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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Steve Keen’s critique of Marx’s Theory of Value: A rejoinder – - Left FlankLeft Flank

Steve Keen’s critique of Marx’s Theory of Value: A rejoinder – - Left FlankLeft Flank | real utopias | Scoop.it
As I’m no economics expert, I am happy to defer to Michael Roberts’ excellent discussions of the tensions between those dissident economists who argue that lack of stimulus is the key problem and those who see debt deleveraging as the main issue. See, for example:
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Don't Quit the Dream: A Vision for Homeownership Beyond 2012 - Huffington Post (blog)

Don't Quit the Dream: A Vision for Homeownership Beyond 2012 - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
After years marked by stalemate and indecision, 2012 has delivered a glimmer of hope for families and the housing market. The Department of Justice kicked off the year with a historic settlement with Bank of America regarding predatory loans made by Countrywide before the Bank acquired the company in 2008. Not to be outdone, 49 state Attorneys General delivered the largest settlement made thus far on behalf of families who experienced wrongful foreclosure. And just last week, California's state legislature approved a bill to end the practice known as dual track--where a homeowner's loan modification and foreclosure are processed at the same time.
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The long tail principle - Fraser Coast Chronicle

The long tail principle - Fraser Coast Chronicle | real utopias | Scoop.it
A long tail distribution is one in which the majority of the events in the distribution are attributed to a relatively small number of items. This is also referred to as the Pareto principle (after Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who devised the concept in 1906) or the 80/20 rule.
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'WSJ' Examines Gay-Friendly Consumerism - Towleroad

'WSJ' Examines Gay-Friendly Consumerism - Towleroad | real utopias | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal'WSJ' Examines Gay-Friendly ConsumerismTowleroadFor anyone just now realizing that major retailers are courting LGBT consumers, the Wall Street Journal today offers a refresher on some of the most recent happenings in the pink economy,...
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The Low Carbon Kid: Are we witnessing a new social revolution?

The Low Carbon Kid: Are we witnessing a new social revolution? | real utopias | Scoop.it
There have been such trends before. Some of them have fizzled out and some of them have led to social revolutions. It's too early yet to say what will happen with this trend. But it's an encouraging sign.
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Occupy Catholics seeks to make tradition relevant to a new movement - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

Occupy Catholics seeks to make tradition relevant to a new movement - National Catholic Reporter (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
So declares the Facebook page for Occupy Catholics, one of the latest additions to the pantheon of Catholic church justice movements. But rather than emerging out of Vatican II or in direct response to a particular crisis within the institutional church, Occupy Catholics might be the first progressive Catholic group to grow directly out of a popular movement.
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Social Change | Torry Dickinson Blog

Once you delve into social change research and practice, you may be shocked to see how little most educators and activists understand about social change. If you are interested in making effective social change, it’s important to have an understanding of society as a historical system. It’s important to recognize that we all live in a global society and that, in some way, we are involved in every social relationship. This also means that potentially we are connected to every social movement, and that all social movements are linked together.
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The Great Charter: It's Fate, Our Fate by Noam Chomsky « Stop ...

The Great Charter: It's Fate, Our Fate by Noam Chomsky « Stop ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Recent events trace a threatening trajectory, sufficiently so that it may be worthwhile to look ahead a few generations to the millennium anniversary of one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights: the issuance of Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties imposed on King John in 1215.
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The Great Capitalist Heist: How Paris Hilton’s Dogs Ended Up Better Off Than You « naked capitalism

The Great Capitalist Heist: How Paris Hilton’s Dogs Ended Up Better Off Than You « naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Soon the whole bridge was trembling and resounding. The uncouth faces passed him two by two, stained yellow or red or livid by the sea, and as he strove to look at them with ease and indifference, a faint stain of personal shame and commiseration rose to his own face. Angry with himself he tried to hide his face from their eyes by gazing down sideways into the shallow swirling water under the bridge but he still saw a reflection therein of their topheavy silk hats, and humble tapelike collars and loosely hanging clerical clothes… Their piety would be like their names, like their faces, like their clothes.
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Field Notes on Fashion and Occupy (Part Two) – The New Inquiry

Field Notes on Fashion and Occupy (Part Two) – The New Inquiry | real utopias | Scoop.it
Soon the whole bridge was trembling and resounding. The uncouth faces passed him two by two, stained yellow or red or livid by the sea, and as he strove to look at them with ease and indifference, a faint stain of personal shame and commiseration rose to his own face. Angry with himself he tried to hide his face from their eyes by gazing down sideways into the shallow swirling water under the bridge but he still saw a reflection therein of their topheavy silk hats, and humble tapelike collars and loosely hanging clerical clothes… Their piety would be like their names, like their faces, like their clothes.
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Thoughts on violent revolution, anarchism and social change… | a ...

Thoughts on violent revolution, anarchism and social change… | a ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Government and society’s systems are intricate and complex—there is no one answer that will work universally. Practice out what works and what doesn’t in test communities all over the place. When something works, share it widely among other communities. There are already test communities popping up all over the place. They need more funding, more awareness and more ideas to be successful.
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The Guardian Is Ignoring The Critical Paradox Of Peak Oil

The Guardian Is Ignoring The Critical Paradox Of Peak Oil | real utopias | Scoop.it
George Monbiot recently made a major about-face on his peak oil stance, on the grounds that unconventional oil represents a new reality. The basis of his u-turn is a recent report on unconventional oil by Leonardo Maugeri, (former) oil executive at Italy's Eni, published at Harvard University, where Maugeri's a Senior Fellow at the John Kennedy School, Belfer Center, which we discussed here at TAE in Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer.

 

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The American People Are Angry

"The American people are angry. They are angry because they are living through the worst recession since the Great Depression," said Bernie Sanders said on the floor of the Senate.
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Essay of the Day: How Renewables Will Change Electricity Markets

Essay of the Day: How Renewables Will Change Electricity Markets | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Photovoltaic (PV) cells, onshore wind turbines, internet technologies, and storage technologies have the potential to fundamentally change electricity markets in the years ahead. Photovoltaic cells are the most disruptive energy technology as they allow consumers of all sizes to produce power by themselves—new actors in the power market can begin operating with a new bottom-up control logic.

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Taxes at the Top

Taxes at the Top | real utopias | Scoop.it
It looks as if Mitt Romney’s personal finances are going to be back in the news. One thing we’ll be hearing from his defenders is the argument that he doesn’t really pay only 14 percent of his income in taxes, because you should count the taxes paid by the corporations in which he invests.
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Inequality: Or What Makes The Division of Labor Possible ...

Inequality: Or What Makes The Division of Labor Possible ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Individuals are not equal, at least not in their abilities, interests, gifts, wants, and goals. The implications of this, and how a socialist attempts to suppress this reality, are what Ludwig von Mises deals with in ”On Equality and Inequality,” on the 12th day of the 30 Day Reading List. It is true that individuals are equal in the sense that each is endowed with the same rights and liberties, but this only provides a framework from which to argue morals, it doesn’t mean that individuals will or should be equal in terms of intelligence, wealth, or social status.
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Immanuel Wallerstein and the end of the world as we know it - The Yorker

Immanuel Wallerstein and the end of the world as we know it - The Yorker | real utopias | Scoop.it
Regardless of whether one agrees with the logic of Wallerstein's theory, few could deny this force underlying his argument; it is not up to the academics, the elites, or the leaders to make a better world, but each and every one of us ordinary human butterflies.
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Satyajit Das: Mr. Smith Goes to Leaves Wall Street « naked capitalism

Satyajit Das: Mr. Smith Goes to Leaves Wall Street « naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Barclays Bank’s admission that they “fixed” money markets rates and JP Morgan’s admission that so called hedges were “incorrect” are merely symptoms of a deeply compromised global financial system. Significantly, even The Economist, sympathetic to capitalism and finance generally, resorted to the word “banksters”. Something is rotten it the state of global finance.
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Noam Chomsky: "The Occupy movement just lit a spark."

Noam Chomsky: "The Occupy movement just lit a spark." | real utopias | Scoop.it
In an interview with The Guardian’s Gary Younge, veteran activist Noam Chomsky expressed his thoughts about the Occupy movement and whether it can be expected to have any impact on United States politics.
Read more at ONTD Political: http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/9815635.html#ixzz20A4ASGED
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What Happened to Occupy? | occupy illuminati

What Happened to Occupy? | occupy illuminati | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since what is now going is being described as “the greatest financial scandal in the history of Britain” — the Barclays imbroglio – I have a question to ask. Where are those tents outside St Pauls? Or ones in solidarity this side of the Atlantic? Where are the vibrant reminders that – as has happened in the Barclays case – there is most definitely one law for the 1% (none, in fact) and another for the 99%?
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Reports of Occupy's death have been greatly exaggerated - The Guardian

Reports of Occupy's death have been greatly exaggerated - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since the eviction of the protestors at Freedom Plaza last November, it's become a media cliché to report on the "Death of Occupy." Articles pop up all over the web, blithely reporting on the failed second wind of Occupy, this lackluster "American Spring," and the May Day general strike that didn't quite shut the system down.
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Cuba: The Implications of Worker Self-Management - Havana Times

Cuba: The Implications of Worker Self-Management - Havana Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
In Yugoslavia, the system of worker self-management acquired a major economic and social weight from the 1950s until the 1970s. Being a part of a system that combined “market socialism” with political authoritarianism, self-management was limited to the operation of individual work centers; the political and economic power for the various regions and the country as a whole was monopolized by the one-party state embodied in Marshall Tito’s League of Communists of Yugoslavia.
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What Happened to Occupy? - In These Times

What Happened to Occupy? - In These Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since what is now going is being described as “the greatest financial scandal in the history of Britain” — the Barclays imbroglio – I have a question to ask. Where are those tents outside St Pauls? Or ones in solidarity this side of the Atlantic? Where are the vibrant reminders that – as has happened in the Barclays case – there is most definitely one law for the 1% (none, in fact) and another for the 99%?
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Slavoj Žižek: Is It Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?

Aufnahme anlässlich der Hegel-Lecture 2011 des Dahlem Humanities Center (FU Berlin).
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Peter McLaren’s Standpoint on Marxism with Application in Information Age

The most important characteristic of capitalism is that the life world is abstractly transformed into single commodity money that can be calculated. Commodity money causes capital to increase in value and become social relations with reification.

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