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P2P Provisioning as an Organizing Strategy.

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Preamble (‘Whereas’): People’s daily lives are onerous. I tried to found 2 chapters, one of which reached 14 members and 7 or so meetings, the other just flat on it’s face… In both chapters it wasn’t enough to ask people to be a chapter for the sake of being a chapter, or for helping advance a decision making process, when there was nothing on the horizon for what to decide about. People today are defeatist and cynical, it’s an overarching condition in…

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Unconditional basic income Canada

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Hi IOPSians! Posting a small update and development about the work being done for unconditional basic income in Canada. While the work towards UBI has to be non-partisan, one Liberal Party organizer and grassroots organizer, Jesse Helmer of London, ON, is focused on passing a resolution at the Liberal Party national convention about creating a project to test an approach to basic income in Canada. You can sign your support to the project and learn more about it, or get involved, which would be an…

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Are radical feminists trying to take over the ICC?

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I was shocked today when I read the ICC proposals. Note the part about "large majority women", that goes against the IOPS mission, but is what I have found prevalent is not a desire for gender equality but taking over. I think most IOPS members want a "kinship" that is neither patriarchy nor matriarchy. http://www.iopsociety.org/article/icc-reports "Given the message that we, the International Consultative Committee of IOPS delivered in a blog post (that is visible on the IOPS page - http://www.iopsociety.org/…

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How do we get iops to use Open Source free software - because this non standard shit ain't working

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Micheal Albert is visionary about economics and many other things but one thing he is not considering is that using/believing in free software is somehow anethema to parecon, or that free software peoiple only think of free software to the detriment of parecon. I could say that about any single issue idea such as feminism that his wife loves ardently. The reality is that parecon is inconsistent with copyright and I had to change browsers just to use this broken non-standard code simply to be able…

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How do we get rid of quotas to women?

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Women need no quotas. Women feel too self entitled as it is. Times have changed rapidly because of the internet and so should women. If some women do not want to join iops then that is thier decsion. It shouldn't hold back a revolution, and if it does then there is no chance.

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Schools and Capitalism: The Right Kind of Education

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This is a slightly modified version of a pamphlet providing an overview--not a review--of the book Schooling in Capitalist America. A PDF of the pamphlet is available in the IOPS Resource section. The education writer Alfie Kohn relates a story about school teachers from Florida who, decades ago, visited their Soviet counterparts in the then-USSR to learn from one another and exchange ideas. The Soviet teachers were thoroughly surprised and disappointed by the encounter, as they had hoped…

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IOPS and issue-based movements...

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  I joined the International Organization for a Participatory Society. I don't join organizations lightly. I worked pretty intensely for a couple of years in an organization called the Canada Colombia Solidarity Campaign about ten years ago. I was involved in the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid for a few years. I am in a collective called Pueblos en Camino. And, of course, I have been heavily involved with Z Communications, and in fact, that has probably been my longest- and most intense…

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Can't we all just get along?

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If there are members who have the authority to say what is allowed and what isn't allowed, and if other participants have no say in re-defining the organization's definition, then this is not the orgnization I was hoping it could be. The part I liked best about the mission statement was where it says that IOPS "continually revises shared views in light of new evidence." Apparently this is not the case, or only a select few have the authority to revise and anyone who has other ideas is a dissident.…

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