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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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United Nations Calls For Happiness-Based Economy - Your Olive Branch

United Nations Calls For Happiness-Based Economy - Your Olive Branch | real utopias | Scoop.it
A high-level United Nations meeting on happiness has taken place, marking a significant step towards governments placing wellbeing at the heart of economic progress.
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The lessons of Wisconsin - World Socialist Web Site

The lessons of Wisconsin - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it
The rout of the Democratic Party and the unions in Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election has provoked a predictable response across the official political spectrum, from crude triumphalism on the extreme right to self-justification and hand-wringing among the liberal and pseudo-left apologists for the Obama administration.
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INSIGHT-Can Occupy Wall Street survive? - Reuters

INSIGHT-Can Occupy Wall Street survive? - Reuters | real utopias | Scoop.it
More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase "We are the 99 percent," the movement's survival and continued relevance is far from assured.
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Chris Anderson: Making Drones at a Fraction of the Price

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/20/Wireds_Chris_Anderson_Autonomous_Quadcopter_Drones
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What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy?

What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy? | real utopias | Scoop.it
A few years ago, no one would have thought peer-to-peer asset sharing would become such a big thing. With the immense popularity of Airbnb and the emergence of thousands of other sharing companies globally, 2012 has quickly become the year of sharing. Most articles on innovation list “sharing” as a game-changing idea or the hot trend to watch.
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Political Crisis, the Left and the Possibility - Socialist Project

Political Crisis, the Left and the Possibility - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it
The combination of economic crisis, social devastation and open political crisis in ‘weak links’ of the European Project such as Greece has raised the possibility of social and political change. In Greece we have witnessed a sequence of social and political developments that are based on an extreme case of economic and consequently social crisis (and open economic aggression by the EU and IMF) have led to an open political crisis, to a realignment of social alliances and relations of representation, to a huge electoral loss for systemic political forces, to the de-legitimization of aspects of the neoliberal orthodoxy, and to the rise of the Left, a development that for the first time in many decades has opened the possibility (but not certainty...) of a government organized around the Left.
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What Social Media Can and Cannot do in Case of a Revolution

What Social Media Can and Cannot do in Case of a Revolution | real utopias | Scoop.it
Social media is an excellent tool to raise awareness and promote social causes. But when it comes to toppling down an autocratic regime, one has to do more than merely check-in a protest via Foursquare.
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The Big Issue South Africa | One-on-one with Noam Chomsky: Why the Occupy movement needs a new tactic

The Big Issue South Africa | One-on-one with Noam Chomsky: Why the Occupy movement needs a new tactic | real utopias | Scoop.it
Influential political thinker Professor Noam Chomsky’s new book, Occupy, offers a vivid portrait if the now global Occupy movement and a guide to intelligent activism. He discusses Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the role of elite universities and his reputation as the “most-cited living author in the world” with Seth Kershner of American street paper Spare Change News.
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Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis-Michael A. Lebowitz

Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis-Michael A. Lebowitz | real utopias | Scoop.it
If there is an overriding purpose to Michael Lebowitz’ book, Following Marx, I would say it is the attempt to validate Lenin’s words. Much of this book is concerned with explorations of Marx’s Capital through the prism of Hegel’s Logic in order to elucidate the dialectical thread which runs through both. One should note, in advance, that Lebowitz does not fall foul of the crude and all too common approach by which the categories of the Logic are grafted externally and crudely onto the structure of Capital for this would be schematic, indifferent to the inner life and organic development of the concepts and categories themselves. Lebowitz is keen to distance himself from any such account, which he naturally regards as deficient, criticising in particular the ‘Uno-Sekine construction of the theory of pure capitalism’ (323) formulated very much in this mould.
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A Tiananmen activist joins Occupy

A Tiananmen activist joins Occupy | real utopias | Scoop.it
This week the world marked 23 years since the Chinese crackdown in Tiananmen Square. On Monday, China detained political activists and placed others under increased surveillance in cities around the country to prevent them from marking the anniversary.
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Occupy Wall Street Activists Offer $2 Million Bribe to Gov. Cuomo to Raise Minimum Wage | OccupyWallSt.org

Occupy Wall Street Activists Offer $2 Million Bribe to Gov. Cuomo to Raise Minimum Wage | OccupyWallSt.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
Like many community organizations across the state, the OWS activists are demanding that Governor Cuomo act to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $8.50, and index it to inflation so that low-wage workers don’t continue to get left behind. Polls consistently show overwhelming public support for the increase.
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Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive? - Reuters

Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive? - Reuters | real utopias | Scoop.it
More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase "We are the 99 percent," the movement's survival and continued relevance is far from assured. Donations to the flagship New York chapter have slowed to a trickle. Polls show that public support is rapidly waning. Media attention has dropped precipitously.
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The Woman Behind Collaborative Consumption « Curiosity Killed ...

