Jean Lievens: Physical space and ‘Occupy’ tactics: a new trend in civil resistance?

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Physical space and ‘Occupy’ tactics: a new trend in civil resistance?

Given the importance of broad, diverse, and sustained participation, it remains to be seen whether movements have been doing themselves a favor or a disservice by allowing themselves to be defined by the site of occupation or by the tactic itself, and not by political and social claims on behalf of  those whom they represent.

Phi Beta Iota: Occupation is a means of demanding a specific change (this is where Occupy failed — it has no specific change to demand). The only specific change needed to restore the integrity of any government is Electoral Reform — all eleven points, not the half-baked “get money out of politics false panacea.

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CounterPunch: Where is Jesse Ventura When You Need Him?

 

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Nov 21

Guradian Sustainable Business: Jeremy Rifkin on Super Internet Solving All Our Problems — Never Mind the True Cost Details

guardian sustainable businessRadical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism

Political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin believes that the creation of a super internet heralds new economic system that could solve society’s sustainability challenges

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What about the concern that the end of capitalism would lead to chaos? Rifkin believes the gap left by the disappearance of major corporations will be filled by the nonprofit sector.

Robert Steele

Robert Steele

ROBERT STEELE: Rifkin is brilliant at the fad level and we are lucky to have him as a voice that the public can hear. Where he falls flat is in relation to holistic analytics, true cost of production, and open source everything engineering. Anyone who can say that business has succeeded wildly in lowering the costs of production is clearly out of touch with the true cost of production.

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Analytics @ Phi Beta Iota
Open Source @ Phi Beta Iota
True Cost @ Phi Beta Iota

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Nov 21

Chuck Spinney: Harvey Feigenbaum on Low-Information Voters

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Politics in the Time of Low-Information Voters

Did America Really Shift to the Right?

by HARVEY B. FEIGENBAUM, Counterpunch, WEEKEND EDITION NOVEMBER 21-23, 2014

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SchwartzReport: Joseph Stiglitz on Choices

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Nov 21

SchwartzReport: Joseph Stiglitz on Choices

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is one of the best and most unvarnished assessments of what is happening in the United States I have read in some time. I urge you to read it and think about what it is saying.

Conclusion: Slow Growth and Inequality are Political Choices. We Can Choose Otherwise.

Phi Beta Iota: Joseph Stiglitz is a designated member of the Coalition Cabinet at We the People Reform Coalition.

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Where is Jesse Ventura When You Need Him?

 

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