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Participatory: questioning & reciprocity

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“See, I believe in elementary moral principles, namely, if we apply some standard to someone else, we apply it to ourselves.” Noam Chomsky, 2002 Inspired by the word “Participatory” and a few dialogs that seemed promising,  I’ve made some attempts to participate in IOPS. I don’t think this the right place for someone who wants to explore what it means to participate as I keep getting referred to the founding documents with questions like “Have you really…

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Thoughts and Deeds 1: Revolution

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I had the pleasure to interview Michael Albert, radical activist and co-founder of Z Communications & Z Magazine, co-founder of South End Press, and co-author of several books on all kinds of topics, most notably “ParEcon: Life after Capitalism” and “Remembering Tomorrow,” two personal favorites of mine. The interview occurred in late June, 2014. This is the first of five parts. It deals mostly with what is revolution, and what being a revolutionary entails. As to…

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Live Talk On the Proposed Decision Making Structure

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Weekly Sunday chat, (July 6th 5PM UTC)  This Discussion will be on the Proposed Decision Making Structure, ideas to and from, for and against, discussion surrounding it all. Please refer to Daniel de Klerk's blog "A Proposed Model for Participatory Decision Making within IOPS". We will consider its benefits, impact, consequences and potential implementation. We have been able to hold several talks so far with wonderful participation, I hope you can make it out this sunday. This weeks talk is…

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Authoritarianism

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  If we see ourselves as the savages we are, some improvement is possible, or at least thinkable. -George Orwell   Dear All, Inspired by the possibility of a participatory society, I've been deeply drawn to IOPS, but unfortunately generally encounter (with the exception of a few) a narrow mindset that continuously refers to the documents and agreement of the terms and conditions (commitment to the documents.) It seems this may not be the right millieu for someone who wishes to question…

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Why Communism?

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There can be a million reasons for supporting an ideology. And millions of personalities have thought in many different ways for which we should go left-wing.Today,I am going to post something very radical - the reasons which are supportive of Communism.For supporting Communism/being a communist (both have a lot of differences),you don't need to memorise the Communist Manifesto.You have to know if you are Leninist/Maoist/Marxist.In case you believe in Marxism,you should be aware of the basic…

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A proposed model for participatory decision making within IOPS

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In the last live talk we discussed the topic of how to approach organizing with decision making on the basis of participation in process. There the concern was raised how the current mode of operation somewhat detracts from participation because people seem to object to the content of the polls used to either make decisions so far or to gain insight into their thought (words like rigid or lacking in any real reflection of our the general consensus). Seeing how we've more or less been trying to find…

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IOPS Website Activity In Numbers

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I was curious about what the 3544 figure actually means in terms of activity on this website, so I gathered some stats by scraping the site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_scraping). They are certainly not precise, but they give an overall idea. The figures are based on the numbers of comments to blog posts and posts in forum discussions, project-specific activity and event-postings are not taken into account. Posts from (some of the?) accounts with now deactivated profiles don't display any name,…

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Ditch the Internationale - Re-evaluating IOPS

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Just a couple of thoughts to throw into the IOPS re-evaluation mix after the predictable failure of the 12 June deadline. I think we need to move beyond just asking ourselves very restricted organizational questions as those in the latest poll, and begin a more serious re-evaluation, for example of some key assumptions. 1. One of the key assumptions behind the founding of interim IOPS (and continuing in many discussions even now despite everything) seems to be that of IOPS becoming some sort of…

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