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Mitchell S: An audacious proposal to advance a participatory economy: Start one

I had an idea for a tactic to proceed our economy. Why not just go ahead and start a participatory economy? Some might react by saying "We already have projects like Z Magazine and South End Press which already are starting". I know that, but that’s not what I had in mind. But start building Read more…

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Mitchell S: This is what international protest looks like

From the Department of Neato: This map shows the distribution of the 15.9 million people worldwide who protested against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by troops from over 25 other territories, including from the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Poland. There was an international response to this international war…[The] territory size Read more…

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Mitchell S: Ruling Expected in Chicago Activist’s Freedom of Speech Appeal

From an article I posted on Chicago Indymedia: Freedom-of-speech advocates and political activists are expecting a verdict this week in the case of a Chicago political activist who was arrested at a political rally for openly questioning police orders. Betty Resnikoff, a Chicago political activist, took part in a counterprotest in July 2006 near a Read more…

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Mitchell S: The Chicago Parecon Debate of February 10, 2007 is now online

This is just a quick announcement. The complete audio of the Feb. 10 Chicago Parecon debate at the offices of In These Times, and hosted by the Open University of the Left, is now online. The audio has been divided into six MP3 files, each about a half-hour in length, and can be downloaded from Read more…

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Mitchell S: The Chicago Parecon Debate of February 10, 2007: My thoughts

(Note: The opinions expressed in what’s to follow are solely those of its author, Mitchell Szczepanczyk, and do not necessarily reflect those of members of CAPES — the Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society — nor of the organization as a whole.) On February 10, 2007, the offices of In These Times magazine played host to Read more…

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Mitchell S: An event with (against?) Schweickart this weekend…

A heads-up for ZNet readers: I’m going to be participating in an event in Chicago this Saturday with David Schweickart. Yes, that David Schweickart. Details are below. We hope to have the audio (and video?) posted and available sometime after the event. I may also post my thoughts about how the event went on this Read more…

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Mitchell S: Touched down in the land of the delta blues: My take on the National Conferenece for Media Reform in Memphis

Until last weekend. Memphis had been the city I most wanted to visit but hadn’t yet visited. (I personally credit Marc Cohn.) So, when the 2007 National Conference for Media Reform took place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, hot damn! I got to Memphis a day before the conference to do the tourist Read more…

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Mitchell S: On the death of Gerald R. Ford

The story is breaking with the announcement swallowing U.S. cable television as I type these words: Gerald R. Ford, former U.S. president, has died at the age of 93. Ford will be buried in a locale about 12 city blocks away from where I type these words — a burial plot (which I first visited Read more…

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Mitchell S: Review of the book “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” by Joel Bakan

(Please note that this review is about the book The Corporation, the companion to the film of the same name, and not the fiim itself.) I find myself with mixed feelings about The Corporation: the book by Joel Bakan. On the one hand, I rank the book as one of the most readable and useful Read more…

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Mitchell S: Good news and bad news in the U.S. media policy struggles

The good news, as the Save The Internet coalition reports: The gavel has fallen on the 109th Congress marking the demise of entrenched corporate efforts to legislate away our Internet freedoms — and a stunning victory for real people who want to retain control of the Internet. The fate of Net Neutrality has now been Read more…

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