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Murder of Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh

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In recent times,the fundamentalist activities in India,under the cover of the gradually rising saffron wave of Hindu nationalism has been rising all over the country.Beginning from "disappearances" of students belonging to minority communities to the banning of production and enterprise of beef,the legalization of marital rape and demonetisation,the entire land is in turmoil.We want to internationally connect to all authors who can come up and spread this message as far and wide as possible.It's…

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COMMONS TRANSITION (SOME PEER2PEER SHIT)

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  WHAT IS COMMONS TRANSITION? A special introduction by Michel Bauwens and John Restakis   When the administration of Rafael Correa was swept into power in 2006, it appeared as though a new political page had been turned in Ecuador. A Citizen’s Revolution that had mobilized broad swathes of the Ecuadorian public, in particular the country’s indigenous peoples, had galvanized the country around a radical set of political, social, economic, and environmental values that set the…

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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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It’s “Deep State” Time Again

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By Fred Nagel, April 21, 2017 Whenever there are obvious conflicts within the ruling class, the concept of a Deep State is brought out to explain why our government seems to be coming apart at the seams. When the tired rhetoric of our two party system can’t bring us to a satisfying catharsis, there is always the deus ex machina of grand conspiracies and hidden rulers. The actual nature of our oppression, however, has been in plain sight for decades, although assiduously avoided by much…

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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Music.

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"By itself, free playing does not directly require practice and study, which when self-constructed provides the seedbed for exploration and change. Practice is associated with what most of us remember from study: repetition aimed at perfection, essential for a music where one will be punished for mistakes. For many, free playing is a release from that disciplinary system. The career orientation encourages practice to keep one's chops and bag of tricks competitive. As free improv has increasingly…

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