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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Online Banners for Social Movements

Online Banners for Social Movements | real utopias | Scoop.it

This is genius. The idea of smart, live banner-widgets (I would suggest adding live badges also) is totally awesome! I love this method for automatically creating a central database of resources (people, web sites, etc … ). This is exactly the kind of thing we need to help overcome the fragmentation of effort and visibility across a broad spectrum of social movements. – Poor Richard.

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NAKED KEYNESIANISM: Marx on Absolute and Relative Wages and the Modern Theory of Distribution

NAKED KEYNESIANISM: Marx on Absolute and Relative Wages and the Modern Theory of Distribution | real utopias | Scoop.it

Given recent reconsiderations of the Marxian 'falling rate of profit' hypothesis, I reckon it be of readers' interest to consider this article by Enrico Sergio Levrero (see here).

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Attenborough: endless growth 'lunacy'

Attenborough: endless growth 'lunacy' | real utopias | Scoop.it

''One thing you can say is that in those places where women are in charge of their bodies, where they have the vote, where they are allowed to dictate what they do and what they want, whether it's proper medical facilities for birth control, the birth rate falls,'' he said.

 


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Creating value for others boost to our happiness

Creating value for others boost to our happiness | real utopias | Scoop.it

What’s more, according to another study, altruism doesn’t just correlate with an increase in happiness; it actually causes it—at least in the short term. When psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky had students perform five acts of kindness of their choosing per week over the course of six weeks, they reported a significant increase in their levels of happiness relative to a control group of students who didn’t.

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Workers in Venezuela’s Nationalised Hotels Demand Respect for Labour Rights | venezuelanalysis.com

Workers in Venezuela’s Nationalised Hotels Demand Respect for Labour Rights | venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Workers in Venezuela’s nationalised Venetur hotel chain are demanding respect for their labour rights and pushing for a say in management decisions.
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Noam Chomsky (2013) Full Discussion with Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman ("Dirty Wars")

Chomsky discusses the book "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" with author Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman. Thanks to Democracy Now for this video.
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Open source hardware 3D printer for pizza-on-demand

Open source hardware 3D printer for pizza-on-demand | real utopias | Scoop.it
A mechanical engineer (awesomely) named Anjan Contractor has won a NASA grant to prototype a 3D printer for food -- specifically pizza.
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China's pluralistic revolution - China.org.cn

Alexis de Tocqueville's book, The Old Regime and the French Revolution, has become popular among readers on the Chinese mainland over the past two years. The idea in De Tocqueville's book which most resonates in China is that old regimes fall to revolutions not when they resist change, but when their attempted reforms fail to meet the raised expectations of the people. Along with De Tocqueville's book, many articles have been written comparing trends in today's China with the root causes of the French Revolution. Regretfully however, most of these opinions lack any deep analysis of China's changing social structure and its social contradictions.

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March Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto | real utopias | Scoop.it
Official website for the March Against Monsanto. On May 25, activists around the world will unite to take back our food.
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Labour as a Common-Pool Resource by Tom Walker

Labour as a Common-Pool Resource by Tom Walker | real utopias | Scoop.it

To better explain what it means to regard labour power as a common-pool resource, it is helpful to first take a step backward to the more conventional notion that labour is a commodity, the price of which “rises and falls according to the demand.” as Edmund Burke claimed over two centuries ago.

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COSMOS sinapsi rubate alla quiete cerebrale: I HAVE A DREAM...

COSMOS sinapsi rubate alla quiete cerebrale: I HAVE A DREAM... | real utopias | Scoop.it

I have a dream that one day our world will be ruled by a COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY.

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