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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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3 Reasons There Wasn't an American Spring

3 Reasons There Wasn't an American Spring | real utopias | Scoop.it
As costs rise, quality has stagnated, and undergraduates have been herded into giant lecture halls to be taught by graduate students and adjunct faculty.
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Debt Tribunal and Green Socialism : Indybay

A gradual socialization of the investment function is necessary. Who really decides over the use of resources in society? What works are socially necessary? The market is described as the most efficient allocation mechanism for investments. The neoliberal credit- and financial system gathers isolated capital (latent productive money). However the market does not succeed any more in guiding capital to adequate productive investments. Instead it produces the over-accumulation of capital, waves of speculative bubbles followed by destruction of capital and jobs while ever larger areas of social reproduction (for example education, training, environment restoration, fighting hunger, infrastructures and public services) lie fallow or are economized to their ruin.
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The Crisis of European Democracy

The Crisis of European Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
IF proof were needed of the maxim that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the economic crisis in Europe provides it. The worthy but narrow intentions of the European Union’s policy makers have been inadequate for a sound European economy and have produced instead a world of misery, chaos and confusion.
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The Politics of Capitalism :: Monthly Review

The Politics of Capitalism :: Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
Our choice of political strategies clearly depends in large part on what we think is possible and impossible in any given conditions. And what we think is possible or impossible under capitalism obviously depends on what we think capitalism is.
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Transnational State - P2P Foundation

Transnational State - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"We argue that the national state is being transformed and increasingly absorbed functionally into a larger transnational institutional structure that involves complex new relations between national states and supra- or transnational institutions, on the one hand, and diverse class and social forces, on the other. A TNS apparatus is emerging under globalisation from within the system of nation-states. An emergent TNS apparatus need not have a centralised form as historically developed in modern nations; it may exist in both transnational institutions and the transformation of national states. Transnational bodies such as the IMF and the WTO have worked in tandem with national states to re-articulate labour relations, financial institutions and circuits of production into a system of global accumulation. As national states are captured by transnational capitalist forces, they tend to serve the interests of global over local accumulation processes. Th e TNS, for instance, has played a key role in imposing the neoliberal model on the old Third World and therefore in reinforcing the class relations of global capitalism."

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Environmental Politics and Law | Yale Video Course

Environmental Politics and Law | Yale Video Course | real utopias | Scoop.it
Free video course on Environmental Politics and Law by John Wargo of Yale. Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging?
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“We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it!” The Quebec Student Strike celebrates its 100th day | read

“We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it!” The Quebec Student Strike celebrates its 100th day | read | real utopias | Scoop.it

Students in Quebec are marking their 100th day of an unlimited general strike on Tuesday, May 22nd, the culmination of the most stunning mass protest movements of recent months and North America’s largest student movement in years. In fact, the mobilizations in Quebec might just be Canada’s Arab Spring.

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Empire of Capital by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Empire of Capital by Ellen Meiksins Wood | real utopias | Scoop.it

Capitalism makes possible a new form of domination by purely economic means, argues Ellen Meiksins Wood. So, surely, even the most seasoned White House hawk would prefer to exercise global hegemony in this way, without costly colonial entanglements. Yet, as Wood powerfully demonstrates, the economic empire of capital has also created a new unlimited militarism.

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Chemical reaction eats up CO2 to produce energy ... and other useful stuff

Chemical reaction eats up CO2 to produce energy ... and other useful stuff | real utopias | Scoop.it
While there are plenty of ways to make carbon-based products from CO2, these methods usually require a lot of energy because the CO2 molecules are so stable. If the energy comes from the burning of fossil fuels, then the net result will be more CO2 entering the atmosphere. Now a material scientist at Michigan Technological University has discovered a chemical reaction that not only soaks up CO2, but also produces useful chemicals along with significant amounts of energy.
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Thoughts used to control robotic arm

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Two patients in the United States who are paralysed from the neck down have been able to control a robotic arm using their thoughts.
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‘Hug The Monster’: Why So Many Climate Scientists Have Stopped Downplaying the Climate Threat

‘Hug The Monster’: Why So Many Climate Scientists Have Stopped Downplaying the Climate Threat | real utopias | Scoop.it
Established scientists, community and government leaders and journalists, as they describe the disruptions, suffering and destruction that manmade global warming is already producing, with far worse in the offing if humanity doesn’t somehow control it, are starting to allow themselves publicly to use terms like “calamity,” “catastrophe”, and “risk to the collective civilization”….
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The Tao of Leadership | Synthesis

The Tao of Leadership | Synthesis | real utopias | Scoop.it

Last week I had the honour of being involved in a set of meetings in Beijing, which represented the inaugural meeting of the Hanwang Forum, of which I am a member. There are many very supportive things I would say about this Forum but in this article I would like to focus on how this Forum came to be, which was due to the leadership of a Taoist master. I want to relay my experiences here because we Westerners have a lot to learn from the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, which curiously has a great deal of overlap with Complexity theory.

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Research Firm identifies Monsanto as cause for Colony Collapse Disorder So…Monsanto Buys It.

Research Firm identifies Monsanto as cause for Colony Collapse Disorder So…Monsanto Buys It. | real utopias | Scoop.it
Monsanto, the genetically modified food giant, has recently purchased Beeologics, a leading bee research firm. Borrowing a move from the tobacco companies’ playbook, Monsanto appears to have decided that if you do not like the scientific reports coming out about you, then you should just buy the labs.
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What are economists for, anyway? | Institute for New Economic Thinking

What are economists for, anyway? | Institute for New Economic Thinking | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the wake of INET’s conference in Berlin, Executive Director Robert Johnson poses a profound question during this interview with the German foundation Stiftverband. Who does the economist serve: powerful interests or society?

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“We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it!” The Quebec Student Strike celebrates its 100th day | read

“We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it!” The Quebec Student Strike celebrates its 100th day | read | real utopias | Scoop.it

Students in Quebec are marking their 100th day of an unlimited general strike on Tuesday, May 22nd, the culmination of the most stunning mass protest movements of recent months and North America’s largest student movement in years. In fact, the mobilizations in Quebec might just be Canada’s Arab Spring.

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New Left Review - Slavoj Zizek: A Permanent Economic Emergency

During this year’s protests against the Eurozone’s austerity measures—in Greece and, on a smaller scale, Ireland, Italy and Spain—two stories have imposed themselves. [1] The predominant, establishment story proposes a de-politicized naturalization of the crisis: the regulatory measures are presented not as decisions grounded in political choices, but as the imperatives of a neutral financial logic—if we want our economies to stabilize, we simply have to swallow the bitter pill. The other story, that of the protesting workers, students and pensioners, would see the austerity measures as yet another attempt by international financial capital to dismantle the last remainders of the welfare state. The IMF thus appears from one perspective as a neutral agent of discipline and order, and from the other as the oppressive agent of global capital.
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The Enigma of the Enigma- my critique of David Harvey for the Left ...

The Enigma of the Enigma- my critique of David Harvey for the Left ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The aim of this brief talk is to provide the beginning of a critique of David Harvey’s theory of crisis. But I have to start by saying how humbly I approach this task. Like many people, I am greatly indebted to David Harvey. In many ways Harvey was my first access into the world of Marx. His clear, articulate language, his passion for his subject material, and his patient dedication to pedagogy were a big influence on me, compelling me to dig deeper and deeper into the world of Marx and Marxism. The criticism I offer here is made with the deepest and most sincere respect for his work.
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Irish Left Review · 97% Owned | Documentary on Money

Irish Left Review · 97% Owned | Documentary on Money | real utopias | Scoop.it
97% Owned is a new documentary that reveals how money is at the root of our current social and economic crisis. Featuring frank interviews and commentary from economists, campaigners and former bankers, it exposes the privatised, debt-based monetary system that gives banks the power to create money, shape the economy, cause crises and push house prices out of reach.
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Marxist vacuums: the rise and rise of Socialist Alternative

There was the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), Socialist Alternative, Workers Liberty, Workers Power, Freedom Socialist Party, the Spartacist League and no doubt some others that don't immediately come to mind.
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Living for the City | Dissident Voice

Living for the City | Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it
Harvey, who has lived in Baltimore, Maryland for the past several decades, places the modern city’s economic role directly in the center of capital’s creation and consumption of surplus. He discusses the claim that cites are the product of the proletarianization of the rural peasantry, pointing to industrial revolutions of the past and the current movement of populations in nations such as China and India from the countryside to existing urban areas and new economic zones created by international capitalism.
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IBM Study: If You Don't Have a Social CEO, You're Going to be Less Competitive - Forbes

IBM Study: If You Don't Have a Social CEO, You're Going to be Less Competitive - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it
The list of the world’s CEOs regularly includes celebrities, billionaires, big egos, risk takers, and failures. What it does not include are social media experts; but that’s about to change. When IBM (NYSE: IBM) conducted its study of 1709 CEOs around the world, they found only 16% of them participating in social media. But their analysis shows that the percentage will likely grow to 57% within 5 years.
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The Occupy movement is going nowhere - Washington Post (blog)

The Occupy movement is going nowhere - Washington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The massive protests over the weekend in Chicago during the NATO summit have folks wondering if that marked a resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But I have to tell you, if those demonstrations are any indicator, OWS is going nowhere fast.
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Flat taxes – a great way to help the poorest pay for the richest

Flat taxes – a great way to help the poorest pay for the richest | real utopias | Scoop.it
The TaxPayers' Alliance and Institute of Directors have issued a new report, The Single Income Tax – Final Report of the 2020 Tax Commission. It's a massive document – totalling some 417 pages – but what it says can be simply summarised. It says the UK should have a flat tax system.
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A World Without Capitalists Is Necessary - Dissident Voice

A World Without Capitalists Is Necessary - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it
Doomsayers and doubters are in abundance and are to be expected, even when they are not on the payroll of the ruling minority. It’s easy to look at the state of the world and surrender to present reality. But that is only possible for those not yet suffering the ever increasing misfortune of dependence on a political economics of profit for a few through loss, pain and misery for most. It is not just time for social change activists but for all citizens of the world’s 99% to heed the words quoted at the beginning. An end to the reign of minority capitalism is necessary to save the earth and all its people so that we can begin a human society offering hope for all and not just some.
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After Greenpeace protests, Apple promises to dump coal power

After Greenpeace protests, Apple promises to dump coal power | real utopias | Scoop.it
Following over a year of pressure to clean up its energy act, Apple announced that by next year, the power for its worldwide data centers will all come from renewable sources.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation