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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Chomsky: The Cruelty That Keeps Empires Alive

Chomsky: The Cruelty That Keeps Empires Alive | real utopias | Scoop.it
Like many other oppressive countries, means of Israel's preservation of its power over Palestinians are through humiliation, degradation and terror.
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Chomsky criticises restrictive abortion laws

Chomsky criticises restrictive abortion laws | real utopias | Scoop.it
Leading intellectual awarded UCD’s highest honour (Professor Noam Chomsky criticises Ireland's restrictive abortion laws at UCD last night: http://t.co/pD95L1WJcZ)...
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Noam Chomsky (2013) on Bradley Manning - Wikileaks Videos - Firstpost Topic

Noam Chomsky (2013) on Bradley Manning - Wikileaks Videos  - Firstpost Topic | real utopias | Scoop.it

Melbourne: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that his website holds more US classified documents which are yet to be published online.

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Austerity Continues: Privatization of Greece's Rail Underway

Austerity Continues: Privatization of Greece's Rail Underway | real utopias | Scoop.it

The privatization of Greece's rail system is set to begin in June, the Greek governmentannounced on Monday, as it continues to mete out the austerity including privatizations the troika imposed as a requisite for receiving bailout funds.

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America after Hegemony

America after Hegemony | real utopias | Scoop.it

With the Iraq war fading into memory even as the country still simmers, the U.S. peace movement faces the need to reframe its message.

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25 Tips for Making Your Neighborhood Better | On the Commons

25 Tips for Making Your Neighborhood Better | On the Commons | real utopias | Scoop.it
1. Give people a place to hang-out 2. Give people something to see 3. Give people something to do 4. Give people a place to sit down 5. Give people a safe, comfortable place to walk 6. Give people a safe, comfortable place to bike 7.
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How Social Media Is Bringing On a Truthful Revolution

In the following interview segment, Doug Levy, author and CEO of MEplusYOU, explains why marketers can no longer selectively show what they want to the public. The full interview with Doug Levy can be seen HERE, in which he discusses his new book, Can't Buy Me Like. In the book, Levy tackles the changing marketing space, believing that companies must either adapt or continue to put blind faith in increasingly ineffective advertising. Levy also explains a new era that we've entered, dubbed the 'relationship era', and describes how this will change marketing for all companies, big and small.

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Noam Chomsky tells Dublin the EU’s economy is being ruined by austerity | Irish News | IrishCentral

Noam Chomsky tells Dublin the EU’s economy is being ruined by austerity | Irish News | IrishCentral | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky, one of the world's most most famous political theorists, is warning that the European Union's panicked response to the economic crisis has left European democracy in a much worse condition than the United States.
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An Anarchist Critique of Marx's Critique of Political Economy

An Anarchist Critique of Marx's Critique of Political Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Both Marxism and anarchism come out of the 19th century workers’ and socialist movements. They shared certain goals:  the end of classes and of capitalism, the end of the state, and of all oppression. They believed that these goals would be achieved through the international revolution of the working class, in alliance with all oppressed sections of society. They both advocated the formation of labor unions (their practical dispute was over whether to also form electoral workers’ parties). And they both have been historical failures, in that neither has led to successful, lasting, working class revolutions—so far. Yet they have been at odds since the bitter faction fight which blew up the First International, between the forces led by Karl Marx and those of Michael Bakunin, primary founder of anarchism as a movement.

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Since 2007 Almost 30 Million People Have Lost Their Jobs: More Austerity or a Global New Deal? - Progress or Collapse

Since 2007 Almost 30 Million People Have Lost Their Jobs: More Austerity or a Global New Deal? - Progress or Collapse | real utopias | Scoop.it

Global unemployment rose to 197.3 million in 2012, an increase of 4.2 million over the previous year and 28.4 million above the level in 2007, the year preceding the crisis. Moreover, given the slowdown in activity, the ILO’s baseline projection is a further deterioration in 2013, with the global unemployment rate ticking up to 6 per cent and a further increase in the number of unemployed around the world of 5.1 million.

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Communism, welfare state – what's the next big idea?

Communism, welfare state – what's the next big idea? | real utopias | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off
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The Bankrupcty of EU's No-Default Policy by - Z Communications

The Bankrupcty of EU's No-Default Policy by - Z Communications | real utopias | Scoop.it

The European Union will avoid a default at any price, even if it means completely destroying a country's economy and impoverishing its people, effectively dismantling the government if necessary and handing companies, territory and natural resources to foreign companies.

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Should socialists support degrowth? | misebogland

Should socialists support degrowth? | misebogland | real utopias | Scoop.it

The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring?  Activists across the globe are challenging economic expansion which threatens the survival of humanity.  It has never been more urgent to provide a vision of a new society that can pull these efforts together.

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Occupation: History and Tactic

Occupation: History and Tactic | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupation as a protest tactic originated in the workers movements of Europe and America at the turn of the 20th century. A wave of factory occupations spread across Paris’ metal industry in 1936 followed just a few months later by the occupation of GM’s factories in Flint, Michigan. Used in the radical student movements of ’68 and the worldwide workers’ strike and actions of ’75-77, right up to the present day in the momentous scenes of Tahrir, Puerta del Sol and Wall Street, occupations have played a central role in social justice movements across history, and most recently have been uas people fight against a neo-liberal tirade that sees no abaiting. Occupations transform sites and sources of oppression and empowerment for ruling classes, capitalists, and managerial figures into spaces of resistance, enclaves of friendship and solidarity, and sources of power for the oppressed. The Bramber House occupation in it’s 8th week now, continues this spirit and tradition of protest.

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The World Social Forum: Still Meeting Its Challenge - Middle East Online

The World Social Forum (WSF) has just ended its now biennial meeting, held this time in Tunis. It was very largely ignored by the world's mainstream press. It was attended by many skeptics who pronounced its irrelevance, something that has occurred at every meeting since the second WSF in 2002. It was torn by debates about the very structure of the WSF. It was filled with debates about the correct political strategy for the world left. And despite this, it was an enormous success.

 
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Facebook same-sex marriage campaign goes viral ... - Occupy Dallas

Facebook same-sex marriage campaign goes viral ... - Occupy Dallas | real utopias | Scoop.it

Facebook same-sex marriage campaigns have gone on before, but a new one is causing quite a bit of buzz. On Tuesday (March 26) the Facebook page for the Human Rights Campaign started advertising the use of a new avatar for Facebook users to show their support of the cause. Many users across the globe took notice and began changing their profile photos to an equals sign with a red background.

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On China's State-Sponsored Amnesia - New York Times

On China's State-Sponsored Amnesia - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

IN March 2012 I met Torbjorn Loden, the Swedish professor of Chinese language and culture, in Hong Kong. He told me that while briefly teaching at Hong Kong’s City University he asked the 40 students from China in his class what they knew about the June 4 Incident, the pro-democracy movement that ended in bloodshed in 1989, and if they were familiar with the names Liu Binyan and Fang Lizhi, two prominent democracy advocates of that era. All the students from China looked around at one another, mute and puzzled.

 



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​GLOBAL VILLAGE INSTITUTE: for appropriate technolog

Help Stop Global Warming. Protect our forests, water and food supply. For now, and for the generations after us.

 
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How Inequality is Eroding Democracy (with Heather C McGhee)

Note: Filling in for Sam Seder in this clip is Majority Report producer Michael Brooks.
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The Great Change: The Colombian Renaissance

The Great Change: The Colombian Renaissance | real utopias | Scoop.it

"In Colombia, the ecovillage movement is ceasing to be seen as the alternative, hippy, or maladjusted parts of society, but rather are coming to be known as 'the people.' The are the 99-percent, the cultural center and point of reference."

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – World Social Forum 2013 29 March 2013, Tunisia [En, Ar, Fr, Es]

Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – World Social Forum 2013 29 March 2013, Tunisia [En, Ar, Fr, Es] | real utopias | Scoop.it

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.

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3 TED Talks the Establishment Would Prefer You To Miss - Waking Times « Waking Times

3 TED Talks the Establishment Would Prefer You To Miss - Waking Times « Waking Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

All 3 of them represent important pillars of our current economic and social arrangements, and, all 3 are topics of TED presentations surrounded by controversy, with many people claiming censorship by the revered idea broker.

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Book review: ‘The World Until Yesterday’ by Jared Diamond

Book review: ‘The World Until Yesterday’ by Jared Diamond | real utopias | Scoop.it

Diamond continues this approach throughout, describing where traditional practices have existed until very recently, noting which were worth eliminating — such as infanticide, which was prevalent because small, nomadic societies often could not support too many children in infancy — and which we could learn something from, such as diet and nutrition.

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Project of the Day: Jua Kali, Open Source Machinery for Africa

Project of the Day: Jua Kali, Open Source Machinery for Africa | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Ask for a pair of door hinges at a hardware store in Kenya and the shopkeep might offer two options: regular and “Jua kali” hinges. The jua kali pair could cost half the price, but they will not be finished or cleaned, and they are likely made by a cheaper, cruder manufacturing process the forges each hinge in a unique size and shape.

 
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Labor as both a commodity and a Common Pool Resource

Labor as both a commodity and a Common Pool Resource | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The everyday experience of working people, economic policies of governments, bargaining priorities of trade unions and theoretical models of economists refute the idealistic maxim that labor is not a commodity.

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