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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky (Feb 2013) FULL speech "The Common Good"

Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT gives a speech in February 2013 on Education, Climate Change, and other interesting topics.
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Noam Chomsky: The Lateral State of America | The Occupied Times

Noam Chomsky: The Lateral State of America | The Occupied Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Since 2008, the latest crisis of capitalism has given birth to a new wave of horizontal and collective forms of organising in the United States: The occupation of the State Capitol of Wisconsin in early 2011 in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s plan to drastically reduce collective bargaining rights. The Occupy movement and its notorious occupation of Zuccotti Park in late 2011, followed by similar occupations of public space across hundreds of American cities. And most recently, the network of relief hubs, organised at a community level and aimed at cultivating an atmosphere of mutual aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Indeed, Occupy Sandy has been at the forefront of filling the gaps where the state seems absent. The last few months has witnessed the development of tools for debt resistance, exemplified by numerous debtors’ assemblies held in city squares across America, and more recently by the Rolling Jubilee, which aimed to display the power of collective refusal of debt peonage.

 

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Occupy one year on: what is the financial system's achilles heel? - The Guardian (blog)

Occupy one year on: what is the financial system's achilles heel? - The Guardian (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked this. It's usually at social gatherings after the inevitable "what do you do" question, and my reply that I write about social change. Until recently the question was slightly different – I was asked whether I thought Occupy would make a difference. But now it's always in the past tense.

 

 

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The Arab Revolutions' Reality Check - Social Europe Journal

The Arab Revolutions' Reality Check - Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two years after popular uprisings began to convulse the Middle East, few people speak of an “Arab Spring” anymore. Given Syria’s bloody civil war, the rise to power of Islamist forces through free elections, the ever-deepening political and economic crises in Egypt and Tunisia, increasing instability in Iraq, uncertainty about the future of Jordan and Lebanon, and the threat of war over Iran’s nuclear program, the bright hope of a new Middle East has vanished.

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Occupy London: A Year on from the St Paul's Cathedral Eviction - IBTimes.co.uk

Occupy London: A Year on from the St Paul's Cathedral Eviction - IBTimes.co.uk | real utopias | Scoop.it

Members of the group soon moved into empty offices near Liverpool Street that were owned by the Swiss investment bank UBS, which has recently been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for its role in attempting to manipulate the key benchmark rate Libor.

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Occupy Central plan amounts to tyranny of minority - South China Morning Post

Occupy Central plan amounts to tyranny of minority - South China Morning Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Unlike Occupy Wall Street - a "leaderless resistance movement" of the 99 per cent against the "greed and corruption of the one per cent", as it proclaims on its website - Occupy Central is more a campaign than a movement. It is not concerned with social and economic inequality, but with one-man-one-vote elections.

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Natural capital: avoiding the next financial crisis - chinadialogue

Natural capital: avoiding the next financial crisis - chinadialogue | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nature underpins global wealth creation. The renewable flow of goods and services provided by the earth’s ecosystems buttress our economy and yield benefits for business. But this stock of ecosystems – also known as “natural capital” – is largely invisible in financial decision-making. As a result, natural capital does not appear on the balance sheets of businesses and is largely unaccounted for in financial products.
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Green lobby loses the public: Most people no longer consider global warming a serious issue in a recession

Green lobby loses the public: Most people no longer consider global warming a serious issue in a recession | real utopias | Scoop.it
Concerns about the environment have reached a two-decade low since the start of the financial crisis, a global survey has revealed.
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Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying? - Huffington Post

Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying? - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Biologists and cognitive neuroscientists are discovering mirror-neurons -- the so-called empathy neurons -- hat allow human beings and other species to feel and experience another's situation as if it were one's own. We are, it appears, the most social of animals and seek intimate participation and companionship with our fellows... The growing scientific evidence that we are a fundamentally empathic species has profound and far-reaching consequences for society, and may well determine our fate as a species.

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Yes, we can: Non-European thinkers and philosophers

Yes, we can: Non-European thinkers and philosophers | real utopias | Scoop.it

The exchanges between Santiago Zabala and Hamid Dabashi published in Al Jazeera brings about one of the crucial issues of the 21st century: the increasing process of re-westernisation (the revamping of Western ways of thinking, from Christianity to Liberalism and Marxism), de-westernisation and decoloniality in all sphere of life, politics, economy, religions, aesthetics, knowledge and subjectivity. 

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Grillo’s Five Star Movement has defended the system | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR

Grillo’s Five Star Movement has defended the system | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR | real utopias | Scoop.it
According to the Wu Ming collective, the electoral success of Grillo’s web-based Five Star Movement just covers up the vacuum of Italian social movements.
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Why Not GMO? 5 Surprising Facts About Food’s Biggest Controversy

Why Not GMO? 5 Surprising Facts About Food’s Biggest Controversy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The discourse surrounding GMOs can devolve to base levels at times. The Right to Know-supporting crowd can embrace the David role, staring opposite the seed company Goliath, a bit to enthusiastically. But in most any debate it’s a level head and facts that win out in the end. Which is why we’re looking at the hard information that appears to disprove the pro-GMO argument.

