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What is P2P? An Introduction | Commons Transition. “We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values” What would a post capitalist economy look like? Julie Tran from Makechange TV interviews Michel Bauwens to inquire on the particulars of P2P or “Peer to Peer” philosophy. Bauwens gives clear, direct answers to questions such as: “What is a P2P economy?” To round out the video, we also include a short text below, written by Bauwens for Open Thoughts dealing with value, sustainable commons-based production and how P2P works within society.

Image by Open Source Embroidery Our current political economy has the weirdest DNA. «Global open communities can outcooperate and outcompete single corporations, as no isolated can be smarter than a globally networked collective intelligence» Advertising & the Perfect Storm - Sut Jhally. There's no need for all this economic sadomasochism | David Graeber.

The intellectual justification for austerity lies in ruins. It turns out that Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, who originally framed the argument that too high a "debt-to-GDP ratio" will always, necessarily, lead to economic contraction – and who had aggressively promoted it during Rogoff's tenure as chief economist for the IMF –, had based their entire argument on a spreadsheet error. The premise behind the cuts turns out to be faulty. There is now no definite proof that high levels of debt necessarily lead to recession. Will we, then, see a reversal of policy? A sea of mea culpas from politicians who have spent the last few years telling disabled pensioners to give up their bus passes and poor students to forgo college, all on the basis of a mistake? The morality of debt has proved spectacularly good politics. Why is Japan not in the same situation as Spain or Italy?

Why has this plan not been adopted? 28-year old PhD student debunks the most influential austerity study. Social and Cultural Capital in Creativity. Wealth Inequality in America. The Wrong Economic Prescriptions: Deeper Austerity as a “Solution” to Austerity. Leeches could also be used in bloodletting.

The withdrawal of so much blood as to induce syncope (fainting) was considered beneficial, and many sessions would only end when the patient began to swoon. As the economy shows signs of recession, the leeches return. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have issued a new report calling for even deeper austerity. It is not what the economy needs as it stagnates and sputters toward a possible new collapse. Their report combined with President Obama’s State of the Union, the sequestration and Republican dogma are all combining to bring on another round of budget cuts, which will only make recession more likely. It is important to put the current economic debate in context. Dr. “Nearly the entire European Union, including its core economies of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are all now clearly mired in recession.

Dr. Multiple commentators have noted President Obama’s sly language on Medicare cuts and his silence on protecting Social Security. A Lucid New Primer on the Collaborative Economy. For anyone scratching their head about how to understand the deeper social and economic dynamics of online networks, a terrific new report has been released by Michel Bauwens called Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy.

Michel, who directs the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives and works with me at the Commons Strategies Group, is a leading thinker and curator of developments in the emerging P2P economy. The report was prepared for Orange Labs, a division of the French telecom company, as a comprehensive survey and analysis of new forms of collaborative production on the Internet. The report is a massive 346 pages (downloadable as a pdf file under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license) and contains 543 footnotes.

But it is entirely clear and accessible to non-techies. Two paragraphs from the Introduction give a nice overview: Two main agents of transformation guide this work. One is the emergence of community dynamics as an essential ingredient of doing business. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions. John Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man–a highly paid professional who cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. 20 years ago Perkins began writing a book with the working title, "Conscience of an Economic Hit Men.

" Perkins writes, "The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits–Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in. John Perkins goes on to write: "I was persuaded to stop writing that book. But now Perkins has finally published his story. Oliver Stone Tears Apart Obama's Empire. Stéphane Hessel. Former GOP Strategist Kevin Phillips on the Roots of American Revolution and Future of US Politics.

With the Republican Party in a state of turmoil following Mitt Romney’s loss three weeks ago, we begin today’s show with a guest who was once one of the most influential Republican strategists. In 1969 Kevin Phillips wrote the groundbreaking book, "The Emerging Republican Majority. " Newsweek described the book as the “political bible of the Nixon administration.”

After a series of best-selling books on the Bush family, Wall Street and the American theocracy, Phillips is looking back at the roots of the American Revolution in his new book, "1775: A Good Year for Revolution.” “What happened that set the United States in motion in the mid 1770s is still relevant in some ways because what it showed was that you sometimes have to have a lot of very disagreeable politics to make progress. Well, he is just out with a new book. KEVIN PHILLIPS: Nice to be here. AMY GOODMAN: So, Kevin, it’s great to have you back. SEAN HANNITY: So what is your sense of the evening? So why did I write this book? Why So Secretive? The Trans-Pacific Partnership as Global Coup. A summit with leaders of the member states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) in November, 2010. (Photo: Gobierno de Chile) The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most secretive and “least transparent” trade negotiations in history.

Luckily for the populations and societies that will be affected by the agreement, there are public research organizations and alternative media outlets campaigning against it – and they’ve even released several leaks of draft agreement chapters. From these leaks, which are not covered by mainstream corporate-controlled news outlets, we are able to get a better understanding of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership actually encompasses. For example, public interest groups have been warning that the TPP could result in millions of lost jobs. In other words, as promised, the TPP goes far beyond “trade.” The TPP allows the corporations to directly sue the government in question. As U.S. So, why all the secrecy? Zbigniew Brzezinski Still Admits The Global Political Awakening Proving Very Difficult For The Elite.

Election maps. Email: Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the maps. I've received so much email that I may not be able to reply to everyone, but I much appreciate all your comments and suggestions. Many of the things people have been asking about are answered in this list of frequently asked questions. Election results by state Most of us are, by now, familiar with the maps the TV channels and web sites use to show the results of presidential elections. Click on any of the maps for a larger picture The states are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, or the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, respectively. We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. Here are the 2012 presidential election results on a population cartogram of this type: This cartogram looks similar to the one above it, but it's not identical.

