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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Welcome | | Living Systems Institute

Welcome | | Living Systems Institute | real utopias | Scoop.it

We can change the way we produce what humans need to thrive (food, clothing, shelter, education and health care).  We can create sustainable systems of production that heal nature and produce abundance - increasing resilience.  It all begins with each of us building healthy relationships with the things around us.  (Click the abundance picture, left, to take a photo tour of our Warre Hive Build events.  Swarm Team, click the honeybee, right.)

 
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Immanuel Wallerstein and the Debate on the Origins of Capitalism - exploreB2B

Immanuel Wallerstein and the Debate on the Origins of Capitalism - exploreB2B | real utopias | Scoop.it

Wallerstein's “The Modern World System ...” focuses the problem of transition from feudalism to capitalism, with a subsequent controversy about the rise of capitalistic underdevelopment.

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Rewriting the story of polarized debate: He got Tea Party and Occupy to talk - Christian Science Monitor

Rewriting the story of polarized debate: He got Tea Party and Occupy to talk - Christian Science Monitor | real utopias | Scoop.it

Nabil Laoudji's Mantle Project puts citizens on stage to tell stories of the experiences that led them to their positions on tough issues. That's how he got members of the Tea Party and Occupy movement to speak on the same stage in a civil – and entertaining – exchange.

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Dr. Michael Parenti, a teacher that speaks the truth

This man has been a great inspiration to me. To hear truth from anybody these days is equally inspirational in this time of disallusionment and ignorance (thanks to Federally mandated curricullum that has made the children dumb for their profiteering ways).

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Michael Parenti - Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth

http://lapena.org presents social critic and noted author Michael Parenti speaking about Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth.
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Slavoj Zizek - How to Read Lacan - "God is Dead, but He Doesn't Know It": Lacan Plays with Bobok

In order to properly understand this passage, one has to read it together with another thesis of Lacan. These two dispersed statements should be treated as the pieces of a puzzle to be combined into one coherent proposition. It is only their interconnection (plus the reference to the Freudian dream of the father who doesn't know that he is dead) [2] that enables us to deploy Lacan's basic thesis in its entiret

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Noam Chomsky explains why we need to decide what education is (RT @russeltarr)

The MIT professor stated that technology can be compared to a hammer. "It doesn't care if you use it to build a house or crush someone's skull. The Web is valuable if you know what you're looking for, if you have a framework of understanding. But you always have to be willing to question whether your framework is the right one." He compared simply browsing the web for information to pointing a student at the library knowing they had no idea what they were looking for. "Exploring the internet can just be picking up random factoids that don't mean anything", he said. "The person who won the Nobel prize in biology isn't the person who read the most journals. It was the person who knew what to look for," he added.

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Doubts arise over British press regulation - China.org.cn

The bad habits of the British press made headlines across the world in 2011 and 2012 in the wake of claims that media baron Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.

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Occupy London: Keeping the spirit of protest alive - BBC News

Occupy London: Keeping the spirit of protest alive - BBC News | real utopias | Scoop.it

For four months their tents and banners outside St Paul's Cathedral in London were a physical reminder of the many who blamed banks and corporate greed for the financial crisis.

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Mic Check: Mark Zuckerberg Spends Millions On Immigration Reform - PolicyMic

Mic Check: Mark Zuckerberg Spends Millions On Immigration Reform - PolicyMic | real utopias | Scoop.it
Trending In Our News Feeds – Supreme Court to hear major gay marriage cases.  SCOTUS will begin hearing two casesthis week that will determine whether the government can treat gay citizens differently from the straight population. Tomorrow, the Court will hear a case against California’s Prop 8 – a law that bans gay marriage. The following day, lawyers will bring the federal Defense of Marriage Act before the justices. Look for SCOTUS to rule on the cases in June.
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Why Dictatorial CEOs Increasingly Put Their Companies at Risk (and What to Do ... - Forbes

Why Dictatorial CEOs Increasingly Put Their Companies at Risk (and What to Do ... - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

All types of organizations watch high-potential employees walk out the door because their views aren’t heard. Even members of a top management team can flee to other organizations after too many instances in which the CEO discounted their ideas, unable to shake the command-and-control leadership style. Too many CEOs simply don’t realize how much of a turnoff it is to have a boss who knows it all, calls all the important shots and dominates every conversation.

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Green Tech Shows Progress but Not Prosperity - CNBC.com

Green Tech Shows Progress but Not Prosperity - CNBC.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

By one standard, the CEO of solar-technology company BrightSource Energy is nearing success. BrightSource is planning to open its $2.2 billion electricity plant, which it is building with partners NRG Energy andGoogle, near Las Vegas. Known as Ivanpah, it's the world's biggest solar facility of its kind, and its juice is presold to utilities for 20 to 25 years.

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Capitalism in Crisis: Richard Wolff Urges End to Austerity, New Jobs Program, Democratizing Work

Capitalism in Crisis: Richard Wolff Urges End to Austerity, New Jobs Program, Democratizing Work | real utopias | Scoop.it
As Washington lawmakers pushes new austerity measures, economist Richard Wolff calls for a radical restructuring of the U.S. economic and financial systems.
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America's Other Dark Legacy In Iraq

America's Other Dark Legacy In Iraq | real utopias | Scoop.it

The CPA’s priorities were clear. After the invasion, during the widespread looting and robbery, occupation authorities did little to protect water and sewage treatment plants, or even pediatric hospitals. By contrast, they provided immediate protection for the oil ministry offices, hired a U.S. company to put out oil field fires, and immediately provided protection for the oil fields as well.

 
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The Labour party has failed us. We need a new party of the left

The Labour party has failed us. We need a new party of the left | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ken Loach, Kate Hudson and Gilbert Achcar: Britain needs a party that rejects neoliberal policies and improves the lives of ordinary people. Help us create one
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But What If Automation Overwhelms the Need for Employees? - Forbes

But What If Automation Overwhelms the Need for Employees? - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
The speed of technological improvements today can wipe out broad categories of jobs faster than the economy can easily absorb and re-focus the blow.
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The Gay Holocaust

The Gay Holocaust | real utopias | Scoop.it
The systematic murder of LGBT people by the Nazi party has been all but erased from the history books. We must NEVER forget.
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After the camps were liberated and the plight of the Jewish victims acknowledged worldwide, the persecution of homosexuals continued throughout post-war Germany. While many survivors were rebuilding their lives and families initially in displaced persons camps, homosexuals faced further persecution and social exclusion. In fact many pink triangle survivors were re-imprisoned as homosexuals remained deviants in the eyes of post-war society.

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Mededeling: cookies

Those routes go by resounding names like 'Cayman Special', 'Double Irish', and 'Dutch Sandwich'. A financial world operates in the shadows surrounded by a high level of secrecy. A place where sizeable capital streams travel the world at the speed of light and avoid paying tax. The Tax Free Tour is an economic thriller mapping the systemic risk for governments and citizens alike. Is this the price we have to pay for globalised capitalism?

 
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Brics bank must be distinct – unionists

Brics bank must be distinct – unionists | real utopias | Scoop.it

Durban - Trade unionists have welcomed the idea of a Brics development bank, but said on Monday it should not function the same way as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

 


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Native Resurgence « Sarah Kanouse

“Native Resurgence” is a map and primer to sites of Native American resistance and ingenuity in the upper Midwest since the 1970s. Our goals are threefold. First, we want to place Native stories firmly in the center of our narrative; they too often occupy a position peripheral to the concerns of urban progressives and radicals. Second, we want to highlight successful examples of recent Native activism and tribal development, since stories of all-too-real victimization and discrimination tend to be the ones that most readily spring to the minds of politically conscious non-Natives. Finally, we hope that focusing on Midwestern Native politics might productively unsettle familiar narratives of Chicago’s urban processes, placing them in relation to a longer history of colonialism and dispossession, but also endurance and evolution.

 
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Shock activism! Have Filipino 'activists' become the very politicians ...

Shock activism! Have Filipino 'activists' become the very politicians ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

It seems when things happen to be convenient for us, we are willing to lower the bar of the standards of decency we apply and the principles we presume to pontificate about. Recall how jeepneys were once regarded as “ingenious” quick solutions to what at the time was a grossly-misunderstood issue of mobility in a war-ravaged country. But jeepneys have since gone on to becomepermanent reminders of just how deficient in imagination Filipinos are. Turns out the “ingenuity” of Filipinos never progressed beyond jeepneys in the subsequent decades that followed and, to this day, Filipinos continue to fail at imagining modern public transport on a scale befitting a modern country.

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Marx's Revenge: How Class Struggle Is Shaping the World - TIME

Marx's Revenge: How Class Struggle Is Shaping the World - TIME | real utopias | Scoop.it

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. The class conflict that Marx believed determined the course of history seemed to melt away in a prosperous era of free trade and free enterprise. The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights of wealth and welfare.

 

 

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More austerity ahead in Detroit | SocialistWorker.org

More austerity ahead in Detroit | SocialistWorker.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
The appointment of an "emergency manager" in Detroit will mean painful cuts for poor and working-class residents.
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Detroit's First Day Under an Emergency Financial Manager

Detroit's First Day Under an Emergency Financial Manager | real utopias | Scoop.it
As of today, Detroit is under the control of a governor-appointed Emergency Financial Manager (EFM).
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caregory: real  nightmares

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Slavoj Zizek | Understanding the New European Nationalism s appeal.

Slavoj Zizek | Understanding the New European Nationalism s appeal http://t.co/aywODHLUGw
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation