Review: Occupy the Economy – Challenging Capitalism

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Richard Wolff with David Barsamian

5.0 out of 5 stars SIX STAR Primer on the Necessary Socio-Economic Revolution, February 28, 2015

SIX STAR (my top 10% across 2000+ non-fiction book). This is an extraordinary book full of straight talk and common sense that sets the stage for a socio-economic revolution, first in the USA and then elsewhere. It does not address the many isolated incidents of collaborative capitalism and the commons that are in motion around the world — for that look up Michel Bauwens and the work of others on the economic commons — and it neglects the coincident need for a political revolution which is what my latest book on Open Power is about — but on balance this is easily a six-star offering.

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Feb 28

Review: The Internet in the Middle East

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Deborah Wheeler

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and therefore valuable, February 11, 2015

This is a solid piece of work that might normally have been a 4 but it surprised me just enough to warrant taking it to a 4. I love unconventional wisdom and seeing solid proof that conventional wisdom — in this case, “The Internet changes everything for the better” questioned.

I read this book on the same flight as I read Richard Wolff’s Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (City Lights Open Media) and this is the second reason I will place the book at five: while the Internet does NOT change everything for the better, especially in the case of women and youth in Kuwait, it IS “occupied,” is does blur the line between the user and the producer, and it does offer a model for new forms of social and economic organization. In a strange way I could not have anticipated, these two books complement each other.

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Feb 28

Review (Guest): OPEN POWER – Electoral Reform Act of 2015 – Open Source Activist Tool Kit

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revolutionary Book — Non-Violent but REVOLUTIONARY, February 26, 2015

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This book, which I bought the minute I noticed it online, is both a quick read — two thirds of it is a series of reference documents combined with a most extraordinary collection of Amazon book review snapshots with live links to full Amazon reviews on the topic of Democracy Lost — and a lifetime of learning if you take the time to follow each of the over 200 live links. That’s why it’s perfect as a Kindle eBook!

The author ran for President very briefly as a candidate for the Reform Party nomination in 2012. His subsequent article, “How I Tested the Boundaries of the Two-Party Tyranny” in Reality Sandwich, is incendiary and inspiring. As he says there, he had to run for President to discover that there are six other accredited political parties that are blocked from ballot access by the two-party tyranny, as are Independents.

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Feb 26

Review: Collaborative Commonwealth

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Robert A. Needham

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Kindle not the Print — Thoughts Worth Considering, December 23, 2014

Enough substance to warrant my finishing the book and writing a summary review.

I accepted this book from a publicist because of my strong interest in “third way” economics. I like the concept of Collaborative Commonwealth very much, an alternative concept is one put forth by Michel Bauwens and others as Open Cooperativism. The two concepts are not as similar as one might think.

What I like most about the book is its very clever use of the water analogy (drops become streams become rivers feed lakes and oceans); its starkly interesting positioning of collaborative commonwealth as being in the sweet spot between the extremes of predatory capitalism and unbridled socialism, and its combination of clear patriotism including a defense of all of the Constitutional Amendments with an equally clear indictment of the US Government as the “gang in possesion” looting the Commonwealth and helping the banksters — including the private bank known as the Federal Reserve — squeeze the last drop of blood out of We the Economic Slaves.

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