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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Climate Change, Carbon Offsetting, and the Destruction of Local Communities - Huffington Post (blog)

Climate Change, Carbon Offsetting, and the Destruction of Local Communities - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

With the recent passing of Hurricane Sandy and the effects that it left in Haiti and the East Coast of the United States, the issues of climate change and its consequences are inevitably on the forefront of our minds. Undoubtedly, the need to limit our carbon emissions is ever more urgent and necessary. The question remains however: How are we to do that?

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Conversations with History: Michael Hardt

Conversations with History Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Michael Hardt of Duke University. They discuss his joint work with Antonio Negri on Empire. Professor Hardt reflects on his own intellectual odyssey and how his political activism shaped his thinking about radical consciousness in an age of Empire. Series: "Conversations with History" [1/2006] [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 11285]
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Frack Fight: A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance

Frack Fight: A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance | real utopias | Scoop.it

There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement. It’s a secret war being waged in the shadows while you go about your everyday life.

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The value of a sharing economy - economia

The value of a sharing economy - economia | real utopias | Scoop.it

Parita Doshi, associate at OnPurpose, considers the bonuses of the "sharing economy" and why it has led to a boom in sharing online marketplaces

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Rags, Bones and the Sharing Economy – Blog | SustainAbility

Rags, Bones and the Sharing Economy – Blog | SustainAbility | real utopias | Scoop.it

At the risk of showing my age, when I was very young I was fascinated by the man that passed by our house every other week with his horse and cart letting out the cry of “any old iron!” He was a rag and bone man and one of the last of a dying breed that made their living collecting anything that people wanted to get rid of – metal or not. “Put it outside for the rag and bone man” was a familiar refrain in our house.

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The World Bank's Shocking, Cautionary Tale on Climate Change - Huffington Post

The World Bank's Shocking, Cautionary Tale on Climate Change - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Like the Ghost of Christmas Future, the World Bank has just provided us with a frightening glimpse into our world-to-be if, unlike Scrooge, we fail to change our ways.

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Marx, banking, firewalls and firefighters

Marx, banking, firewalls and firefighters | real utopias | Scoop.it
according to Sternberg, the global banking crash was caused by ‘communism’ in banks i.e. greedy workers “getting too large a share of the income generated“. Really? Apart from the distortion of the idea of communism into something that has to do with labour’s share being maximised under capitalism, it’s just not true that wages or ‘employee compensation’, as the Americans like to call it, have increased as a share of national income in the major capitalist economies over the last 30 years.
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Monsieur Hollande’s Crisis — Social Europe Journal

Monsieur Hollande’s Crisis — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Who can deny that Francois Hollande has a serious problem? Polls show his popularity has plummeted – that only just over one-third of the public still support him. In his press conference speech on 12 November he sought to convince a growingly sceptical public that he can turn France around, that “decline is not our destiny.” Yet to combat rising unemployment, dying industry, low competitiveness, stuttering growth and the threat of recession, the government produced a tough October budget and promised to further reduce the deficit to 3% by next year.

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My Europe: Right or Left! — Social Europe Journal

My Europe: Right or Left! — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Misconceptions about the crisis and about the role of Europe and the Member States are spreading rapidly. First and foremost, one major consequence of the financial markets crisis was re-interpreted as a sovereign debt crisis, thus transforming an effect of the crisis into a cause. Listening to general debates in the European Parliament, you could easily get the impression that a fight to the death is going on between the forces of evil – the Member States – and the good guys, the European Commission and in particular the European Parliament.

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Public Sector Deficits are the Solution, not the Problem! — Social Europe Journal

Public Sector Deficits are the Solution, not the Problem! — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

With the presidential election in the rearview mirror, a so-called fiscal cliff allegedly threatens disaster for the US economy. The time has come to drive a stake through the ideology of the budget cuts, not only in the United States but also Europe. This ideology draws great support from the creeping coup that replaced economics with nonsense as the true guide to public policy.

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We are all Greeks! — Social Europe Journal

We are all Greeks! — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The attack on workers’ rights, wages and collective bargaining systems in Europe is continuing. The latest incident can be found in the new DG ECFIN report on labour market developments in Europe.

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Why Chris Anderson thinks 3D printing will be bigger than the web | memeburn

Why Chris Anderson thinks 3D printing will be bigger than the web | memeburn | real utopias | Scoop.it
Chris Anderson recently exited one of the top jobs in publishing – Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine – to pursue the life of an entrepreneur, making a big bet that 3D printers represent a massive new phase of the industrial revolution.
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State and impact of The Sharing Economy – white paper

To mark Global Sharing Day on 14th November 2012 we’ve co-published a white paper exploring “The Sharing Economy” with our research partner .
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Emergent Culture – Anthropologist Dr. David Graeber on the Necessity of a Debt Jubilee

Emergent Culture – Anthropologist Dr. David Graeber on the Necessity of a Debt Jubilee | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Graeber is an American anthropologist and Professor in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London. Before that he was the assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University. Graeber has been involved in social and political activism, including the protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City in 2002 and is an avid supporter of Occupy Wall Street.
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Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia - Video and audio - News and media - Home

Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia - Video and audio - News and media - Home | real utopias | Scoop.it

Dr Faguet will speak about his new book Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia.

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What is Community Rights? by Paul Cienfuegos

The national Community Rghts movement represents a local level cultural and legal strategy for communities, both conservative and progressive, it's not about ideology, to rein in corporate power.
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Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? | Video on TED.com

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

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Economic Update: "Capitalism's Costly Uneven Development: Detroit" | Professor Richard D. Wolff

Economic Update: "Capitalism's Costly Uneven Development: Detroit" | Professor Richard D. Wolff | real utopias | Scoop.it

Updates on politicians' big business incomes after their government jobs and the debate over social security. Interview with Prof David Fasenfest of Detroit's Wayne State University on causes and cures of Detroit's economic devastation. Responses to listeners on Britain's homeless and on controlling banks "too big to fail."

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Shareable: This Week in Sharing: Hacking a Better Food System

Shareable: This Week in Sharing: Hacking a Better Food System | real utopias | Scoop.it

It was a big week for folks looking for healthier, and more sustainable and equitable, approaches to growing and distributing food. Last weekend, New York City was host to Farm Hack NYC, a two day idea hack bringing together urban agriculture enthusiasts from across the city. From Chicago comes news that city planners are set to approve a proposal to transform the blighted Black Belt area on the city's South Side into the largest urban farm district in the nation. This news coincides with "Food: An Atlas", a new Kickstarter project from UC Berkeley professor Darin Jensen, cartographer Molly Roy, and the larger guerrilla cartography community. The maps released to date, some reproduced at the Atlantic Cities, visualize the socioeconomic divisions separating those who have access to fresh and healthy food from those who do not.

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Lauren Shigemasa's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:57 AM

In order to fix the problem, we must see where it lies. Amazing how people can create awareness based on a comprehensive map like this!

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[Video] “Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis”: Loren Goldner, David Harvey, Andrew Kliman and Paul Mattick

[Video] “Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis”: Loren Goldner, David Harvey, Andrew Kliman and Paul Mattick | real utopias | Scoop.it

Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? economic? social? Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it? Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice? Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics? Is there capitalism after socialism?

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The Pessoptimist’s Arab Revolution: A Mismatch Between Social Evolution and Political Revolution - Articles | Insight Turkey

The article argues that of the three structural problems of the Arab world, as enumerated in the UNDP Arab Human Development report, freedom, knowledge, and women’s power deficit, the Arab Awakening has only tackled the first one, and with mixed results. The speed of social change has not matched that of political change. Firstly, the authoritarian model of government is still replicated in the society, especially in state sector institutions. Secondly, the notion of citizenship has not been sufficiently developed and the role of intellectuals in the Awakening has been less than expected. Thirdly, the social and political changes may both be slowed down or even reversed if the economic grievances of the Arab world persist. Lastly the article shows how ambiguous and multi-faceted the US’s and the EU’s reaction has been to the Arab Awakening.
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Occupiers' Next Move Is To Bail Out Consumers

Occupiers' Next Move Is To Bail Out Consumers | real utopias | Scoop.it

Dubbed the Rolling Jubilee, Occupiers have created a program to buy distressed consumer debt and then erase it. That will "liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal," the Jubilee's website said.

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Occupy: The Movie - Completion Funding

On September 17 2011, a worldwide social movement was born in New York City. This film documents who they are and what they protest.
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Howard Zinn, Taking the Long View on Occupy - OpEdNews

Howard Zinn, Taking the Long View on Occupy - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it
I'm reading a book containing conversations with Howard Zinn called Original Zinn and there's a particularly relevant and moving piece on page 26 where he's talking about a Civil Rights action in Albany, GA, in December 1960. The action "failed" with beatings and arrests for all. Nobody outside of the area really heard about it at the time.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation