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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Participatory Democracy | Sentenium

A Participatory Democracy implies that all members of society have the opportunity to make contributions in the decision-making process. When we think of the essence of a democracy, we think, the power is in the people, right? Therefore, citizens are active participants in representing their own country. Do we have to participate? No, that is our right too, as participants in democracy, but democracy creates a platform for you to exercise your right to participate. Example? You can vote. When speaking with young adult population, I always hear the excuse, “What does it matter to vote? My vote doesn’t make a difference.” This is where the problem of recognizing our own privilege lies, as a person able to actively participate and contribute to the political system. But more than that, we have the right to voice our opinion: freedom of speech. Now, I am sure that this has its restrictions based on context, but this too is a privilege. But why is it that we exercise our privilege to express ourselves freely more than voting?
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The Twilight of Vanguardism (David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library

The Twilight of Vanguardism (David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library | real utopias | Scoop.it

Revolutionary thinkers have been saying that the age of vanguardism is over for most of a century now. Outside of a handful of tiny sectarian groups, it’s almost impossible to find a radical intellectuals seriously believe that their role should be to determine the correct historical analysis of the world situation, so as to lead the masses along in the one true revolutionary direction. But (rather like the idea of progress itself, to which it’s obviously connected), it seems much easier to renounce the principle than to shake the accompanying habits of thought. Vanguardist, even, sectarian attitudes have become deeply ingrained in academic radicalism it’s hard to say what it would mean to think outside them.

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The Spanish public won't accept a financial coup d'etat

The Spanish public won't accept a financial coup d'etat | real utopias | Scoop.it
Spain's government is right to fear the public reaction to this new round of suffering mandated by the financial markets
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Ministry encourages local cooperatives to think big - The Star Online

Ministry encourages local cooperatives to think big - The Star Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian cooperatives could potentially improve their contributions to the country's economy if they network with their regional counterparts more extensively, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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Greek Workers Hold General Strike - Voice of America

Greek Workers Hold General Strike - Voice of America | real utopias | Scoop.it
Voice of AmericaGreek Workers Hold General StrikeVoice of AmericaWorkers in Greece are holding a nationwide, 24 hour strike to protest the latest round of austerity measures - the first such action a coalition government took control in June.
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ONE OF OCCUPY’S NEW STRATEGIES: STRIKE DEBT! DOWNLOAD THE DEBT RESISTORS’ OPERATIONS MANUAL

ONE OF OCCUPY’S NEW STRATEGIES: STRIKE DEBT! DOWNLOAD THE DEBT RESISTORS’ OPERATIONS MANUAL | real utopias | Scoop.it

Today is the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and FDL’s team of reporters and citizen journalists will have you covered with all the on-the-ground activities. I wanted to add some coverage of this new offshoot of the Occupy movement, in the vein of Occupy Our Homes, the successful effort to fight foreclosures through direct action and pressure on individual banks. As you may know, this effort helped dozens of people all around the country save their homes and get loan modifications, through Occupy Our Homes groups in places like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Rochester, NY.

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The political power of social media - DAWN.com

The political power of social media - DAWN.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Pakistan’s context, the political role of social media was first realised and harnessed by former president, Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf’s Facebook page has 454,016 likes. In 2010, The Telegraph reported that Musharraf was feeling confident about coming back to Pakistan to take part in active politics, being spurred on by his massive following on social media. The next social media darling from Pakistan’s political arena is Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s leader, Imran Khan. He has 436,695 likes on his official Facebook page and his official twitter account is followed by 366,080 people. According to Pankaj Mishra’s profile of Imran Khan, “social media is changing Pakistan,” the PTI leader said. Most Pakistanis have mobile phones. They sign up for Twitter and Facebook in millions. Direct access to voters meant that the PTI could ignore the old constituency politics of appeasing the middlemen.”

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Brooklyn's Industrial Space Retools for a New Era - New York Times

Brooklyn's Industrial Space Retools for a New Era - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
Brooklyn's Industrial Space Retools for a New EraNew York TimesToday, many of these historic buildings, with about 15 million square feet of light manufacturing space in Brooklyn, are antiquated and struggling to stay relevant.
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Shareable: New California Law Powers Up Home Food Production

Shareable: New California Law Powers Up Home Food Production | real utopias | Scoop.it

Late last month, the California State Assembly passed new legislation that would assure legal status for small-scale cottage industries that sell baked goods and other "non-potentially hazardous" food items produced in home kitchens. We're talking homemade cookies and brownies, jams, jellies, fruit pies, mixed nuts, flavored vinegars, dried teas, roasted coffee, and other yummy stuff that's already legal in more than 30 other states including Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Michigan which have similar legislation in place.

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Darwiniana » The waning of the capitalist economic age (and fantasy)

Berman’s essay is of interest, but his confusion of capitalism and the modern age is unhelpful, if not surprising. It certainly looks like the two are equivalent, but they are not. Capitalism is a primordial economic potential emerging before the era of Sumer, and, with many innings and chapters, beginning to become a flood tide in the sixteenth century, perhaps, but not really taking the form that we call ‘capitalism’ until the age of Adam Smith and the Industrial Revolution.
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Worker-Run Factories Spread in Venezuela - The Indypendent

Walking into the plush corporate- style boardroom, I greeted workers from the Grafitos del Orinoco factory before sitting down to conduct the interview. On the white board next to the door, the latest decision of the workers’ factory assembly was still in evidence: whether to pay themselves an end-of-year bonus. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the workers had reached an almost unanimous consensus, with only one of the factory’s 55 employees not in favor.

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Will the Occupy movement dissolve Spain's parliament? - Christian Science Monitor

Will the Occupy movement dissolve Spain's parliament? - Christian Science Monitor | real utopias | Scoop.it

Spain's government was hit by the country's financial crisis on two fronts Tuesday as protestors enraged with austerity cutbacks and tax hikes clashed with police near Parliament while the nation's borrowing costs increased in an auction of its debt.

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Bowling Alone Urbanism - Burgh Diaspora - Economic Development ...

Bowling Alone Urbanism - Burgh Diaspora - Economic Development ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Subsidizing home ownership in the city is a bad idea. Among urban renewal policy wonks, conventional wisdom holds that helping lower income families secure a mortgage will improve a neighborhood. You care more about that which is yours. Social capital increases in distressed areas. A virtuous circle helps to spiral people out of poverty (and into the suburbs). That may be exactly what happens. It's still wrongheaded.
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Waving the White Flag - Huffington Post (blog)

Waving the White Flag - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Let's say your car is stolen. Irresponsible hoodlums take it for an out-of-control joyride, drive the wrong way down a one-way street, terrorize innocent pedestrians and cut donuts on the lawn in front of City Hall. If you get a chance to take it back, do you shrug and say, "No, they can keep it. That car sucks so bad I'm not going to drive anymore"?

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A Business Model That Brings Jobs, Health, Services -- and Joy -- to the ... - Huffington Post

A Business Model That Brings Jobs, Health, Services -- and Joy -- to the ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Brown says that making fresh foods available in communities with limited access to them is changing people's diets, shifting them away from processed food to a healthier mix that includes more produce and fresh foods. A recent study found that childhood obesity rates are dropping in Philadelphia, suggesting that the city's efforts to increase access to healthy food in communities and schools is making a difference.

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The Chrysalis Campus for Young Social Entrepreneurs

The Chrysalis Campus for Young Social Entrepreneurs | real utopias | Scoop.it
A Youth Opportunity Campus where village and slum children will work together to build a better Uganda.
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Workers worry more than bosses, says study - Stock and Land

Workers worry more than bosses, says study - Stock and Land | real utopias | Scoop.it

It may be lonely at the top, but being a leader isn't that stressful, research has found.

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Peace on Earth: Mainstream Corporate Media and its methods of manipulation!

We are told by media people that some news bias is unavoidable. Distortions are caused by deadline pressures, human misjudgment, budgetary restraints, and the difficulty of reducing a complex story into a concise report. Furthermore, the argument goes, no communication system can hope to report everything. Selectivity is needed.

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Rekindling the human spirit - Socialist Worker Online

Rekindling the human spirit - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

Under capitalism, most people have no control not only over what they produce as workers, but over the very process of producing itself.

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Spain: Occupy Congress - Business Insider

Spain: Occupy Congress - Business Insider | real utopias | Scoop.it
Heads up: Later on today, Spain will be hit with its own "occupy" protests, as thousands of people are expected to voice their anger with the conservative governments' new budget cuts that are coming later today.

 

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Why Occupy is no longer relevant - Washington Times

Why Occupy is no longer relevant - Washington Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
About six months into the Occupy Movement, many people and especially activists such as I was for years in the Women’s Movement, kept saying, OK, OK, marching is nice, occupying and sit-ins get publicity, your signs are great, your message of the 1% vs. the 99% resonates with the public, but it’s not enough. You must put your passion into action.

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How the Media is (Still) Failing Occupy

How the Media is (Still) Failing Occupy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The post-camp Occupy Movement is proving a bit too cerebral for a media machine that prefers shiny objects and flashing lights to substance.
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High-Tech Farming Brings Locally Grown Food to Oakland

High-Tech Farming Brings Locally Grown Food to Oakland | real utopias | Scoop.it

Dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthy, alternative food system to traditional mass supermarkets, Farmigo will begin serving the Oakland community today at three area locations.

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Occupy ONLINE: Anonymous Releases Sixty Hours of NYPD Footage from Occupy Wall Street Raid

Occupy ONLINE: Anonymous Releases Sixty Hours of NYPD Footage from Occupy Wall Street Raid | real utopias | Scoop.it
The footage posted is from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Research Unit (TARU), a surveillance unit that is regularly present at political demonstrations to film police actions. It was posted as a torrent for download late in the evening on September 23, 2012. A tiny sample of the footage, including a statement read by a member of Anonymous, was posted on YouTube.
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Italy's 'big baby' boom: Over 60 percent of young adults live with parents - Alaska Dispatch

Italy's 'big baby' boom: Over 60 percent of young adults live with parents - Alaska Dispatch | real utopias | Scoop.it
Italy's 'big baby' boom: Over 60 percent of young adults live with parentsAlaska DispatchThe phenomenon has grown in large part due to the current economic crisis in Europe, experts say.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation