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How Rising Inequality Leaves Everyone Worse Off

How Rising Inequality Leaves Everyone Worse Off | real utopias | Scoop.it

As income inequality in the United States has soared and median wages have flatlined since 1980, economists have spent a lot of time debating why the top 1 percent have done so much better than everyone else. Is policy to blame? The decline of labor? Technology?

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How Gay Marriage Won - TIME (blog)

How Gay Marriage Won - TIME (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Down the ballot, elected leaders who once faithfully pledged to protect tradition have lined up to announce their conversions. Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said he changed his mind after learning that his son is gay. Red-state Democrats Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana, both skilled political tightrope walkers, also switched, as did Virginia’s Mark Warner. They joined Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former President who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law during his 1996 re-election bid but is now calling on the Supreme Court to undo his mistake.

 



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The Death of the Chicano Left - CounterPunch

The Death of the Chicano Left - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Prior to 1986 a clear Left voice could be heard on immigration reform. Among its priorities was that there would be no guest worker program, there would be no employer sanctions, there would be a more humane border enforcement policy, and there would be a clear path to citizenship with an absence of penalties and fees. For the most part we lost, and the only real victory was that proposals for a guest worker program died.

 
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Monsant-Oh No! - Scholars and Rogues

Monsant-Oh No! - Scholars and Rogues | real utopias | Scoop.it

With this deal, Big Agriculture is stepping up its game in consumer abuses and stopping consumers from holding them accountable for their actions. And that is wrong. The government should be protecting consumers, not big companies. If the products or services that a company provides to its customers are faulty, risky, or dangerous, they should be willing to either take them off the market or be held legally responsible for them.

 
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The fate of democratic reforms - Ahram Online

The fate of democratic reforms - Ahram Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

Speaking to opposition figure Amr Hamzawy and Muslim Brotherhood sympathiser Moatezbellah Abdel-Fattah, Dina Ezzat attempts to explore scenarios for the future of a country that is looking at escalating violence in the eye

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The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber – review

The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber – review | real utopias | Scoop.it

David Runciman is shaken from his apathy by a call for a new politics in a book that asks why the Occupy Wall Street protests work.

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Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice | Video on TED.com

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
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Occupy Movement Welcomes Tunisia to “Fake Democracy” - Tunisia Live

Occupy Movement Welcomes Tunisia to “Fake Democracy” - Tunisia Live | real utopias | Scoop.it

As activists from around the world descended on the Manar campus Wednesday for the World Social Forum (WSF), many gathered at the “Global Square” created for dialogue within the event.

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AP Interview: Turkish Cypriot leader: Greek Cypriot financial crisis could ... - Washington Post

AP Interview: Turkish Cypriot leader: Greek Cypriot financial crisis could ... - Washington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ financial woes may further delay prospects for a settlement to the island’s nearly 40-year ethnic division, the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots said Wednesday.

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The Top 22 Gay Marriage Supporters in Business Today - Benzinga

The Top 22 Gay Marriage Supporters in Business Today - Benzinga | real utopias | Scoop.it

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing two landmark cases on the issue of same-sex marriage that may change the current government definition of marriage as we know it.

 



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Reducing Production - CounterPunch

Reducing Production - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring?  Activists across the globe are challenging the uncontrollable dynamic of economic expansion which threatens the survival of humanity.  It has never been more urgent to provide a vision of a new society that can pull these efforts together.

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Occupy Central pioneer outlines its four-stage plan to achieve democracy - South China Morning Post

Occupy Central pioneer outlines its four-stage plan to achieve democracy - South China Morning Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

It's taken fewer than 100 days for Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting to go from low-profile academic at the University of Hong Kong to leading figure in one of the most radical and ambitious campaigns in the city's fight for democracy.

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Occupy Abolishes $1000000 in Medical Debt. Your Turn, Wall Street & White ... - Huffington Post

Occupy Abolishes $1000000 in Medical Debt. Your Turn, Wall Street & White ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

This week, Occupy's Strike Debt! working group "Rolling Jubilee" will be mailing out over 1,000 letters to individuals, mostly in Kentucky and Ohio, who collectively owe over $1,000,000 in personal medical debt.

