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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Cleveland's inner city is growing faster than its suburbs as young adults flock downtown

Cleveland's inner city is growing faster than its suburbs as young adults flock downtown | real utopias | Scoop.it
In a historic reversal, the inner city is growing faster than the outer city and the county for the first time in decades, a recent Case Western Reserve University study found.
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Michigan: The Transformation Manifesto - P2P Foundation

Michigan: The Transformation Manifesto - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

It's likely you are highly aware of the current political situation that people in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and other struggling industrial states are facing. In Michigan in particular it looks to me like the goal of Rick Snyder and the legislators that control the Michigan House/Senate is to tear down 20th century community infrastructures, starting from the bottom up.

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Democratizing the Eurozone — Social Europe Journal

Democratizing the Eurozone — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

In recent months, more and more attention has been focused on the failure of the Eurozone leaders’ policies of fiscal consolidation, with growth presented as the alternative. The problems for the Eurozone stem not just from the policies, however. They also come from the governance processes and the politics—or lack thereof.

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Romney’s “vampire capitalism”

Romney’s “vampire capitalism” | real utopias | Scoop.it
It’s important that Obama help those voters understand that Romney’s touted “experience” with the economy has more to do with job destruction than creation. The Obama ad features Romney saying, “I know why jobs come and why they go.” That last part is true. He certainly knows “why jobs go”: because guys like him make a fortune eliminating them.
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Shareable: Shareable's Top Biking Tips for National Bike Month

Shareable: Shareable's Top Biking Tips for National Bike Month | real utopias | Scoop.it

Get your pedals turning – May is National Bike Month. Not only that, but this week is Bike to Work Week with Friday, May 18, singled out as Bike to Work Day for those who can't commit to the whole five-day spread. The League of America Bicyclists has listings for bike events happening all over the country this month, along with commuter data, bike maintenance information, and safety rules.

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Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens

Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens | real utopias | Scoop.it
America can't afford to leave its government in the hands of professionals.
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Occupy London Gets British Bankers Association CEO Meeting - Bloomberg

Occupy London Gets British Bankers Association CEO Meeting - Bloomberg | real utopias | Scoop.it
About 80 Occupy London protesters rallied outside the British Bankers Association’s headquarters, demanding a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Angela Knight.
Knight met with three demonstrators today inside the BBA’s building on Old Broad Street in the City’s financial district, said an Occupy organizer, Ryan Hickey. They would have preferred she met them outside where all could ask questions, he said.
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The Power of Social Media: Connecting for Good

The Case Foundation highlights the ways nonprofits and foundations can use social media and technology to make an impact on our world for good -- online and offline. Are you ready to get started?
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Noam Chomsky: Occupy Has Created Solidarity in the US | 2012 ...

Noam Chomsky: Occupy Has Created Solidarity in the US | 2012 ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The Occupy movement spontaneously created something that doesn’t really exist in the country: communities of mutual support, cooperation, open spaces for discussion … just people doing things and helping each other,” Chomsky says. “That’s very much missing. There is a massive propaganda – it’s been going on for a century, but picking up enormously – that you really shouldn’t care about anyone else, you should just care about yourself. … To rebuild [class solidarity], even if it’s in small pieces of the society, can become very important, can change the conception of how a society ought to function.” 

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Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to Occupy Wall Street

Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to Occupy Wall Street | real utopias | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, the authors of the Port Huron Statement wrote that “Every generation inherits from the past a set of problems – personal and social – and a dominant set of insights and perspectives by which the problems are to be understood and, hopefully, managed.”
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Unions.Org Blog» Blog Archive » America’s “Job Creators” Are on Strike: Let’s Democratize Investment

Unions.Org Blog» Blog Archive » America’s “Job Creators” Are on Strike: Let’s Democratize Investment | real utopias | Scoop.it
The wealthy corporate owners, investors, and executives whom we have anointed the “job creators” seem to have gone on strike. No, they’re not out in front of companies and plants with picket signs. They’re sitting comfortably in their offices, boardrooms, clubs, and multi-million-dollar homes – and not investing, not creating jobs. They’re on strike – on an investment strike. The result is millions of Americans still standing in unemployment lines. The AFL-CIO has just published eye-popping figures on its website that attest to this fact. Non-financial corporations are sitting on $2.2 trillion in liquid assets, a 46 percent increase compared to 2007. Many of America’s top companies have seen their cash holdings increase dramatically in the past four years, along with the pay of their CEOs, while at the same time they’ve shed tens of thousands of jobs. For example, Verizon’s holdings have risen from $3.4 billion to $14 billion, but it has cut 41,000 jobs. This is not a problem for its CEO: he earned a cool $23 million in 2011. Corporations don’t invest; they destroy jobs, but executives get rewarded big time – truly perverse economics!
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Humanity, Consumerism & Creativity | simonboylan.com

Humanity, Consumerism & Creativity | simonboylan.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
I was always uncomfortable with the idea that human beings could be reduced to the simple concept of ‘consumers’. Sure, we consume food, water, information and other resources throughout our lives, but are the economists right? – Is this really what defines us?
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The Limits of the Free Market | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

