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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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2012 World's Most Ethial Companies| Ethisphere™ Institute | Life in the Sharing Economy

2012 World's Most Ethial Companies| Ethisphere™ Institute | Life in the Sharing Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business "ethically" and translate those words into action.
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Education channel on YouTube - Malaysia Star

Education channel on YouTube - Malaysia Star | real utopias | Scoop.it

THE non-profit group behind thought-provoking TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences recently launched an education channel on YouTube in a bid to make learning irresistible.

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If society seems ever more tolerant why are we also a nation of ranters? - The Guardian

If society seems ever more tolerant why are we also a nation of ranters? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

At each stage of the journey of gay liberation, religious traditionalists and social conservatives have fought – against legalisation, against social acceptance, against equalising the age of consent, against civil partnerships. They have fought and they have lost. So why is another, almost certainly doomed, attempt to stand in the way of full equality receiving so much political and media attention? Does the visceral nature of this battle illustrate a wider confusion about public morality?

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Failures of the Liberal State and responses on the ground | openDemocracy

Failures of the Liberal State and responses on the ground | openDemocracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

In thinking through the issues for this week’s special theme we were struck by how often failures happen at the level of the national state nowadays and remedies, responses, the making of solutions… all tend to happen at more local levels, from cities and villages to translocal networks and neighbourhoods.

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Occupy Movement To Launch Online News Site, 'Occupy.com' - Huffington Post (blog)

Occupy Movement To Launch Online News Site, 'Occupy.com' - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Movement To Launch Online News Site, 'Occupy.com'Huffington Post (blog)After a winter of extensive planning, the Occupy movement will launch its own online news site later this month.
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Zinn: A reinvigorated labor movement needed for social upheaval

Howard Zinn on class in America Pt4: A reinvigorated labor movement needed for a great social upheaval

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TX Sen Candidate Ted Cruz Spouts Paranoid Fantasy About United Nations/George Soros Conspiracy To Eliminate Golf

TX Sen Candidate Ted Cruz Spouts Paranoid Fantasy About United Nations/George Soros Conspiracy To Eliminate Golf | real utopias | Scoop.it

In an article that would appear to be a poorly-executed parody of Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz’s (R) right-wing beliefs it Cruz had not posted it on his own website, the Tea Party stalwart touts a truly ridiculous conspiracy theory about George Soros secretly partnering with the United Nations to come into our cities and eliminate our right to play golf:

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Occupying Democracy: A Moral Revolution for Social Justice | Truthout

Occupying Democracy: A Moral Revolution for Social Justice | Truthout | real utopias | Scoop.it

The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. -Thomas Paine, "First Principles of Government," 1795.

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tidal: occupy theory, occupy strategy

tidal: occupy theory, occupy strategy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The questions are simple. Why does a small group of humanity reap the efforts of billions? Why can this elite group poison the planet to further enrich themselves? Why do we accept a soulless social order built around the concept of people staying in line? Why do we allow armed police to beat and cage us if we step off that line?

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Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids | | AlterNet

Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids | | AlterNet | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Religious Right touts homeschooling as the "responsible" educational choice. But what about the kids whose parents opt-out of the system -- and out of educating them, as well?

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Elizabeth Warren - Massachusetts Democratic Party Caucus - Medford

Elizabeth Warren spoke at the Massachusetts Democratic Party caucus in Medford, Massachusetts on February 11, 2012.

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Immigration is a Social Democratic Issue

Immigration is a Social Democratic Issue | real utopias | Scoop.it

Solidarity, freedom and justice – these are the fundamental values of social democracy. And it is on these root ideas that social democratic politics regarding migration, integration and identity are based upon. They offer a clear guideline for the handling of cultural diversity within a society and make appreciation as well as participation the main objectives to achieve.

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Austerity policies in Europe: There Is No Alternative

Austerity policies in Europe: There Is No Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

One of Margaret Thatcher’s infamous slogans was “There Is No Alternative”, known also through its abbreviation TINA. For Thatcher this was a normative slogan, a part of her political, ideological struggle. She wanted to convince people that her neoliberal policies were the only possible, other alternatives have been left on the scrap heap of history. My use of the same wording in the title of this article is not meant to be normative, but rather descriptive. It describes the really existing political situation in Europe today. Thus, it also describes the enormous challenge which the trade union and labour movement in Europe faces, the lack of alternatives to the current neoliberal, austerity policies or, to say it bluntly, the deep ideological and political crisis of the left.

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Refounding British Labour to Win

Refounding British Labour to Win | real utopias | Scoop.it

The last 18 months in British politics have demonstrated perhaps more than ever before that the system is broken and the old club rules of politics are designed to keep people out.

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6 months later, what has Occupy protest achieved? - BusinessWeek

6 months later, what has Occupy protest achieved? - BusinessWeek | real utopias | Scoop.it

As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.

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Why Your Company Is Screwed If You Don't Go Social

Why Your Company Is Screwed If You Don't Go Social | real utopias | Scoop.it

We're in the middle of a massive social revolution, says Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.

 

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What Occupy Wall Street Gets Wrong - Reason Magazine

What Occupy Wall Street Gets Wrong - Reason Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
Corporatism is not the same thing as the free market.
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The Purpose of Occupy Wall Street Is to Occupy Wall Street

The Purpose of Occupy Wall Street Is to Occupy Wall Street | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy Wall Street. What other political movement in modern times has won the sympathy and/or support of the majority of the American public—in less than two months? How did this happen? I think it was a revolt that has been percolating across the country since Reagan fired the first air traffic controller. Then, on September 17, 2011, a group of (mostly) young adults decided to take direct action. And this action struck a raw nerve, sending a shock wave throughout the United States, because what these kids were doing was what tens of millions of people wished they could do. The people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their “American dream”—they cathartically cheered on this ragtag bunch who got right in the face of Wall Street and said, “We’re not leaving until you give us our country back!"

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'Occupy' movement tackling foreclosures - Seacoastonline.com

'Occupy' movement tackling foreclosures - Seacoastonline.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — Since moving into a home eight weeks ago, Tene Smith has hung one of her paintings on a wall, a reminder of her youthful aspirations to become an artist. She's hosted a community group in her living room. Her daughter had a friend sleep over, and they danced much of the night.

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The Future of Globalization -- Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, outlines his geo-technological view of the world.

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Occupying Democracy: A Moral Revolution for Social Justice | Truthout

Occupying Democracy: A Moral Revolution for Social Justice | Truthout | real utopias | Scoop.it

The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. -Thomas Paine, "First Principles of Government," 1795.

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Shareable: In The Sharing Economy

Shareable: In The Sharing Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

In case you need more convincing that the sharing economy isn't just coming, but is already here, then this Friday video should push you over the edge. The sources mentioned in the clip are annotated below, in case you need to convince your friends too.

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Zizek - Ecology: The New Opiate of the Masses (1 of 7)

Slavoj Zizek on ''Ecology: The New Opiate of the Masses'', Part 1 of 7. (Slavoj Zizek: http://t.co/jQNYX5DB Food for thought -- ¡eso es lo que deberían pasar en la televisión todo el día!
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Michael Parenti - No War But the Class War Part 1

Michael Parenti - No War But The Class War http://www.michaelparenti.org/ http://www.tucradio.org/parenti.html#Parenti Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in ...
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Noam Chomsky speaks to Dutch activists on various topics

Chomsky talks about the core issues for a workers' movement, and the disconnect between "Left Intellectuals" and the working class. He reviews the old tradition of working class culture and the destruction of it, and the tendency of "Left Intellectuals" to focus on "Post-Materialist issues" while ignoring fundamental problems that confront working people.

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