Election results by county. Obama and progressives: what will liberals do with their big election victory? | Glenn Greenwald. (updated below) The greatest and most enduring significance of Tuesday night's election results will likely not be the re-election of Barack Obama, but rather what the outcome reflects about the American electorate.

It was not merely Democrats, but liberalism, which was triumphant. To begin with, it is hard to overstate just how crippled America's right-wing is. Although it was masked by their aberrational win in 2010, the GOP has now been not merely defeated, but crushed, in three out of the last four elections: in 2006 (when they lost control of the House and Senate), 2008 (when Obama won easily and Democrats expanded their margins of control), and now 2012. Meanwhile, new laws to legalize both same-sex marriage and marijuana use were enacted in multiple states with little controversy, an unthinkable result even a few years ago, while Obama's late-term embrace of same-sex marriage seems to have resulted only in political benefit with no political harm.

And so it goes. TEDxBerlin - Bernard Lietaer - 11/30/09. Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama - Conor Friedersdorf. The case against casting a ballot for the president -- even if you think he's better than Mitt Romney Reuters Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand.

But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney's flaws, which I've chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama. Don't they see that Obama's transgressions are worse than any I've mentioned? I don't see how anyone who confronts Obama's record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. Nope. There are folks on the left who feel that way, of course. I ended the post with a one-line dig at the Democratic Party. Let me explain how. If not? Spain Protesters Encircle Parliament. Why We’re All Going To Die. “Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”- John F. Kennedy The only way out is through. Global society is dependent on artificially inflated energy resources—i.e. oil—that are directly leading us toward total collapse. Technology is being used to most efficiently maximize wealth of the largest corporate conglomerates at the expense of the social fabric and a living environment.

The biosphere is in fact collapsing. The technology exists to solve our technical problems but the solutions do not seem like they will be effectively put to use. The power structures concentrating money off the status quo are too entrenched. ‘The problem that confronts us is that every living system in the biosphere is in decline and the rate of decline is accelerating.

Given the state of the world it seems increasingly clear that radical change is necessary to avert catastrophe. Serious progress is being stymied by short-sighted oligarchic money power. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Big, Fat Lie Behind Romney's Absurd 47% Argument. Map of the US showing states where the number of electoral votes is uncertain and where the presidential election could be won or lost. September 19, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Mitt Romney's narrative -- long-popular among right-wing bloggers and talk-radio squawkers -- that 47 percent of households pay no federal income taxes and 53 percent do is the least honest, least factual talking point to ever be taken seriously in our political discourse for a number of reasons. According to studies by the Tax Policy Center, six in 10 households that pay no income taxes are working families having a tough year or two.

In other words, these are not discrete groups. There is also very little significance whatsoever to the fact that 46 percent pay no federal income taxes, which represent only about a fifth of the taxes collected in this country. Who else doesn't pay federal income taxes? We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew. The data continue to roll in, and they are telling us we are in the process of bringing an end to the world we evolved in, and creating a new, harsher world. We will be forced to devote more and more of our resources trying to adapt to this new world, and less on development. While politicians fiddle, the world burns. While the press plays he-said, she-said, the ice melts, the seas rise. In 1990 we could have averted this disaster and saved money doing it.

As late as 2010 we still had a shot at avoiding it. But now, the die is cast, the future foretold. What follows will be an epilogue to civilization, as we knew it. Hyperbole? Arctic sea ice hits lowest extent ever measured (and it’s still melting) – check. Hottest winter, spring, summer, year, decade ever measured – check. Most extensive drought in 50 fifty years, and getting worse – check. Worst floods in recorded history – check. Hottest seas in eons – check. Most acidic oceans ever measured – check. And no, that’s not hyperbole, either. Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil. Corporations are primarily intellectual property rentiers. Gavin Mueller has a great article in the summer issue of Jacobin Magazine about piracy, and at one point drops this jaw-dropping statistic: “Intellectual property makes up 80 percent of the net worth of US corporations and 60 percent of their exports.”

I ran the statistic down and found that it apparently originated from an FTC report called The Evolving IP Marketplace. This is an incredible statistic for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is that it strikes at the core of American economic mythology. We like to think of the US economy as one driven by private enterprise that is independent of government help. Leftists often point out that the independence from government is an illusion: government investment plays a significant role in the economy and, more fundamentally, property ownership and contract enforcement are government creations. Laurie Penny: It's not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism - Commentators - Opinion. Once, right-wing thugs only came out to attack immigrants at night. Now they do so in daylight, unafraid of the consequences because there rarely are any.

In recent weeks, the number and severity of the attacks have increased – on 12 August, a 19-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker was fatally stabbed by a gang on motorcycles just streets away from the Greek parliament – and if migrants report attacks to police, they risk being arrested. Not only are crimes against immigrants in Greece considered low priority, much of Golden Dawn's support base comes from police ranks. Exit polls in the May 2012 elections suggested that in some urban districts up to 50 per cent of Greek police voted for the racist group, which now holds 7 per cent of the seats in parliament.

The stabbings, beatings and motorbike attacks have become so routine that in many parts of the capital, immigrants are afraid to go out alone. Turning a blind eye would be bad enough. The Five Big Misrepresentations Of Paul Ryan's Convention Speech. Italy elects first transhumanist MP. Truthout Interviews Chris Hedges About Why Revolt Is All We Have Left. Shhhh… It’s Even Worse Than The Great Depression. Why Industrial Capitalism is Useful. Wheels Down on Mars. Now It's Time to Reinvent America, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson | Think Tank. Bill McKibben’s New Article Is Terrifying. Anarchism in everyday life? : Anarchism. Cascadia Rising -- News & Features. Business - Derek Thompson - The Economic History of the Last 2000 Years: Part II.

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