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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Immanuel Wallerstein's Historical Capitalism « Time's Flow Stemmed

Immanuel Wallerstein's Historical Capitalism « Time's Flow Stemmed | real utopias | Scoop.it

The two essays in Verso’s edition of Immanuel Wallerstein’s Historic Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization offer an accessible introduction to the multi-volume The Modern World-System (currently at four volumes with two more to come).

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Marxist update: "Whoever expects a “pure” social revolution will ...

Marxist update: "Whoever expects a “pure” social revolution will ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
As Brecht said: "If you fight, you may lose. But if you don't fight, you've already lost!"
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Leo Panitch: The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election

Leo Panitch: The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Immanuel Wallerstein on Theory & Sociology

Immanuel Wallerstein on Theory & Sociology | real utopias | Scoop.it

Immanuel Wallerstein is a U.S sociologist and historical social scientist. He is most famous for his contributions to the field of analysis that would come to be called World-System Theory alongside Andre Gunder Frank, Terence Hopkins, Samir Amin, and Giovanni Arrighi. His though has been influenced by Marxism, Fernand Braudel, dependency theory and the world revolutionary upsurge of 1968. He is the author of the multi-volume The Modern World-System series of books, as well as World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction, Historical Capitalism and many others.

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Occupy the White House: How Occupy Wall Street will help Obama win in 2012 - Examiner.com

Occupy the White House: How Occupy Wall Street will help Obama win in 2012 - Examiner.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

It's completely true that Occupy Wall Street has floundered in gaining political muscle. That being said. If Obama is reelected, he'll have Occupy to thank for it.

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New Left Review - David Graeber: The New Anarchists

It’s hard to think of another time when there has been such a gulf between intellectuals and activists; between theorists of revolution and its practitioners. Writers who for years have been publishing essays that sound like position papers for vast social movements that do not in fact exist seem seized with confusion or worse, dismissive contempt, now that real ones are everywhere emerging. It’s particularly scandalous in the case of what’s still, for no particularly good reason, referred to as the ‘anti-globalization’ movement, one that has in a mere two or three years managed to transform completely the sense of historical possibilities for millions across the planet. This may be the result of sheer ignorance, or of relying on what might be gleaned from such overtly hostile sources as the New York Times; then again, most of what’s written even in progressive outlets seems largely to miss the point—or at least, rarely focuses on what participants in the movement really think is most important about it.

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The Great Financial Crisis and the Shameful Failure of the Marxist Academy

The Great Financial Crisis and the Shameful Failure of the Marxist Academy | real utopias | Scoop.it

It turns out every Marxist academic without exception missed the greatest depression in the last 100 years not just because they ignored Marx’s theory, but because they are completely disconnected from the real world in every real sense of that term. They don’t grapple with real world issues and have no interest in the problems facing working people. Not one Marxist academic — Kliman, Moseley, Dumenil, Saad-Filho, the Monthly Review editors, etc. — has stepped forward to accept this failure on behalf of the Marxist academy. The depression eleven years ago set in motion the events leading to a catastrophic failure of fascist state economic policy measures that we mistakenly call “the financial crisis” today.

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InterOccupy | Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings ...

InterOccupy | Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Cultural Anthropology has just launched its sixth Hot Spot — Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings. The collection is guest edited by Jeffrey S. Juris and Maple Razsa, and includes 20 essays from ethnographers and activists around the world.

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Has TED become a place for useless technobabble and 'meme laundering'? - Memeburn

Has TED become a place for useless technobabble and 'meme laundering'? - Memeburn | real utopias | Scoop.it
TED Books can be fixed but I don’t think that the TED culture of apolitical, techno-optimist geek-philosophers, will ever change. Evgeny Morozov rightly criticises TED’s decision to stay away from politics as a mistaken trust that technology alone, can solve big problems, without engaging any political process:
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Paul Hawken on Solar, Population, GDP, and Solutions in ...

Paul Hawken on Solar, Population, GDP, and Solutions in ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Paul Hawken gave the keynote at the TechConKona conference on the Big Island of Hawaii last week, and struck a chord of tempered enthusiasm and hope. Hawken began his speech by saying that Michael Kramer, a local sustainability advocate and socially responsible investment advisor, mentioned to Mr. Hawken that in Hawaii, in terms of sustainability, we might be 10 years behind the San Francisco Bay Area (Mr. Hawken’s home and place of business).

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Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for ... - WNYC (blog)

Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for ... - WNYC (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you're fighting for workers' rights or to strengthen sensible gun laws, you might not feel at home on Capitol Hill. Which is why more and more progressive advocates are taking their fights local - pushing city and state governments to take action on progressive legislation where DC can't or won't. And like their conservative counterparts who have employed this strategy for decades, liberal advocates may soon see real progress.

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This Week: A National Look at Voting Rights. PLUS: Remembering Gore Vidal - The Nation.

