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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Wired 13.08: We Are the Web

Three thousand years from now, when keen minds review the past, I believe that our ancient time, here at the cusp of the third millennium, will be seen as another such era. In the years roughly coincidental with the Netscape IPO, humans began animating inert objects with tiny slivers of intelligence, connecting them into a global field, and linking their own minds into a single thing. This will be recognized as the largest, most complex, and most surprising event on the planet. Weaving nerves out of glass and radio waves, our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention. The Machine provided a new way of thinking (perfect search, total recall) and a new mind for an old species. It was the Beginning.

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Keynes: being gay and caring for the future of our grandchildren

Apparently, right-wing Harvard Professor and author Niall Ferguson says John Maynard Keynes didn’t care about future generations because he was gay and didn’t have children.  Speaking at the Tenth Annual Altegris Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., in front of a group of more than 500 financial advisors and investors, Ferguson responded to a question about Keynes’ famous philosophy of self-interest versus the economic philosophy of Edmund Burke, who believed there was a social contract among the living, as well as the dead. Ferguson asked the audience how many children Keynes had. He explained that Keynes had none because he was a homosexual and was married to a ballerina, with whom he likely talked of “poetry” rather than procreated. The audience went quiet at the remark.  Ferguson, who is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, and author of The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, says it’s only logical that Keynes would take this selfish worldview because he was an “effete” member of society. Apparently, in Ferguson’s world, if you are gay or childless, you cannot care about future generations nor society.

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Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | real utopias | Scoop.it

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

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Noam Chomsky - "Power Systems" (Full Talk + Q&A)

Noam Chomsky - "Power Systems" (Full Talk + Q&A): http://t.co/k6iC8u3PeX via @youtube
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How Feudalism Hinders Community Transformation And Economic Evolution ... - Eurasia Review

How Feudalism Hinders Community Transformation And Economic Evolution ... - Eurasia Review | real utopias | Scoop.it

Feudalism is an affliction upon humankind, akin to apartheid and slavery. The nature of feudalism inhibits people, communities, and nations from making the necessary transformation within economy and society that will ensure escape from the shackles of poverty, to survival with dignity outside the envelop of ignorance that prevents emergence into an aspired place within the world community. What is even more amazing is that authors like Messrs Beinhocker, Diamond, Friedman, Ohmae, Porter, and Sachs, have had little, if not anything to say on this matter. Feudalism has been treated like leprosy; its existence deigned.

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Subversive education

Subversive education | real utopias | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky on Wednesday joined Bruno della Chiesa, a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), in an Askwith Forum covering the legacy of the radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and his 1968 book, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” The conversation was moderated by Professor Howard Gardner

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Why Obama is more than Bush with a human face | Slavoj Žižek

Why Obama is more than Bush with a human face | Slavoj Žižek | real utopias | Scoop.it

How did Barack Obama win re-election? The philosopher Jean-Claude Milner recently proposed the notion of the "stabilising class": not the old ruling class, but all who are committed to the stability and continuity of the existing social, economic and political order – the class of those who, even when they call for a change, do so to ensure that nothing really will change. The key to electoral success in today's developed states is winning over this class. Far from being perceived as a radical transformer, Obama won them over, and that's why he was re-elected. The majority who voted for him were put off by the radical changes advocated by the Republican market and religious fundamentalists.

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ZCommunications | Boston and Beyond by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article

ZCommunications | Boston and Beyond by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article | real utopias | Scoop.it

There are few in Boston who were not touched in some way by the marathon bombings on April 15 and the tense week that followed. Several friends of mine were at the finish line when the bombs went off. Others live close to where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect, was captured. The young police officer Sean Collier was murdered right outside my office building

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Disaster relief workers or class warriors? Occupy faces an identity crisis ... - The Age

Disaster relief workers or class warriors? Occupy faces an identity crisis ... - The Age | real utopias | Scoop.it

Not long ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement seemed poised to largely fade from the national conversation, with few concrete accomplishments beyond introducing its hallmark phrase, ''We are the 99 per cent''.

 




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The Great Call of China - euronews

The Great Call of China - euronews | real utopias | Scoop.it

What are the keys to success for a European SMEopening up a business in China? Who do you turn to for help if you want to set up a business in Shanghai, China’s economic hub? Find out in this edition of Business Planet.

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The sustainable restaurants rating

The sustainable restaurants rating | real utopias | Scoop.it

More and more people are thinking about what they eat, and considering the ethics of their food choices. There is growing awareness of things such as Freedom Foods, Marine Stewardship Council certified fish, food waste, and air miles. But those are all choices we make for ourselves as we shop and cook. What about when we eat out?

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Carbon Omissions - the CO2 we're not counting

Carbon Omissions - the CO2 we're not counting | real utopias | Scoop.it

There was an event in London last night that I’d have got along to under normal circumstances*  – the launch of Carbon Omissions. It’s a project from the Public Interest Research Centre(PIRC), whose previous work includes Climate Safety and the advertising report Think of me as Evil?. Both of those were engaging and thought provoking, so I have my eye on what they’re up to.

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Noam Chomsky: Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination | real utopias | Scoop.it
Under Obama's administration, if you meet with someone in a terrorist group and advise them to turn to nonviolent means, then that's material assistance to terrorism.
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A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse | David Graeber | The Baffler

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse | David Graeber | The Baffler | real utopias | Scoop.it

What is a revolution? We used to think we knew. Revolutions were seizures of power by popular forces aiming to transform the very nature of the political, social, and economic system in the country in which the revolution took place, usually according to some visionary dream of a just society. Nowadays, we live in an age when, if rebel armies do come sweeping into a city, or mass uprisings overthrow a dictator, it’s unlikely to have any such implications; when profound social transformation does occur—as with, say, the rise of feminism—it’s likely to take an entirely different form. It’s not that revolutionary dreams aren’t out there. But contemporary revolutionaries rarely think they can bring them into being by some modern-day equivalent of storming the Bastille.

  

 

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Interview: David Graeber, leading figure of Occupy - Spectator Blogs

Interview: David Graeber, leading figure of Occupy - Spectator Blogs | real utopias | Scoop.it

Graeber, along with other leading figures in the Occupy movement, coined the term ‘we are the 99 percent’. The catchphrase caught on, and within weeks — with the assistance of social media — Occupy transformed a small group of idealists with little support into a radical network occupying 800 cities around the world.

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Taking notes 21: The dangerous dreams of Slavoj Žižek ...

Taking notes 21: The dangerous dreams of Slavoj Žižek ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Whatever the armchair revolutionaries may say, the world now knows that the real impulse of anti-capitalist resistance is coming from the anarchist, autonomist and anti-authoritarian Left. Žižek still seems to believe that it is the “myth of direct democracy”, much more than the authoritarian neoliberalism promoted by Thatcher and her acolytes, that poses the greatest obstacle to humanity’s collective emancipation. So be it. As Orwell once put it, “myths which are believed tend to come true,” and if our widely-believed myth of direct democracy truly ends up obstructing Žižek’s dangerous dreams of Thatcherite communism, this should be a source of celebration for us all. After all, in all honesty, what can we claim to have gained if we overthrow our old Master today only to wake up to a new one tomorrow? One message to Žižek now seems to be in place: dream on Slavoj! The salvation of your Stalinist soul depends on it.

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Another Government Is Necessary: The People Can Rule Better Than the Elites - Truth-Out

Another Government Is Necessary: The People Can Rule Better Than the Elites - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

More people are taking action in their communities to meet their basic needs because of government corruption at all levels that protects the status quo when urgent change is needed. People are moving on many fronts to challenge the system and create the world they want to see

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Airbnb Declares No Vacancies for Anonymity - TechNewsWorld - TechNewsWorld

Airbnb Declares No Vacancies for Anonymity - TechNewsWorld - TechNewsWorld | real utopias | Scoop.it

Sharing is at the heart of Airbnb's business model -- people open up their homes to Airbnb guests who want to save money. That now also means sharing more personal identification in a move announced by the company this week. The goal is to boost trust for U.S. guests and their hosts, and also bring some credibility by removing anonymity from the so-called "sharing economy" which relies heavily on Web connections.

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Can corporations co-exist with democracy? - Boardhost

Can corporations co-exist with democracy? - Boardhost | real utopias | Scoop.it
I will argue that corporations cannot co-exist with genuine democracy. A genuine, participatory democracy, in which the general populace participate in a substantive way, would threaten the capitalist system which corporations are built to serve. However, the emergence and predominance of the corporation has facilitated the emergence of a form of democracy – liberal democracy – which, by careful processes of management is made safe for corporations to dominate society, and for the capitalist system to reap enormous human and environmental damage. 
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Whose Interests are Served by the BRICS? - Middle East Online

The world-system's structural crisis is moving too fast, and in too many uncertain ways, to assume sufficient relative stability to allow the BRICS as such to continue to play a special role, either geopolitically or economically, argues Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Noam Chomsky: Boston bombings gave Americans taste of terrorism US inflicts abroad every day

Noam Chomsky: Boston bombings gave Americans taste of terrorism US inflicts abroad every day | real utopias | Scoop.it

The drones are a self-generating terror machine that will grow and expand, meanwhile creating new potential targets as they sweep much of the world.

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Tribesmen launch 'occupy' protest at dam site in the Amazon rainforest

Tribesmen launch 'occupy' protest at dam site in the Amazon rainforest | real utopias | Scoop.it
On Thursday roughly 200 indigenous people launched an occupation of a key construction site for the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon.
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Fracking is bad for state's economy - The Journal News | LoHud.com

Fracking is bad for state's economy - The Journal News | LoHud.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many were surprised to learn that Ecology and Environment Inc., the firm that conducted the economic assessment for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s reviews on hydrofracking, is a member of a gas industry lobbying association. I was not at all surprised.

 

 

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Mentoring: A Commitment To The Next Generation - Forbes

Mentoring: A Commitment To The Next Generation - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

Although you might not expect it, mentoring is a symbiotic relationship where our mentors gather very concrete benefits from their participation. With so many volunteers from Morgan Stanley involved in the program, our employees have an opportunity to work together across business units toward a shared mission. Purpose-driven work through a commitment to a cause has been shown to boost company morale and productivity. Volunteer programs give employees a new platform for networking—based on the collective goal of facilitating positive change and not just advancing one’s career or expanding one’s personal network.

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Beyond the education wars: A case study in collaboration

Beyond the education wars: A case study in collaboration | real utopias | Scoop.it
Here's a look at how labor and management in one school district found a path to work together.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation