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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Violence And Dignity – Reflections On The Middle East

Violence And Dignity – Reflections On The Middle East | real utopias | Scoop.it

From The Mosaic Rooms: Professor Noam Chomsky, delivering the 2013 Edward W Said Lecture: ‘Violence and Dignity – Reflections on the Middle East’ at Friends House in London on 18th March 2013. This video shows the full lecture, with introductions by Omar Al-Qattan and Mariam C Said.

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Alternatives to Capitalism: an Open Thread | MyFDL

Alternatives to Capitalism: an Open Thread | MyFDL | real utopias | Scoop.it
My own increasing interest in alternatives largely were due to the aforementioned failures plus the reading of thrilling declarations I've done for many posts on the global Indigenous movements that are coming out of the shadows.
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In Defense of Utopia (Part II): The Whole World Is Getting Much, Much Better - ThinkProgress

In Defense of Utopia (Part II): The Whole World Is Getting Much, Much Better - ThinkProgress | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Part I of this essay, I argued that we need a new way of thinking about utopia that is appropriate to today’s modernizing progressive coalition. That approach should start by embracing new findings on human nature and economics that provide the basis for an expansive vision of humanity’s future (see related posts here and here).  And it will reject the left’s currently gloomy view of progress, which confuses current problems with long-term trends.  It is true that rising inequality in the US and some other countries has limited the benefits of economic growth.  It is true that globalization has produced its share of losers in the US and that globally many nations are still mired in poverty.  It is true that world economic progress is promoting serious climate problems.  But economic growth and globalization as long term trends are still far more beneficial than harmful, a fact which resonates with this emerging coalition, even if it no longer does with the traditional working class.

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An Introduction to Marx’s Theory of Value With Multiple Sectors | heteconomist.com

An Introduction to Marx’s Theory of Value With Multiple Sectors | heteconomist.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a previous post, I briefly introduced Marx's value theory. Values and prices were considered at the aggregate level without breaking the economy down into different sectors. This enabled a focus on basic macro relationships. In this post, the economy is disaggregated into several sectors. Following the 'temporal single-system interpretation' (TSSI), aggregate surplus value is taken to determine the average rate of profit in the economy, prior to the determination of individual prices. If free capital mobility is assumed, there is a tendency for rates of profit to equalize across sectors. This causes a divergence of prices from values in individual sectors. Nevertheless, key aggregate equalities continue to hold, and the divergence of prices from values occurs in a systematic way, according to the composition of capital in each sector. The exposition closely follows a 1999 paper by Andrew Kliman and Ted McGlone entitled, 'A Temporal Single-system Interpretation of Marx's Value Theory', published in the Review of Political Economy.

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Lingering Questions for Chomsky on Venezuela (Part 1)

Lingering Questions for Chomsky on Venezuela (Part 1) | real utopias | Scoop.it

On the U.S. left, there are certain sacred cows that one should never take on directly. For years, Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has been, for the most part, sacrosanct and immune from criticism. The underlying reasons for this kid-glove treatment are hardly mysterious or difficult to surmise, particularly in light of Chávez's hostility to George Bush, the great bane of progressive folk. Such sympathy would only increase over time, heading into high gear after the U.S.-supported coup of 2002, which was directed against Chávez.

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Latest 'Occupy' Movement Targets Goldman Sachs - Forbes

Latest 'Occupy' Movement Targets Goldman Sachs - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street movement sets sites on Goldman Sachs, plan to shut down offices worldwide.
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Monsanto flirts with disaster, owns the world anyway

Monsanto flirts with disaster, owns the world anyway | real utopias | Scoop.it
Just three years ago, the agribusiness giant was a laughingstock. Thanks to its friends in government and the courts, and new industry alliances, it's back with a vengeance.
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Iraq, Afghan wars will cost to $4 trillion to $6 trillion, Harvard study says

Iraq, Afghan wars will cost to $4 trillion to $6 trillion, Harvard study says | real utopias | Scoop.it
Long-term costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars could reach $6 trillion, according to a new Harvard study.
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New climate for direct action developing in Canada and U.S.

New climate for direct action developing in Canada and U.S. | real utopias | Scoop.it
American academic Sean Parson observes that environmental and Native groups are increasingly being pushed toward extralegal protest actions.
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The quiet progressive tech revolution

The quiet progressive tech revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it

Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be writing more about how not just the party – but campaigning groups and organisations around the party – are using new technology and digital/social media to push back against the government and the well organised campaign groups on the Right that have often enjoyed unchallenged dominance online.

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Your iPhone kills jobs

Your iPhone kills jobs | real utopias | Scoop.it

Like teenagers who enjoy the social benefits of a mobile phone but rue their parent’s newfound ability to contact them at any time, workers who perform their tasks on-the-go can now be monitored step-by-step by their managers with the help of smartphone applications.

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Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn't Get Us, Climate Change Will

The growing threats of nuclear war and environmental catastrophe make it hard to bet on the survival of our species.
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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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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation