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The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution

The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: A new post-carbon era dawns as the old fossil fuel system dies. It's time to step up.
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Another must-read top post by the brilliant Nafeez Ahmed but I disagree with his "optimism of the will". Of course there will not be any extinction by 2030 but the transition from the old fossil-fuel and debt-based paradigm to the new 'one-planet economy' will not be without lots of pain and violence. Vive la révolution? Revolutions have a habit of eating their children or heroes, dear Nafeez.

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Stiffed: Occupy

Stiffed: Occupy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
It is harder to organise a political movement to help young people than old people. Young people are less susceptible to being organised and they lack the patience for the hard graft of a long political campaign. They are more likely to be seduced by the weak ties of social networking and the false promise of slogans like ‘We are the 99 per cent.’ Nonetheless, these are the victims who need the most help and who lack the clout or visibility to be heard among the more pressing demands being made by the more militant elderly. They are the 5 per cent and we should do something for them.

 

London Review of Books has an excellent critical analysis by David Runciman of the Occupy movement and the 99% versus 1% narrative.

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Declare Your Radicalness

Declare Your Radicalness | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Great post again in the Harvard Business Review blog, written by Umair Haque, on the need for radicalism instead of the pragmatic incrementalism of our crisis management.

 

"Sure, radicalism's dangerous. But what's even more is dangerous is not enough radicalism in a time of mega-failure."

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Robert Reich (Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment)

Robert Reich (Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment) | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted."


Former US labour secretary Robert Reich on the eviction of the Occupy movement in several cities. His conclusion: "Time to occupy our democracy".


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Occupy Wall Street Humor: Great Cartoon Plus The Onion

Occupy Wall Street Humor: Great Cartoon Plus The Onion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
This hilarious cartoon is making the rounds: “I am the 1%.
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Debt cancellation without chaos – a programme for the Occupy movement?

Debt cancellation without chaos – a programme for the Occupy movement? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"... we need a scheme with a pattern of rewards and incentives that is more appropriate to the times that we live in. This could be achieved by giving people the wherewithall to reduce their debts if they have debts, but also giving the same amount to people who have no debts, or have low debts, which they could use too – not on a consumption binge, but on green investment to bring down our ecological debts (the carbon intensity of our lifestyles)."

Very interesting article on debt cancellation.

 

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The Instability of Inequality - Nouriel Roubini - Project Syndicate

The Instability of Inequality - Nouriel Roubini - Project Syndicate | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Any economic model that does not properly address inequality will eventually face a crisis of legitimacy. Unless the relative economic roles of the market and the state are rebalanced, the protests of 2011 will become more severe, with social and political instability eventually harming long-term economic growth and welfare.."

Great Project Syndicate article by Roubini. I wonder how long he will remain one of the stars on CNBC.

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There’s Something Happening Here

There’s Something Happening Here | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What’s behind all the social protests erupting from Tunisia to Wall Street? Some call it The Great Disruption. Others call it The Big Shift. You decide.

Friedman does again what he does best - connecting the dots and writing about it in his own powerful style. Must-read.

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Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Until now, fury at the plutocracy and the political class had found no channel to run in but the antigovernment fantasies of the Tea Party. Now it has dug a new channel. Anger does not move countries, but it moves movements — and movements, in turn, can move countries. To do that, movements need leverage. Even Archimedes needed a lever and a place to stand to move the world."

 

This NY Times op-ed is one of the better analyses of the new anti-finance, anti-politics movement

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Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
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Excellent Naomi Klein article in New Statesman: "our entire economic paradigm is a threat to ecological stability. And indeed that challenging this economic paradigm – through mass-movement counter-pressure – is humanity’s best shot at avoiding catastrophe"

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Global Noise takes on austerity: 'We are not going to be silent'

Global Noise takes on austerity: 'We are not going to be silent' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Demonstrators across the world are calling for an end to austerity as Global Noise protests kick off in more than 30 countries, including many in the Nobel Peace laureate European Union.

 

Is Global Noise the new "Occupy"? Opposition against globalised new class warfare will need more than just a narrative. It will need organisation.

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What Are Leaders Really For?

What Are Leaders Really For? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

At the Harvard Business Review Blog, Yahoo's Duncan Watts has great insights into social movements and their leaders and what it means for the Occupy movement.

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How to Occupy the moral and political high ground

How to Occupy the moral and political high ground | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Naomi Wolf: The worldwide protest can be a critical force for change if it follows some simple rules..."


Bit of wishful thinking here. In the end, I am afraid, the Occupy movement will need to think about political organisation.

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EU leaders say youth protests are 'totally legitimate'

EU leaders say youth protests are 'totally legitimate' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In the wake of massive protests across Europe and the world against the financial sector, EU leaders have said they understand the frustration and that greater financial regulation is necessary.

The cynicism of EU leaders: the young people are right but we know better and we are "responsible" therefore we will continue to save the banks and protect the rich.

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EU commission willing to meet 'Indignados' in Brussels

"The European Commission is willing to meet with representatives of the 'indignado' anti-austerity movement, a contingent of whom have marched from Madrid to Brussels protesting a European Union they say places the interests of big business ahead of ordinary citizens"

EUObserver has great article on Brussels anti-austerity protests - congratulations to commissioner Andor.

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Finally Making Sense on Wall Street

Finally Making Sense on Wall Street | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Whether the issue is Wall Street or food, it's activism that will lead to change.

Great article by Mark Bittman in NY Times. Here is the lesson: "don't get pissed, get organised".

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EU 'indignants' camp out in Brussels park

EU 'indignants' camp out in Brussels park | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"About 150 anti-capitalist "Indignants" who marched from France, the Netherlands and Spain, defied a ban to set up camp in a Brussels park Saturday to protest EU-ordered austerity measures."

The seeds for "Occupy the EU"?

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