F*** a Wage, Take Over the Business: A How-To with Economist Richard Wolff. This is Andrew Smolski for CounterPunch with acclaimed economist Richard Wolff, author of such works as Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work, and most recently Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens.
The interview was conducted over Skype on Oct. 10th, 2015. I would like to thank Dr. Wolff for the time he spent explaining important aspects of capitalist economy and communist firms. Santa Clara homelessness study - Business Insider. Worst-Case Scenario for Oil Sands Industry Has Come to Life, Leaked Document Shows. Home Page Title: Oil Sands Industry's Worst-Case Scenario Is Here: Leaked Doc Industry consultants said anti-tar sands push could become 'the most significant environmental campaign of the decade' if activists were left unopposed.
As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. The resulting document, published online by WikiLeaks, offers another window into how oil and gas companies have been scrambling to deal with unrelenting opposition to their growth plans. Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement. By Travis GettysTuesday, November 26, 2013 11:48 EDT In case there was any doubt left, Pope Francis made it clear that he shares little in common with U.S. conservatives.
We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say. What’s the number one reason we riot?
The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense. In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did.
The Pirate Bay Documentary Will Debut Online For Free. TPB AFK, the documentary about torrent-indexing service The Pirate Bay, will premiere Feb. 8 at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
The film will also debut online that same day, for free, director Simon Klose announced Tuesday. It will be shared under a Creative Commons license, marking the first time a movie would screen online at the same time as its Berlinale premiere. TPB AFK, which was partially funded through Kickstarter, tells the story of The Pirate Bay's founders, who were found guilty in 2009 of promoting piracy in Sweden. They were sentenced to serve one year in prison, and pay a fine of 30 million Swedish krona ($3.5 million). “I don’t want to tell too much about it because people should see it and make up their own minds. Check out the film's official trailer, above; then, tell us what you think in the comments below.
Image courtesy of TPB AFK. New music survey: P2P users buy the most, no one wants disconnection penalties. A new survey from the American Assembly, a research center at Columbia University, provides new insights about public opinion on file sharing and copyright enforcement.
With support from Google, researchers Joe Karaganis and Lennart Renkema commissioned a public opinion survey to find out how consumers were getting their media and what their attitudes were toward a variety of copyright enforcement strategies. Among the most significant findings: Americans overwhelmingly oppose the use of disconnection and rate-limiting as penalties for unauthorized file sharing. Also, the survey suggests users of peer-to-peer file-sharing software buy 30 percent more music than those who do not use peer-to-peer software.
Mathematicians aim to take publishers out of publishing. Mathematicians plan to launch a series of free open-access journals that will host their peer-reviewed articles on the preprint server arXiv, Nature News reports.
The project was publicly revealed yesterday in a blog post by Tim Gowers, a Fields Medal winner and mathematician at the University of Cambridge, UK. The initiative, called the Episciences Project, hopes to show that researchers can organize the peer review and publication of their work at minimal cost, without involving commercial publishers. . … What is behind the mask of revolution? Global separatism in the Russian context. The Anarchist Library. OneBigTorrent.org. Anarchism in the Spanish Revolution of 1936 - Spanish Civil War. Audio Anarchy. Obliterating Statist Myths Episode One: Anarchic vs. Statist Law and Justice (Part 1 of 5)
Obliterating Statist Myths Episode One: Anarchic vs. Statist Law and Justice (Part 2 of 5) Obliterating Statist Myths Episode One: Anarchic vs. Statist Law and Justice (Part 3 of 5) Paul Schwartzman: Why Altruism Is Forcing Out Corporate Power. Noam Chomsky: Plutonomy and the Precariat. On the History of the U.S.
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Towards Collaborative Community. Worker Ownership For the 21st Century? Share It may not be the revolution’s dawn, but it’s certainly a glint in the darkness.
On Monday, this country’s largest industrial labor union teamed up with the world’s largest worker-cooperative to present a plan that would put people to work in labor-driven enterprises that build worker power and communities, too. Titled “Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Communities: The Union Co-op Model,” the organizational proposal released at a press conference on March 26 in Pittsburgh, draws on the fifty-five year experience of the Basque-based Mondragon worker cooperatives.
The cooperative turn - building the right kind of autonomy. Extreme weather events have tripled since 1980. There is a sense in which these parallel what is happening in society. Just as tornadoes, floods and firestorms sweep away all that is before them, all that is familiar – houses, roads, even threatening whole towns and cities – so the last 30 years has seen the erosion of the pillars that provided stability to 20th-century society.
Consumer cooperative. In some countries, consumers' cooperatives are known as cooperative retail societies or retail co-ops, though they should not be confused with retailers' cooperatives, whose members are retailers rather than consumers. Consumers' cooperatives may, in turn, form cooperative federations. Worker Cooperatives Can Revitalize Our Economy. From Sustainable Tompkins by Joe Marraffino and Gay Nicholson Leaders in the sustainability movement believe that the most promising economic development strategy available may be a focus on economic justice. This would reduce poverty and increase tax revenues, strengthen democracy and the sense of a shared future, reduce the tax burden for social services, and increase support for investments in education and public infrastructure.
All of these are part of a viable and sustainable local economy. Peer-to-peer and Marxism: The Berlin Debate. Enigma of Revolt. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. After capitalism: 'There is no reason to wait for revolution. It is here already in each of us' - video. Big Data. Big Data controls the way money flows, the way health care operates, the way governments rule, the way people like Obama get elected. But Big Data is even more significant than all this: it answers questions about human societies that even Adam Smith and Karl Marx failed to address. Free beer, and a question... An Objection To Anarchism. Reply to post by Kali74. The Soul of Man Under Socialism.