The Woman Behind Collaborative Consumption « Curiosity Killed ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
This week I want to have a closer look on the woman behind collaborative consumption, since I consider women in business as a very current and controversial topic. We all know people supporting women who are trying to establish themselves in the economy and those who consider women in business as one of the dumbest ideas of the last decades.
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OCCUPY WALL STREET: What's the fuss all about? - Sky Valley Chronicle

OCCUPY WALL STREET: What's the fuss all about? - Sky Valley Chronicle | real utopias | Scoop.it
Corporations are always looking for ways to increase their profits. When they get big enough, they eventually realize that the very laws and regulations that they operate under are significant factors that are limiting their ability to maximize profits. At this point, they will begin to spend money on lobbyists in an effort to get the laws changed that are limiting their growth. And this is, of course, the definition of ‘special interests’ writ large.
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In Venezuela the Revolution Continues - CounterPunch

In Venezuela the Revolution Continues - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it
Comunas (communes) which are aggregation of communal councils were just beginning in 2009 during my last long visit. The comunas have grown more slowly than I expected and are mainly in rural areas, e.g., in Lara, outside of its urban center, Barquisimeto. They sometimes have a production function, e.g., production of milk, clothing, where wages are equal and some of the revenue goes to the broader community. One measure of the future deepening of the Venezuelan revolution is whether these comunas continue to grow in number and active participation.
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Western consumerism threatens species - Ninemsn

Western consumerism threatens species - Ninemsn | real utopias | Scoop.it
As many as 30 per cent of all threatened animal species in the world are at risk because of consumer habits in the developed world, a new study says.
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What's The Future Of The Sharing Economy?

What's The Future Of The Sharing Economy? | real utopias | Scoop.it
A few years ago, no one would have thought peer-to-peer asset sharing would become such a big thing. With the immense popularity of Airbnb and the emergence of thousands of other sharing companies globally, 2012 has quickly become the year of sharing. Most articles on innovation list “sharing” as a game-changing idea or the hot trend to watch.
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Cypherpunks: Episode Eight, pt.1 — Julian Assange

Cypherpunks: Episode Eight, pt.1 — Julian Assange | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the latest edition of his program, Julian Assange talks to activists from the Cypherpunk movement about cyber threats, hacker attacks and laws aimed at tackling internet piracy, but in fact infringing people's rights to online privacy.
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The 10 Things Economics Can Tell Us About Happiness

The 10 Things Economics Can Tell Us About Happiness | real utopias | Scoop.it
Money can buy happiness, but up to what point? And does working more make us miserable? And will you be happier if you start your own company?
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The Price of Inequality — Social Europe Journal

The Price of Inequality — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

America likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity, and others view it in much the same light. But, while we can all think of examples of Americans who rose to the top on their own, what really matters are the statistics: to what extent do an individual’s life chances depend on the income and education of his or her parents?

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Paul De Grauwe on the European Growth Agenda — Social Europe Journal

Paul De Grauwe on the European Growth Agenda — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Professor Paul De Grauwe, London School of Economics and Political Science, discusses the European growth agenda with Social Europe Journal.

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Towards a European Growth Agenda – A New Project — Social Europe Journal

Towards a European Growth Agenda – A New Project — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Following recent election results in Greece and France the slow shift away from an austerity strategy to an agenda with a more significant emphasis on growth has accelerated markedly. There was an initial Council meeting in Brussels on 23rd May to prepare for a growth pact to be unveiled in late June. However, the outlines of a European growth agenda remain all too vague. Beyond catch-all terms such as a “European Green New Deal” or a “European Marshall Plan”, very few detailed aspects have been debated in the necessary depth.

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Austerity has never worked | Ha-joon Chang | ccnew

Austerity has never worked | Ha-joon Chang | ccnew | real utopias | Scoop.it
It’s not just about the current economic environment. History shows that slashing budgets always leads to recession
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Another rant: How Close Are We To A Social Revolution?

Another rant: How Close Are We To A Social Revolution? | real utopias | Scoop.it
When this crisis first erupted in 2008, people compared it to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Rightly so, too – did not the 1930s depression start with a Wall Street Crash, and then morph via financial instability and declining confidence into a world-wide depression? The parallels were too close to ignore and Britain’s response – replacing a discredited Labour government with a coalition government which implemented an austerity programme – almost identical.
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Occupy Wall Street is Still Alive and Kicking: 3 Reasons Why Occupy ...

Occupy Wall Street is Still Alive and Kicking: 3 Reasons Why Occupy ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy is a bit like a useful weed growing in a garden. Some gardeners (read: politicians, police, those in power) do not know how useful this weed can be and they try to cut it down, dig it up and get rid of it. This indigenous plant has been around in different forms forever, in the same way that the heart of Occupy has always been around, in everything from campaigns for voting rights to legal rights, and immigrant rights. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Sometimes you have to look harder, or you might only see new seedlings sprouting in different locations.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation