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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky interview: ‘The public can make a difference – and in more democratic societies, a lot of difference’

Noam Chomsky interview: ‘The public can make a difference – and in more democratic societies, a lot of difference’ | real utopias | Scoop.it

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, speeches and interviews around the world. All the time he remains a prolific writer, now the author of more than 100 books.

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Discovery on Storing and Reusing Renewable Energy - Green Building Elements

Discovery on Storing and Reusing Renewable Energy - Green Building Elements | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two University of Calgary researchers have developed a ground-breaking way to make new affordable and efficient catalysts for converting electricity into chemical energy.

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World Social Forum to the Arab revolts.

World Social Forum to the Arab revolts. | real utopias | Scoop.it

Tunisia, cradle of the revolts in the Arab world, hosts from today [26 March] and until Saturday the World Social Forum (WSF), the most important international meeting of social movements and organizations. And this is not by chance. The promoters of the WSF chose this country in reference to the ”Arab Spring. The latter has not only given rise to new movements of opposition in North Africa and the Middle East, but has also “contaminated” the south of Europe, in particular with the movement of the indignant in the Spanish State, as well as the Occupy movement in the United States.

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Boris Kagarlitsky on the current state of the left and social movements in Russia | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Boris Kagarlitsky on the current state of the left and social movements in Russia | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

March 30, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- In Russia, the first two weeks of January are a time when nothing happens. Members of the well-heeled layers, bureaucrats, politicians and the bourgeoisie, set off to spend their holidays abroad, distributing themselves around various locations on the basis of their means, tastes and vanity. Their destinations might range from comparatively cheap hotels in Egypt to ski resorts in France, Austria or Switzerland.

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Noam Chomsky: Interventions

Noam Chomsky talked about his book Interventions, published by City Lights Books. He talked about U.S. foreign policy and other matters with Back Pages owner Alex Green. He then took questions from members of the audience members. This event was held at the Landmark Embassy Theater, located one block from the sponsor, Back Pages Books.
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Noam Chomsky - Crisis and Hope - Theirs and Ours

University of Maryland - 27/01/2012 Q&A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGe6oM7Wiu8
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SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: Tar Sands Pipeline and Red Nations ...

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: Tar Sands Pipeline and Red Nations ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
I haven't had much time to keep up with blogging... I spent almost a week in Oklahoma, camping near Ponca City with the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance Camp - no electricity in my tent (although one tent did have a windmill and solar panels - I kid you not!).  Although the action that we were training for all week didn't come off as planned, the overall experience came together as one of the most valuable I've had so far in a totally unexpected way.
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Robert Hirsch - The Impending World Oil Shortage: Learning from the Past

After Al Bartlett and Jeremy Rifkin, here's Robert Hirsch. It's just statistics and prognosis in a rational context. http://t.co/uD98GHOpY5
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It's still a bear market

It's still a bear market | real utopias | Scoop.it

Just before Easter, the US stock market hit an all-time record high.   The world index remains below its 2000 and 2007 peaks. Is this a signal that the US economy at least is now in full recovery and heading for better times, with the rest of the capitalist world not far behind?

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Austerity Kills - Not Only Economic Growth

Austerity Kills - Not Only Economic Growth | real utopias | Scoop.it

Greece, Spain, and Portugal adopted strict fiscal austerity; their economies continue to recede and strain on their health-care systems is growing. Suicides and outbreaks of infectious diseases are becoming more common in these countries, and budget cuts have restricted access to health care. By contrast, Iceland rejected austerity through a popular vote, and the financial crisis seems to have had few or no discernible effects on health. Although there are many potentially confounding differences between countries, our analysis suggests that, although recessions pose risks to health, the interaction of fiscal austerity with economic shocks and weak social protection is what ultimately seems to escalate health and social crises in Europe.

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