The Limits of the Free Market | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
As I was writing this essay a newspaper headline caught my eye. It read, “The UK’s richest people have defied the double-dip recession to become even richer over the past year.” Despite the fact that most people have become poorer, or at least seen their real income stay static, since the financial crisis of 2008. As the saying goes, “There’s nothing surer: the rich get rich and the poor get poorer.” It is to this phenomenon that the social legislation of Behar is addressed.
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Is Georgian 'modernisation' leading the country to serfdom? - Open Democracy

Is Georgian 'modernisation' leading the country to serfdom? - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Is Georgian 'modernisation' leading the country to serfdom?Open DemocracyFar from developing society towards a free market, however, the current government has retrenched and its policies and programmes are redolent of a planned economy.
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Robert Reich: Public vs. Private Morality

Robert Reich discusses the misconceptions between Public & Private Morality.
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9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs

9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs | real utopias | Scoop.it
But remarkable entrepreneurs do more than make money. They are the few who possess qualities that don't appear on balance sheets but do make a significant impact on the lives of their employees, industries, and communities.
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Rebel Cities: The Urbanization of Class Struggle

Speaker(s): Professor David Harvey Recorded on 10 May 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building. Given the strong relationship between urbanization and capital accum...
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The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage

The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage | real utopias | Scoop.it
For our grandparents’ generation, marriage was about separate roles, separate spheres and specialization. Gary Becker, an economist at the University of Chicago, won the Nobel Prize partly for describing the family as an economic institution -- a bit like a small firm that employs people with different skills to produce both income and a well-run household.
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Occupy: The Left or The 99%? by Robert Guard « Dandelion Salad

Occupy: The Left or The 99%? by Robert Guard « Dandelion Salad | real utopias | Scoop.it
I support both a movement to create a real political left in the United States (as opposed to the faux-left of the Democratic party) AND a 99% percent movement that exposes the gulf on issues where the bipartisan Washington consensus trumps a majority, or even a super-majority of Americans. But they are not the same movement. They are also not mutually exclusive. An ascendancy of the left is not the same as a movement of the 99%, and yet there are left issues that enjoy super-majorities in public opinion polls. The necessity of creating a hyper-popular movement to oppose those components of the bipartisan consensus that frustrate the political will of a majority of Americans is not the same as a movement to reinvigorate and re-empower the political left.
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Occupy: Noam Chomsky’s Guide to The History and Practice of Protest

Occupy: Noam Chomsky’s Guide to The History and Practice of Protest | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky — political critic, education anarchist, father of modern linguistics — has described the Occupy movement, which began on September 17, 2011, as “the first major public response to thirty years of class war.” His new book, simply titled Occupy (public library), is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism, infused with Chomsky’s signature meditations on everything from how the wealthiest 1% came to steer society to what a healthy democracy would look like to how we can separate money from politics. Alongside Chomsky’s words are some of the most moving and provocative photographs from the Occupy movement.
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15M: a year on, the struggle of the indignados continues | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR

15M: a year on, the struggle of the indignados continues | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR | real utopias | Scoop.it
Anniversary of 15-M movement marked by deepening crisis, massive bank bailout and fears of eurozone break-up. The indignation only grows stronger.                                                       
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Labour executive elections: opportunity for Left advance | Left Futures

Labour executive elections: opportunity for Left advance | Left Futures | real utopias | Scoop.it
There is a growing realization in the trade unions that the very future of the Labour Party is jeopardized by the dominance of the organised right wing; and which is preventing Labour from realizing its potential of delivering radical and transformative change in the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population. Electing these centre-left candidates to the NEC is essential to strengthen the hand of those who are loyal to Ed Miliband, but want Labour to be bolder and more radical in opposing the Tories.
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The Failure of Capitalist Production, Andrew Kliman: PDF Reviews

The Failure of Capitalist Production, Andrew Kliman: PDF Reviews | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession by Andrew Kliman reviews that the recent economic crisis is actually a consequence in the elementary dynamic of capitalism, as opposed to the huge bulk of superficial modern commentary that passes for economic analysis.
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[People] Labor Trafficking at the Modern-day Slave Trade: the ...

[People] Labor Trafficking at the Modern-day Slave Trade: the ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Philippines is one of the great labor exporters of the world. Some 10 per cent of its total population and 22 per cent its working age population are now migrant workers in other countries. With remittances totaling some $20 billion a year, the Philippines places fourth as a recipient of remittances, after China, India, and Mexico.
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Consumerism and the Other Side of the Coin « archandphil

Consumerism and the Other Side of the Coin « archandphil | real utopias | Scoop.it
“We live and work in economies based on the concept of ’just-in-time’ production – and ’just-in-time’ usually means things have to be ready in no time at all. Who sets the urgent pace according to which all others are measuring their progress? Or, rather: who sets the pace of planned obsolescence that keeps people buying the same product in slightly upgraded designs over and over again, allowing industry to thrive on the constant overproduction of what will essentially be tomorrow’s waste?” (1)
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation