The Supreme Court has no place in a democracy

Readings: https://blogs.findlaw.com/supreme_court/2015/10/13-worst-supreme-court-decisions-of-all-time.html https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/06/waiting-for-scotus/ https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/court-packing-is-necessary There has rightly been enormous outcry over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He was been credibly accused of sexual assault and lied about it repeatedly under oath. His right wing views will allow conservatives on the bench to inflict incredible suffering on ordinary people, unchecked for decades. While […]

Notes from September 19 committee meeting

Chris posted agenda without a label, so nobody was actually able to see the agenda. Sorry everyone. Discussed several topics: Tom prepared an extensive outline about socialist policies and quality of life in Costa Rica. Topic was finalized. New capital strike topic on Seattle’s “Amazon tax” was finalized Topic on Supreme Court was finalized Discussed […]

Committee meeting agenda, September 19

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 […]

Poverty

Readings: http://peoplespolicyproject.org/2017/09/12/who-was-in-poverty-in-2016/ http://www.demos.org/blog/12/2/15/why-education-does-not-fix-poverty Today’s topic is on poverty. Poverty is actually an extremely simple issue. In the reading for today, this was shown very compellingly in graphs. If you have a smartphone handy, you can take a look. First, nearly half of all Americans had no income whatsoever. This might seem to be impossible–how can […]

Codetermination

Readings: https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/2017/09/08/models-for-worker-codetermination-in-europe/ https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/08/some-illuminating-reactions-to-elizabeth-warrens-worker-rights-plan This topic had been on the schedule for today for some time, and, coincidentally Elizabeth Warren released a codetermination bill last week. Codetermination laws are very common in the developed world. A corporation is a creation of law; there’s nothing special or sacred about any of it. For example, American corporate law specifies […]

Is lobster fishing in Maine an example of democratic socialism?

Readings: http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/blog/2016/09/02/maines-rules-keep-lobster-industry-sustainable/ Only the section “Management of the Maine Lobster Fishery”: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19425120.2014.984086 https://www.pressherald.com/2011/08/14/so-you-want-to-be-a-lobsterman_2011-08-14/   Our topic today is lobster fishing in Maine. Fundamentally, socialism is about democracy and workers being in control of their own working conditions. Small businesses give workers control over their own working conditions because they are both the worker and the owner […]

Prison abolition

Readings: https://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5845484/prisons-are-terrible-and-there-is-finally-a-way-to-get-rid-of-them https://www.ttbook.org/interview/norways-unusual-approach-imprisonment https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/03/mass-incarceration-war-on-drugs/ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/the-leader-of-the-unfree-world/374348/ Today’s topic is prison abolition Prisons are totally inhumane, full of terror, assault, sexual assault, and even murder. They are torture. We believe in universal human rights, and it is barbaric for us to put anyone in prison. Our first reading for today argued that our technology is sufficiently advanced […]

Notes from June 7 committee meeting

Upcoming topics for general meetings: June 16: Tom / The Constitution belongs in a museum, not in government June 30: Ian / Supreme Court Taylor–public option for funeral/burial services, 7/14 Chris–lobster fishing, 7/28 Chris–poverty is about not working, 8/11 (tentative) Chris–capital flight, animal rights (tentative)   These topics finalized: Constitution / Tom Poverty is about […]

The Politics of Resentment by Katherine Cramer

Cramer criss-crossed Wisconsin to get to know as many rural Wisconsin residents as possible. Republicans have created state laws to render illegal many local reforms, including Milwaukee’s paid sick day ordinance and its century-old residency requirement for city employees. Addressing problems locally is thus impossible without organizing the rest of the state. From the publisher: […]

Capitalism’s Weeping Angels

Here’s a clip from a horror movie featuring a few terrifying monsters called “weeping angels”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single clip, so I had to post these three:     And watch this last one until 2:15     If you didn’t bother with the videos, the weeping angels are monsters that turn to […]