 
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Contract dispute exposes the limits of democratic trade union elections

Contract dispute exposes the limits of democratic trade union elections | real utopias | Scoop.it
Just nine months after democratically electing a new trade union chairman, ten workers at Ohms Electronics in Shenzhen yesterday climbed on to the factory roof in protest at the company’s refusal to sign an open-ended employment contract with them.
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Occupy Wall Street and the Significance of Political Slogans - CounterPunch

Occupy Wall Street and the Significance of Political Slogans - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Radical political movements always employ slogans that encapsulate in a few powerful words the aspirations of those fighting for a new world. The French revolutionaries fought under the banner, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” words that still resonate with radicals. The first words of the U.S. Constitution—“We the People”—have quickened the hearts of generations of populist activists. Emiliano Zapata’s soldiers longed for “Tierra y Libertad,”and the peasant armies of Mao Tse Tung went to war for “Land to the Tiller.”

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Occupy the Pipeline : WE ENDORSE the Tar Sands Blockade's ...

Occupy the Pipeline : WE ENDORSE the Tar Sands Blockade's ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
We at Occupy the Pipeline are proud to endorse the Tar Sands Blockade's week of action. This week of action will take place from March 16 to 23, and will signal to all who support the Keystone XL Pipeline that we will not stop until they do. Tar Sands Blockade is encouraging folks to target local Trans Canada offices (locations available on the TSB website) and to draw attention to other targets who are providing support to this project.
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How Students Can Take Charge of Their Education

How Students Can Take Charge of Their Education | real utopias | Scoop.it
A guest post by the 19-year-old entrepreneur Dale J. Stephens, founder of UnCollege.org, on how anyone can “hack” his or her education.
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The armchair revolutionary

The armchair revolutionary | real utopias | Scoop.it

Terry Eagleton, one of Britain's most abrasive public intellectuals, has added to that reputation of late through his ongoing feud with Martin Amis over Islam. And now he has written a book that sees Jesus as a Palestinian insurgent. But, after a lifetime of baiting the establishment, the academic world has had enough of him. 

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France’s Hessel, Who Inspired Occupy Wall Street, Dies

France’s Hessel, Who Inspired Occupy Wall Street, Dies | real utopias | Scoop.it
Stephane Hessel, the author of the best-selling book “Indignez-vous!,” which inspired protests like “Occupy Wall Street” in New York and Los Indignados in Spain, has died. He was 95.
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Terry Eagleton - The God Debate

Professor Terry Eagleton delivered a lecture, The God Debate, as part of the Gifford Lecture series. In his lecture, Professor Eagleton asks "Why has God sud...
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People Power: A Documentary Exploring Participatory Democracy Around the World

People Power: A Documentary Exploring Participatory Democracy Around the World | real utopias | Scoop.it

How can ordinary people hold elected government officials accountable? In the short documentary People Power, TV Education Asia Pacific approaches accountability through participatory democracy.

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The Legal Roots Of Resilience

Lady Justice takes us on a tour of resilient communities, and looks into the legal ground work! A movie by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (www.theselc.org). Created by Janelle Orsi, with input from Chris Tittle, Ricardo Nunez, Yassi Eskandari, Christina Oatfield, and Camille Pannu.

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About GC3

About GC3 | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Green-Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) is the community economic development practice group of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Our mission is to advance green jobs and resilient communities through cooperative ownership.

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Is Japan heading for a Zombie future? | World Future Society

Is Japan heading for a Zombie future? | World Future Society | real utopias | Scoop.it

Everyone has a favourite iconic Japanese consumer product – the Sony Walkman, a Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray disc player, a Canon, Nikon, Minolta or Pentax camera or even a Toyota Prius. But this century will witness the long, slow sunset of Japan’s power. That’s because the country’s ageing and depopulating society will drag the economy down with it, as it has already started to do.

 
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Venezuela’s Social Missions Progressing | venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuela’s Social Missions Progressing | venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Merida, February 26th 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Despite some private international media reporting “economic chaos” and that social missions have ground to a halt with President Hugo Chavez still recovering from cancer surgery, the missions continue working.

 
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Revolution that works both ways - New Zealand Herald

Revolution that works both ways - New Zealand Herald | real utopias | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneurs are changemakers and pioneers. A social entrepreneur will walk a different path to achieve their mission. Some focus on local communities, some respond to national issues and some focus on children, the elderly or the environment. Where business entrepreneurs identify untapped commercial markets, social entrepreneurs see people and communities in need who have not yet been reached by other initiatives. Their commonality lies in their creativity, willingness to take risk and ability to marshal resources to make an impact.

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