Article selections for February 23, 2019

Asians and the “model minority” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/29/the-real-reason-americans-stopped-spitting-on-asian-americans-and-started-praising-them/?utm_term=.521a11e16eb4 http://mattbruenig.com/2017/04/15/asian-poverty-varies-a-lot-by-group/ Groups where immigrants are mostly low-skill, low-education have high poverty rates; groups wehre immigrants are mostly high-skill, high-education have low poverty rates Health care https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/veterans-administration-health-care-privatization VA offers higher quality care than Steve Jobs got https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/januaryfebruary-2005/the-best-care-anywhere-3/ https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/1/25/14375776/pay-for-performance-doctors-bonuses Eugenics https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/california-targeted-latinas-forced-sterilization-180968567/ 60,000 Americans were sterilized by state eugenics programs. Latinas were […]

Notes from 01/08/2019 committee meeting

Attended: Tom, Tancrede, Chris The biggest topic was the relaunch of book club and periodical club; a proposal was created and is posted here. Tom will curate book list, taking suggestions Chris will curate articles, taking suggestions, but Tom and Tancrede will each put together one bundle so theory is represented Discussed general meeting discussion […]

New reading group proposal

Based on discussion at January 8, 2019 education committee meeting:   Launch Tentatively, at the February 23 general meeting, the Education Committee will have a list of 6-8 books and 6-8 bundles of 3-4 articles, each bundle on a specific topic. Committee members will give a brief pitch for each book/article bundle. The books and bundles […]

Deep organizing, social media, and the left

Readings: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/11/log-off-facebook-twitter-social-media-addiction https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/12/log-off-social-media-twitter-organizing-facebook https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/12/dear-lobsters-there-is-a-better-way   Today, we heard from the Mutual Aid Working Group about their efforts to build community trust by meeting people where they are at. Mutual Aid WG doesn’t just say they care about public education; they demonstrate it by organizing supply drives. By proving they earnestly care about their community, they […]

committee meeting agenda, January 8 2018

Meeting details: Rochambo Coffee & Tea House, 1317 E Brady St January 8, 2019 6:30 Time for updates/planning: Various reading groups Last meeting, we considered having one group organize both approachable book club and periodical club; and a second group organize both theory book club and periodical club. However organized, there is a lot of […]

Notes from 12/11/18 committee meeting

Attendance: Chris, Tom, Tancrede, Ellie Lots of interest in marxist/theory. Tom suggests having two different book clubs. Chris will get updates from Andrew about reading group. One idea is to have 2 book clubs (approachable, theory) and 2 article reading groups (approachable, theory). Or could combine into 2 groups: approachable (book and articles) and theory […]

Seattle’s “Amazon tax” and the capital strike

Readings: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/how-amazon-helped-kill-a-seattle-tax-on-business/562736/ https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/10/being-held-hostage-by-rich-people https://www.npr.org/2018/06/13/619444956/seattle-repeals-tax-on-big-business-after-opposition-from-amazon-starbucks   The capital strike is so powerful that it’s rare that we actually get to see it in action. Normally, the threat of a capital strike is enough to stop progressive movements dead in their tracks. A capital strike occurs when owners of large companies threaten to move their businesses elsewhere […]

Bad Samaritans by Ha-joon Chang

Why you should read this book: Economist Ha–joon Chang takes on the prevailing wisdom of free market capitalism that encourages privatization, balanced budgets, free trade, austerity, reversal of labor market regulations, free capital flows, restrictive monetary policy, etc, from the perspective of developing countries. Chang shows how countries that have avoided the neoliberal consensus by aggressive state ownership and control […]

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 […]

Is Costa Rica a model for democratic socialism?

Readings: https://socialistproject.ca/2017/10/b1496/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/05/costa-rica-celebrate-70-years-no-army/977107001/   Costa Rican Socialism: Universal public healthcare system (“Caja”) The military has been abolished The police are kept to a minimum About 7,500 officers for the entire country For comparison: Chicago has over 11,000, MKE has about 6,800 Universal public education, k-college/trade school If you graduate from trade school, the government offers […]