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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Socialist Alternative - Born to rule: the origins of the Liberal Party

Socialist Alternative - Born to rule: the origins of the Liberal Party | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Never forget the history of politics and never forget which side we’re on. We’re on the side of making profits. We’re on the side of people owning private capital.”

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Daily Kos: Open thread for night owls: Occupy Sandy in front lines of NYC relief efforts

Daily Kos: Open thread for night owls: Occupy Sandy in front lines of NYC relief efforts | real utopias | Scoop.it
So how did an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, best known as a leaderless movement that brought international attention to issues of economic injustice through the occupation of Zucotti Park in the financial district last year, become a leader in local hurricane relief efforts? Ethan Murphy, who was helping organize the food at St. Jacobis and had been cooking for the occupy movement over the past year, explained there wasn’t any kind of official decision or declaration that occupiers would now try to help with the hurricane aftermath. “This is what we do already, “ he explained: Build community, help neighbors, and create a world without the help of finance. Horst said, “We know capitalism is broken, so we have already been focused on organizing to take care of our own [community] needs.” He sees Occupy Sandy as political ideas executed on a practical level.
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Dr. Michael Parenti: The 1% Ecology And The Myth of Capitalism - 10/19/2012

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2012: The Year of the Cooperative

2012: The Year of the Cooperative | real utopias | Scoop.it

What do coffee growers in Ethiopia, hardware store owners in America, and Basque entrepreneurs have in common? For one thing, many of them belong to cooperatives. By pooling their money and resources, and voting democratically on how those resources will be used, they can compete in business and reinvest the benefits in their communities.

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From chaos to a new world order - Redress Information & Analysis

From chaos to a new world order - Redress Information & Analysis | real utopias | Scoop.it

Living at this time is to bear witness to a world in acute turmoil. Noam Chomsky describes thecurrent climate, saying: “We are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger and unfocused fear an ominous combination, with few precedents.” Existing political and economic structures that have failed to serve the people are in decay. A new world order based on the universally recognized principles of justice, equality, unity and freedom is the call of many around the world.

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minority opinion: Exposing the Elites

minority opinion: Exposing the Elites | real utopias | Scoop.it
Elites who seek alliances with progressive tribunes are not always feudal aristocrats (like Bismarck) or feudal retainers (like Disraeli). They may, like the Roosevelts, be high bourgeois who have succumbed to the Medici Syndrome. Abandoning, as the Medici did, the tradition of their forebears, who were proud of their market squares, the high bourgeois find commerce vulgar and ape the manners of the nobility.
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Occupy Wall Street preoccupied with Sandy relief - BrooklynPapers.com

Occupy Wall Street preoccupied with Sandy relief - BrooklynPapers.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

The demonstrators who rallied in Zuccotti Park have taken to the streets to assist Brooklynites suffering after the catastrophic storm by setting up volunteer hubs in hard-hit Red Hook and Sunset Park where do-gooders can deliver donations, organize food drives, and aid with cleanup.

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Why The Occupy Movement Reminds Me Of Real Democracy, Mr Obama - Forbes

Why The Occupy Movement Reminds Me Of Real Democracy, Mr Obama - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it

One change that I’ve noted a few times here on Re:Thinking Innovation: The way we deal with opinion. We used to think of opinion as an analytical entity, something a pollster might collect from time to time, like during elections. Or as the provenance of leaders, thought leaders, real leaders.

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IMF study: Peak oil could do serious damage to the global economy

IMF study: Peak oil could do serious damage to the global economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The world isn’t going to run out of oil anytime soon. But there’s still concern among various geologists and analysts that our oil supply won’t grow as quickly or as easily as it used to. We’ll have to resort to harder-to-drill oil to satisfy our crude habits. More expensive oil. That would push prices up. And high oil prices could act as a drag on growth.

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Co-operative model could be the answer to economic woes - The Guardian

Co-operative model could be the answer to economic woes - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

Jiang Xingsan's day job is helping to run a vast agricultural group, the All-China Federation of Supply and Manufacturing Co-operatives, which serves millions of farmers across China, and has increased its payroll by 200,000 in the past year alone. But he was in Manchester last week, paying tribute to the Rochdale Pioneers.

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Occupy Wall Street: Interview With Micah White From Adbusters

Occupy Wall Street: Interview With Micah White From Adbusters | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing demonstration protesting against socio-economic inequality and corporate greed in America. The movement was started by the organization Adbusters and has now spread to over 80 cities across the country. This week on "What's Trending Live," I chatted with Micah White, senior editor at Adbusters, about mobilizing the community in Manhattan for the first protest back on Sept. 17, and what the main long-term goals are for the participants.

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Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong

Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong | real utopias | Scoop.it

If one were to rank a list of civilization's greatest and most elusive intellectual challenges, the problem of "decoding" ourselves -- understanding the inner workings of our minds and our brains, and how the architecture of these elements is encoded in our genome -- would surely be at the top. Yet the diverse fields that took on this challenge, from philosophy and psychology to computer science and neuroscience, have been fraught with disagreement about the right approach.

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Paul Krugman: Here’s The Worst Possible Reason To Vote Romney – Huffington Post | World Rss News

Paul Krugman: Here’s The Worst Possible Reason To Vote Romney – Huffington Post | World Rss News | real utopias | Scoop.it
If President Obama is re-elected, health care coverage will expand dramatically, taxes on the wealthy will go up and Wall Street will face tougher regulation. If Mitt Romney wins instead, health coverage will shrink substantially, taxes on the wealthy will fall to …
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AMAZING: Occupy Wall Street Leading Massive, Volunteer-Powered Recovery Efforts in New York - Democratic Underground

AMAZING: Occupy Wall Street Leading Massive, Volunteer-Powered Recovery Efforts in New York - Democratic Underground | real utopias | Scoop.it
They are thousands-strong and growing: entering devastated neighborhoods yet to see outside help from established aid organizations.
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Ecovillages — Communities Magazine — Fall 2012

Ecovillages — Communities Magazine — Fall 2012 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Communities Magazine is the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America - from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural communes.
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Slavoj Žižek on The Dark Knight Rises, Marijuana, Consumerism and Love (2012)

An Excerpt from an Interview with Slavoj Žižek on CBC radio.
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The GOP’s gray revolution

The GOP’s gray revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it
Just bc young voters use social media doesn't mean using soc media wins you the youth vote.
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Noam Chomsky on Money and Politics with Mike Connolly

M.I.T. Professor Noam Chomsky talks with Mike Connolly about the issue of money in politics. Chomsky compares our "No Money" campaign to the start of great social movements, and he makes a contribution (in the amount of $0.00) to the campaign.
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Wired Magazine's Editor, Chris Anderson, to Step Down

Wired Magazine's Editor, Chris Anderson, to Step Down | real utopias | Scoop.it

Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of Wired magazine, is leaving to devote more time to the drone company he has been developing.

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Toward a New Environmentalism : TreeHugger

Toward a New Environmentalism : TreeHugger | real utopias | Scoop.it

Also inspired by a gut reaction against the ideas behind projects like Dark Mountain, Murray takes strong issue with Dark Mountain founder Paul Kingsnorth's critique of what he calls "neo-environmentalists" who are "unashamedly pro-business" and ascribe to a failed "Wellsian techno-optimism". Contrary to Kingsnorth's charges, says Murray, these neo-environmentalists (or New Environmentalists as Murray prefers) have no illusions about the scale of the challenge we face:

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real economics: Another cautionary tale about Germany's green ...

One of the strategies of a solar-powered societies is to give price breaks to folks who can "make hay while the sun shines." When the wind is blowing and the sun shining, there is an abundance of solar power—so much that a lot of it is wasted. Of course, storage would be the solution but in truth, no one really knows how to do storage on that sort of scale. So until this can be figured out, the fallback strategy is to financially favor those industries that can ramp up their demand on sunny / windy days. Not surprisingly, those industries who cannot vary their demand are bound to resent the folks who are getting a lot of cheap energy—especially in Germany where most customers are paying a premium for their renewable electricity (the second highest prices in Europe.)
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Pacific Centre for Participatory Democracy

Pacific Centre for Participatory Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

We are guided by a set of values that inform our activities and plans and led by a small group of volunteers.

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Socialist Alternative - A new kind of left unity

Socialist Alternative - A new kind of left unity | real utopias | Scoop.it

This is an unusual edition of Socialist Alternative magazine. In most issues, our front page and lead article address some pressing issue of Australian or international politics from a socialist point of view: defending refugee rights, championing trade union struggles or attacking the capitalist system as a whole.

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Technological Change: The Engine of Social Revolution » Footprints of the FutureFootprints of the Future

Technological eras define a society. Modern American society was defined by the emergence of a wave of new manufacturing technologies in the early 20th century. Both the global reach of the United States and the day-to-day lives of its citizens were shaped by the Mass Production Age. The rise of the United States to superpower status paralleled the rise of the Mass Production Age, enabling the country to play a dominant role on the global stage and shaping Americans’ perceptions of themselves, their nation, and the rest of the world.

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