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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Thom Hartmann: How & Why Other Countries have Ended the 2-Party System - Democratic Underground

Thom Hartmann: How & Why Other Countries have Ended the 2-Party System - Democratic Underground | real utopias | Scoop.it
So the conventions are in the books, and we're two months away from the election. We're two months away from Americans having an ultimate choice - vote for the Democrat or vote for the Republican. Actually...that's not really much of a choice at all. In fact - other Democracies around the world would laugh at us if we claimed that a vote between one of two major parties here was ACTUALLY a legitimate choice. The truth is - a two-party system isn't really that Democratic at all. And most of the other Democracies on the planet know that - that's why they've reformed their elections to prevent a two-party duopoly from taking over their representative governments.
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Obstruct and Exploit

Obstruct and Exploit | real utopias | Scoop.it
Does anyone remember the American Jobs Act? A year ago President Obama proposed boosting the economy with a combination of tax cuts and spending increases, aimed in particular at sustaining state and local government employment. Independent analysts reacted favorably. For example, the consulting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimated that the act would add 1.3 million jobs by the end of 2012.
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On the Dispersal of Power from the State to Society

On the Dispersal of Power from the State to Society | real utopias | Scoop.it

“By now we can also see that Gramsci was right: as the relation between state and society changed in the twentieth century, so did the nature and scope of politics, and with these the meaning of revolution as such. Accordingly, we can adopt a new perspective on the transition from capitalism to socialism, one that corroborates Marx’s anti-apocalyptic narrative of this transition in Capital: Volume III.

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Video of the Day: Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo on popular protest in Andalucia, Spain

Video of the Day: Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo on popular protest in Andalucia, Spain | real utopias | Scoop.it

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo has become the face of the growing protest movement in Spain. The mayor of a small town in Southern Spain called Marinaleda, he has become well-known for leading combative protests and sit-ins, including a protest in a supermarket in which food was taken and redistributed to the poor. But Sánchez Gordillo has backed up his critiques of capitalism with a viable alternative. In his town of Marinaleda, there is full employment, people rent homes for 15 Euros a month, and everybody who works in the agricultural cooperative that was formed, including the mayor, earns the same salary.

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Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall Street - The Nation. (blog)

Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall Street - The Nation. (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Nation. (blog)Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall StreetThe Nation. (blog)Occupy Wall Street, one of the largest grassroots mass movements in U.S.
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The Death and Life of Occupy - In These Times

The Death and Life of Occupy - In These Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Death and Life of OccupyIn These TimesOccupy Wall Street is dead, at least as far as the chattering classes are concerned. But for Mahoma López, a deli worker at the Hot & Crusty bagel cafe on Manhattan's Upper East Side, it's very much alive.
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GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE Oct.18th & Nov.14-21st 2012

GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE Oct.18th & Nov.14-21st 2012 | real utopias | Scoop.it
follow these links for more details: ★ CALL to ACTION ★ Oct.18 – Global Day of Action ★Coordination ★ ★ overview of EtherPads ★ Resources/Materials ★...
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Asia's next revolution « Social Policy

The Economist devotes this week’s cover, and its main leader, to a story about the expansion of social protection in Asia. One of the main unsung tales of the last ten years has been the massive development of social protection in developing economies like South Africa, Mexico, India, Indonesia, China and Brazil – Barrientos and Hulme call it a “quiet revolution”. The Economist article focuses mainly on health care, and Asia has come late to the party. The Economist is probably right to argue that “every country that can afford to build a welfare state will come under mounting pressure to do so.” But then, I would say that: I have argued the case in The Welfare State (Sage, 2000) and some other papers.

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From Occupy The DNC: National Statement On Increasing Police Brutality. - OpEdNews

From Occupy The DNC: National Statement On Increasing Police Brutality. - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it
In reaction to the massive police presence at the Democratic National Convention, DNC, and in protest of the many unwarranted arrests of non-violent protesters, Occupy The DNC, issued a formal statement on Friday, Sept 7, 2012.
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Seeking Solutions through Behavioral Economics: Dan Airely - Andean Airmail & PERUVIAN TIMES

Seeking Solutions through Behavioral Economics: Dan Airely - Andean Airmail & PERUVIAN TIMES | real utopias | Scoop.it
With Peru experiencing what is arguably the biggest economic boom in its history, the business community here is confident and in many cases exuberant. However, because of the economic storms in Europe and the U.S., Peru’s interdependence with these economies, and the social conflicts within the country, the degree of this enthusiasm has been called into question by some analysts.
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“One year after Occupy Wall Street: DEBT, CRISES and GLOBAL ...

“One year after Occupy Wall Street: DEBT, CRISES and GLOBAL ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Commemorating one year from Occupy Wall street movement and the movement of open public assemblies in thousands of squares, parks and streets all over the world, the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber speaks about the past and the future of exploitation and global revoltwith the poet and writer from Greece Tasos Sagris from Void Network (co-editor of the book “We Are an Image from the Future / The Greek Revolt of Dec. 2008”, AKPress).

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Steve Keen on Hyman Minsky - Social Democracy for the 21st Century

Steve Keen is interviewed in a “From Alpha to Omega” podcast I have posted below, in which the conversation includes the idea of a debt jubilee and Hyman Minsky’s work. The interview begins at 3.12.
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We need proper planning, not jerry-built economics

We need proper planning, not jerry-built economics | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is one of the more bizarre and pathetic policy ideas of modern times: the notion that the economy, which has stubbornly resisted the CPR of many billions of quantitative easing, might suddenly be revived "kick-started", to use the inevitable term, by a rush of people sticking extra-large kitchens and conservatories on their houses.

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Psychology for a Better World

Watch Niki Harré talk about her book "Psychology for a Better World". The book can be downloaded for free from: http://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/psychologyfor...
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"Cleaning Up the Economy" by Paul Krugman at the NY Times - Democratic Underground

"Cleaning Up the Economy" by Paul Krugman at the NY Times - Democratic Underground | real utopias | Scoop.it
Bill Clinton said of the problems Mr. Obama confronted on taking office, “No one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.” If, by that, he meant the overhang of debt, that’s very much the case. But we should have had strong policies to mitigate the pain while households worked down their debt, as well as policies to help reduce the debt — above all, relief for underwater homeowners.
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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: Toronto Review - The Hollywood ...

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: Toronto Review - The Hollywood ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- Intellectual rock star Slavoj Žižek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.
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What Krugman & Stiglitz Can Tell Us - NYBooks - Democratic Underground

What Krugman & Stiglitz Can Tell Us - NYBooks - Democratic Underground | real utopias | Scoop.it
Five years after the onset of the financial crisis that badly damaged the US economy, the nation remains mired in chronic joblessness. The unemployment rate, stubbornly above 8 percent, actually makes the situation look better than it is. Many millions have given up looking for work and no longer figure in the statistics. Long-term unemployment remains at levels unseen since the Great Depression. Young Americans are entering the worst job market in at least a half-century. For both the long-term unemployed and new job seekers, this sustained absence from the workforce will have permanent effects on both their earnings and their well-being. And not just theirs. We have all lost, and continue to lose, from the prolonged mass idleness of potentially productive workers.
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Is socialism dying? - Sri Lanka Guardian

Is socialism dying? - Sri Lanka Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Admittedly, we are living in an imperfect world. Human beings who eventually run the political systems they create are flawed beings. Resources are not in abundance. Any current system is therefore likely to be flawed and replete with imperfections. As a consequence the capitalism that socialist critics howl about has to have holes. So will the new socialism be. Frontline Socialists would have to tell us how they can design a system that would be perfect in an imperfect world. This, they cannot because there is no such world.
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Why Che's daughter fights to preserve his image as idealistic revolutionary - The Guardian

Why Che's daughter fights to preserve his image as idealistic revolutionary - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Forty-five years after Che Guevara's death, his daughter, Aleida, talks about growing up in the shadow of a world-famed leader
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Darwiniana » The coming era of postcapitalism

The idea of communism generates so many bad vibes as to be almost unusable, but that is changing, and the qualification ‘new’ helps to jolt thinking out of the grooves into which it has fallen. The idea of Hegelian ‘sublation’ comes to mind. A ‘new communism’ has to honor its whole tradition here, even as it leaves it all behind, and recasts the subject all over again. The result must ‘sublate’ or be a superset of its legacy, with the dogmatism of marxism especially, both neutralized, and put to good use at the same time. Marxism attempted to give some coherence to the inchoate socialism of the pre-Marx/Engels period, but the result has multiple flaws of its own, and was cleverly upstaged by the mirage of ‘marginalist economics’ and the neo-classical revolution, designed to leave marxists in the dust
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The Activists' Handbook - A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory ...

The Activists' Handbook - A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Activists' Handbook is a powerful guide to grassroots activism. A priceless resource for everyone ready to make a difference, environmental activist Aidan Ricketts offers a step-by-step handbook for citizens eager to start or get involved in grass-roots movements and beyond.
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How Energy Shapes the Economy - Business Insider

How Energy Shapes the Economy - Business Insider | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the beginning, the Master Economist created the Economy. He created businesses large and small, consumers, governments with their regulation, and financial institutions of all types. And the Master Economist declared that the economy should grow. And it did grow, but only for a while. Then it stalled. Then He declared that stimulus of various types should fix it, and it did, for a while. Then He declared that if humans would just wait for a while, it would fix itself, but it wouldn’t.

 

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Understanding The Human-Caused Arctic Death Spiral - ThinkProgress

Understanding The Human-Caused Arctic Death Spiral - ThinkProgress | real utopias | Scoop.it
The record Arctic sea ice decline this year has predictably and deservedly received a fair amount of media attention. Jonathan Leake of the Sunday Times recently penned an article on the impending sea ice record. The bulk of the article was quite good, but at the end succumbed to the standard mainstream media practice of seeking “balance,” thus including some comments by John Christy. Christy has become very reliable for arguing that anything and everything related to climate change probably just boils down to natural variability, as he recently told US Congress was the case with regards to the frequency of extreme weather events, contrary to the body of peer-reviewed scientific literature.
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What kind of Political Economy do we want? — Social Europe Journal

What kind of Political Economy do we want? — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Our friends at Policy Network organised a very stimulating conference yesterday entitled: ‘The Quest for Growth’. The conference amongst other things featured a question and answer session with the leader of the UK Labour party Ed Miliband and the UK Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as well as a very interesting panel on Labour markets, skills and inequaliy. The latter panel consisted of Nita Clarke (IPA Involve), Jonathan Portes (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), Paul Gregg (University of Bath), Paolo Reboani (Italia Lavoro SpA) and Liam Byrne (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions).

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Permaculture, Nature & Civilization Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News

Permaculture, Nature & Civilization Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News | real utopias | Scoop.it

Permaculture was first a contraction of the words permanent agriculture, later being widened to include all permanent culture. The problem is, however, that culture is seen as opposed to nature, its contradiction. Ross Wolf writes:

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