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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Occupy Seattle Year One: A Defining Moment - KUOW NPR

Occupy Seattle Year One: A Defining Moment - KUOW NPR | real utopias | Scoop.it

Monday [October 1] marks the one year anniversary of Occupy Seattle. The group sprang up soon after demonstrations started on Wall Street. Within weeks, a protest in downtown Seattle grabbed the national spotlight. It focused on an 84–year–old woman named Dorli Rainey.

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Neil Clark: How Venezuela's participatory democracy puts western ...

Neil Clark: How Venezuela's participatory democracy puts western ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
I’ve witnessed the self-assured superiority of Paris, the imperial arrogance of Washington, the capitalist decadence of New York’s Manhattan, parliamentary elections in Germany, and my fair share of elections in Britain. In none of them have I encountered a democratic political culture as profound as Venezuela’s.
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Ethical economy: Remembering the 1960s | Columns | Breakingviews

Ethical economy: Remembering the 1960s | Columns | Breakingviews | real utopias | Scoop.it

Revolution was not on the agenda when the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church opened on Oct. 11, 1962, almost exactly 50 years ago. However, the gathering marked the start of a new era, not only for the world’s largest centrally-run religion. During the following years, the hope for a better, freer world led to everything from the sexual revolution to the Prague Spring, from African independence to the hippie culture of Woodstock. A half-century on, it seems a good time for an economist to take stock.

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Can austerity work?

Can austerity work? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The people of Spain, Greece and Portugal have been on the streets to oppose more ‘austerity’ as a solution to the economic crisis in these countries. Yet the Spanish government is proceeding to impose yet another round of austerity measures in its 2013 budget announced this week. The French ‘left’ government has also done something similar and the Greek coalition is struggling to reach agreement on yet another round of cuts in government spending demanded by the EU and the IMF.

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Home | Capitalism 3.0

Home | Capitalism 3.0 | real utopias | Scoop.it

Our current version of capitalism—the corporate, globalized version 2.0—is rapidly squandering our shared inheritances. Now, Peter Barnes offers a solution: protect the commons by giving it property rights and strong institutional managers.

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Open Democracy and Citizen Movements: Icelandic Constitution Process + Open Democracy in Practice | Aalto University1 | Bambuser

Open Democracy and Citizen Movements: Icelandic Constitution Process + Open Democracy in Practice | Aalto University1 | Bambuser | real utopias | Scoop.it
Broadcast by Aalto University1 on Bambuser.com...
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Six Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read

Six Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read | real utopias | Scoop.it

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites.

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Do Companies Like Apple and Starbucks Really Deserve Their Ethical ... - Minyanville.com

Do Companies Like Apple and Starbucks Really Deserve Their Ethical ... - Minyanville.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL With social awareness and consumer intelligence on the rise, it’s becoming the case that companies need to do more than create great products and services to inspire a loyal fan base. The success of companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Trader Joe's prove that a strong brand with an ethically conscience image can do wonders for business, since even in this tough economy, consumers are lining up and going out of their way to buy pricey iPhones and frozen foods because the brands seem to fit the right social profile.

 

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Reconnecting business and nature can help companies become more resilient - The Guardian (blog)

Reconnecting business and nature can help companies become more resilient - The Guardian (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

The way in which humans engage with, and respond to, the environment has undergone some significant developments in the last century. Major transformations in rapid industrialisation and urbanisation have continued to reinforce a sense of separation between society and nature, human and non-human worlds. It is arguably this sense of separation that has enabled society to capitalise on the fruits of science, industry and global economics. Conversely, it is also what underwrites the parallel dysfunction and destruction of our social and ecological systems.

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A Letter to My Allies on the Left - The Nation.

A Letter to My Allies on the Left - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it

The great human rights activist Harvey Milk was hopeful, even though when he was assassinated gays and lesbians had almost no rights (but had just won two major victories in which he played a role). He famously said, “You have to give people hope.”

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Impressions of the Venezuelan Election: Participatory Democracy vs. Western ... - Venezuelanalysis.com

Impressions of the Venezuelan Election: Participatory Democracy vs. Western ... - Venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

I’ve witnessed the self-assured superiority of Paris, the imperial arrogance of Washington, the capitalist decadence of New York’s Manhattan, parliamentary elections in Germany, and my fair share of elections in Britain. In none of them have I encountered a democratic political culture as profound as Venezuela’s.

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Europe's Debt Crisis Hits New Heights - Uprising

Europe's Debt Crisis Hits New Heights - Uprising | real utopias | Scoop.it

A day after mass popular demonstrations, the governments of Spain and Greece specified billions of Euros in cuts to social programs yesterday. The Spanish government specified €40 billion in budget cuts and tax increases which includes a minimum 9% across the board cut for all government ministries, a third consecutive salary freeze for civil servants, a reversal of tax breaks for home buyers, and an increase in taxes on lottery prizes. In a rare gesture to seniors, pension payments will increase 1 percent for now.

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Airbnb Is Raising A Big Third Round, Aiming For A Valuation North Of $2B | TechCrunch

Airbnb Is Raising A Big Third Round, Aiming For A Valuation North Of $2B | TechCrunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

It’s the darling of “sharing economy” startups, Y Combinator and a good portion of Silicon Valley’s top investors, and a symbol of consumer web startups moving beyond entertainment to solve real life problems. Now we’re hearing short-term room-renting site Airbnb is also something else — one of the very few name-brand startups raising a massive new round of funding these days.

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Michael Parenti:Orthodoxy in the Media - Modern Media Censorship

Michael Parenti:Orthodoxy in the Media - Modern Media Censorship
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Noam Chomsky - Genesis to End Times - Q&A

A Chomsky lecture, followed by ZMI student questions. In this 5 hous session he talks about the foundations of the USA empire, to the Middle East today, US foreign policy, climate war and climate change, financialisation carbon trading, social and technical problems, Israel-Palestine, climate change, local currencies, fractional reserves, debt, Ron Paul, geo-engineering, mass-transit, Los Angeles, factory occupations, Parecon, Arundhati Roy on Moaist rebels and tribals and much more. Date: June 11, 2010

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Paul Krugman: We Must End The 'Cruel Nonsense' Of Austerity - Huffington Post

Paul Krugman: We Must End The 'Cruel Nonsense' Of Austerity - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

So much for complacency. Just a few days ago, the conventional wisdom was that Europe finally had things under control. The European Central Bank, by promising to buy the bonds of troubled governments if necessary, had soothed markets. All that debtor nations had to do, the story went, was agree to more and deeper austerity -- the condition for central bank loans -- and all would be well.

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Bo Xilai: Chinese social media reaction - BBC News

Bo Xilai: Chinese social media reaction - BBC News | real utopias | Scoop.it

Within minutes of the Xinhua announcement of China's Communist Party's decision on Bo Xilai, posts and reposts of the decision started to circulate on Chinese social media websites and comments appeared on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, and other sites.

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GREECE IN OR OUT: the two armies are face to face

GREECE IN OR OUT: the two armies are face to face | real utopias | Scoop.it

The forces swirling around Greece’s punch-drunk head remain more difficult to lasso than ether. But an exhaustive check with every source (and reading of every signal) by The Slog over the last two days suggests very strongly that two diverse coalitions – with diametrically opposed opinions and aims – are struggling to gain the upper hand. The goal of one side is to ensure Athens stays in the eurozone; the aim of the other is to effect its exit with all dispatch.

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Dr David Graeber, Politics seminar, Goldsmiths, University of London, 24 November 2009

RUPE seminar on libertarian thought no. 4: 24 November - Dr David Graeber (Anthropology, Goldsmiths): 'We are all already communists (reconsidered)'
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Spain: Creative Alternatives to an Economy in Crisis - Global Voices Online

Spain: Creative Alternatives to an Economy in Crisis - Global Voices Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

Since the start of the economic crisis, the Spanish government has not taken the necessary measures to foment growth or create jobs. On the contrary, they have made multiple cuts to the budget that put at risk entire social groups and endanger the rights of the citizenry. This has aggravated the situation of countries that are already on the brink of bankruptcy.

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When economists brush with death | Steve Keen | Commentary | Business Spectator

When economists brush with death | Steve Keen | Commentary | Business Spectator | real utopias | Scoop.it
The journey of Irving Fisher shows disequilibrium ultimately rules in the marketplace, just as in ordinary life. Economists owe the world a model that reflects this.
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Oppression into Opportunity: How Ethical Shopping Can Hold Up Half the Sky - Huffington Post

Oppression into Opportunity: How Ethical Shopping Can Hold Up Half the Sky - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
Umoja's tremendous story is just one of several issues presented in Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the incredible socio-documentary based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn that premieres Oct. 1 and 2 on PBS.
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City Councils Try 'Participatory Budgeting' To Get Citizens More Involved In Community, Politics

City Councils Try 'Participatory Budgeting' To Get Citizens More Involved In Community, Politics | real utopias | Scoop.it
After a dynamic inaugural year of inviting the public to help decide how the New York City Council spends some of its funds, four council members who pioneered the practice are about to have some company.
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A Theory of Transnational Revolution by Kees van der Pijl

A Theory of Transnational Revolution by Kees van der Pijl | real utopias | Scoop.it

Sultangaliev and his fellow Eastern Revolutionaries had once opposed to their Western Comrades’ idea that revolutions in the West would bring freedom and equality to the oppressed people and the wretched of the World by arguing that the real World Revolution will be brought about by revolutions that will take place in the periphery and ultimately surround the capitalist metropolis of the centre. Today, dialectically, the World Revolution is coming from the (Global) South, which is a transnational space of resistance and alternatives, geographically embedded everywhere simultaneously, including the metropolis of the centre. Therefore this is the time to believe that positive change is possible, necessary and actually happening right now! Please contribute even it is a little, and convince your loved and trusted people to do do the same, before we miss a good chance to build a real democracy and peace!

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Shareable: What is the Informal Economy & Why Should You Care?

Shareable: What is the Informal Economy & Why Should You Care? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The “informal economy” is shorthand for a host of different under-the-radar, non-recognized, untracked, unsanctioned, disregarded, and often disparaged commercial activities taking place all around the world, in both emerging and developed markets. This includes everything from street vending to P2P networks to DIY exchanges, alternative currencies, and ad-hoc entrepreneurship. It is the fastest growing part of the global economy. If the informal economy were a country, it would have the world's second largest GDP. In the UK, it contributes 10 percent to the GDP and, in countries like Spain, over 20 percent. In some countries, it employs up to 80 percent of the workforce.

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