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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Debt

Debt | real utopias | Scoop.it
Eight years ago my mother went into a nursing home after it became obvious that she could not manage on her own. When I began working on her house to get it realtor ready, I got calls almost every morning from one collection agency or another. Over a 5-year period at least, she had begun using credit cards to make ends meet and racked up about $8000 in debt. My first reaction was consternation since I had inherited my father’s hatred for owing money. My next impulse was to try to figure out a way to pay off the debt but an attorney friend told me that I was not really liable. Despite that knowledge, I was reluctant to tell the collection agencies that I was her son and crafted a new persona for the phone calls. Using an upstate NY drawl, I became “Lenny”, the handyman hired to work on the house who advised that Missus Proyect was in the nursing home, on Medicaid, and poorer than a church mouse.
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The Employee Engagement Revolution — Employee Engagement with David Zinger

The engagement revolution. I believe we are witnessing and participating in the advent of a revolution in work and how we organize for work. This is not so much a revolution that is started by a few people but rather new movements within work. We don’t so much start this revolution as acknowledge it, support it, participate in it, and move to a stronger way of connecting to each other, work, and our organizations. The revolution is not a Luddite-like uprising against technology rather a personal, social, and organizational revolution of connection, engagement, recognition, community, invitation, and co-creation.
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Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don't get it - CNN.com

Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don't get it - CNN.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters' demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn't be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.
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Occupy Walmart: What the Debate Is Really About - Huffington Post

Occupy Walmart: What the Debate Is Really About - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
It has been more than three years since I locked the doors on Walmart Watch, an organization where I was proud to serve as executive director. Since then, Walmart's image has benefited from a lot of waxy polish and less attention, until last week.
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Occupy's Plan To Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge Cancelled - SFist

Occupy's Plan To Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge Cancelled - SFist | real utopias | Scoop.it
Er, never mind. Occupy's plan to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge on May 1st has been cancelled. Occupy will instead focus on ferry service. Why? Well, part of it could be that the Golden Gate Bridge District just agreed to pay a reported $2 million to "380 workers represented by 14 unions who have been out of contract since July 2011 over a dispute about medical insurance costs passed on to workers," reports Susie Cagle for SF Appeal.
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9 Moments In The Occupy Movement History - Huffington Post

9 Moments In The Occupy Movement History - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
On March 21, I passed through Union Square, which is the new Zuccotti Park. Just north of the subway entrance, about fifty Occupy Wall Street organizers and participants were sitting cross-legged on the ground, conducting a General Assembly. A few hundred yards away, a march for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman three weeks before, was mobilizing. I learned the next day that Martin's parents had come up from Florida for the event and that it was called the Million Hoodie March. At the time, I knew only that thirty or forty people were holding placards that referred to the killing. I stood for a while and watched the Trayvon Martin supporters, and then I decided to move over to the General Assembly.
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Occupy Wall Street: Back, But Does Anyone Care? - CNBC.com

Occupy Wall Street: Back, But Does Anyone Care? - CNBC.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
After spending 2011 near the top of the news headlines, Occupy Wall Street finds itself in a struggle to regain relevance as a grassroots protest against corporate greed and Washington corruption.
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Chris Jordan - Midway

Chris Jordan - Midway | real utopias | Scoop.it
Chris Jordan's online photography gallery.
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MIDWAY - a film by Chris Jordan

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Occupy the Airwaves Interview | Professor Richard D. Wolff

Occupy the Airwaves Interview | Professor Richard D. Wolff | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Noam Chomsky: What May Day means to me - Green Left Weekly

Noam Chomsky: What May Day means to me - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it
People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That’s because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning. For example, Ronald Reagan designated what he called, “Law Day” — a day of jingoist fanaticism, like an extra twist of the knife in the labor movement. Today, there is a renewed awareness, energised by the Occupy movement’s organising, around May Day, and its relevance for reform and perhaps eventual revolution.
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‘The only solution is you’ – Andrew Kliman on the new normal of crisis and resistance

‘The only solution is you’ – Andrew Kliman on the new normal of crisis and resistance | real utopias | Scoop.it
In an interview with The Commune, Andrew Kliman, author of The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession, outlines his expectations for the direction of the global economy in the next decade:
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Ahead of May Day, David Harvey Details Urban Uprisings From Occupy Wall Street to the Paris Commune

Ahead of May Day, David Harvey Details Urban Uprisings From Occupy Wall Street to the Paris Commune | real utopias | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, May 1st, known as May Day or International Workers Day, Occupy Wall Street protesters hope to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country under the slogan, "General Strike. No Work.
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Ahead of May Day, David Harvey on Urban Uprisings From Occupy Wall Street to Paris Commune

DemocracyNow.org - On Tuesday, May 1st, known as May Day or International Workers Day, Occupy Wall Street protesters hope to mobilize tens of thousands of pe...
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Does Occupy signal the death of contemporary art?

Does Occupy signal the death of contemporary art? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Newsnight's Paul Mason meets the New York artists affiliated to the Occupy protests who are creating a new cultural movement. (RT @ArtCatNY: BBC News - Does Occupy signal the death of contemporary art?
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US political theater: ‘Global oligarchic elite robs middle class’ — RT

US political theater: ‘Global oligarchic elite robs middle class’ — RT | real utopias | Scoop.it
America sees the’ looting’ of the US Treasury, and the money given to a Wall Street ‘criminal class’, journalist Chris Hedges told RT. He adds that ordinary people are caught in the vice of unregulated corporate capitalism – with no escape.
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Noam Chomsky Speaks at Dundee Crown H.S.

Noam Chomsky speaks via phone at Dundee Crown High School in Carpentersville,IL. April 20th, 2012. He talks about the upcoming elections, Occupy Movement, NDAA, Syria, education in the U.S. and the drug war and trafficking. The event was part of a activist fair that was put on by the Youth Labor Council (YLC).
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A European macro-question for Paul Krugman

A European macro-question for Paul Krugman | real utopias | Scoop.it
What do you do, when a (macroeconomic) debate is hard to settle? Well, you can either leave it at that, and agree to disagree. Or you can try to find a referee to settle it for you. I will try the second route today, and I hope that Paul is willing to help me out.
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Banks Working with Police to ‘Identify, Map and Track’ Occupy Protesters

Banks Working with Police to ‘Identify, Map and Track’ Occupy Protesters | real utopias | Scoop.it
The nation’s largest financial institutions are preparing for the upcoming Occupy Wall Street’s May 1st demonstrations by working together and with police, according to Bloomberg News.
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What Mario Draghi really proposes is a ‘Suicide Compact’ — Social Europe Journal

What Mario Draghi really proposes is a ‘Suicide Compact’ — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Business lobbies and conservatives have become extremely good at hijacking progressive policy concepts and perverting them into something that suits their own agenda. European economic governance is a perfect example of this. In the nineties, trade unions and progressive politicians were staunch defenders of economic governance. At the time, the idea was that if all member states were to pursue expansionary fiscal policy at the same time a strong and powerful economic recovery would follow. Today, however, the concept has become to mean the exact opposite: European economic governance is now a system of rules and sanctions forcing member states into common and synchronized strategies of brutal austerity and wage dumping.

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Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education | Our Kids Blog

Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education | Our Kids Blog | real utopias | Scoop.it
Neuroscience isn't just for scientists anymore. The way experts study how children's brains develop over time is changing education overall.
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I Am – The Documentary | jmarbach.com

This past weekend I was happy to have watched I Am - one of the most compelling documentary films I’ve seen recently. Watch the trailer for a brief intro:
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The Icelandic Example? - Michael Hudson on GRTV

Iceland was one of the hardest hit nations in the immediate aftermath of the September 2008 economic meltdown. Asked by their own government to pay Britain and Holland for bailing out their Icesave-exposed banks, the people overwhelmingly said "no." Do the actions of the Icelandic people present an example for the rest of the world as we see the global economy teetering on the edge of collapse? Find out on this week's GRTV Feature Interview with Michael Hudson.

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P2P and Marxism: in search of synergies - P2P Foundation

P2P and Marxism: in search of synergies - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
I agree with the bulk of what Jean Lievens writes. Mx today is unfortunately a minor academic sub-topic, employing a handful of academics; inbred obscurantists, who exist mainly by reviewing/buying one-another's articles & books - flaneurs. They have their own academese language which the masses cannot understand: no accident, use of it is a condition of tenure. Their outlook is superficial. I would dive deeper than they to find the causes of Marxism's present impotence.
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interview with andrew kliman

interview with andrew kliman | real utopias | Scoop.it
Andrew Kliman: The Great Recession was waiting to happen. There were unresolved problems in the system of capitalist production that had been building up over a third of a century. The rate of profit fell and never recovered in a sustained manner, which resulted in persistently sluggish investment and economic growth, which in turn resulted in rising debt burdens. And these problems induced governments to solve them or paper them over with policies that made the debt build-up even bigger.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation