

Slavoj Žižek | Philosopher | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, 

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