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Varoufakis launches Democracy in Europe Movement 2025

Varoufakis launches Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM 25, is billed as an alternative to prevailing authoritarianism and austerity.
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How the Digital Media Environment Enforces Boundaries | P2P Foundation

How the Digital Media Environment Enforces Boundaries | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Rushkoff analyses the problems reflective of the qualities, and biases, of the digital media environment in which we live.
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Why 'The System' Is Rigged And The U.S. Electorate Is Angry - Forbes

Why 'The System' Is Rigged And The U.S. Electorate Is Angry - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Citizens are angry. “The body politic is burning up,” we learn from a recent NBC/Esquire survey. “And the anger that courses through our headlines and news feeds… about what they are doing to us—shows no sign of abating.” Insurgent presidential campaigns are making unexpected inroads in challenging establishment candidates in both parties. Why is the electorate angry?

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Laborious Cretin's comment, January 28, 2016 1:54 PM
80 richest billionaires is the same amount as that of the bottom 50% of the Earth's population

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2919540/Oxfam-report-finds-80-world-s-richest-billionaires-wealth-bottom-50-percent-global-population-3-5-BILLION-people.html#ixzz3yZAgxO1j
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This is why we’re so f*cked: Our politics are only going to get worse

This is why we’re so f*cked: Our politics are only going to get worse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We'd like to be optimistic. But Democrats' demographic dream is just that. We'll need a nightmare for real change
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On the politics of powerlessness (2): how to undo it | P2P Foundation

On the politics of powerlessness (2): how to undo it | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“When I think about the politics of powerlessness, it feels clear as day to me that the source of all of it is fear. Fear of leaders, of the enemy, of the possibility of having to govern, of the stakes of winning and losing, of each other, of ourselves.” Excerpted from Yotam Marom: (this is …
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On the politics of powerlessness: was the failure of Occupy primarily due to faulty internal dynamics ? | P2P Foundation

On the politics of powerlessness: was the failure of Occupy primarily due to faulty internal dynamics ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When I think about the politics of powerlessness, it feels clear as day to me that the source of all of it is fear. Fear of leaders, of the enemy, of the possibility of having to govern, of the stakes of winning and losing, of each other, of ourselves. Excerpted from Yotam Marom: (we will …
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The Europe Question In 2016

The Europe Question In 2016 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the cusp of the new year, we face a world in which geopolitical and geo-economic risks are multiplying. Most of the Middle East is ablaze, stoking speculation that a long Sunni-Shia war (like Europe’s Thirty Years’ War between Catholics and Protestants) could be at hand. China’s rise is fueling a wide range of territorial disputes in Asia and challenging America’s strategic leadership in the region. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently become a semi-frozen conflict, but one that could reignite at any time. There is also the chance of another epidemic, as outbreaks of SARS, MERS, Ebola, and
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One Expert Says, Yes, Donald Trump is a Fascist. And It’s Not Just Trump.

One Expert Says, Yes, Donald Trump is a Fascist. And It’s Not Just Trump. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Diagnosing the problem as fascist leads to the question of a solution.  What becomes the utility of knowing Trump is fascist?  For the historian of the 1930s, the answer seems clear: either the forces that could coalesce against it remain divided, vowing to eternal enmity, as happened in Germany on the eve of Hitler’s ascent to power; or they create a united front, however unwieldy, as happened with the Popular Front in France a few years later.  In the former case, the left accused the center of being scarcely better than the right.  In the latter case, a coalition of center and left, long at odds with each other over questions of ideology and strategy, looked at results in Germany as a salutary lesson to be avoided. They bridged their considerable differences and succeeded in staving off a domestic French fascism.  Should the right in this country fail to coalesce around Trump, and he runs as an independent, then a victory for the Democratic candidate – even should that candidate be Bernie Sanders – becomes very likely.  But should Trump win the GOP presidential nomination and rally the party around him, it will be incumbent upon those on the left, however “centrist” or “socialist,” to put aside their differences and once more defeat the forces of fascism.

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Freedom within evolution (Tamera 3) | P2P Foundation

Freedom within evolution (Tamera 3) | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is excerpted from a book originally published 30 years ago, by Dieter Duhm, initiator of the Tamera community in Portugal. Dieter Duhm on EVOLUTION AND GROWING FREEDOM: The idea of evolution is that the totality of life on Earth is in a constant process of becoming. From the first cell to the human being …
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STWR at the World Goodwill seminar 2015: Rebuilding the shrine of human living | P2P Foundation

STWR at the World Goodwill seminar 2015: Rebuilding the shrine of human living | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There is an urgent need for citizens to demand the pressing structural reforms needed to address interconnected social, political and environmental crises.
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Syriza did not support the commons! | P2P Foundation

Syriza did not support the commons! | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Despite its stated poliical intentions, which we reported about in this blog, every time push came to shove, Syriza did not support commons solutions, shows Theodoros Karyotis in ROAR magazine (which is now a print publication as well), highlighting different case studies: “Let us look into some examples where the SYRIZA government, instead of ratifying …
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Book of the Day: Derek Wall’s Economics After Capitalism | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: Derek Wall’s Economics After Capitalism | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"The commons works best by consensus and, unlike capitalism, does not depend on constant growth." Derek Wall on economics after capitalism.
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Debating the strategic insights of Paul Mason on a phase transition towards the commons society | P2P Foundation

Debating the strategic insights of Paul Mason on a phase transition towards the commons society | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Henry Tam and Pat Conaty, both eminent cooperativist thinkers in the UK, square it out on the value of Paul Mason’s prescriptions in his book on PostCapitalism: I. The questions by Henry Tam: “I listened to the interview with Paul Mason, and it prompted a few thoughts. His book may deal with some of the …
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A last stand for the Davos ‘gods’? | P2P Foundation

A last stand for the Davos ‘gods’? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Davos elite are increasingly deluded about the role they can play in creating a sustainable future.

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How Facebook tracks and profits from voters in a $10bn US election

How Facebook tracks and profits from voters in a $10bn US election | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Social network lets campaigns match profiles with political habits and contact info, as Silicon Valley influence becomes ‘game-changer’ for targeted ads
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A critique of the concept of 'civil society' | P2P Foundation

A critique of the concept of 'civil society' | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Excerpted from the recently deceased Ellen Meiksins Wood: “However constructive its uses in defending human liberties against state oppression, or in marking out a terrain of social practices, institutions, and relations neglected by the “old” Marxist left, “civil society” is now in danger of becoming an alibi for capitalism. Gramsci’s conception of “civil society” was …
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Time for an Economic Bill of Rights

Time for an Economic Bill of Rights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Henry Ford said, “It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” We are beginning to understand, and Occupy Wall Street looks like the beginning of the revolution. We are beginning to…
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Weekend Read: Liberals and Conservatives Both Love and Loathe the Sharing Economy

Weekend Read: Liberals and Conservatives Both Love and Loathe the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies: When it comes to the emerging sharing economy, the only thing that is clear is that there is no definitive ideological line.
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Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner review – should the government start printing money?

Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner review – should the government start printing money? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The former head of the FSA floats a provocative solution to the economic crisis
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Paul Mason: the P2P Movement has paid insufficient attention to the state | P2P Foundation

Paul Mason: the P2P Movement has paid insufficient attention to the state | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This excerpt, chosen and provided to us by Nathan Cravens, is from Paul Mason’s latest book on PostCapitalism: “At present, the community of thinkers and activists around the peer-to-peer movement are heavily focused on experimental, small-scale projects – credit unions or co-ops, for example. When they think about the state, it is at the level …
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Video: Pia Mancini on p2p democratic activism in Argentina and beyond | P2P Foundation

Video: Pia Mancini on p2p democratic activism in Argentina and beyond | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Pia Mancini on the motivation for her work on the DemocracyOS and other projects, and where they need to go. She strongly calls for ‘shared protocols’. Interview from the OuishareFest 2015:
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LabGov Pioneers the Paradigm of City as Commons | P2P Foundation

LabGov Pioneers the Paradigm of City as Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Bologna Regulation takes seriously the idea that citizens have energy, imagination and responsibility applicable to all sorts of municipal challenges.
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The secularization of salvation and the role of Wilhelm Reich (Tamera 2) | P2P Foundation

The secularization of salvation and the role of Wilhelm Reich (Tamera 2) | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is excerpted from a book originally published 30 years ago, by Dieter Duhm, initiator of the Tamera community in Portugal. This piece reviews the 3 main traditions of human emancipation, religion, marxism and psycho-analysis, ending with the role of Wilhelm Reich. As I lived in a Reichian community in my early twenties, it has …
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Two assessments of Jeremy Corbyn's first hundred days | P2P Foundation

Two assessments of Jeremy Corbyn's first hundred days | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Maya Goodfellow on LabourList: “In Corbyn’s first 100 days he has slowly but surely shifted the conversation, while shunning the vacuous personality politics that has seeped into the Commons in recent times. Beginning with a people-powered leadership campaign that exploded into life in the summer months, the former backbench MP has brought ideas …
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Crypto Enlightenment and the Social Theory of Blockchains - P2P Foundation

Crypto Enlightenment and the Social Theory of Blockchains - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin), blockchains, and decentralization) are not just about 1) digitizing and modernizing money, payments, economics, assets, legal contracts, and governance, thereby 2) accelerating the transition to the automation and actualization economy from the labor economy, but 3) more fundamentally, these factors are allowing us to re-explore our reality, and specify it as more internally-determined than externally-determined.

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