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Slavoj Žižek. "Žižek" and "Zizek" redirect here. For the biographical documentary film, see Zizek!. Slavoj Žižek (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈslavoj ˈʒiʒɛk] ( ); born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian Marxist philosopher, and cultural critic, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University,[1] and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology, and psychoanalysis. Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality.

Thought[edit] Ontology, ideology, and the Real[edit] Political thought and the postmodern subject[edit] CUBE HQ #12: Dynamic Sovereignment. Media.freedomainradio.com/feed/FDR_1591_dr_gabor_mate_interview.mp3. Worker Cooperatives: Retooling the Solidarity Economy. Republished from c4ss.org By Sebastian A.B. Building A Solidarity Economy Under the cooperative model, workers own the business, reducing injustice because they have a stake in the community and because an individual will find it hard to exploit oneself. Workers often buy into their jobs (upfront or amortized), vote on major decisions in general assemblies or committees, and even voluntarily donate to the co-op for re-investment. Known as “workplace democracy,” this model of authentic self-determination renders state action superfluous. The flagship Mondragon Corporation, the seventh largest company in Spain by asset turnover (and a federation of hundreds of cooperatives) is a controversial but impressive proof-of-concept that worker cooperatives can do everything the vampiric large-scale, capital intensive firms can, but better.

Today, worker co-ops have immense economic impact but unrecognized political clout. The above figures don’t account for cooperatives outside of the US, either. Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Corporate Capitalism As a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege. Republished from mutualist.org By Kevin A. Carson INTRODUCTION. Manorialism, commonly, is recognized to have been founded by robbery and usurpation; a ruling class established itself by force, and then compelled the peasantry to work for the profit of their lords.

But no system of exploitation, including capitalism, has ever been created by the action of a free market. Capitalism was founded on an act of robbery as massive as feudalism. Listen to this Essay in Audio Form: The current structure of capital ownership and organization of production in our so-called "market" economy, reflects coercive state intervention prior to and extraneous to the market. Most such intervention is tacitly assumed by mainstream right-libertarians as part of a "market" system. But genuine markets have a value for the libertarian left, and we shouldn't concede the term to our enemies.

For capitalism as we know it to come about, it was essential first of all for labor to be separated from property. J. Lucifer. "Masonry is not a religion. He who makes of it a religious belief, falsifies and denaturalizes it. "Albert Pike (1809-1891); "Morals and Dogma (p. 161) Few quotes in the history of mankind have attracted the attention of so many as the quote from Pike's Morals & Dogma which reads: "Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! " Three sentences (of which two are actually exclamations), taken from a book of 861 pages with a 216 page index. Let's step back a bit before the more complete story. Robinson writes: Albert Pike and the Morning Star "ALBERT PIKE (1809-91) was a lawyer, a poet, a prolific writer, a general in the army of the Confederate States of America, and a Freemason.

"Fundamentalist anti-Masons love to condemn all Freemasonry based on the writings and philosophy of Albert Pike. "Pike's passion - perhaps obsession - was that all men should seek knowledge, or "light. " Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion. Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview (2013) 20 Big Ideas for Creating a Democratized Economy. Republished from itsoureconomy.us By It's Our Economy The economic collapse of 2008 came at the end of three decades of stagnant wages that resulted in record household debt and made it apparent that the economy does not work for most Americans. Even during the collapse the rich got richer and the poor got poorer as trillions of dollars were transferred from the Treasury and the Federal Reserve to the economic elite who were most at fault for the financial collapse.

At the same time working Americans saw jobs disappearing, hours reduced, salaries shrinking and more under-employment. They also saw their retirement savings disappear, 5 million foreclosures, record bankruptcies, record poverty and shrinking housing values. The cost of everything from health care, to food to energy kept rising while incomes fell. This long term decline of the American economy creates an urgent need to rethink its direction.

New, Efficient, Clean Energy Economy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. TEDxOjai - Peter Joseph: The Big Question. Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure. Republished from ishmael.org By Daniel Quinn Closing In on the Problem I heard this, naturally, from my grandfather, he from his grandfather, he from his own grandfather, and so on, back many hundreds of years. That means this tale is very old. But it won't disappear, because I offer it to my children, and my children will tell it to their children, and so on. A fable to start with Once upon a time life evolved on a certain planet, bringing forth many different social organizations—packs, pods, flocks, troops, herds, and so on. "This isn't working," the masses said. "If we can't go back," the masses said, "then let's go forward—on to something different.

" "That can't be done," the ruler said, "because nothing different is possible. "But no invention is ever unsurpassable. "I don't know why it's different," the ruler said, "It just is. " But the masses didn't believe this—and neither do I. Buy the Book here or at your local book store. A Manual of Change I might have said, "Isn't it obvious? " 10 Practical Tools for Building a Resilient Local Economy. The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves. “…everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.” —Arthur Young; 1771 Our popular economic wisdom says that capitalism equals freedom and free societies, right? Well, if you ever suspected that the logic is full of shit, then I’d recommend checking a book called The Invention of Capitalism, written by an economic historian named Michael Perelmen, who’s been exiled to Chico State, a redneck college in rural California, for his lack of freemarket friendliness.

And Perelman has been putting his time in exile to damn good use, digging deep into the works and correspondence of Adam Smith and his contemporaries to write a history of the creation of capitalism that goes beyond superficial The Wealth of Nations fairy tale and straight to the source, allowing you to read the early capitalists, economists, philosophers, clergymen and statesmen in their own words. And it ain’t pretty. While another pamphleteer wrote: Want us to stick around? Fixing the Future: Creating Local Jobs and Building Prosperity (2010) Does the Affordable Health Care Act Benefit You? By Dr. Mercola There can be little doubt that we're in a health care crisis of massive proportions. The Affordable Health Care Act is the proposed solution, but to any person aware of the facts, it should be evident that so-called "ObamaCare" is NOT a viable solution.Now that President Obama has won a second term, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in full force.When this act was initially introduced, I described it as a mandatory tax despite the fact this was widely denied.

Now it is widely accepted that the Affordable Health Care Act is indeed a mandatory insurance tax.More importantly though, guaranteed health insurance does NOT equate to guaranteed health care. First of all, one of the key factors is access to health care providers, which is sorely lacking already. Secondly, the Act will promote rather than solve the current problem of wasteful spending. If you didn't already know this, American medical care is the most expensive in the world.

Home - Gary Null - Your Guide To Natural Living. Complexity: It’s not that simple. Complexity theory has been around for a generation now, but most people don’t understand it. I often read or listen to consultants, ‘experts’ and media people who proffer ludicrously simplistic ’solutions’ to complex predicaments. Since it seems most people would prefer things to be simple, these ‘experts’ always seem to have an uncritical audience. Because most of what’s written about complexity theory is dense, academic and/or expensive, I thought I’d try to summarize the key points of complexity theory (focusing on the social/ecological aspects of it, not the mathematical/scientific ones) using lots of examples for clarity, and in a way that might be used practically by those grappling with complex issues and challenges.

Complexity theory argues that simple, complicated, complex and chaotic systems have fundamentally different properties, and therefore different approaches and processes are needed when dealing with issues and challenges in each of these types of systems.

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What is Left Libertarianism? Republished from leftlibertarian.org By leftlibertarian.org Although it's pretty safe to say that no canonical definition of left libertarianism exists, there is a growing consensus around a certain body of concepts, priorities, and attitudes towards the State. Here is a collection of different perspectives from individuals who identify as left libertarian: Jake Freeman Smith Left-libertarianism is a growing tendency amongst certain people identifying as libertarian who challenge many of the prevailing views and attitudes held by most libertarians, particularly those stemming from the unfortunate 20th century alliance with political rightists.

Knee-jerk anti-leftism, apologia for current distributions of wealth, support for big business interests, and a generally atomistic orientation regarding human relations are examples of positions being challenged, if not outright rejected, by left-libertarian thinking. TEDx - Peter Joseph: An Introduction to a Resource-Based Economy.

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