August 2012

URUGUAY: Jornada artística Zeitgeist 2012

URUGUAY: Jornada artística Zeitgeist 2012

“Human capacity for attention is limited.
It must be ceaselessly stimulated,
spurred on by provocation”

- Albert Camus

On Saturday August 4th, the second edition of the Zeitgeist Media Festival was held at the Carlos Martinez Moreno Cultural Center in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Those of us working for social change, although we often have similar goals, tend to forget that there are many people out there who also criticize the current system and propose new ways of living and thinking. Artists, for instance, vividly capture the injustice and inequality of the system we live in, and are able to criticize it in a more creative and provocative way than most can.

Beyond Money: Notes on Neoliberalism and its Alternative

Beyond Money: Notes on Neoliberalism and its Alternative

In our modern world of reality television, smartphones, and Wal-Mart, it is easy for one to forget that there is a network of influences and power structures that direct the course of our daily lives as individuals and as a society.

Seeing the positives from the negatives

Seeing the positives from the negatives

A month ago I attended the wedding of a close friend of mine. It was a beautiful, non-religious ceremony and a fantastic time was had by most during the following reception. During the reception I began a conversation with one of the bride's close friends from her university days.

Banking System - Fractional Reserves

Banking System - Fractional Reserves

I am a citizen of the Czech Republic, in the so called “Heart of Europe”, a neighbor of Germany, part of the European Union. We still have our own currency – Czech Crown (Koruna Česká) – but our banking system is similar to the USA Federal Reserve System, although we have only one Central Bank – the Czech National Bank (CNB). I hope that this will prove better for understanding as it is not so complex, but still uses the same mechanisms.

RBE Alternatives to Controversial Social/Political Issues

RBE Alternatives to Controversial Social/Political Issues

I've been seeing a lot of gun control debates springing up like weeds on Facebook over the past 12 hours, and it's no surprise that all of them are a result of the Colorado Batman movie shooting that happened last night.

The System is Clearly a Joke

The System is Clearly a Joke

We've got a terrible economic situation and it’s getting worse. But why is this? And what will it mean for, say, the UK's jobs market, industry, education, and society as a whole?

My prognosis is that the economic situation will lead to an even greater scarcity of jobs in the future as the debt game trundles on. We'll see more social division, patriotism and nationalism emerge as individuals - in this case, British citizens - move toward a protectionist mentality, perceiving that they have more of a 'right' to take a job above non-British citizens.