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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Revolution: The pursuit of public happiness - Aljazeera.com

Revolution: The pursuit of public happiness - Aljazeera.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
New York, NY - Mid-June 2012 marks the third anniversary of the Green Movement in Iran, and more than a year and a half into the dramatic unfolding of the Arab revolutions. Over the past three years, the Arab and Muslim world - from Morocco to Iran, from Syria to Yemen - seems to have witnessed more mass public demonstrations than in the entire history of all postcolonial nation-states combined.
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Occupy Protesters' Rights Must Be Protected, U.N. Says; U.S. Says ...

Occupy Protesters' Rights Must Be Protected, U.N. Says; U.S. Says ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have yet to respond to two United Nations human rights envoys who formally requested that the U.S. government protect Occupy protesters against excessive force by law enforcement officials.
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ISN Blog » The Triumph of Politics in Europe

ISN Blog » The Triumph of Politics in Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ironically, what the civilized protests of mainstream parties in peripheral Europe failed to achieve – a relaxation of the dogma of austerity – might come about as a result of the politics of brinkmanship proposed by the Greek radical left. By its blatant rebellion against German-dictated austerity, and by making Greek withdrawal from the euro a credible possibility, Syriza is bringing closer than ever the euro’s chaotic collapse in Europe’s periphery, if not beyond. By insisting that the choice is between new terms for the Greek bailout or a Doomsday scenario, Syriza could be creating the possibility for a quasi-Keynesian resolution of the European crisis.
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6 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Service Into A Career - Forbes

6 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Service Into A Career - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
6 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Service Into A CareerForbesHowever, more and more social entrepreneurs are looking for ways to combine “doing good” with profit. Wishing you had the time and money to save the world?
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What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn From the Tea Party - NextGen Journal

What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn From the Tea Party - NextGen Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy Wall Street Movement (OWS) has generated some headlines, some buzz, some viral videos, and some pepper spray. “The 99 Percent” and “One Percenters” are terms hopefully immortalized in our minds. It’s a rare result of 21st century citizens bravely participating in a democracy.
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Occupy Student Debt, "Everybody is now talking about the student ...

Thanks in large part to the great public amplifier of the Occupy movement, this year’s presidential contenders have been forced to embrace student loan reform as a talking point in their respective campaigns. But the debt relief being pushed by the Obama administration is a token gesture, aimed at getting some traction on the youth vote -- especially the more disillusioned or alienated student constituencies. Recent bills introduced in Congress -- Student Loan Forgiveness Act (H.R. 4170) and the Private Student Bankruptcy Fairness Act (H.R. 2028) -- have zero chance of passing in anything like their current form. Practically speaking, no reform program of any substance is on the legislative horizon, least of all one that would regulate the predatory lending practices of Wall Street banks.
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Greece: the exit poll?

So New Democracy (ND) has won a narrow victory. Indeed, leftist Syriza led among 18-34 year-olds and 35-54s. So the ND victory is entirely due to seniors like those quoted above. There has been a polarisation on the right towards ND and to the left around SYRIZA, but the anti-bailout parties still polled more than the pro-austerity parties by 53% to 47% (including those parties that did not make parliament).
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Heroes of Sustainability: Daniel Quinn

Heroes of Sustainability: Daniel Quinn | real utopias | Scoop.it
Quinn’s view on environmentalism is just one example of his unique way of thinking. His most famous display of thought is in his book Ishmael, a novel that delves into the problem of how humankind can stop destroying the earth. In it, the narrator answers a personals ad from a teacher seeking a pupil with a desire to save the world, and meets Ishmael, a telepathic gorilla.
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Why Occupy the Pride? | Portland Occupier

Why Occupy the Pride? | Portland Occupier | real utopias | Scoop.it
As a multicultural queer person of color, who has lived a life of both privilege and extreme poverty, I have mixed feelings about the Pride every year. I am not interested in buying a nicely pre-packaged “LGBTQ identity” to fit in and become someone that I am not. The false facade of “the LGBTQ community” and a constant pressure for this nebulous “community” to feel some kind of make-believe monolithic unity is, ironically, as conformist as the kinds of culture from which many queer people have fled.
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Marxists Internet Archive Library, Complete Index of Writers

Marxists Internet Archive Library, Complete Index of Writers | real utopias | Scoop.it
The founders of Marxism, Marx and Engels, participated in the “International Workingmen's Association” from 1864 to 1872, where they found their first base of support and a connection with the workers' movement. Based in London, the International found supporteres across Europe and in the U.S.A.
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Economics and Morality: Paul Krugman’s Framing

Economics and Morality: Paul Krugman’s Framing | real utopias | Scoop.it
In his June 11, 2012 op-ed in the NY Times, Paul Krugman goes beyond economic analysis to bring up the morality and the conceptual framing that determines economic policy. He speaks of “the people the economy is supposed to serve” — “the unemployed,” and “workers”— and “the mentality that sees economic pain as somehow redeeming.”
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Will Occupy Radicalize and Globalize or Fizzle out and Die? - NEWS JUNKIE POST

Will Occupy Radicalize and Globalize or Fizzle out and Die? - NEWS JUNKIE POST | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy movement seems to be at a cross road, and quite frankly loosing steam. It is localized and fragmented and in many cases has regressed to become again an online movement of discontent. Despite the claims by organizers, very little has been accomplished. What could have been the strength of Occupy was its diversity, but it has turned out to be its Achilles heel. Liam Fox and I expressed these concerns as early as January 21012, when we wrote “Has Occupy Forgotten Why?”.
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Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive? – CNBC.com - Occupy Feeds

Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive? – CNBC.com - Occupy Feeds | real utopias | Scoop.it
More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the movement’s survival and continued relevance is far from assured.
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For one protester, 'Occupy' becomes a way of life | Healthcare ...

For one protester, 'Occupy' becomes a way of life | Healthcare ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Seven months after Occupy Wall Street’s eviction from Zuccotti Park, the round-the-clock encampment in lower Manhattan that was once the movement’s center, one protester has created his own version of the communal living experiment in Brooklyn.
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An interview with Amartya Sen: “There is a democratic failure in Europe”

An interview with Amartya Sen: “There is a democratic failure in Europe” | real utopias | Scoop.it
Several features of policy making are worrying, particularly in Europe. The first is a democratic failure. An economic policy has to be ultimately something that people understand, appreciate and support. That’s what democracy is all about. The old idea of “no taxation without representation” is not there in Europe at the moment.
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Charles Eames in 15 Quotes for His 105th Birthday

Charles Eames in 15 Quotes for His 105th Birthday | real utopias | Scoop.it
"Beyond the age of information is the age of choices." This Sunday marks the 105th birthday of Charles Eames -- legendary furniture desig (RT @brainpicker: "Beyond the age of information is the age of choices." Charles Eames
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Entrepreneurship Is The New Women's Movement - Forbes

Entrepreneurship Is The New Women's Movement - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
Women are leaving the workforce in droves in favor of being at home. Not to be a homemaker, but as job-making entrepreneurs.
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Cyberunions | Using technology to organise

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Cyberunions is a project exploring the intersection between trade union organising and new technology. Rather than seeing technology as a set of tools, we see cyberspace as a space, where people work, organise politically, are entertained and educated, and engage in many fields of human endeavour.

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You can’t make a horse drink

The right-wing conservative coalition government in Britain is worried. Its commitment to ‘austerity’ is not working. Every economic indicator suggests that British capitalism will achieve little or no growth in output of goods and services this year. Unemployment will continue to rise and average incomes fall. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, real disposable income will fall by over 1% this year and again in 2013, so that by the end of 2013 real living standards for the average household will be 5.7% lower than before the Great Recession began in 2007. Corporate profits are still weak and there is no sign that businesses intend to increase investment, at least in Britain itself.
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xTopia

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Human culture has always evolved more rapidly than our anatomy. But even the rapid progress of our culture in the past few centuries has begun to fall behind the pace of changes and challenges we now face in our crowded societies and our ravaged environment. Rather than rising to meet these challenges, our social institutions show signs of actually breaking down and becoming less effective. Increasing competition over land, water, food, and other resources is likely to favor increasingly authoritarian institutions. While technology offers solutions to resource problems in theory, in practice it also favors greater stratification of wealth and power. If recent trends continue we may be faced with a future of highly authoritarian corporate neofeudalism (privatized government).
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Golden Rule the World

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"Some friends of the delightful and brilliant  Karen Armstrong recently started a website and a Facebook page called Golden Rule the World. This got me to thinking about the Golden Rule in more detail than ususal..." This essay explores some problems with the Golden Rule and suggests some extensions and corollaries that may help make it easier to apply to social issues.

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Anatomy of coping: evidence from people living through the crises of ...

This study has shown that the analysis of macroeconomic indicators alone can conceal important aspects of the process of economic recovery. In particular, the resumption of GDP growth in late 2009 or 2010 in many developing countries gave optimism to governments and the donor community that the impacts of the crises were relatively short-lived and that the livelihoods of the poor were not strongly affected. The findings of this study do not support this argument. Despite the narrow employment base of export production in developing countries, formal sector workers fuel the rural economies through remittances and provide a customer base for a large number of informal sector workers.
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Port Huron Statement, Groundbreaking SDS Manifesto Turns 50 ... - Huffington Post

Port Huron Statement, Groundbreaking SDS Manifesto Turns 50 ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Port Huron Statement, a pivotal document that gave force and focus to the student movement of the 1960s and helped spark a reinvention of the American Left, turns 50 this week.
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Karen Armstrong: Let's Revive The Golden Rule | GoldenRuleTheWorld.org

Karen Armstrong: Let's Revive The Golden Rule | GoldenRuleTheWorld.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
Working to promote The Golden Rule among individuals, communities & nations, across all religious, cultural & ideological boundaries.
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Poor Richard's comment, June 15, 2012 10:18 PM
Inspiring…so much so that I wrote a post on my blog exploring some extensions and corollaries to help elaborate ways the Golden Rule can be applied to social issues. http://almanac2010.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/golden-rule-the-world/

I’m a long-time fan of Ms Armstrong’s ideas and I hope GoldenRuleTheWorld.org gets the attention it deserves. I see that Real Utopias already “scooped” it.

All the best,

Poor Richard
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We Don’t Need No Education

We Don’t Need No Education | real utopias | Scoop.it
A look at Mitt Romney’s accidental truth-telling reveals a lot about what conservatives really mean when they talk about shrinking government.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation