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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Researchers solve biological mystery and boost artificial intelligence

Researchers solve biological mystery and boost artificial intelligence | real utopias | Scoop.it

By simulating 25,000 generations of evolution within computers, Cornell University engineering and robotics researchers have discovered why biological networks tend to be organized as modules – a finding that will lead to a deeper understanding of the evolution of complexity.
 


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Occupy Monsanto » PressTV: Argentina activists rally against US Monsanto expansion in Latin America

Occupy Monsanto » PressTV: Argentina activists rally against US Monsanto expansion in Latin America | real utopias | Scoop.it
Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's minions like Michael Taylor.

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Occupy Cannes: A documentary about Independents at the Cannes Film Festival

Occupy Cannes: A documentary about Independents at the Cannes Film Festival | real utopias | Scoop.it
A provocative and entertaining documentary to be filmed at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival about how independent art must fight giant conglomerates to stay alive. ("@lloydkaufman: tHANKS ALOT!! WE r AT 7000$ RE oCCUPY cANNES!
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Why progressives should oppose imperialist intervention in Africa

Why progressives should oppose imperialist intervention in Africa | real utopias | Scoop.it
Opposing the French intervention in Mali is crucial for all those who desire the liberation of the African continent from poverty and division.
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The Red and the Black | Jacobin

The Red and the Black | Jacobin | real utopias | Scoop.it

Radicals have a habit of speaking in the conditional. Underlying all their talk about the changes they’d like to see in the world is the uneasy knowledge that our social system places rigid limits on how much change can be accomplished now. “After the revolution…” is the wistful, ironic preface to many a fondly expressed wish on the Left.

 
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Central Planning - P2P Foundation

Central Planning - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

I argue that the conventional narrative of central planning’s failure must be radically revisited. Ackerman himself already notes that the central planning system performed not much less efficiently than most actually existing capitalisms of today. The Soviet strategy was based on a classic model of high investment rates, financed by the artificial repression of living standards and the (forcible) distribution of the surplus population unproductive in agriculture into the cities as an industrial working class, generating an enormous increase in the productivity of labor. The idea is that such productivity gains are then reinvested into heavy industry, further generating productive capacity, and so forth. This model was followed not just by the USSR, but in a different way also by China, Japan, South Korea, and other nations.

 
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Economic Clichés: Is There a 'Knowledge Economy'?

In light of the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, the airwaves are filled with talk of the ‘knowledge economy’. It is often far from clear what is meant by this, moreover because it is not a term with a clearly defined meaning in economic theory. The impression therefore rises that it is a term mainly used to justify more investment in education. However, more specifically it seems to be used most frequently by liberal parties to abandon redistributional policies in favor of such investment, while still keeping up the appearance of being committed to the plight of the ‘low opportunity’ population, the importance of social mobility, and so forth. It is therefore worthwhile to analyze this term as it is used, all the more because it is such a fixed part of the arsenal of economic clichés politicians have ready to justify arbitrarily any given policy proposal.

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On the Rolling Jubilee

A quick comment may be appropriate on the subject of the so-called ‘rolling Jubilee’, a programme initiated by an organization calling itself Strike Debt. The purpose of this programme is to support debt relief for individuals. This follows up on the idea for a Biblical-type ‘jubilee’ of debt cancellation and nonpayment in the wake of the current crisis, one advocated for by, among others, the prominent anarchist anthropologist David Graeber and many of his followers around the Occupy movement, as well as by some of the post-Keynesian critics of the financial order, like Steve Keen. Whatever the merits or demerits of this proposal as such, the specific form of the rolling Jubilee is worth examining. The notion is here to use donated money to buy up junk debt for pennies on the dollar in the secondary market, and then instead of attempting to enforce the debt obligations, to abolish them instead. The website calls this ‘a bailout of the 99% by the 99%’, and as a fairly original and creative approach to using the financial markets for the purposes of radical politics, it has rightly garnered some attention.

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Professor Ben Fine on the "Financialisation of the Global Economy"

Professor Ben Fine of the School of African and Oriental Studies, London explains the "Financialisation of the Global Economy" to Rohit, NewsClick
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Book Review: Zak Cope, "Divided World, Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism"

There are times when one encounters a book that is frustrating in a way particular to the intellectual life: that is to say, when one encounters a book that is precisely the book one wanted to write. Given the relative obscurity of my interests, this does not happen often to me, but Zak Cope’s Divided World, Divided Class is precisely one of these. I have harboured plans for the longer term to write a book on the history of the labour aristocracy and its interrelationship with the rise of social-democracy as the political expression of the imperialist rent required for the maintenance of that class, with all the necessary economic and historical detail; in fact, I almost undertook this as my PhD subject. If I had done so, I might well have been embarrassed. Cope has done just this, even up to much of the same bibliography I had had in mind! Be that as it may; these reflections are not to make myself seem important, but to underline the value I think this book has, being the only one of its kind and a real historical contribution to the critique of political economy under capitalism.

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LGBT activists have to set their sights higher than marriage reform - The Guardian

LGBT activists have to set their sights higher than marriage reform - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

To pre-empt criticism from rightwingers like Philip Hammond the equal marriage lobby has shied away from radical social change

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Mardi Gras & Anonymous, Masked Revelry and Social Rebellion

Mardi Gras & Anonymous, Masked Revelry and Social Rebellion | real utopias | Scoop.it
Sad is the state that forgets that its power comes from the people. Would hackers be releasing documents and vandalizing government websites if they felt that they were being fairly treated and adequately represented?
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Noam Chomsky on Passionate Production – 100% Solutions

Noam Chomsky on Passionate Production – 100% Solutions | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The kind of work that should be the main part of life is the kind of work you would want to do if you weren’t being paid for it. It’s work that comes out of your own internal needs, interests and concerns.”MK:The philosopher Frithjof Bergmann says that most people don’t know what kind of activities they really want to do. He calls that ‘the poverty of desire.’ I find this to be true when I talk to a lot of my friends. Did you always know what you wanted to do?NC: That’s a problem I never had – for me there was always too much that I wanted to do. I’m not sure how widespread this is – take, say, a craftsman, I happen to be no good with tools,

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Noam Chomsky - Rightward Shift of US Politics

Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus at MIT, and one of the nation's leading intellectual critics of the US political, corporate and national security apparatus. In this long interview, Cenk Uygur of TYT and Professor Chomsky discuss President Obama, the rightward shift of US politics over the past few decades, drone strikes, the labor movement, Aaron Swartz, the role of the media and what hope we have for the future.
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"On Communism and Markets: A Reply to Seth Ackerman," by Matthijs Krul

"On Communism and Markets: A Reply to Seth Ackerman," by Matthijs Krul | real utopias | Scoop.it

In his recent essay on Jacobin, Seth Ackerman makes a number of common arguments in favor of some form of market socialism over and against central planning as well as other designs for non-market, non-capitalist economies. The essay contains much that most socialists could agree with. He rightly cites the failure of the neoclassical argument for general equilibrium to apply in real-world situations under the devastating theoretical impact of the Cambridge capital critique and the so-called ‘theory of the second-best’, and the lack of statistical evidence proving the superior efficiency of market capitalist societies over those of the former Soviet bloc. The historical record of capitalism to achieve general efficiency, equity, and democracy is, in short, atrocious, and neoclassical economics always serves first and foremost as apologetics for this system – we probably need not go into this further.

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Market Socialism - P2P Foundation

Market Socialism - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Market Socialism is an economic system in which the means of production are owned either by the state or by the workers in each company (meaning in general that "profits" in each company are distributed between them: profit sharing) and the production is not centrally planned but mediated through the market . Its central idea is that the market is not a mechanism exclusive to capitalism and that it is fully compatible with collective worker ownership over the means of production — which is one of the fundamental principles of socialism.

 
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Now Available: THE BOLSHEVIKS AND WORKERS' CONTROL by ...

Now Available: THE BOLSHEVIKS AND WORKERS' CONTROL by ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

We are very excited to announce the publication of our new edition of Maurice Brinton’s  The Bolsheviks and Workers Control 1917-1921: The State and Counter-Revolution. Originally published as a pamphlet in 1970, this small but exciting volume has been called a “classic” of libertarian and anti-Leninist socialism. Although the text is more than forty years old, its implications for revolutionary activism remain urgently relevant.

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Democracy and Class Struggle: Minqi Li on China and Neo ...

Democracy and Class Struggle: Minqi Li on China and Neo ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Mr. Bo's takedown indicates consensus among Chinese leaders to push ahead with economic liberalization despite growing social problems, said Minqi Li, an economics professor at the University of Utah, who's takedown is aligned with new leftists in calling for more-egalitarian wealth distribution in China.
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Minqi Li - Neo Liberals Strengthen Control of China - It is right to rebel

Minqi Li - Neo Liberals Strengthen Control of China - It is right to rebel | real utopias | Scoop.it
Democracy and Class Struggle has great respect for Minqi Li, and his views on Bo Zilai may be proved by future events. 
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How Disruptive Technologies Are Leading the Next Great Education Revolution -- THE Journal

How Disruptive Technologies Are Leading the Next Great Education Revolution -- THE Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

These days it may seem like education is changing faster than educators can keep up--Common Core State Standards, the charter school movement, "new normal" shrinking budgets -- but it's not moving nearly as fast as technology. That's par for the course though, according to David Thornburg, a noted futurist and education consultant who teaches graduate courses on emerging technologies at Walden University. After all, education is a deep-rooted part of society, one that can't always keep up with rapid-fire advances in technology.

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Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence

Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence | real utopias | Scoop.it
Advances in an artificial intelligence technology that can recognize patterns offer the possibility of machines that perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking. (Ever heard of "deep learning"?
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Innovation Is Evolutionary, not Directed | SIGNAL Magazine

Change is coming, and it will define its arrival despite best efforts to manage it. As much as 95 percent of change is evolutionary in that it comes from the bottom up. Innovation is happening constantly, and everyone must pay attention to it.

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Nanotechnology set to revolutionize smart grid evolution | Intelligent Utility

Nanotechnology set to revolutionize smart grid evolution | Intelligent Utility | real utopias | Scoop.it

The definition of nanotechnology is simple: It’s merely technology that manipulates matter at the atomic level. When I think of nanotechnology, however, I often picture the complicated, such as a tidal wave of the tiniest of robots doing the greatest of medical work: repairing organs, binding skin. In essence, I envision a Philip K. Dick science fiction world of nano. The truth is, though, nanotechnology is already hard at work inside paints (known as wet nano for its use of water) and even the technology of our smart grid industry (known as dry nano for its use of structures). 

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Noam Chomsky -- "Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images"

Noam Chomsky, a U.S. political theorist, activist and professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks as a part of The Collins Distinguished Speaker Series.
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Noam Chomsky Imperial Dangers: Then and Now (FULL SPEECH)

Noam Chomsky Imperial Dangers: Then and Now

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