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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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How to start a revolution: Learn from Iceland!

The people of Iceland forced their corrupt government to resign.
A public assembly was created to rewrite the constitution.
The banks were nationalized, it was decided not to pay the debt that PRIVATE banks created.
All of this in a peaceful way...
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A weak world

A weak world | real utopias | Scoop.it
The world economy continues to struggle. In the last week alone, the data on various parts show very weak growth and in some areas, signs of slippage into recession. In its latest report, the OECD said that the global economy “is gradually gaining momentum”, but admitted that “the recovery is fragile, extremely uneven across different regions and could be derailed by the crisis in the euro area”.
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New Revolutionaries – The Solution to Race Politics « Din Merican ...

New Revolutionaries – The Solution to Race Politics « Din Merican ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Our political institutions (like our formal party system and the less formal norms of conduct and customs within politics) were crafted at a time when men who self-identified as Malay, Indian or Chinese were unsure of their future position in a new state free of colonial shackles. Each group pushed and shoved to gain traction in a perceived zero-sum game, where one lost if another gained. Such were the attitudes and behaviour of citizens toward politics – this was the political culture of the era. The political arena (consisting of our political institutions) set up during the birth of our nation was a reflection of this political culture and perhaps a necessary compromise to ensure the birth of an independent Malaysia.
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Behavioral Economics and Enterprise Software Sales: Who is teaching

Behavioral Economics and Enterprise Software Sales: Who is teaching | real utopias | Scoop.it
I’m almost done reading Daniel Kahneman’s best-seller “Thinking Fast and Slow“, which is a great book on behavioral economics. (Thanks to Peter Lugli for the recommendation.) I try to read most of the popularized literature in this field (e.g., Dan Ariely, Richard Thaler, and Michael Mauboussin) partly because I’m an old Economics major and partly because the work has so much to say about marketing and selling. The work of behavioral economists seems especially applicable to the marketing and sales of intangibles, including software.
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Q&A: Van Jones on Politics, Student Loans, and the Access Economy - Triple Pundit

Q&A: Van Jones on Politics, Student Loans, and the Access Economy - Triple Pundit | real utopias | Scoop.it
In 2007, Van Jones was featured on the cover of Sustainable Industries magazine. His work and advocacy for green jobs, as well as his first book, The Green Collar Economy, stirred interest all the way to Washington D.C. In it, Jones is brimming with optimism about the growing green economy and what that could mean for our country. He sets forth several recommendations for the next president to maintain momentum toward more resource conservation and clean energy solutions, and create opportunities in sustainable industries for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Paul Hawken: Be Bold and Fail

Paul Hawken: Be Bold and Fail | real utopias | Scoop.it
There are a ton of sustainable business ideas out there. Some of these ideas gradually build upon prior technology. Other ideas catapult us beyond our imaginations. So what should an entrepreneur do? If we ask environmentalist and entrepreneur, Paul Hawken, he suggests to be bold and fail.
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Imagining a Post-Occupy Social Movement - CounterPunch

Imagining a Post-Occupy Social Movement - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it
If one were to honestly assess Occupy’s current strengths and weaknesses as a movement, confusion must be the inevitable result. This is because Occupy is not one movement, but an umbrella term that encompasses several different groups that have varied aims, organizational structures, and gaping theoretical differences.
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Occupy London Camp Faces Eviction After Borough Wins Court Case - Bloomberg

Occupy London Camp Faces Eviction After Borough Wins Court Case - Bloomberg | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy protesters must leave the land situated on the fringes of the City of London, a U.K. judge ruled today. Ranjit Bhose, a lawyer for the borough of Islington, said that forced eviction would not happen during the June 4-5 public holiday.
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An International Movement for a Participatory Society? « Pluto Press ...

An International Movement for a Participatory Society? « Pluto Press ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Writing in The Occupied Times of London, members of the Greater London Chapter of the interim International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) explain how horizontal decision making could form the basis of a new resistance and a new world. Prioritising certain values, IOPS was set up to further this vision:
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Greece: last opinion polls before the election

Greece: last opinion polls before the election | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the camp of the left, the most significant thing is the collapse of the Communist Party (KKE), which is paying for the extremely sectarian policy of its leadership in rejecting the appeal from Syriza to form a government of the Left (graphically shown by Papariga's refusal to even meet Tsipras for discussions). While the KKE received 8.48% of the votes in the May elections, it is currently polling only between 5 and 5.7%. This would mean losing about 200,000 of the 536,000 votes it got in May.
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The interim International Organization for a Participatory Society

The interim International Organization for a Participatory Society | real utopias | Scoop.it
The interim International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) was launched in 2012 with the aim of propelling activism for winning a new world. IOPS is structured as a bottom-up, international organization, based on self-managing interconnected national branches and local chapters. Currently, IOPS is in an interim stage, and by joining IOPS you become an interim member. A convention, or series of conventions, will be planned within the next year, for membership to determine the organization's definition in more detail.
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A Diabolical Mix: U.S. Wages and European Austerity — Social Europe Journal

A Diabolical Mix: U.S. Wages and European Austerity — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

What if Europe and the US converged on a set of economic policies that brought out the worst in both – European fiscal austerity combined with a declining share of total income going to workers? Given political realities on both sides of the Atlantic, it is entirely possible.

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Will UK Labour listen to Krugman? — Social Europe Journal

Will UK Labour listen to Krugman? — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Watching Paul Krugman speak at the LSE this week, I was amazed at how simple and direct his message was. In essence, the argument is that we know from Keynes how to get out of recession; what the UK economy needs is a stimulus of the order of £250-400bn (ie, 2-3% of GDP).

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The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Philosophy ...

What makes for a good life? In The Best Things in Life, distinguished philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career?
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Paul Krugman Urges Irish Voters To Reject The Fiscal Pact ...

Paul Krugman Urges Irish Voters To Reject The Fiscal Pact ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST Paul Krugman has advised Irish voters to vote No in Thursday's referendum on the Fiscal Compact. “I've thought about it, it's hard. I would say vote No,” he said on BBC Radio 4

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Conversations w/Great Minds – Paul Krugman – End This ...

Conversations w/Great Minds – Paul Krugman – End This ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds, Thom Hartmann is joined by Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Paul Krugman. Krugman received a Ph.D. from MIT – and has taught at several schools including Yale, MIT, and Stanford. He’s written 20 books – including several best-sellers – and over 200 papers on international trade, finance, currencies, and several other areas.
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Interview with economist Paul Krugman: 'Greece will leave eurozone within 12 months'

Interview with economist Paul Krugman: 'Greece will leave eurozone within 12 months' | real utopias | Scoop.it
At last year’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York a superhero made his debut. He was a bearded figure called “Krug man”, who set about vanquishing the minions of the evil financial services empire with his fearsome “macro mallet”.
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Human Needs Before Profits

Human Needs Before Profits | real utopias | Scoop.it
How many times have we heard the argument that the idea of communism is dead? As far as the commercial media is concerned, the idea of communism died with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the infiltration of corporations into communist China. Therefore, according to these commentators the ideas of Karl Marx, who is seen as the originator of communist politics must have been profoundly wrong.
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Why China may not be ‘capitalist’: the Role of the State in Chinese Economic Development | 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign

Why China may not be ‘capitalist’: the Role of the State in Chinese Economic Development | 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign | real utopias | Scoop.it

“A transitional economy is the economy which is established after capitalism and landlordism is abolished, and before there is a real socialist economy. It is common that one’s view of a transitional economy is coloured by how things were in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China. It is easy to draw the conclusion that a well functioning transitional economy equals how things were run then, minus the dictatorship, plus workers’ control and management. In fact, things are more complex than that. In Stalinist states the economy is deformed, compared to the socialist model economy, in a much broader sense than that the plan was decided upon and implemented bureaucratically. Apart from the lack of workers democracy it was deformed in at least three more aspects:

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The Greek election Democracy in action - The Economist

The Greek election Democracy in action - The Economist | real utopias | Scoop.it
GREEK voters face a bleak choice on June 17th, in their second general election in six weeks. The sensible options are the centre-right New Democracy (ND) party or the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok). Both parties promise a future in the euro, though the cost is high: at least three more years of austerity in return for shrinking external help. So angry, jobless Greeks may prefer the alternative: the radical left Syriza coalition, which came second on May 6th and is now hard on ND’s tail. They are tempted by talk of Robin Hood taxes to help the poor and the renationalising of much of the economy.
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Robert Lane Greene » Blog Archive » The Economist, “Shark attack”

Robert Lane Greene » Blog Archive » The Economist, “Shark attack” | real utopias | Scoop.it
KURT VONNEGUT wrote that: “In every big transaction, there is a magic moment during which a man has surrendered a treasure, and during which the man who is due to receive it has not yet done so. An alert lawyer will make the moment his own, possessing the treasure for a magic microsecond, taking a little of it, passing it on.” Like so many novelists, he was talking bosh. No alert lawyer takes only “a little”.
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First Trailer For Sci Fi Consumerism Thriller “Branded” Released ...

First Trailer For Sci Fi Consumerism Thriller “Branded” Released ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
With 97 unique QR codes embedded in the movie trailer, this might be the most interactive trailer that we’ve ever seen! It makes sense, given that the movie is basically a sci fi thriller about how we’ve all become slaves to marketing… and the dark power behind it all! So far, the film looks like a super creepy, LSD trip about consumerism.
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Occupy Bilderberg faces off with secretive gathering - RT

Occupy Bilderberg faces off with secretive gathering - RT | real utopias | Scoop.it
Around 150 of the world’s elite approached the grounds of a suburban Virginia hotel on Thursday for the first day of the 2012 Bilderberg Conference, but also on hand were throngs of protesters who gathered to opposed the top-secret gathering.
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Occupy Buffalo Helps Convince City Council To Divest From JPMorgan Chase After ... - Huffington Post

Occupy Buffalo Helps Convince City Council To Divest From JPMorgan Chase After ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
JPMorgan’s $2 billion trading loss was bound to have big consequences but few could have guessed the fallout would reach all the way to the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation