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Mitchell S: 10 Problems with Markets

In a time when supposedly nothing is taboo and anything goes and everything is up for re-evaluation, it's as close to an untouchable taboo catechism as there is in current times:  Markets (by which I refer to the formal economic institution of markets) are awesome.  Markets are efficient.  Markets can do no wrong.  Markets are Read more…

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Mitchell S: My Resoc Interview

      1. At a public talk someone asks you, "okay, I understand what          you reject, but I wonder what you are for? What institutions          do you want that you think will be better than what we have,          for the economy, polity, gender, race, ecology, or whatever          you think is central to Read more…

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Mitchell S: From the better-late-than-never department: CAPES and APPS meetup in Austin

I was invited to speak at the 2008 Flow TV conference, where I convened a panel on the U.S. digital television transition.  The Flow TV conference was organized at the University of Texas at Austin, so it also accorded me an opportunity to wear another hat — organizer for CAPES (the Chicago Area Participatory Economics Read more…

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Mitchell S: Celebrate “Real Utopia” at Chicago’s Book Cellar: September 1, 2pm

What: A celebration of the publication of "Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century"   When: Monday, September 1st, starting at 2pm.   Where: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (about a block from the Western station on the CTA Brown Line, near the intersection of Western and Lawrence).   Members of Read more…

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Mitchell S: Peace Activists Stage Dramatic Easter ‘Die-In’ at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral to Protest Anniversary of Iraq War

March 23 – Six members of the anti-war group “Catholic Schoolgirls Against The War” staged a dramatic die-in during the 11AM Easter mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago’s most prominent Catholic parish – and the home of one of the nation’s most conservative church leaders, Cardinal Francis George. The action was staged in the Gold Read more…

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Mitchell S: TV online appearance and TV broadcast appearance

A heads-up for a couple of things: (1) There’s an FCC hearing in Chicago scheduled for next Thursday, September 20. Chicagoans and folks in the midwest U.S. are encouraged to attend. More details are here and here. In anticipation of the hearing, I’ve made this video (my very first YouTube video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvtByjyGRv4 ZNet readers will Read more…

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Mitchell S: Osama bin Laden is evidently reading the Z blog…

Obviously. Because scintillating commentator and analyst David Brooks said so. On the PBS Newshour (well, it IS an hour long, but is it news?), Brooks was talking about the latest videotape by Osama bin Laden, and Brooks said: …I mean, on one hand, he’s a malevolent guy who killed 3,000 Americans. But you read this Read more…

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Mitchell S: Today’s Satire: Spider Pig Buys Out Wall Street Journal

Well, this IS new content, and an idea I’ve been throwing around for a while. And hey, Z does satire every month! Spider Pig Buys Out Wall Street Journal Spider Pig, who does whatever a Spider Pig does, stunned the business world Monday by announcing that it had purchased Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Read more…

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Mitchell S: Vote for Chicago’s “This Is Hell” at Public Radio Quest

Lately, it seems like I’ve been using this blog to promote one or another thing, rather than deliver some semblance of original content. Right you are — though that might change soon and I might get back to posting up original content. Anyway, here’s the latest: VOTING FOR ROUND 3 OF THE PUBLICRADIOQUEST TALENT SEARCH Read more…

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Mitchell S: Radio interview with Michael Albert

Just a quick blog post announcement which would interest ZNet readers. Last month, I interviewed Michael Albert on my weekly radio show in Chicago. We discussed a number of topics raised in his recent book "Remembering Tomorrow". The full audio of the interview is online here for your listening enjoyment. Thanks.

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