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Shareable: The Anarchist's Guide to Seed Sharing

Shareable: The Anarchist's Guide to Seed Sharing | real utopias | Scoop.it

Eating in Public (EIP) was founded in 2003 in Hawai'i by Gaye Chan andNandita Sharma in order to develop fun and easy systems that encourage sustainability and mutuality. Everyone and anyone is free to participate. EIP writes, "We do this to demonstrate that we can take care of each other while taking care of ourselves. Through participation in our projects, together we learn how to be commoners and work to reclaims the commons."

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Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country

Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country | real utopias | Scoop.it
John Vidal and Annie Kelly: By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability
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The Revolution of Dignity welcomes the World Social Forum ...

The Revolution of Dignity welcomes the World Social Forum ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Three years ago, in December 2010, Tunisia became the battlefield of an intensive civil resistance, which resulted into a revolution that marked a new era for social movements in the region and across the Arab countries.
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Thousands of employees occupy Bank of Cyprus headquarters - Press TV

Thousands of employees occupy Bank of Cyprus headquarters - Press TV | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thousands of employees of the Bank of Cyprus have occupied Nicosia headquarters to protest at a restructuring deal within the EU bailout, fearing that the merger could result in job cuts.

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Germany accused of dominating EU at expense of smaller states - Irish Independent

Germany accused of dominating EU at expense of smaller states - Irish Independent | real utopias | Scoop.it

LUXEMBOURG'S foreign minister has accused Germany of trying to dominate Europe and warned that small countries like Ireland must be free to develop as financial hubs, as the fall-out from the Cypriot bailout continues.

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The Leninism of Chavez - CounterPunch

The Leninism of Chavez - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Think of it: “The revolution against Capital“! That is how Gramsci understood Lenin’s work; this was Gramsci’s shorthand way of indicating how Lenin and company threw off the evolutionist, progressive consensus of their moment which included the Second International (hence the reference to Capital) and the bourgeois intelligentsia.[1] This was the “end of history” doctrine of the epoch. Fast-forwarding a century, perhaps we can say that the single most important thing that Chávez and the Venezuelan people did from the 1990s onward was to throw off — in a revolutionary, Leninist way, if you will — the “end of history” consensus of our moment, which had infected both left and right.

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Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | real utopias | Scoop.it

veryone has an opinion about technology. Depending on whom you ask, it will either: a) Liberate us from the drudgery of everyday life, rescue us from disease and hardship, and enable the unimagined flourishing of human civilization; or b) Take away our jobs, leave us broke, purposeless, and miserable, and cause civilization as we know it to collapse.

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How the Heirs of a Multi-Billion Dollar Oil ... - Occupy Monsanto

How the Heirs of a Multi-Billion Dollar Oil ... - Occupy Monsanto | real utopias | Scoop.it

N-P-K, these letters are quite familiar to anyone with a little experience gardening; standing for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the three main fertilizer nutrients we focus on almost exclusively today.  Phosphorus and potassium are basically rocks and have some of their own issues due to overmining and a few other problems, but today the concentration will be on everyone’s favorite fertilizer, nitrogen.

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Should socialists support degrowth? - Climate & Capitalism

Should socialists support degrowth? - Climate & Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring?  Activists across the globe are challenging economic expansion which threatens the survival of humanity.  It has never been more urgent to provide a vision of a new society that can pull these efforts together.

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Fear and Uncertainty in Cyprus - CounterPunch

Fear and Uncertainty in Cyprus - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

The municipal theatre of Nicosia sits directly behind the Cypriot parliament. Its prominence within the capital suggests the importance of such civic buildings to a population seeing itself as the inheritors to the grand heritage of Greek tradition stretching back millennia.

 
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Lessons from Cyprus: Euro Crisis Poses Grave Dangers to EU Unity - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Lessons from Cyprus: Euro Crisis Poses Grave Dangers to EU Unity - SPIEGEL ONLINE | real utopias | Scoop.it

Cyprus has been saved. But the euro zone may ultimately be the biggest loser. The tough negotiations clearly demonstrated that Europe's north and south no longer understand each other -- and the political differences could soon become more dangerous than the currency crisis. By SPIEGEL Staff

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