Notes from 5/22/2018 committee meeting

Topics for the next general meetings:

  • June 2: Chris / Monopoly/Capitalist Superbug
  • June 16: Tom / The Constitution belongs in a museum, not in government
  • June 30: Ian / Supreme Court

Topics ready to go:

  • Intellectual property and science/engineering (Chris)
  • Existing worker codetermination laws (Chris)

Topics people are working on:

  • Andrew
    • Electoral college and gerrymandering
    • YIMBYs and gentrification. Building more housing units does not put downward pressure on prices
  • Tom
    • Public control over finance, directing investment towards projects/firms with the greatest benefit which may not be most profitable
  • Chris
    • Poverty
    • Race to the bottom
    • Housing/predatory lending
    • Housing/redlining
    • Nationalizing companies
    • Meidner plan
    • How the public sector funds vast majority of R&D
    • Full employment
  • McCarthyism–Ian
  • Antiwar–Nick
  • Foxconn–Mary (with race-to-the-bottom policies/Chris)

Future ideas for topics. Anyone interested in any of these?

  • A few topics filed under “selling socialism to small businesses”
    • Lobster licenses in Maine
      • Legally, only small businesses can apply for license to harvest lobsters, so all Maine lobster firms are small family-run businesses. Democratic socialism means democratic control over the economy; if we value small enterprises, then a our economic system should be set up to accordingly. Strengths and weaknesses of encouraging small businesses in this way.
    • Entrepreneurship in the Nordic countries
    • Social welfare and entrepreneurship
  • US at will employment law contrasted with employment law in other countries
  • Professional sports lockouts
  • Long term unemployment
  • A closer look at poverty, unemployment, underemployment, and cost of living.

Next meeting:

  • Public option for funeral/burial services / Taylor
  • We need to return to the capital strike