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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Interview with Fran Ilich about Spacebank, microfunding and alternative currencies

“Ilich is investigating creative practices in virtual community investment banking. Globalized capitalist markets use finance as a means to extract surplus and value from localized world production - relying on networks of power to do so. But finance can also be reversed engineered so that it becomes the seed for new forms of cooperation, collaboration and socialization, drawing on and building networks through virtual communities. Used creatively, finance can actually further the prosperity and efficacy of minority reports, marginal narratives, alternate commodity markets, social currencies, hacktivism and other activist practices, as well as strengthen the hope of sustainability in creative digital labor and internet production practices.“ (text via eyebeam)

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People Who Are "Fearful" Tend to Be Politically Conservative, Study Says

People Who Are "Fearful" Tend to Be Politically Conservative, Study Says | real utopias | Scoop.it
A new study in the American Journal of Political Science highlights that "individuals who are more fearful tend to espouse less supportive policies toward out-groups."
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Incoming! New Report Notes 14 "Carbon Bombs" Threatening To Blow The Global Carbon Budget | ThinkProgress

Incoming! New Report Notes 14 "Carbon Bombs" Threatening To Blow The Global Carbon Budget | ThinkProgress | real utopias | Scoop.it
The general scientific consensus is that the average global temperature cannot be allowed to warm more than two degrees Celsius [3.6°F] in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.
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What’s Wrong with e-Petitions and How to Fix them

What’s Wrong with e-Petitions and How to Fix them | real utopias | Scoop.it

When it comes to perfecting participatory institutions, there is no silver bullet. Working with government on a permanent basis for years, I am aware that many of the suggestions above are easier said than done. But it would also be too easy to say that e-petitions are great participatory mechanisms as they stand.

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The Bolsheviks and workers' control: the state and counter-revolution - Maurice Brinton | libcom.org

The Bolsheviks and workers' control: the state and counter-revolution - Maurice Brinton | libcom.org | real utopias | Scoop.it

In doing so not only does it demolish the romantic Leninist 'history' of the relationship between the working class and their party during these years (1917 - 21) but it also provides a backbone to understanding why the Russian revolution failed in the way it did.

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Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out - Huffington Post (blog)

Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

On May 10, 2011, Vinod Khosla, Sun Microsystems founder and a big-dollar social impact investor, told The Economist*: "I wanted to see if I could have a social impact. I quickly realized that any non-profit activity I could do would be no more than a drop in the ocean. Most non-profit organizations are completely ineffective...I decided that I needed to look for scalable solutions...which meant capitalist solutions. Proving the capitalist tool as a solution for poverty is high on my priority list."

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Islamic Socialism: A history from left to right - DAWN.com (blog)

Islamic Socialism: A history from left to right - DAWN.com (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Between the 1950s and early 1970s, a powerful ideology in the Muslim world galvanised itself from the minds and fringes of modern Islamic intellectualism and made its way into the mainstream political arena.

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Basque Country: Movement for sovereignty and socialism on the rise - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Basque Country: Movement for sovereignty and socialism on the rise - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

February 18, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Oskar Matute (pictured above) was elected to the Basque parliament in the election of October 21, 2012, as a candidate for Euskal Herria Bildu (EH Bildu, Basque Country Reunification). He was previously a member of parliament from 2002-2009 with Ezker Batua-Berdeak, a united-left grouping. His is spokesperson for Alternativa, one of the founding members of the EH Bildu coalition, which has achieved spectacular electoral results since its legalisation in May 2011. EH Bildu won 25% of the popular vote in the October 2012 Basque election -- capturing 21 out of 75 seats.

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Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global is a distraction

Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global is a distraction | real utopias | Scoop.it
Progressives need to retain and refresh their internationalist aspirations so that the ethos of “go local” does not become a selfish parochial dogma. 
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Is the p2p approach utopian?

Is the p2p approach utopian? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The critique that the P2P approach that we are defending in these pages is utopian can come from two different quarters. One is the obvious one, the conservative side. This approach suggests that humans are very flawed, and that our societies reflect those flaws and that social rules should take into account the basic fact that humans can’t be trusted, and that institutions and ‘law and order’ are needed to keep them in check. Or, in its liberal so-called free market version, that it is best to create a society which takes into account greed, but assumes or tries to turn mutual greed into a common good.

 
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Obey

This is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. 

 

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

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Stumbling and Mumbling: Happiness, work & productivity

"A happy worker is a productive worker". This might seem like a vomitorious cliche, but some experiments at the University of Warwick suggest that it's true.

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Change the World Without Taking Power: A decade later John ...

Change the World Without Taking Power: A decade later John ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

A decades ago John Holloway shook up the Marxist academy with the publication of his book, Change The World Without Taking Power”. Holloway’s argument was that the Marxist preoccupation with taking power was not only obsolete, it was counterproductive, serving only to divert energy and time to a quixotic effort that leaves Marxists banging their heads bloody against the brick wall of capitalist relations of production. Said Holloway.

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ledlog: Old Age Marxism

ledlog: Old Age Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it
The following is a response to Paul Cockshott's review of Michael Heinrich'sIntroduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital,New Age Marxism. Read Cockshott's review first.
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Is Marxism Facing a Rebirth? | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio

Is Marxism Facing a Rebirth? | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio | real utopias | Scoop.it
If you thought that the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of raging capitalism in China, and the slow crumble of Castro's revolution meant the death of Marxism, you thought wrong. Reports of its demise are wildly premature.
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The Great Debate - Capitalism vs Socialism

Hosted by Socialist Alternative - www.sa.org.au With the global financial crisis bulldozing the living standards of millions across the world while the rich ...
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Click here to support Occupy 2.0:The Battle for Public Schools by Shaun Johnson

Click here to support Occupy 2.0:The Battle for Public Schools  by Shaun Johnson | real utopias | Scoop.it
We are a small groupof educators, parents, and higher education faculty members from various states in the US, resisting the destruction of public education by corporate entities and supposedly well-meaning philanthro-capitalists.
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Shahbag: The Social revolution in Bangladesh

Shahbag: The Social revolution in Bangladesh | real utopias | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have joined protests in Dhaka where political revolution of sorts is underway. It began when Abdul Quader Mollah, a Jamaat e Islami leader and the Butcher of Mirpur was convicted of beheading a poet and raping a pre teen and shooting 344 people during the liberation war of 1971, but got a life sentence instead of a capital punishment. Mollah emerged from the courtroom flashing a victory sign that prompted online activists and bloggers to gather at Shahbag, to launch a unique protest movement demanding justice. Shahbag Square in Dhaka has been renamed as Projonmo chottor or new generation roundabout, where the protestors have gathered demanding maximum penalty for the barbarians of the 1971 war crimes.

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3 Things That Must Happen for Us To Rise Up and Defeat the Corporatocracy

3 Things That Must Happen for Us To Rise Up and Defeat the Corporatocracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Most Americans oppose rule by the corporatocracy but don't have the tools to fight back. Here are three things we need to create a real people's movement.
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What is Initiative 136?

Initiative 136 is a citizens’ initiative that opposes the privatization of the Water and Sanitation Company in Thessaloniki and proposes its social management through local-level cooperatives. 


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Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization | On the Commons

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization | On the Commons | real utopias | Scoop.it
Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn’t only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.
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Culture and Barbarism

Terry Eagleton, John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester, delivers the fourth lecture in a series of lectures entitled “Faith and Fundamentalism: Is Belief in Richard Dawkins Necessary for Salvation?”

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'Liquid Democrazy': Pirate Party Sinks amid Chaos and Bickering - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'Liquid Democrazy': Pirate Party Sinks amid Chaos and Bickering - SPIEGEL ONLINE | real utopias | Scoop.it
Germany's Pirate Party is falling apart. Instead of finally beginning work on their election platform, leaders of the Internet-freedom party are fighting among themselves instead.
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Some Remarks On Consensus | OCCUPY WALL STREET

Some Remarks On Consensus | OCCUPY WALL STREET | real utopias | Scoop.it

Our power is in our principles. The power of Occupy has always been that it is an experiment in human freedom. That’s what inspired so many to join us. That’s what terrified the banks and politicians, who scrambled to do everything in their power—infiltration, disruption, propaganda, terror, violence—to be able to tell the word we’d failed, that they had proved a genuinely free society is impossible, that it would necessarily collapse into chaos, squalor, antagonism, violence, and dysfunction. We cannot allow them such a victory. The only way to fight back is to renew our absolute commitment to those principles. We will never compromise on equality and freedom. We will always base our relations to each other on those principles. We will not fall back on top-down structures and forms of decision making premised on the power of coercion. But as long as we do that, and if we really believe in those principles, that necessarily means being as open and flexible as we can about pretty much everything else.


  
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Iceland’s ‘Facebook’ constitution closer to reality

Iceland’s ‘Facebook’ constitution closer to reality | real utopias | Scoop.it
Voters in Iceland have pushed their crowd-sourced constitution, which includes ideas from Facebook and Twitter, closer to approval. But will the experimental process get across the finish line?
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation