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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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TUNIS 2013: World Social Forum Meets Spring Revolution

TUNIS 2013: World Social Forum Meets Spring Revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it
The first day of the World Social Forum begins in Tunisia with a big demonstration of civil society social movements. (TUNIS2013: World Social Forum meets Spring Revolution.
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SPEAKER INTERVIEW | RACHEL BOTSMAN | Amplify | Business Innovation and Thought Leadership

SPEAKER INTERVIEW | RACHEL BOTSMAN | Amplify | Business Innovation and Thought Leadership | real utopias | Scoop.it
Rachel Botsman is the force behind collaborative consumption, a revolution of skills and asset sharing through network technologies that is set to radically transform the way we live, work and consume. Rachel has delivered talks at The Clinton Global Initiative, numerous TEDs, HP, Google, No. 10 Downing Street, and come June, Amplify Festival 2013.
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Social media: The fallacy of a “new” revolution…

Social media: The fallacy of a “new” revolution… | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you read the news and follow the hype you’ll be familiar with the calls to throw out your old ways or risk becoming irrelevant. While there is some truth amongst the hype, we’ve seen similar changes before and you are better prepared than you realise – so if you’ve been following these rapid developments and wondering how to make sense of it all, read on.

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Noam Chomsky: The Amazing Rise and Fall of Presumption Of Innocence

Since February 13th, “The Seven” are on their way to the Supreme Court. But no one wants to hear about it. A few individuals against the United States government sounds too Matthew McConaughey, unless you’re a natural-born activist.

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David Harvey - Emancipation from What and from Whom? @ Subversive Film Festival | Diebenow.com

David Harvey - Emancipation from What and from Whom? @ Subversive Film Festival | Diebenow.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Video: David Harvey - Emancipation from What and from Whom? @ Subversive Film Festival http://t.co/7KK5rkiJlR
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Hold Wall Street Accountable! Occupy Our Homes Week of Action, May 18-25

Hold Wall Street Accountable! Occupy Our Homes Week of Action, May 18-25 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, homeowners and residents around the country have taken a stand against the banks and fought foreclosures and evictions. The growing network of Occupy Our Homes supporters have signed petitions, made phone calls, and showed up to events to help families stay in their homes. Dozens of homeowners around the country have won their fights, but the crisis is far from over.
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James Cone and Taylor Branch on MLK's Fight for Economic Equality | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

James Cone and Taylor Branch on MLK's Fight for Economic Equality | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Theologian James Cone and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of economic justice.
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The Climate Bomb: Failures to Confront the Unspeakable, and The Way Ahead - Center for Research on Globalization

The Climate Bomb: Failures to Confront the Unspeakable, and The Way Ahead - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the last 50 years there have been two major threats to life on our planet.  The first, the nuclear arms race and its near disaster of 1962, was narrowly averted by President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy, who then set a course for peace. (See Part I of this essay)

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Across Europe, political leaders have lost the trust of their people - The Guardian

Across Europe, political leaders have lost the trust of their people - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

There was a time when to live a life virtuously was well understood. It embraced personal integrity, commitment to a purpose that was higher than personal gain, a degree of selflessness and even modesty. Those at the top may have got there through ruthlessness and ambition, but they understood that to lead was to set an example and that involved demonstrating better qualities than simply looking after yourself.

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Have You Ever Watched A More Brilliant Argument For Equal Rights?

Have You Ever Watched A More Brilliant Argument For Equal Rights? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was interviewed by CNN 360's Anderson Cooper, and his comments are some of the most intelligent words spoken by a straight man on why gays must win the right to marry, and why no players have come out in major...
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ZCommunications | We Don't Have Borders by Michael Albert | ZMagazine Article

ZCommunications | We Don't Have Borders by Michael Albert | ZMagazine Article | real utopias | Scoop.it
organizing for participatory democracy in venezuela (We Don't Have Borders | Organizing for participatory democracy in Venezuela
An Interview with Tamara Pearson
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Top Climate Scientist James Hansen Retires to Focus on Activism - Democracy Now

Top Climate Scientist James Hansen Retires to Focus on Activism - Democracy Now | real utopias | Scoop.it

The nation’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, is retiring after more than 40 years to focus on activism around fighting global warming. For over 25 years, Dr. Hansen has headed the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA’s premiere climate research center. His testimony to a Senate committee in 1988 first brought the threat of global warming to the world’s attention. Under the George W. Bush administration, he went public to reveal the White House tried to silence his warnings about the urgent need to address climate change. He has since been arrested outside the White House for protesting mountaintop removal and the Keystone XL pipeline. Hansen says he now plans to devote his time to campaigning in the United States for the reduction of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

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Noam Chomsky: Can Civilisation Survive Really Existing Capitalism?

Noam Chomsky: Can Civilisation Survive Really Existing Capitalism? http://t.co/bumQo5EOi8
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From New York to Hong Kong: Striking workers shut down fast food joints, ports and schools | rabble.ca

From New York to Hong Kong: Striking workers shut down fast food joints, ports and schools | rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

Hundreds of New York City fast-food workers, fed up with poverty wages and abusive working conditions, walked off the job this Thursday, demanding minimum pay of $15 an hour and the right to organize and collectively bargain without fear of retaliation. The strike echoes a similar walkout that took place in the city last November and exemplifies how low-wage non-unionized workers across the U.S. are organizing to fight back against exploitation.

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Vive la différence

Vive la différence | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Britain, for better or worse, a law that prevented child-minders or teachers from covering their heads (ie from wearing the standard Muslim hijab) would be very hard to imagine. True, English courts have backed the right of head teachers to stop girls wearing the face-covering niqab or the body-hugging jilbab to school. An English teacher who was asked to remove her niqab received a more mixed result when she went to court: it rejected her claim of religious discrimination but awarded her compensation for the mishandling of her case. But nobody has proposed that British women who teach or look after young children should be stopped from wearing hijab, which does not in any obvious way impede the wearer from imparting or receiving information. "Such a prohibition has never been suggested here," a prominent British Muslim told me. Hijab is now part of the urban British scene; a version of it is an option for London policewomen (pictured). As for the French ban on wearing full-face veils in any public setting, the Britain Home Office was categorical: "It is not for the government to say what people can and cannot wear. Such a proscriptive approach would be out of keeping with our nation's longstanding approach of tolerance." In other words, it would be as foreign as eating frogs' legs.

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In History Departments, It’s Up With Capitalism

In History Departments, It’s Up With Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
A new generation of historians is focusing on capitalism and the bosses, bankers and brokers who run the economy.
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“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police | Global Research

“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police | Global Research | real utopias | Scoop.it

Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened.


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Why we slobber over Slavoj Žižek: Or, how to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time

Why we slobber over Slavoj Žižek: Or, how to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time | real utopias | Scoop.it
BY REBECCA ROTHFELD


(Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street / Photo by Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News)

The contemporary world’s best-known and most controversial intellectual, Slovenia (a kegger thrown by Zizek?
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Topic: David Harvey Reading Marx’s Capital | Politics Worldwide

Topic: David Harvey Reading Marx’s Capital | Politics Worldwide | real utopias | Scoop.it
RT @MarxistNutter: @sociopoltcnurd I'd personally recommend saving yourself a few quid and watching his lectures on capital http://t.co/7LGZMVvvbg
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About This Project: Secrecy For Sale

About This Project: Secrecy For Sale | real utopias | Scoop.it
This multi-year project aims to strip away the biggest mystery associated with tax havens: the owners of anonymous companies. This has never before been possible.
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Robots better than people at picking new workers - Winnipeg Free Press

Robots better than people at picking new workers - Winnipeg Free Press | real utopias | Scoop.it

Robots better than people at picking new workers
Winnipeg Free Press and, later, "What does control-V do on a word-processing program?" A study of 20,000 workers showed that more honest people tend to perform better and stay at the job longer.

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[VIDEO] Workers' Coops Seek Sustainability after Occupy - The Brooklyn Ink

During Occupy Wall Street, protesters spent thousands of dollars printing pamphlets and posters to spread their message. Watching money flow into the corporate companies whose principles they protested, a small group of participants planned to start their own printing cooperative founded on the principles of equal responsibility, ownership and pay.

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Social Democracy for the 21st Century: A Post Keynesian Perspective: The Origin of Money and Coinage in Western Civilisation: The Case of Ancient Greece

MT @pablobortz: The origin of money and coinage in Western civilisation: the case of Greece http://t.co/TQdgsfqrUB
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(1/28) Noam Chomsky: The Real Market

This is from a series of 28 live recordings called 'Free Market Fantasies: Capitalism In the Real World' done in 1997. You can purchase them from the links ...
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Why bitcoin's valuation doesn't really matter

Why bitcoin's valuation doesn't really matter | real utopias | Scoop.it

Over the past few days, interest in bitcoin has exploded as its valuation has reached stratospheric levels. Most of the media attention has been focused on that valuation and on bitcoin’s viability as money. For example, the Financial Times had the run-up in bitcoin’s price on its front page yesterday, emphasizing its volatility and its commodity-like qualities. It quoted one analyst saying, “It’s gold for computer nerds.” For many folks, this is how they will be introduced to bitcoin, and it’s a shame because it misses what’s really interesting about the crypto-currency.

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