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Your invitation is here. The above invitation is from me, as the founder and CEO (i.e. nobody in particular) Imagine it coming from someone with a profile like Noam Chomsky or Danny Glover (as Global Ambassador), who has the potential to unite the activist movement behind a single initiative that can actually bring about real change. This project is now at a stage where we need to reach out more broadly and I was delighted to come across IOPS and have added it as a new project entitled: People-first…

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Dabimbaboo

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L'économie-politique actuelle se caractérise, entre autres, par : - un dilemme inévitable dû au degré de complexité de nos sociétés : toute représentation intellectuelle est totalitaire et univoque. Or, l'expérience vient immanquablement contrarier, par l’enquête pragmatiste, cette interprétation en proposant des données nouvelles. C'est la raison de l'effondrement de tous les systèmes de mise…

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Thoughts on Reversing Global Warming

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  Hiya, I relatively recently submitted this to an essay writing contest on global warming, and thought I'd share my entry here. It's short, and I tried to incorporate a bunch of ideas and tendencies I align with, like libertarian municpalism, Peak Oil, animal liberation, etc.Mainstream discourse over global warming, and climate change more broadly, has largely remained on the surface, doing little but set back minimally the pace of its threats to everyone’s well-being and the continuation…

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Why we should go on with IOPS

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not doing well. Although new members keep coming in, the activity level here is close to absolute zero. So a natural question is, Why bother? Why not simply admit that IOPS is a failure and give up?  The essence of my argument for not giving up is that “something like IOPS” is needed, and that there is currently no alternative. I do not feel a particular loyalty to IOPS as an organization, and if I see a better alternative I’ll be happy to jump ship,…

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Dialogue on Trump

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[Another blog for the great roaring void that is IOPS and its four or five readers. This is a response to an email I got the other day about Trump from a friend of mine who is, or was, a progressive, now retired academic specializing in public health. My friend’s quoted arguments have been extracted and numbered by me. I thought the exchange perhaps of more general interest.] 1. “So much of the anti-Trump tirades distracts attention from the systemic problems, making him out to be some…

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Proposed tactics for a participatory economy

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I have now posted an e-book that I published five years ago which discusses using participatory economics as a lynchpin for activism organizing.  One of the chapters of that book discusses possible tactics for winning such an economy.  I am posting the contents of that chapter here, for consideration and discussion. Perhaps the best way, and seemingly the hardest way to win adherents, is to ultimately show not only how [participatory economics] works but that it works -- demonstrate the…

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