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Mitchell S: Fiction and making activist vision tangible

I recently learned the importance in the history of Poland of the writer Adam Mickiewicz — whose 19th-century writings about a then-hypothetical Polish nation-state helped inspire the work which eventually would lead to the modern nation-state of Poland. That kind of makes sense, I suppose. It can be hard to get most people to rally Read more…

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Mitchell S: Activists Must Be Amphibians: A Review of Derek Wall’s Babylon and Beyond

It’s cool when you first hear about a book when you get an email from the author who emails you out of nowhere to tell you about the book. It’s much cooler that the book in question kicks ass. The book in question is "Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Read more…

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Mitchell S: Update about media policy in the U.S.

The fight for the future of media policy in the United States rages on. One controversial bill, the dreaded COPE Act, was unfortunately approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 8. Companion legislation is currently being considered in the Senate, and is facing a possible vote tomorrow, June 27. Below is an appeal Read more…

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Mitchell S: Solidarity Poker

Technorati Profile I understand that there are folks out there who are playing with Chicago Parecon Poker. This is cool. However, the rules I posted earlier are a bit out of date. The game has undergone some revisions, and even a name change. Per a suggestion from a member of CAPES, the game is now Read more…

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Mitchell S: Blog like there’s no tomorrow, because tomorrow you might not be able to…

It’s like the post in the supposedly satirical newspaper, The Onion: Terrifying Bill Passed During NBA Playoffs Last night, June 8, 2006, we saw Game One of the 2006 NBA finals. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to kill the internet. No exaggeration. The bill in question, the COPE Act (aptly named, since we’re Read more…

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Mitchell S: Isn’t this like Henry Kissinger winning the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Webby Awards (or "Webbies" for short) have been regarded as the Academy Awards of the internet. The premiere websites in the world vie for the prestigious honor in a host of categories. Interestingly, the Webbies have a category dedicated to Activism. Past nominees include two Independent Media Centers (Indybay and Global IMC), the Human Read more…

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Mitchell S: Who has time to blog? I’m too busy saving the internet!

In 2003, the Federal Communications Commission tried to implement a series of controversial media ownership rule changes, which would have put on steroids the hideous media concentration present in the United States and have made the rotten U.S. media environment we endure far worse. There were considerable forces aligned to make sure the rule changes Read more…

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Mitchell S: The Chicago School of Participatory Economics

I should have posted this earlier, but I might as well post this now. Last October, the Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society, of which I’m a part, held a teach-in at the University of Chicago about participatory economics. The event, entitled "The Chicago School of Participatory Economics", and which included parecon-coinventor Robin Hahnel as the Read more…

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Mitchell S: Why I Will Blog

Nearly four years ago, I wrote an article in which I boasted that I Will Not Blog, and explained my own rationale for not doing so. I have to admit that I’ve reconsidered the matter some in the intervening four years, and though some of the philosophical points about the weaknesses of blogs and blogging Read more…

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