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This Is The House That Marx Built

This Is The House That Marx Built | real utopias | Scoop.it
Will Karl Marx affect house prices? Is Das Kapital going to destroy the “squeezed middle’s” dream of home ownership? Will Anti-Capitalists replace money with berries?
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Noam Chomsky Reading List

Africa The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State by Basil Davidson Qaddafi and the United States Since 1969 by Edward P. Haley Anarchism Anarchism by Daniel Guerin Anarcho-Sy...
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Activist arrested for wearing 'Occupy Everything' jacket - RT

Activist arrested for wearing 'Occupy Everything' jacket - RT | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you might want to choose your wardrobe wisely. A federal judge says that a Florida man was not wrongly arrested for wearing an “Occupy Everything” jacket inside the Supreme Court.

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Slavoj Zizek: Two Lacan's - Radical/Conservative

Slavoj Zizek: Two Lacan's - Radical/Conservative | real utopias | Scoop.it

Slavoj Zizek at the end of his discursive behemoth, Less Than Nothing, a convoluted yet brilliant divagation of the dialectic in all its ramifications enters the final stage, the stage of the political, the realm where the gap by which we as humans shall either produce something new or continue failing challenges us to think the gap of the political. Following Lacan as both radical and conservative, as a revolutionary that would push the ethics of symbolic realization and the ethics of confrontation bursting the bonds of the ego and pushing beyond the limits to the Real; and, then, in the last series of lectures, of a turn back from that abyss toward a more practical motion of psychoanalysis as a boat for the sick, a safety net in which  “One should not push an analysis too far. When the patient thinks he is happy to live, it is enough.”1 As Zizek puts it

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Occupy Paris: How an Elderly Radical Defined Europe's Left - The Atlantic

Occupy Paris: How an Elderly Radical Defined Europe's Left - The Atlantic | real utopias | Scoop.it
"Death is a great project." Serene but also mischievous, France's Stéphane Hessel made this observation shortly before passing away last week at the age of 95. He was right: No project is greater than one's own death. But as the celebrated author of "Indignez-vous" -- translated in the U.S. as "Time for Outrage" -- Hessel was our age's most inspiring defender of solidarity, urging Europe's youth to undertake the project of creating a society of greater political and economic equality. 
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Euro crisis is breeding comics not fascists - FT.com

Euro crisis is breeding comics not fascists - FT.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Some months ago, I was discussing the euro crisis with a high-ranking US diplomat. “It’s back to the 1930s, isn’t it?” said my companion with a mixture of gloom and relish.
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Inside The 2013 Billionaires List: Facts and Figures - Forbes

Inside The 2013 Billionaires List: Facts and Figures - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
The ranks of the world's billionaires have yet again reached all-time highs, both in terms of number of billionaires (1,426) and record net worth ($5.4 trillion).
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A Tale of Two Podcasts on the 1%: Do Andrew Kliman and Russ Roberts agree?

A Tale of Two Podcasts on the 1%: Do Andrew Kliman and Russ Roberts agree? | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a social media group I more or less run, I have been debating Andrew Kliman‘s claim that the income disparity is misleading people to adopt under-consumptionist arguments. In this debate, Doug Henwood’s recent post on the CBO has been brought u

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"Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth" Michael Parenti January 6th, 2012

Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.
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Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality

Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality | real utopias | Scoop.it

As Kenyans vote for a new president and county councils, they will also be voting for an increased number of female candidates. Prior to Kenya’s upcoming elections, Micah Cheserem, chairman of the Kenyan Commission on Revenue Allocation, urged his fellow citizens to elect women as their county ward representatives. Cheserem’s remarks followed a heated debate as to how the constitutionally-mandated quotas for women representatives should be implemented. In December, the Kenyan Supreme Court ruled female political quotas not applicable for the 2013 election; instead, the Supreme Court ruled to progressively establish  gender quotas by August 2015.

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Class 09 Reading Marx's Capital Vol 2 with David Harvey

Class 9 Capital Vol 2 Chapters 15-17. An open course consisting of a close reading of the text of Marx's Capital Volume 2 (plus parts of Volume 3) in 12 video lectures by Professor David Harvey.

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Class 09 Reading Marx's Capital Vol 2 with David Harvey

Class 9 Capital Vol 2 Chapters 15-17. An open course consisting of a close reading of the text of Marx's Capital Volume 2 (plus parts of Volume 3) in 12 video lectures by Professor David Harvey.

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[Slavoj Zizek] What is to be done for politics?

Drawing a large audience of over three thousand, professor Ziezek, a world-renowned scholar in the field of political philosophy, addressed his vision for our civilization in a lecture entitled, "What is to be done for politics?" at the Grand Peace Hall.

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Shareable: Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities

Shareable: Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities | real utopias | Scoop.it

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

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Noam Chomsky “Troika wants to destroy Greeks”

Noam Chomsky “Troika wants to destroy Greeks” | real utopias | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky the famous American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author, and lecturer gave an interview at 'Vimagazino' magazine about the Greek economic crisis and the troika's actions in Greece.

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Can Children Teach Themselves to Read? | Collective Intelligence | Big Think

Can Children Teach Themselves to Read? | Collective Intelligence | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Mine is on. I'm a lion!" A boy living in a remote village in Ethiopia said this in his native language after he figured out how to turn on a tablet. Eight months later he was writing the word "LION" in English on a drawing app. Here's the extraordinary part: no one taught him how to do that. He learned on his own, with the help of a language app developed by a team of researchers led by Cynthia Breazeal, who directs the MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots group. 

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How the corrala movement is occupying Spain

How the corrala movement is occupying Spain | real utopias | Scoop.it

The financial crash and plummeting property market struck Spain with a high eviction rate and a rash of empty houses. Now victims of the crisis are fighting back by setting up home in a network of vacant buildings.

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The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain - New York Times

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an “activity map” that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human brain, the most complex organ in the body. It is a breathtaking goal at a time when Washington, hobbled by partisan gridlock and deficit worries, seems unable to launch any major new programs.

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Political Animal - Occupy the Shareholders Meeting

Political Animal - Occupy the Shareholders Meeting | real utopias | Scoop.it

More effective at abating executive plundering than any regulation would be the widespread prevalence of worker-run cooperatives — direct democracy at the workplace — even if it can’t necessarily be legislated into existence.

 

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Fab Lab Amsterdam - P2P Foundation

Fab Lab Amsterdam - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Fab Lab Amsterdam is located in the heart of the city on the first floor of a 15th century building. Founded in 2007, this fabrication laboratory is hosted by Waag Society – a non-profit institute for art, science & technology. Its 80 m2 is enough to house the lab itself with a small milling machine (fig.13), 3D printer (fig.2, 3, 8, 9, 18, 19), vinyl cutter (fig.6) and embroidery machine (fig.5) plus electronic tools (fig.14) and a big screen for video conferencing. There are couple of big tables to work on it. Another small room is linked up to the main lab where we find a big milling machine (ShopBot) (fig.12) and a laser cutter, which are the biggest tools. Most of Fab Labs houses a ShopBot - a type of big milling machine – located in a single room for safety matters. It produces a lot of wood shaving and a vacuum has to be connected to the machine. The laser cutter is also located in this small part where we find computers connected to it and to the ShopBot as well. A Laser Cutting Materials/Settings Reference Guide hangs on the wall and has been made with the laser cutter. The idea was to use all the different types of materials that can be cut and/or engraved on the laser cutter. \

 
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3.5 Million Homeless and 18.5 Million Vacant Homes

3.5 Million Homeless and 18.5 Million Vacant Homes | real utopias | Scoop.it

The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative along with Amnesty International are asking the U.S. to step up its efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by giving serious consideration to the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief for those at risk, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.

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There Is No Fall: Looking Back and Forward From The Rise of Occupy

There Is No Fall: Looking Back and Forward From The Rise of Occupy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many think the Occupy movement is history as it lacks the high profile it enjoyed in 2011 and early 2012. Whether Occupy returns to its’ glory days is not the most important question, but rather the fate of the struggle Occupy brilliantly helped raise to a new level. However before looking forward it is important to first look back to appreciate the interconnectedness of events.

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Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World | real utopias | Scoop.it
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
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CWC Texts : Selected Primary Texts : Your Politics Are Boring As Fuck

CWC Texts : Selected Primary Texts : Your Politics Are Boring As Fuck | real utopias | Scoop.it

You know it's true. Otherwise, why does everyone cringe when you say the word? Why has attendance at your anarcho-communist theory discussion group meetings fallen to an all-time low? Why has the oppressed proletariat not come to its senses and joined you in your fight for world liberation?

 

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Medvedev Taking Russia Down a Road to Hell - Z Communications

Medvedev Taking Russia Down a Road to Hell - Z Communications | real utopias | Scoop.it

Russia's Manilov-like government officials are dangerous for their eagerness to satisfy any personal whim at the public's expense. No manner of argument or appeal to common sense and the rules of math and geography can dissuade them from their purpose. If a professional organization or public opinion begins opposing their plans, they simply use budgetary funds to hire their own expert who, for a fee, will happily prove or justify absolutely anything: that the Earth is square, for example, or that the Skolkovo technology park is a worthwhile and effective project.

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