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.
CounterPunch: Where is Jesse Ventura When You Need Him?
Radical 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
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: 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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Connecting for Change: Insights from an Emerging Global Transformation Movement
Based on research by the author, in collaboration with Jennifer Horner, PhD
By Rhonda Fabian
You might say it is the dark night of the planetary soul. … Yet at the same time, many people are waking up.
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Transparify Will Begin Re-Rating All Think Tanks In December
Phi Beta Iota: A useful step. However, at least as critical is evaluating the sources and methods used or not used by “think tanks.” Most — such as the Brookings Institute — do not use citation analytics and do not do substantive foreign language research. “Multidisciplinary” is not a term in vogue among these largely pedestrian entities. Holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering are foreign concepts to all of them.