real utopias
31.3K views | +0 today
Follow
real utopias
Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
Curated by jean lievens
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

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?”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

'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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

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.


  
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

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?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Family Lives Without Money—By Choice—and Thrives

Family Lives Without Money—By Choice—and Thrives | real utopias | Scoop.it
A Berlin family of three has been living on practically nothing but love and the goodwill of others for more than two years and counting—not as a victims of the rough economy, but as activists who are on a money strike to protest what they call our “excess-consumption society.”
more...
Mr. Ziebarth - FVHS's curator insight, February 23, 2013 2:35 AM

The Joads are very generous with other families, even when such generosity isn't reciprocated.

Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Books | Fair enough | SmartPlanet

Books | Fair enough | SmartPlanet | real utopias | Scoop.it

Asma, a “favoritist,” is confident in his controversial thesis — “My claim is that favoritism is natural for humans in the same way as breast feeding is natural;” “People are not equally entitled to my time, affection, resources, or moral duties,” favoritism “substantially increases human happiness” - but prepared for a backlash. Especially since he also endorses bias, tribalism, elitism, and “positive nepotism,” such as mentorship and immigrants helping their families adjust to the United States. The topics I expected to read about (Wall Street, campaign spending, unemployment) are bypassed, and affirmative action receives merely a mention, three-fourths into the 200 page book (Asma’s son is half Caucasian, half Chinese, and Asma has no qualms about identifying him on applications as whichever race seems most beneficiary).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Redirecting...

Nobody has taught me as much about the euro crisis as Paul De Grauwe, who brought to the fore a crucial point almost everyone was overlooking: the importance of self-fulfilling debt panics in countries that no longer have their own currencies. Now he has a new paper with Yuemei Ji following up on that insight, and offering yet more evidence of the incredible unwisdom of European economic policy.

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Slavoj Zizek - Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever

The Christmas issue of the Spectator ran an editorial entitled "Why 2012 was the best year ever". It argued against the perception that we live in "a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse". Here is the opening paragraph: "It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The west remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Slavoj Zizek: Violence and Left in Dark Times

Slavoj Zizek, author of Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (Picador; July 22, 2008), and Bernard-Henri Levy, author of Left In Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (Random House; September 16, 2008) talked about their books on stage with Paul Holdengraber. They debated the parameters of tolerance and the global understanding of human rights. In his book Mr. Zizek examines how violence is perceived and questions whether capitalism and civilization encourage greater violence. Bernard Henri-Levy is critical of what he contends are liberals' misinformed concepts of tolerance. Slavoj Zizek is the author of over thirty books, including In Defense of Lost Causes. He is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Bernard-Henri Levy is the author of several books, including Barbarism with a Human Face and American Vertigo. He is the co-founder of the anti-racist group, SOS Racism. This "LIVE from the NYPL" event, "A Debate Instigated by Paul Holdengraber," was co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Slovenia. It was held at Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Research Library of Humanities and Social Sciences.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Zizek Lecture on Buddhism, "Buddhist Slavoj Zizek" Gangnam style

Zizek Lecture buddhism, Gangnam style University of Vermont, October 16th, 2012 -- ZizekGangnamStyle (Zizek Lecture on Buddhism, "Buddhist Slavoj Zizek" Gangnam style http://t.co/XjzDYx9CpG)...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Enterprise 2.0 'Enabling the Social Enterprise (R)evolution' on March 20 – 21 - The Rude Baguette

Enterprise 2.0 'Enabling the Social Enterprise (R)evolution' on March 20 – 21 - The Rude Baguette | real utopias | Scoop.it

For the second year in a row, theEnterprise 2.0 Summit, one of the leading events tackling the challenge and solutions in mastering social networking within the enterprise world, comes back to Paris.  This year’s edition will take place on March 20 – 21st at the Cercle National Des Armées.

more...
Benjamin Dean's curator insight, February 24, 2013 2:59 PM

As luck would have it, I'll be in Paris at this time. Totally hitting up the Enterprise2.0 Summit

Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Renewables Accounted for 100% in New U.S. Generation Capacity in January - Renew India Campaign - solar photovoltaic, Indian Solar News, Indian Wind News, Indian Wind Market

Renewables Accounted for 100% in New U.S. Generation Capacity in January - Renew India Campaign - solar photovoltaic, Indian Solar News, Indian Wind News, Indian Wind Market | real utopias | Scoop.it
Wind saw the Highest installation in Jan 2013, while Solar bagged the second position. Of the total 28 Units installed, Wind Power plants amounted to 6 and Solar to 16 units.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Natural Disasters and Legal Solutions in the History of State Power | Solutions

Natural Disasters and Legal Solutions in the History of State Power | Solutions | real utopias | Scoop.it

When a society experiences a natural disaster, it is forced to consider a variety of responses that will both ameliorate the immediate crisis and put in place structures to enable it to prevent—or better cope with—future disasters. Whatever the concrete solutions may be, in modern states and legal systems, they will either have to operate within existing legal frameworks or require novel legal regulations. The latter are particularly interesting, because innovation sheds light on processes of adaptation that may instigate cultural change. In the following, I will use the term legal solutions to denote any normative regulation invented to manage disasters, prevent them, or protect against them.

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implications | Credit Writedowns

Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implications | Credit Writedowns | real utopias | Scoop.it
Eurozone policy seems driven by market sentiment. This column argues that fear and panic led to excessive, and possibly self-defeating, austerity in the south while failing to induce offsetting stimulus in the north.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Author to discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution at USF St ...

Author to discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution at USF St ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
As part of International Week, the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Ashraf Khalil, author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution, who will discuss the role of social media in the 2011 revolution.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Eurocrisis: Steve Keen on Hyman Minsky and a debt jubilee (podcast)

Eurocrisis: Steve Keen on Hyman Minsky and a debt jubilee (podcast) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Steve Keen is a professor in economics and finance at the University of Western Sydney. He classes himself as a post-Keynesian, criticizing neoclassical economics as inconsistent, unscientific and empirically unsupported. The major influences on Keen’s thinking about economics include John Maynard Keynes, Hyman Minsky, Piero Sraffa, Joseph Alois Schumpeter, and François Quesnay. He also gives credit to Marx for contributing to the “financial instability hypothesis” of Hyman Minsky.[1] His recent work mostly concentrates on mathematical modeling and simulation of financial instability. He is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

ZCommunications | Crushing Russia's Labor Leaders by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZNet Article

ZCommunications | Crushing Russia's Labor Leaders by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZNet Article | real utopias | Scoop.it

The International Labor Organization as well as European and global labor groups have repeatedly appealed to Moscow to review the verdict, and a letter in support of Urusov signed by dozens of European intellectuals was met by Russian authorities with either silence or ambiguous and empty promises. At the same time, however, the fact that a member of the president's own human rights council has now taken up the call shows that the international pressure is having an effect. This time, the authorities will have difficulty ignoring an appeal from a Russian body that is known to be loyal to President Vladimir Putin and his policies.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

The Secret Rise of 21st Century Democracy

The Secret Rise of 21st Century Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

New economies based on greater democratic control, real representation and citizen participation are on the rise. There is much to be learned from countries like Venezuela that break from the Washington Consensus.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Why Capitalist Predators Think 2013 Will Be the Best Year Ever

Why Capitalist Predators Think 2013 Will Be the Best Year Ever | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Christmas issue of the Spectator ran an editorial entitled "Why 2012 was the best year ever". It argued against the perception that we live in "a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse". Here is the opening paragraph: "It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The west remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Denver Seminary > Articles > Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

Denver Seminary > Articles > Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us | real utopias | Scoop.it

Like every “Age,” the Internet Age, the Digital Age (or whatever moniker is now popular) needs its contrarians, curmudgeons, and skeptics. Cheerleaders for new technologies are easy to find in America, and there may be lot of money in it. But careful and hesitant analysts are rarer and usually less popular. Their oppositional stance does not guarantee their correctness, but it is often a needed antidote to utopianism or willful ignorance. We should always be on guard for those who are “always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7; see also Hosea 4:6).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

The labor theory of value « Phil Ebersole's Blog

The labor theory of value « Phil Ebersole's Blog | real utopias | Scoop.it

Karl Marx based his economic theory on the labor theory of value, but many people besides his followers have held to this theory.   They point out that everything of human value that exists is the product of human toil and thought and resources occurring in nature (which in principle belong to everyone).   This includes capital, whether in the form of financial assets or of capital goods such as machine tools.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

'Occupy' the commons - Aljazeera.com

'Occupy' the commons - Aljazeera.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

The place in the central area of San Giovanni in Rome could make a lively sport complex with a variety of activities for all ages. Once the administrative headquarters for vehicle registrations and driver's licensing, it is a dismissed public building, now, technically speaking, an illegal place.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

In Defense of Soviet Waiters | Jacobin

In Defense of Soviet Waiters | Jacobin | real utopias | Scoop.it

There’s been a bit of a discussion about affective labor going around. Paul Myerscough in the London Review of Books describes the elaborate code with which the Pret a Manger chain enforces an ersatz cheerfulness and dedication on the part of its employees, who are expected to be “smiling, reacting to each other, happy, engaged.” Echoing a remark of Giraudoux and George Burns, the most important thing to fake is sincerity: “authenticity of being happy is important.”

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by jean lievens
Scoop.it!

Critical Books for an Appropriate Economics for the 21st Century - P2P Foundation

Critical Books for an Appropriate Economics for the 21st Century - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Economics is an important construct explaining human wealth and well-being. Many economic ideas of the industrial era, however, are not appropriate to 21st century economies, where human and natural capital are increasingly valued, and simplistic assessments of wealth, national product, growth, and human happiness are increasingly questioned due to bad economic ideas in high places. To cope with growing complexity, uncertainty, and concern for sustainability, many critical books have been published, especially over the past 35 years. This “frontier frame” seeks to outline these views in a compact format of six categories: General Critiques of deficient economic thought, Ecological Economics, Scientific and Global Organizations (such as the OECD and UN), Textbooks Supporting a Broader View, Alternative Labels (such as Heterodox and Post-Keynesian), and a sevenpoint agenda of needed actions to accelerate learning about better ideas for economic policy. An Appendix briefly describes ten organizations promoting new economics."

 
more...
No comment yet.
Curated by jean lievens
Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation