Culture and Everyday Life

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This panel consists of four science fiction writers reading their works about Resistance. All the writers believe that parody is powerful. Science fiction's thought experiments offer a viable means to generate Resistance to Trumpism.
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The continuing crisis that haunts the global capitalist system has made the intimations of a post-capitalist society that are implicit in Marx’s critique of political economy newly relevant. This panel will explore new developments in Marxist value theory that shed new illumination on the social forms and relations needed to surmount existing society. Presenters: Stephan Hammel, "A Matter of Communal Design: Overcoming the Value Form"; Sam, Salour, "Marx's Critique of the Bourgeois World"; David Norman Smith, "For A World Without Commodities: Sharing vs. System Entropy"; Peter Hudis, "Envisioning the Abolition of Value Production"
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NYC
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To the extent that the left still has a future oriented utopian project it is an accelerationist project. This panel discussion will cross examine the accelerationist tendency and attempt to interpret the culture and subcultures that have risen up to meet our current level of technological development. Questions that will be covered will include: Can we imagine technological progress that isn't in the service of capital? Is Vaporwave a Capitalist Realist musical genre? Was the Pokemon Go fad prefigurative? Are video games inherently right-wing?
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Radical, transformative social movements face two major challenges: They must present a compelling and viable vision of an alternative social order; and they need a strategy to attract widespread public support for that system. Building such support appears all but impossible in today’s polarized political climate. The left appears as divided as ever, and many working class voters and small business owners all too often vote under the influence of identity politics for Republican Party candidates and their big business allies. These voters need to come to the realization that big business and competition for survival is the problem, not government itself. In this panel, we take on the twin issues of radical vision and strategy. Inspired by the Zeitgeist movement’s goal of a post-scarcity economy, we sketch the key facets of a workable political-economic model beyond capitalism. We discuss why Zeitgeist’s appeal for this alternative system – like other radical calls for social transformation – often fall on deaf ears in the public arena. We contend that this has to do with social-psychological differences between the left and right that are exploited by elites and exacerbate social divisions. We hope that attention to vision and psychologically-informed strategy will provide clues regarding our short-term strategic priorities (e.g., campaign financing, banking and monopoly regulations, etc.) as we seek serious systemic change. We invite discussion on these key issues and encourage your participation.
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Donald Trump is a threat to the sexual health of the nation. This panel will consider the politics of sex under the growing tyranny of the religious right, a force that now controls the Trump administration as well as many state and local legislations. Trump and his supporters promote a false notion of masculinity – and, thus, femininity. They seek to rationalize abuse, prohibit a woman’s right to an abortion and restrict young-people’s access to contraceptives. Their goal is to deny a woman’s ownership of her own body. Trump and the religious right are being challenged by activists who champion a sexual value system anchored in a belief in the pleasures of age-appropriate, informed consent; they believe in the equality, mutuality, of both participants. It’s the moral order that distinguishes 21st century sexuality. The shift in sexual values is occurring as the “sexual wellness” marketplace – covering everything from sex toys, porn and prostitution to sex-enhancement drugs and medical procedures -- has become a $70-plus billion enterprise.
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Society is sickening! Panelists will explore how neo-liberalism,capitalism's most recent incarnation,shapes personal and group development and,how we are organizing alternatives. We will discuss contemporary educational institutions, psychotherapeutic theories,practices and Big Pharma;bullying,and the push to conform. We will describe the "lost connections" to self and others, as well as the "neo-liberal personality"-the ultimate "cool" capitalist. We will end with a discussion of "radical hope" and the need for a new imaginary that advances a new concept of selfhood within the construct of connection to others and groups.
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Coming Together: A panel discussion on the need for understanding the American culture more fully in the struggle for unity in our divided country and the effort to find common ground among Americans of different political ideologies and economic backgrounds. Topics to be discussed include: - The myth of a classless society - Class from a historical and sociological perspective - Tribalism - Finding unity and common ground among the tribes and classes in our society