General meeting agenda

For the 11/17 general meeting, the education committee is the host. We had three pods:

  • General meeting topics. Got a good idea? Want to see what we’re working on?
  • Periodical Club, Book Club–we are hoping for these to meet quarterly
    • The Periodical Club, also known as the Jacobin Reading Group / Current Affairs Appreciation Society
  •  Infiltrators
    • We need to put together something to help people understand how to deal with right wing infiltrators (such as Project Veritas) or law enforcement
    • National put out a webinar on this

 

Agenda for general meeting pod:

  • We need an antiwar topic. There are a lot of different approaches that could be taken:
    • War is evil and should be avoided at all costs
    • Eg, Salvador Allende in Chile, the only use for a military is to overrule the popular will. If Chile had abolished its military, could there ever have been a coup?
    • US use of drones and cluster bombings throughout Muslim world has created terrorists where previously there had been no terrorists
    • “Democratic socialism” itself is a reaction against revolutionary socialism. Could explore this idea: violence is polarizing, has not been effective
  • With meetings decreasing from every 2 weeks to ever 4 weeks, should education committee take on something else? Eg, a symposium with different speakers on the same topic. Antiwar seems like a perfect fit for this idea

 

 

Topics people are working on:

  •  Taylor
    • Public option for funeral/burial services
  •  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
      • how federal reserve is governed
      • Fed lends money to banks at lower rates than those banks lend to ordinary people. So banks literally cannot lose
      • macroeconomic policy
  • Ian
    • McCarthyism
  • Antiwar–Nick
  • Foxconn–Mary (with race-to-the-bottom policies/Chris)
  • Chris
    • 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
    • Retirement
    • Economics for socialists / famines

Anyone interested in taking these topics?

  • Police abolition. I have some background on a mobile crisis response team
  • Capitalism’s weeping angels. Less than a decade after the banking crisis, the reforms of Dodd-Frank are already getting rolled back
    • https://theintercept.com/2018/08/20/dodd-frank-rollback-banking-bill/
  • Capital strike. Opponents of failed referendum that would have ended the state law that prohibited rent controls basically argued that if they did not get their way, they would stop building housing in order to harm ordinary Californians as well as collapse property taxes, also to harm ordinary Californians. On the very same day that this referendum was defeated, Austin voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum creating a $250 bond for affordable housing. While this bond measure has some serious problems, the comparison is striking: public investment for the public good
    • Background on the referendum: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article213328069.html
    • Very good evidence that rent control would not have affected construction: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/28/will-rent-control-kill-california-housing-production-not-necessarily-data-shows/
    • Austin referendum: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2018/11/07/2018-election-250m-affordable-housing-bond.html
  • Antisemitism
    • https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/11/antisemitism-squirrel-hill-pittsburgh-shooting-racism
    • https://972mag.com/how-the-sjp-taught-me-to-confront-anti-semitism/133572/
    • https://www.thejc.com/culture/features/hunting-communists-they-were-really-after-jews-1.10702
    • https://972mag.com/yes-the-right-of-return-is-feasible-heres-how-it-can-be-done/130560/
    • https://972mag.com/an-alliance-of-hate-the-israeli-rights-ties-to-european-facism/118580/
  • A few topics filed under “selling socialism to small businesses”
    • Entrepreneurship in the Nordic countries
      • http://www.demos.org/blog/2/19/16/david-brooks-incorrect-about-northern-europe
      • http://www.demos.org/blog/3/16/16/nordic-innovation-arguments-never-die
    • Social welfare and entrepreneurship
      • https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/welfare-makes-america-more-entrepreneurial/388598/
  • US at will employment law contrasted with employment law in other countries
  • Professional sports lockouts
  • Long term unemployment
    • https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/the-terrifying-reality-of-long-term-unemployment/274957/
  • A closer look at poverty, unemployment, underemployment, and cost of living.
  • Economics for socialists
    • See here where Amazon’s $15/hour raise was deemed “suicidal” by libertarians: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/bernie-sanders-shows-how-to-do-politics
  • Cooperatives in Italy
    • https://thenextsystem.org/learning-from-emilia-romagna
  • 20 hour work week (capitalism taking from us things other than money)
    • https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/working-hours-vacation-productivity-united-states-nordic

These topics are ready to go:

  • Intellectual property in science/engineering – Chris
  • Capital Strike – Chris