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IOPS was founded in the belief that serious organizational decisions must “await more members, more experience with chapters and program”, and a “methodology suited to self- management” that would be established by a founding convention. In the interim, the “Interim Consultative Committee” (ICC) would make, or guide, all decisions that, in their view, needed to be made in the interim phase [1]. Subsequently, we, the membership, with the guidance of the ICC, quantified…

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European Days of Action

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IOPS Dublin and IOPS Vienna have joined forces with social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members, unionists and many others in order to organize a series of decentralized actions all over Europe, starting on 15 May, the anniversary of the Spanish 15-M Movement, and ending on 25 May, the end of the elections to the European Parliament. Our common theme is Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from Below, which involves the following…

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Unconditional Basic Income – IOPS Austria calls on other IOPS members and chapters to reflect on a “beautiful and simple idea”

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We, the members of IOPS Austria, have recently organised talks and discussions on the idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI). We think that the idea fits very well with IOPS' mission and vision. Therefore we decided to support the demand of the European Citizens' Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income (http://basicincome2013.eu/): This initiative is “asking the Commission, to encourage cooperation between the Member States (according to Art 156 TFEU) aiming to explore the Unconditional…

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Report from IOPS Austria

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IOPS Austria was founded on 16 February 2012. We had our first face to face meeting on 24 April 2012. Since then we had 37 meetings overall, which means we had roughly one meeting every two weeks. By now IOPS Austria has 13 members registered on the website. Those members are involved in varying degrees. 6 of them are participating in pretty much every activity we have, 3 participate occasionally and 4 are only registered on the website so far (3 members have already left because of leaving Austria…

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Contract and Community as Concepts for Thinking about Parecon and Communism

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In this blog post I argue that in conversations about economic visions (among people who are serious about getting rid of private property, markets and the state) it might be helpful to think about parecon as a vision in terms of contract and about communism as a vision in terms of community. Viewed like this, different kinds of visions are useful in different situations. My argument is based on theoretical concepts from economic anthropology and on insights from practical experience in a solidarity…

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"Rasse" und Geschlecht

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Beim letzten Treffen ist ja die Frage aufgekommen, ob und warum sowohl "Rasse" und "Geschlecht" in den Punkten "Aufgaben" und "Struktur und Programm" unter Anführungszeichen gesetzt werden sollen, oder ob und warum nur "Rasse", nicht aber Geschlecht, unter Anführungszeichen gesetzt werden soll. Meine Position, nämlich "Rasse" unter Anführungszeichen zu setzen, nicht aber Geschlecht, teilt zum Großteil die kritisch realistische Perspektive von Caroline New in dem Artikel…

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An Organizer's Dilemma

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I'm sure there are many people here who have much more experience with organizing than I do. If anyone of you could share some experiences or thoughts on this I would be very thankful. My general approach to organizing is that I don't try to sell anything, or to convince anyone in that sense. I wouldn't want anyone to approach me like that, so I'm not going to do it myself. The way I approach people is by asking them how their situation is, what their problems are and which goals they want to achieve.…

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