This Week: A National Look at Voting Rights. PLUS: Remembering Gore Vidal - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it

A NATIONAL LOOK AT VOTING RIGHTS. The GOP's 2012 election strategy has crystalized in recent months. Poisoning the election process with unprecedented sums of money and influence is not enough—Republicans are waging a war on voting by hyping negligible threats of voter fraud and pushing voter ID laws in over two dozen states—all of which disproportionately impact Democratic leaning voters: low-income citizens, college students, women, the elderly and people of color. Here at TheNation.com, we've been calling attention these efforts through Voting Rights Watch 2012, a collaboration with Colorlines.com, which focuses on the racial impact and dimensions of restrictive Voter ID laws, barriers faced by voter registration organizations, and efforts to “police the vote” and other intimidation tactics. Reporters Brentin Mock and Aura Bogado have been on the ground in states across the country to offer a look at what's happening with voting rights in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Alabama, Florida, and others. Their reporting is available here.

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In Mexico, Reclaiming the Forests and the Right to Feel Safe

In Mexico, Reclaiming the Forests and the Right to Feel Safe | real utopias | Scoop.it
CHERÁN, Mexico — The woman’s exhausted eyes reflected the flames dancing in front of her. A 38-year-old grandmother, she is also a leader of the civilian insurgency that has taken over this mountain town in the state of Michoacán, 310 miles west of Mexico City. Sixteen months of cold and sleepless nights at Bonfire No. 17, one of a number of permanent burning barricades set up here, have taken their toll.
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Eurozine - Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb, Almantas Samalavicius A conversation with John B. Cobb

Eurozine - Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb, Almantas Samalavicius A conversation with John B. Cobb | real utopias | Scoop.it

John B. Cobb, Methodist theologian and longstanding critic of the of the political-economic establishment, talks to Kulturos barai editor Almantas Samalavicius about his communitarian and ecology-based critique of neoliberalism and the potential for world religions to inform an alternative.

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An Energy Revolution at the Touch of a Green Button - BostInno (blog)

An Energy Revolution at the Touch of a Green Button - BostInno (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
We all know it. We all see it. There’s a technology revolution going on right before our eyes. It’s also an up-from the bottom, organic and cutting-edge way in which innovation is integral to fueling economic growth for companies large and small.
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When Facebook Says - You Have Too Many Friends - NYTimes.com

When Facebook Says - You Have Too Many Friends - NYTimes.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
THE British anthropologist and Oxford professor Robin Dunbar has posed a theory that the number of individuals with whom a stable interpersonal relationship can be maintained (read: friends) is limited by the size of the human brain, specifically the neocortex. “Dunbar’s number,” as this hypothesis has become known, is 150.
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The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act | Postcards from Žižek | Big Think

The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act | Postcards from Žižek  | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek is fundamentally anti-capitalist, and yet, the man who describes himself as a “complicated Marxist” also expresses palpable irritation at the idea that capitalists are nothing more than egomaniacal psychopaths. In a recent interview with Big Think, he told us that although he’s highly critical of capitalism in his work, when asked about it in public, he’s tempted to detail all the things that are great about it.
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Noam Chomsky & Ron Paul on why the Muslims hate us.flv

Ron Paul explains why the USA is going bankrupt. its military bases, its invasion of the Muslim world. We killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Arabs. do you expect them to love US? what would you do if you were in their place?
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Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT ...

Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky on Austerity in Europe and United States (12/7/12) “The Republicans are not really a political party anymore.” Noam Chomsky on the USA, Syria, Russia and Libya (12/7/12) Noam Chomsky at the ...
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Venezuela Presidential Elections: Thumbprint Readers Stir Vote Fairness Fears - Huffington Post

Venezuela Presidential Elections: Thumbprint Readers Stir Vote Fairness Fears - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
CARACAS, Venezuela — With President Hugo Chavez in his tightest re-election race yet, some of his opponents are warning that the use of thumbprint readers at Venezuelan ballot boxes could scare away voters, adding to fears about the fairness of the Oct. 7 vote.
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Cities of struggle | Red Pepper

Cities of struggle | Red Pepper | real utopias | Scoop.it
With the recent upsurge in struggle around the world, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy protests, I was eagerly anticipating David Harvey’s latest book Rebel Cities. It starts on well-trodden territory for those familiar with Harvey’s work, with chapters such as ‘The Right to the City’ and ‘Urban Roots of the Capitalist Crisis’.
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"Anti-Occupy" law ends American's right to protest | Washington Times Communities

"Anti-Occupy" law ends American's right to protest | Washington Times Communities | real utopias | Scoop.it
This protest, in China, against a government policy at the government headquarters, would now be illegal in the United States of America.
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How to Protest and Communicate Change with Social Media | Social Media Today

How to Protest and Communicate Change with Social Media | Social Media Today | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy movement might have left Zucotti park, but they never stopped using social media to get their message across the entire world. Soon after the 99% made headlines social media lit up and people heard the call to rally change in their communities.
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Noam Chomsky on Austerity in Europe and United States (12/7/12)

Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on July 12.
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The “Occupy” and “Tea Party” Agree to Not Steal Copyrights in a “Post-Greed ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

The “Occupy” and “Tea Party” Agree to Not Steal Copyrights in a “Post-Greed ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The “occupy movement” and the “tea-party caucus” seem to agree on one thing: jobs matter. Although the two groups and their respective pundits will bicker about each other like an old married couple, the United States appears on the verge of a “post-greed” era, at least with regard to unauthorized use of copyrights and related intellectual property.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation