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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Corporate Culture and Global Empire: Food Crisis, Land Grabs, Poverty, Slums, Environmental Devastation and Resistance

Corporate Culture and Global Empire: Food Crisis, Land Grabs, Poverty, Slums, Environmental Devastation and Resistance | real utopias | Scoop.it

Corporate power is immense. The world’s largest corporation is Royal Dutch Shell, surpassed in wealth only by the 24 largest countries on earth. Of the 150 largest economic entities in the world, 58% are corporations. Corporations are institutionally totalitarian, the result of power’s resistance to the democratic revolution, which was begrudgingly accepted in the political sphere, but denied the economic sphere, and thus was denied a truly democratic society. They are driven by a religion called “short-term profits.” Corporate society – a state-capitalist society – flourished in the United States, and managed the transition of American society in the early 20th century, just as Fascists and Communists were managing transitions across Europe. With each World War, American society – its political and economic power – grew in global influence, and with the end of World War II, that corporate society was exported globally.

 
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People & Power - Greece: The Odyssey

As another difficult year for the battered European economy ends, many Greeks have taken a bold decision to return to the land to survive. Is economic salvation to be found in Greece's rich and fertile soil?

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Building Sustainable Local Economies - Principled Societies Project

Building Sustainable Local Economies - Principled Societies Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

In coming years, it will become increasingly important for local economies to transform themselves into ones that are stronger, greener, more resilient, more diverse, more self-sufficient, and more fair.

 
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The Incentive of Building Local

The Incentive of Building Local | real utopias | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times special report described the squandered opportunities of economic development in local communities across America as tax incentives tallying more than $80 billion are handed out to oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, banks and big-box retail chains -- usually with no concrete benefit, no jobs, no improved economic climate.

 

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The power of "creative placemaking" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The power of "creative placemaking" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | real utopias | Scoop.it

A little-known but very interesting government agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and more alive.  Whether in Portland, Maine, Pendleton, South Carolina, the Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, or another of the scores of locations that its Our Town program is assisting in all 50 states, the agency believes “creative placemaking” can strengthen “community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.”  I couldn’t agree more.

 
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What's Occupy up to now?

What's Occupy up to now? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Yes, the movement is still well and going strong. The Occupy movement was in the spotlight, then it was hit hard with extremely ill-manufactured reporting by many of the mainstream media outlets. The movement was also brutalized by police across the country, day after day and week after week.

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Michael Hudson: America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Part IV– Why Financial and Tax Reform Should Go Together « naked capitalism

Michael Hudson: America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Part IV– Why Financial and Tax Reform Should Go Together « naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Taxes pay for the cost of government by withdrawing income from the parties being taxed. From Adam Smith through John Stuart Mill to the Progressive Era, general agreement emerged that the most appropriate taxes should not fall on labor, capital or on sales of basic consumer needs. Such taxes raise the break-even cost of employing labor. In today’s world, FICA wage withholding for Social Security raises the price that employers must pay their work force to maintain living standards and buy the products they produce.

 



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Mobile and Social Technology: Emergence of a Shared Consumption Experience

Mobile and Social Technology: Emergence of a Shared Consumption Experience | real utopias | Scoop.it

I watched Amber Case's discussion "We Are All Cyborgs Now" with great interest. As someone who interfaces with the exemplar "Connected Consumers" every day in the university setting, I too have worried that we have too great of a dependence on technology. Like Case, I research human usage of technology, however my focus is on marketing strategy related to the intersection of mobile technology and social media. As a subset of this research, I investigate whether technology or its capabilities have become the focus of the users. While I am still running studies on the topic, a recurring theme that our participants raise is that technology serves as a key facilitator of their daily activities. Although over 90 percent of initial participants indicate the first and last things they do each day is check their phones (confirming a heavy reliance), their particular use cases for the technology were of greater significance than the physical equipment itself.

 
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Marxian Economics at UMass Amherst | Professor Richard D. Wolff

Marxian Economics at UMass Amherst | Professor Richard D. Wolff | real utopias | Scoop.it

This summer (2012) the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Economics (www.umass.edu/economics) will offer, for the second time, an online course in Marxian Economics (Econ 305). Professor Stephen Resnick will teach this course which he prepared based on the popular undergraduate course in Marxian Economics that was developed by Professor Resnick together with Professor Richard Wolff and taught by both of them over the last 25 years.

 
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The Guardian Wants Paul Krugman To Be The Next Treasury Secretary Of The United States

The Guardian Wants Paul Krugman To Be The Next Treasury Secretary Of The United States | real utopias | Scoop.it

U.K. newspaper The Guardian wants President Obama to nominate economist Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary  to fill Tim Geithner's position when he leaves in the coming weeks. The paper thinks Krugman has the stuff to stand up to Wall Street and ignore calls for austerity.

