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[A collection of thought-provoking links] The Post-Scarcity Age and the Moneyless Manifesto

From: francesco
Sent on: Friday, November 30, 2012 9:10 PM
Mark Boyle: The Moneyless Manifesto
This book explores why making the transition beyond monetary economics is becoming the zeitgeist of the Occupy generation, and how we can participate in the world’s only booming economy – the gift economy.
Bursting with radical new perspectives on some of the vital, yet often unquestioned, pillars of economic theory and what it really means to be ‘sustainable’ – as well as creative and practical solutions for how we can live more with less the author offers us one of the world’s most thought-provoking voices on economic and ecological ideas.

Advanced Civilisation through 'Post-Scarcity'
The post-scarcity age is an anticipated period where due to advancing technology, efficient use of natural resources and co-operation there should exist a great abundance of the material items that everyone needs, achieved with a minimal impact to the environment. Many fictional visions of post scarcity involve as yet undeveloped technologies, but the reality is that global material abundance can be produced with current technologies. Food is one example, where there is more than enough produced for everyone on the planet, but politics, economics and logistics prevent fair distribution. The bottom line is that in the fundamental resources of this planet there exists many orders of magnitude more energy, raw material and biological resources than humanity requires, it is a matter of developing systems that use and distribute them more efficiently.

Seeds of Freedom
The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It's been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It's time to change the story.

Peace Factory
An inspiring example in a region plagued by continual violence and conflict.

Money, Media and Minds: Coverage or Cover Up?
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, is an analysis of the news media, arguing that the mass media of the United States "are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion". The model seeks to explain how populations are manipulated and how consent for economic, social and political policies is "manufactured" in the public mind due to this propaganda.

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills For Sustainable Living
Reclaim your role as an instrumental agent of positive social change and human evolution.

How to Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Utility companies set to irradiate our homes unless we say no
By the end of the decade, the USA and Europe plan to have installed the so-called ‘intelligent’ wireless transmitters in the majority of households, as part of a ‘smart’ energy grid.  Many have already been installed, though many householders remain unaware of the significant dangers to health and the shortcomings of the technology.

'Respects Your Freedom' hardware product certification
The "Respects Your Freedom" computer hardware product certification program encourages the creation and sale of hardware that will do as much as possible to respect your freedom and your privacy, and will ensure that you have control over your device.

Stop software patents from muscling in on Europe
Originally, most countries did not consider software patentable. Over recent decades, however, corporations and the US Patent Office have gradually worked them into the American legal system by any means possible. Software patents have become a real problem for software developers, because they create land mines for anyone trying to write code, leaving small, creative organizations constantly in fear of litigation by the likes of Microsoft and Apple.

Boycott Sony
Sony is using legal actions to harass and intimidate individuals who are modifying their own PS3 systems.

Paul McCartney's "Glass Walls"
Paul McCartney narrates a powerful documentary about factory farmed animals and how we can help animals and the environment by adopting a plant-based diet.

Project Censored
The expanding police state tops the annual list of stories underreported by the mainstream media.

The Permanent Militarization of America
"Our culture has militarized considerably since Eisenhower’s era, and civilians, not the armed services, have been the principal cause. From lawmakers’ constant use of “support our troops” to justify defense spending, to TV programs and video games like “NCIS,” “Homeland” and “Call of Duty,” to NBC’s shameful and unreal reality show “Stars Earn Stripes,” Americans are subjected to a daily diet of stories that valorize the military while the storytellers pursue their own opportunistic political and commercial agendas".

Please make your own research, share the information and increase our collective awareness.
We shape society and the world, either through our passivity or our active engagement. The choice is ours.


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