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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Disaster by Design? What's Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement ...

Disaster by Design? What's Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
A popular new film claims that a secret elite create our most troubling problems to advance a “global domination agenda.” Why Amy Goodman, Vandana Shiva, and other progressives are calling it “dangerously misguided.”
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The Disappearance of Public Intellectuals - CounterPunch

The Disappearance of Public Intellectuals - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Given the urgency of the problems faced by those marginalized by class, race, age, and sexual orientation, I think it is all the more crucial to take seriously the challenge of Derrida’s provocation that “We must do and think the impossible. If only the possible happened, nothing more would happen. If I only I did what I can do, I wouldn’t do anything.”[xxxvii] We may live in dark times as Hannah Arendt reminds us, but history is open and the space of the possible is larger than the one on display.

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A Social Entrepreneur Links Affordable Housing to the Green Economy

A Social Entrepreneur Links Affordable Housing to the Green Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Shane Gring grew up playing with Legos and building tree forts; there was no question that he would study architecture when he arrived at college. But after he graduated in 2009, the collapse of the economy and the housing market left him without work. He signed up for a stint with Americorps, never imagining that what he saw as a career detour would spawn a new business combining his passion for architecture with affordable housing and sustainable building.

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Noam Chomsky on How Progressives Should Approach Election 2012

Noam Chomsky on How Progressives Should Approach Election 2012 | real utopias | Scoop.it
“I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it -- seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza."
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Utopia

Utopia | real utopias | Scoop.it

Utopia is a fantasy about a supposedly perfect society. If Distributism is Utopian and Capitalism is not, it is because Capitalism is not only a fantasy, but also a nightmare.

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Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth

Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth | real utopias | Scoop.it

Imagine living in a country where having the freedom to cultivate your own land, tax-free and without government interference, is not only common but also encouraged for the purpose of promoting individual sovereignty and strong, healthy communities. Now imagine that in this same country, nearly all of your neighbors also cultivate their own land as part of a vast network of decentralized, self-sustaining, independent "eco-villages" that produce more than enough food to feed the entire country.

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Debt crisis: 'Alarmingly high' risk of global slump - live - Telegraph

Debt crisis: 'Alarmingly high' risk of global slump - live - Telegraph | real utopias | Scoop.it
The International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecast for large parts of the world economy and warned of a full-blown global slump if policymakers in Europe or the US mishandle serious threats.
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Consumerism, capitalism and media awareness

Students need to develop their self-control, how to understand the ways in which the media manipulates them. Students need to learn critical thinking, empathy and creative solutions to the ‘problems’ that these products claim to solve. We need to show students that happiness isn’t about how much you earn, what you own or how you are perceived by others.
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Imagine 2012: To Build a Better World - Co-Operative News

Imagine 2012: To Build a Better World - Co-Operative News | real utopias | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the second day of Imagine 2012, the International Conference on Co-operative Economics, leaders from the cooperative sphere spoke at 8 conferences, sharing ideas and tools with participants to help them build a better world based on a better global economy. In addition, internationally renowned proponents of a “new economy” explored the relationships of their specialties to a cohesive body of “cooperative economics” which could be utilized internationally.

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Innovative funding model allows urban poor to determine their own future

Innovative funding model allows urban poor to determine their own future | real utopias | Scoop.it
The first global fund to give poor people direct control over urban development spending is having more than just a local impact
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What is Occupy Wall Street (and how will it be remembered)?

Whether you agree or like the Occupy movement, it grew suddenly and has been sustained longer than was first imagined. Now that the Occupy movement is shutting down for the winter, what will it be remembered for? What remains confusing (and even frustrating) for some people is that nobody knows what occupiers really want. Even the occupiers themselves seem to have different reasons for occupying, making people think that they're just being immature. But is it really a case of immaturity, or the prototype of a new type of movement--a 21st-century movement?
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Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential | Union of International Associations

Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential | Union of International Associations | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is the result of an ambitious effort, since 1972, to collect and present information on the problems humanity is confronted with, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. It is a response to the fact that many institutions are trapped in inadequate policy metaphors.

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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | real utopias | Scoop.it
There's a whole new classroom model and it's a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you'd typically see.
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Collaborative Consumption - an idea that will change the world - Fair Lady

Collaborative Consumption - an idea that will change the world - Fair Lady | real utopias | Scoop.it
You want to go on holiday but can’t afford it. Why not do a house swop? Or how about swopping books, CD’s and DVD’s with friends? Perhaps you need to hang pictures in your home – so instead of rushing out to buy a power drill, rather borrow your neighbours or rent one.
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Rent or own? The new sharing economy values access over ownership

Rent or own? The new sharing economy values access over ownership | real utopias | Scoop.it
To rent or own, that is the question posed by the burgeoning sharing economy. For a growing population engaged in this high-tech, low-cost 'collaborative economy,' access to cars, clothes, cuisine – or even a cat – is better than ownership.
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Capitalism - By Slavoj Zizek

Capitalism - By Slavoj Zizek | real utopias | Scoop.it

The main victim of the ongoing crisis is thus not capitalism, which appears to be evolving into an even more pervasive and pernicious form, but democracy -- not to mention the left, whose inability to offer a viable global alternative has again been rendered visible to all. It was the left that was effectively caught with its pants down. It is almost as if this crisis were staged to demonstrate that the only solution to a failure of capitalism is more capitalism.

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Slavoj Zizek and 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously' | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Slavoj Zizek and 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously' | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio | real utopias | Scoop.it

Nobel Prize winning Economist and New York Times Columnist, Paul Krugman, appeared on the October 7th edition of ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ “Media Round Table” with fellow-pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, Peggy Noonan and Jonathan Karl to discuss President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance during the first Presidential Debate on October 3rd.

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Paul Krugman Slams Media For Mishandling Romney’s Mistruths In Presidential Debate, Defends Obama (VIDEO)

Paul Krugman Slams Media For Mishandling Romney’s Mistruths In Presidential Debate, Defends Obama (VIDEO) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Nobel Prize winning Economist and New York Times Columnist, Paul Krugman, appeared on the October 7th edition of ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ “Media Round Table” with fellow-pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, Peggy Noonan and Jonathan Karl to discuss President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance during the first Presidential Debate on October 3rd.

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Who are behind the blinds, George?

Who are behind the blinds, George? | real utopias | Scoop.it

George Osborne is the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK. This is an archaic British title used to describe the UK’s finance minister in the current coalition government. George is desperately trying to explain to the British people why, at the half-way point of the life of the Conservative-led government that is applying severe measures of ‘fiscal austerity’ , there has been no progress at all in controlling the public sector debt level or even in reducing the budget deficit. Austerity is not working on even the basic targets set by the government.

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Eastern Europe’s Greedy Presidents — Social Europe Journal

Eastern Europe’s Greedy Presidents — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Most East European states are a long way from democratic; but the stability of their regimes depends on respecting certain rules of the game, such as dividing the spoils. It is normally the President who acts as ‘Lord of The Rings’ to keep the various circles of interest in balance – though there are several ways of playing the role. The president may be above the game, or he may control the key forces of balance in the game, like kompromat or ‘judicial resources’. He may be a player himself (less likely herself), which would give him weight; but if he and his supporters win control of too many resources they will not be trusted by the other players. More than twenty years after the fall of the USSR, ‘transition’ may be a forlorn hope, but time can undermine balance: several East European regimes are now showing destabilising signs of incumbents’ greed.

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The patient is dying! Increase the dosage! — Social Europe Journal

The patient is dying! Increase the dosage! — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Political parties on the European centre-left need to avoid been caught between instrumentalism (the practice of ‘spin’ politics and tactical manipulation); and utopianism (seeking to rediscover lost dreams and visions)

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The patient is dying! Increase the dosage! — Social Europe Journal

The patient is dying! Increase the dosage! — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Comparisons with medieval doctors can only spring to mind on reading about the further misery the (Commission, ECB, IMF) Troika is seeking to impose on the Greek economy.

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There is no Alternative to a Federal Europe — Social Europe Journal

There is no Alternative to a Federal Europe — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

In their new book, ‘For Europe’, Guy Verhofstadt and Daniel Cohn-Bendit outline a manifesto for the creation of a fully federal Europe, complete with a new European constitution. In an interview with EUROPP editors Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown, they discuss their manifesto, arguing that the current eurozone crisis leaves EU Member States with no alternative but to pursue closer integration.

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Understanding Deep Politics featuring Michael Parenti

Understanding Deep Politics featuring Michael Parenti: http://t.co/DrZIBGib via @youtube...
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Slavoj Žižek. The Buddhist Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capitalism. 2012

http://www.egs.edu/ Slavoj Žižek, contemporary philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Western Buddhism, the West, capitalism, science, ideology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, bodhisattva, samsara, enlightenment, kharma, nirvana, war, Thomas Metzinger, free will, Benjamin Libet, Martin Heidegger, Patricia and Paul Churchland, and The Lion King. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Slavoj Žižek.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation