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The Farm Bill: Why Farmers Need to Be Activists Too | OccuWorld

The Farm Bill: Why Farmers Need to Be Activists Too | OccuWorld | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many small family farms switch into gear in late winter and early spring to get the farm season on track. On our farm we are busy ordering seeds, building new hoop houses, fixing fences, tuning up tractors, signing up our CSA customers and dreaming of a great season. Soon we will have tens of thousands of seeds to plant in trays in the hoop house. Spring season is a super busy time for farmers and this year we need to add something big to our ever-growing to do lists: influencing national policy.

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Is it time to start a new Rich Food Revolution ... - Occupy Monsanto

Is it time to start a new Rich Food Revolution ... - Occupy Monsanto | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many people are awakening to the fact that we can no longer trust the food manufacturers to create products that are healthy for our families. Their love of the all mighty dollar has caused them to create highly processed products loaded with what we call Poor Food ingredients. Poor food ingredients are not only things like sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that cause us to over eat, store fat and induce insulin resistance and diabetes, but also include over 150 foods that are potentially harmful to ones health.

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Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality | real utopias | Scoop.it
The matter of wealth inequality in the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that inequality in dramatic and graphic fashion.
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Dialogic: David Graeber: On Bureaucratic Technologies & the Future ...

Dialogic: David Graeber: On Bureaucratic Technologies & the Future ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The twentieth century produced a very clear sense of what the future was to be, but we now seem unable to imagine any sort of redemptive future. How did this happen? One reason is the replacement of what might be called poetic technologies with bureaucratic technologies. Another is the terminal perturbations of capitalism, which is increasingly unable to envision any future at all.
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Corporate Power | Global 0.001%

Corporate Power | Global 0.001% | real utopias | Scoop.it

Just 11 million people, or 0.15%, control $42 trillion dollars or two thirds of world GDP. An even tinier group of people, 0.001%, control a third of that amount. Where are they based? What could this money pay for? How much wealth does that leave for the rest of us?

  

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From endless growth to a new model of democracy: Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed at TEDxHornstull | The Crisis Of Civilization

This new paradigm also applies to food. On the one hand, we need to put an end to the wasteful practices of the industrial food system, by which one third of global food production is lost or wasted every year. On the other, we must shift away from resource-intensive forms of traditional corporate-dominated agriculture. In many cases, we will find that smaller-scale forms of organic farming which are more labour intensive, though less energy and water intensive, can be more sustainable than current industrial practices. Communal organic farming offers immense potential not only for employment, but also for households to become local owners and producers in the existing food supply chain. In poorer countries, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food finds that small-scale organic methods could double food production. And a recent University of Michigan study concludes that no-pesticide, local forms of organic agriculture without artificial fertilisers, could theoretically be scaled up to sustain high nutritional requirements for the entire global population.
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Capitalism and the West's Existential Crisis: An Interview With Terry Eagleton

Capitalism and the West's Existential Crisis: An Interview With Terry Eagleton | real utopias | Scoop.it
A few months ago, English literary critic Terry Eagleton was kind enough to speak with me for a few moments about his latest book, Why Marx Was Right, published in April by Yale University Press. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and hopefully this will give you a taste. It’s an excellent companion to the relentlessly depressing debt ceiling news.
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The Contradictions of Capital - David Harvey

Professor David Harvey delivered his lecture on 14 February 2013 at the University of Warwick. (Prof David Harvey at University of Warwick couple of weeks back . . .
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Immanuel Wallerstein and the Good Book Debate on the Origins of Capitalism

Immanuel Wallerstein and the Good Book Debate on the Origins of Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago the Regents of the University of California published again a worldwide well-known book by Immanuel Wallerstein's "The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century" which, since its first publication in the 1950s, was at the center of a famous good book debate. 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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BBC News - Hardtalk - Are we seeing the end of capitalism?

BBC News - Hardtalk - Are we seeing the end of capitalism? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Philosopher David Harvey on the need to think of alternatives to capitalism as endless growth is no longer a possibility. (BBC News - Hardtalk - David Harvey - Are we seeing the end of capitalism? It's collapse is inevitable.
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Egypt: Officials Turn Blind Eye to Port Said Police Abuses | Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Officials Turn Blind Eye to Port Said Police Abuses | Human Rights Watch | real utopias | Scoop.it

(Cairo) – The newly appointed investigative judge looking into the January violence in Port Said should fully examine police responsibility for unlawful killings during the episode, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the Alkarama Foundation, and Human Rights Watch said today. Forty-two people, including two police officers, died after a court, on January 26, 2013, recommended sentencing 21 Port Said residents to death for killings after a soccer match a year earlier. The confirmation of this sentence and verdict against the remaining 52 defendants is scheduled for March 9.

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Documents Show Homeland Security Was Tracking Occupy Wall Street Even Before The First Protest

Documents Show Homeland Security Was Tracking Occupy Wall Street Even Before The First Protest | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Department of Homeland Security has been tracking the Occupy Wall Street movement since well before protesters first took Zuccotti Park last September, according to internal DHS memos obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Act Request. 

 

 

 

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Zeitgeist ~ Addendum

The second documentary film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution.
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Noam Chomsky Calls Jacques Lacan a ‘Charlatan’ :: Critical-Theory.com

Noam Chomsky Calls Jacques Lacan a ‘Charlatan’ :: Critical-Theory.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky appeared in a podcast on the site Veterans Unplugged back in December 2012 to give his thoughts about American militarism. When asked by the interviewer if he thought the work of Slavoj Zizek had any relevence, Chomsky started to rail against what he considers “fancy words” that mean nothing once they are “decoded”. “Zizek is an extreme example, I don’t see anything in what he’s saying,” said Chomsky.

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Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian?

Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Social Data Revolution is the term, coined by Dr Andreas Weigend. For the first time in history we can learn about humans at scale. Now, we have an unprecedented knowledge of what they think and how they are connected.
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Documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America | real utopias | Scoop.it

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. MAKERS captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

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How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes | Red Pepper

How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes | Red Pepper | real utopias | Scoop.it

Sergio Zulian, a long standing activist in Italy’s North East Social Centres network, comments: ‘This electoral result is certainly a child of the economic crisis that finally destroyed the credibility of the political class, which was already highly damaged by the corruption scandals typical of this country. Even the radical left wasn’t able to separate itself from the old representational mechanisms that are seen as part of the establishment. Grillo had a very effective communicative strategy that allowed him to re-frame many battles led by the movements. The same cannot be said for the parties of the left.’ 

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Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages - Truth-Out

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. A Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, and currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It

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Inequality, Capitalism and a Nation of Men - Huffington Post

Inequality, Capitalism and a Nation of Men - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

John Adams famously sought to create "a government of laws and not of men." Sadly, I suspect John Adams would be disappointed in the nation today. Increasingly, the application of the law reflects what Adams feared: It depends on who the men or women are rather than what they have, or have not, done.

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Slavoj Zizek on Violence | noir realism

Slavoj Zizek on Violence | noir realism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Reading this work of Zizek, ‘Violence‘, awakens in me something old and dangerous, a realization that the power of rhetoric and the dialectic serve each other as either violent partners to an ongoing crime, or as the secret accomplices of a two-thousand year old murder and of the guilt that comes with such monstrous actions. The violence of language is at the forefront of this unique work. Zizek uses every tool at his disposal to bring philosophical speculation down into the street. He is no frigid academic whose prose, grey and analytic, distills truths that are so abstract and cold to be almost useless. No, Zizek opens up the guts of the world, spills out the grotesque humor of our dark heritage in all its disgusting glory, and offers us no absolution but the truth of our own inescapable complicity in a crime we commit daily by both our action and inaction, by our failure to solve the riddle of democracy

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Slavoj Zizek - The Buddhist Ethic and The Spirit of Global Capitalism

Nietzsche pointed out the most dangerous person in the world is a philosopher because it comes in everything it was agreed on is no longer clear, it confuses everyone and tonight we have a founding FOUNDING professor of EGS, he was here on the first year and he has coming back every time he can. On his book one can read “the most dangerous man in the world”.

 
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The Punk Patriot: Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks

The Punk Patriot: Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky on The Young Turks. via the Young Turks. Shouted into the internet by The Punk Patriot at 9:59 PM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: The Young Turks. CLICK ON THESE ...
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Colombia: Has the Coffee Revolution begun?

Colombia: Has the Coffee Revolution begun? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Farmers in Colombia, a leading coffee exporter, are blocking roads and battling with police. Coffee production has crashed so hard that the land of Juan Valdez is now importing coffee — which would be akin to Saudi Arabia or Iran importing oil.
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"Turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt: Beginning or End of the Revolutions?

In Tunisia in December 2010, a single individual ignited a popular revolution against a venal autocrat, an uprising that was followed promptly by a similar eruption in Egypt against a similar venal autocrat. The Arab world was astonished and world public opinion immediately was very sympathetic to these "model" expressions of the struggles around the world for autonomy, dignity, and a better world.

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