 

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Gravest Threat to World Peace

Gravest Threat to World Peace | real utopias | Scoop.it

Reporting on the final U.S. presidential campaign debate, on foreign policy, The Wall Street Journal observed that “the only country mentioned more (than Israel) was Iran, which is seen by most nations in the Middle East as the gravest security threat to the region.”

 
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Citizens, Not Consumers, Are Key to Solving Climate Crisis | Q&A | BillMoyers.com

Citizens, Not Consumers, Are Key to Solving Climate Crisis | Q&A | BillMoyers.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Annie Leonard, director of The Story of Stuff, says reusable water bottles and canvas shopping bags are not enough.
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Parecon - P2P Foundation

Parecon - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Participatory economics, or parecon, envisions a new economy to replace capitalism and also 20th century socialism. Parecon rejects not only private ownership of productive assets, but also remuneration for property, power, or output, corporate divisions of labor, authoritarian decision-making, and both central planning and markets. It takes as guiding values solidarity, diversity, equity, self management, ecological stewardship, and also efficiency at meeting needs and developing potentials and in accord with these guiding values, advocates self managing workers and consumers councils, remuneration for duration, intensity, and onerousness of work, balanced job complexes, and participatory planning.

 
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An extensive debate with Parecon is featered here at http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/zdebatealbbauwens.htm

  
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I, Tomato: Morning Star's Radical Approach to Management

The Morning Star Company, which handles 40 percent of California's processed tomato crop, is the largest tomato processing company in the world. That's impre...
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Participatory Democracy in the European Union: The European Citizens’ Initiative

Participatory Democracy in the European Union: The European Citizens’ Initiative | real utopias | Scoop.it

Eastern Europe experienced a rapid decline in democracy in 2011, according to the EUI Democracy Index 2011 : In 12 countries of the region the democracy score decreased in the past twelve months. In the same year, seven Western European countries also experienced a decline in their democracy. The erosion of sovereignty and democratic accountability were cited as the main reasons. Democracy, as measured by the EUI, refers to the level of civil liberties in a country, possibilities for political participation and the overall and transparent functioning of government.

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The "Sharing Economy" Has Come Of Age | Revolution

The "Sharing Economy" Has Come Of Age | Revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it

At Revolution, we made our first bets on the concept of sharing nearly a decade ago with our investments in Exclusive Resorts (2003) and Flexcar (2005).   Now the "sharing economy" extends across multiple verticals – we're sharing cars, movies, extra rooms in our homes, online lectures, and even our time.  The announcement yesterday that Avis Budget Group will acquire Zipcar marks a significant milestone for the concept of collaborative consumption.  

 
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Occupy Movement Infiltrated by Spies

" WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications ...
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Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering

Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering | real utopias | Scoop.it
Communities set up local currencies and exchange networks in attempt to beat the economic crisis
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Michael Moore Talks About Socialism

Michael Moore talks about socialism while speaking after a screening of his film CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. CON...
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Bad managers blamed for poor productivity

Bad managers blamed for poor productivity | real utopias | Scoop.it

A bad communicator, unable to see they are wrong, a block to new ideas and adept at lowering your self-esteem within minutes.

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Anarchism, Libertarian Socialism & Anarcho-Syndicalism (Noam Chomsky)

Anarchism, Libertarian Socialism & Anarcho-Syndicalism: Workers' self-management and Democracy from below" Excerpts from "Conversations with History" (2003), "Beyond State Socialism" (2011), "Human Nature: Justice vs. Power" (1971) & "The Relevance of Anarcho-Syndicalism" (1976)
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Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton – review

Why Marx Was Right by  Terry Eagleton – review | real utopias | Scoop.it

As the IMF dishes out its medicine in Lisbon, Dublin and Athens, and the limitations of neo-liberalism become more apparent, the moment is surely right for a compelling account of Karl Marx's relevance to the modern world. And in campus conferences, continuing sales of Das Kapital, and even the words of Pope Benedict XVI (moved to praise Marx's "great analytical skill"), there is a growing appreciation for Marx's predictions of globalisation, rampant capitalism, and the instability of international finance. As the Times put in the middle of the 2008 crash: "He's back!"

 
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Participatory Democracy in the European Union: The European Citizens’ Initiative

Participatory Democracy in the European Union: The European Citizens’ Initiative | real utopias | Scoop.it

Eastern Europe experienced a rapid decline in democracy in 2011, according to the EUI Democracy Index 2011 : In 12 countries of the region the democracy score decreased in the past twelve months. In the same year, seven Western European countries also experienced a decline in their democracy. The erosion of sovereignty and democratic accountability were cited as the main reasons. Democracy, as measured by the EUI, refers to the level of civil liberties in a country, possibilities for political participation and the overall and transparent functioning of government.

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Does peer production represent a radical break with capitalism? | The P2P Daily

Does peer production represent a radical break with capitalism? | The P2P Daily | real utopias | Scoop.it
“While practically and empirically the P2P mode of production is still under the sway of capitalism and to a great extent dependent on it (buying computers and other materials and services from it and using its infrastructure), its logic radically...
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation