Economics

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Large, imposed, infrastructure projects are a driving force of climate change. They are also a necessary component of our response to rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Physical infrastructure has very visible, material effects: it holds water, changes the landscape, moves oil, sprouts leaks and poisons water. But a mere analysis of infrastructure-as-object conceals more than it illuminates. A closer examination of pipelines in Canada and Lebanon, real estate driven flood infrastructure in coastal Florida, and the legal response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests reveals the economic, historical, political and racial relations that are embedded in and reproduced by these technologies for stopping floods and transporting fuel. Furthermore, the responses to the power structures articulated through infrastructure--occupations, sabotage--suggest a critique that exceeds the limits of environmentalism proper and strategies that would confront this political-economic behemoth at its point of production, whether that is the pipeline or the red line.

(Zack Culyer) Work, Staging, and Sabotage: Perceptibility and the Trans-Arabian Pipeline.
(Rosalind Donald) Combined and Uneven Real Estate Development: Miami' Segregation Driven Climate Change Response.
(R.H. Lossin) Critical Infrastructure Sabotage: Protecting Property and Suppressing Speech.
(Troy Vettese) Black Snake in the Grass: The Political Economy of Pipelines.

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Progressives are sometimes fooled by governmental programs that offer to solve social problems, including the provision of affordable housing. Historically, FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society did hand out billions of dollars and, for a time some people benefited, but some claim the money would have been better spent if it were just given away in grants to those deserving low income housing. The panel identifies an innovative use of community land trusts to permanently provide affordable housing, by leveraging mixed income and commercial rental of CLT-owned land to sustain availability of the majority of units for tenants at 60% of AMI.

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VT Senator Bernie Sanders repeatedly declared during his presidential campaign that the 'The American people are profoundly sick and tired of establishment economics.' Whatever you think about Sanders, this statement nails it. But establishment economics has claws and fights back. Intolerance Economics: Ideology, Competing Visions and Institutional Retaliation will bring into focus the latest resistance to establishment economics and the forces of reaction against change to a long calcified doctrine that has one ideological purpose -- servicing the corporate status quo.

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NYC
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We'll explore the roadblocks to decommissioning nuclear power plants, plans in the works, and what's needed to transition from nuclear power to a green energy society.

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Since Trump took power, a classic mass strike process has emerged as protests against his regime have grown. Women, blacks, Latinos and other immigrants, students, and labor unions including teachers have mobilized. But if these groups remain fragmented, they are all in danger. A group of New Deal Democrats in Texas has developed some mass traction economic demands to serve as a Common Denominator for the unity of anti-Trump and anti-billionaire forces. Three of these demands have been overwhelmingly approved in the March 6 Texas Democratic primary. These results, ignored by the corporate media, show that the American people want to throw out Trump and the Wall Street Democrats and enact an economic recovery using ultra-low interest, long-term credit provided by a nationalized Federal Reserve:
Proposition #2, passed with 93% support: “Should everyone in Texas have the right to refinance student loan debt with the Federal Reserve at a 0% interest rate, as relief for the crushing burden of debt and an investment in the next generation of Americans?”
Proposition #3, passed with 95% support: “Should everyone in Texas have a right to healthcare, guaranteed by a universal, quality Medicare-for-all system?”
Proposition #5, passed with 93% support: “Should the Democratic Party promote a national jobs program, with high wage and labor standards, to replace crumbling infrastructure and rebuild hurricane damaged areas, paid for with local, state, and federal bonds financed through the Federal Reserve at low interest with long term maturities?”
This panel will discuss this program and organizing process.

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This panel’s theme is on the linkages among economic and ecological crisis management, systemic resilience and points of vulnerability in advanced capitalist societies. Its point of departure is the capability of late capitalism to withstand the shock of economic upheavals, political scandals, environmental disasters, epidemics, and accelerating inequality -- crises arising largely or entirely from contradictions inherent in the system itself. It calls for theoretical inquiry into (1) the mechanisms (economic, political, cultural) used to contain or give the appearance of remediating disasters arising from contradictions in the capitalist system, and (2) how these mechanisms are featured as reforms or remediatioms in the short run but fail in the long run. Presentations at this panel will, hopefully, stimulate further research into the mechanisms leading to resilience and provide for organizers the grounds on which they can be demystified. Such theoretically attained knowledge opens the door for organizers seeking to illuminate these mechanisms at their most vulnerable points and thereby to strip away the props used by the capitalist system to maintains its legitimacy.

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS &TV/DOCUMENTARIANS

Seeking volunteers to create a new cutting-edge Art and Activist Reality TV Show Series and Documentary called "GUERRILLA X ARTIVISM." We are seeking to recruit volunteers for the political campaign staff, the guerrilla art team, Film/TV crew and computer techs to create our website and social media platforms. We need web designers, videographers, documentarians, filmmakers, film crew, funders, investors and political supporters. Use our project to exhibit your unique skill sets, services & products on a wide scale. First meeting is at 1pm on Friday, June 1st at BRU 64 (café/brewery) in Downtown Cortland on 64 Main Street.

Through Cross’ campaign, we will challenge the political status quo in a much more revolutionary way than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders do so today by introducing a new technology platform that could create a true direct democracy based on Alan Watkins and Imus Stratenus’ book called “Crowdocracy: The End of Politics,” (www.crowd.ngo) within the breakthrough Integral Governing Dynamics (IGD) model that would rein-vent government through the eventual elimination of political parties, career representatives, big money lob-byists and special interest groups that tends to produce dysfunctional government paralysis, corruption and scandals. And in order to popularize this new form of national governance to the world, Cross embarks on an unconventional guerrilla art/political campaign for congress in rural red republican towns and small blue democratic cities of upstate New York. Z.X.C. and his crew of Guerrilla X Artivists launch a clever and innovative political campaign that mobilizes Millennials through their temporary, outdoor, site-specific, art installations at night that communicates the campaign’s new narrative, vision, philosophy and solutions of wicked problems for humanity, while also seeking to depolarize the cultural divisiveness among the electorate in America as a candidate for a metamodern, pseudo-political third party called the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K), while at the same time attempting to orchestrate a major political upset during the 2018 Congressional race through the defeat of conventional Democratic and Republican opponents in the November election.

TITLE OF SHOW:
“GUERRILLA X ARTIVISM”

LOGLINE:

It’s “Banksy Does New York” meets “The War Room.” A daring, 13-week, “Change of Consciousness” guerrilla art/political campaign with “Live-Look Ins” of the actual projects being done in real time during the upcoming 2018 Congressional Election in upstate New York to end politics as we know it, by a Millennial supported, trans-partisan, independent, third party candidate—Zoren X. Cross.

SYNOPSIS:

There is a political blue wave coming. And whether it becomes a terrible tsunami or hopeful harbinger of change depends on one’s cultural orientation and geographical location. However, there is one unforeseen Gen X candidate that threatens to upend all expectations from both sides of the political spectrum through his unconventional campaign of integral guerrilla art in the flippable Congressional District of NY-22….

Zoren X. Cross, otherwise known as “The Rebel Rodder” (a play on the words: rabble rouser/hot rodder) who was the founder and leader of a classic hot rod club in California and used to street race his 1971 Mach 1 Mustang in the early 1990s, now drives an aptly named, black and red modern muscle car—the Dodge CHALLENGER—which is an appropriate vehicle for a guerrilla artist and activist (artivist) to sprint towards the political finish line this Fall. Cross challenges the political status quo in a much more revolutionary way than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders do so today by introducing a new technology platform that could create a true direct democracy based on Alan Watkins and Imus Stratenus’ book called “Crowdocracy” within Zevin’s breakthrough Integral Governing Dynamics (IGD) model that would reinvent government through the eventual elimination of political parties, career representatives, big money lobbyists and special interest groups that tends to produce dysfunctional government paralysis, corruption and scandals. And in order to popularize this new form of human governance to the world, ZXC embarks on an unconventional guerrilla art/political campaign for congress in rural republican towns and small democratic cities of upstate New York. He and his crew of Guerrilla X Artivists launch a clever and clandestine political campaign that mobilizes Millennials through their temporary seizures of outdoor, public spaces to erect unauthorized, site-specific, art installations at night in order to capture free mainstream media attention by piggy-backing on controversial issues that communicates his campaign themes and solutions to depolarize the cultural divisiveness among the electorate as a candidate for a pseudo-political third party called the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K)—all-the-while trying to avoid detection by the public and apprehension by police during their “midnight maneuvers,” while at the same time attempting to orchestrate a major political upset during the 2018 Congressional race through the defeat of conventional Democratic and Republican opponents in November.

Beginning in mid-July and running right on through election day, November 6, this ingenious Docu-Style Reality TV Series can be enjoyed as both an arced storyline and self-contained episodes. As an arced storyline it documents the 4-month, political journey of a first-time, white Hispanic congressional candidate who does not choose to engage in a hopeless head-on fight against the political machine but instead wisely chooses to unplug it through his refusal to play by the establishment’s rules and opting out of the ruling elite’s political field of battle of big money donors and rich corporate sponsors who end of up owning the politicians they help elect. ZXC instead intends to rewrite the political playbook and elevate the art of reality TV by running a youth-oriented congressional campaign that promotes a new vision, narrative and grand unified theory and strategy for radical evolutionary transformation through a new evolutionary ethos of cooperation, team work and avant-garde guerrilla art instead of the typical survival-of-the-fittest political campaigns and the dog-eat-dog world of competition reality shows. However, ZXC and the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K) still have to follow a campaign timeline and meet milestones by going through the process of recruiting volunteers, forming a campaign staff, assembling a Guerrilla X Artivist crew, doing non-stump political speeches on YouTube, while raising campaign funds by selling S3K merchandise, putting up S3K posters throughout all 8 counties of the congressional district instead of the typical political yard signs to promote the website, meet the write-in petition deadline and enact a “get out the vote” (GOTV) registration drive for Millennials, among many other political activities. And it’s through this unorthodox campaign that the stories of not only the candidate but the individuals involved in the campaign will be told consisting of diverse artists in a variety of mediums like drawing, painting, sculpture, installations and mixed-media and different activists such as rebels, reformers and change agents whose various preferences like: 1) Local interests versus national and global emphasis; 2) Idealism versus pragmatism; 3) Radical change versus moderate pace; and 4) Militant versus moderate advocacy, may clash with dissimilar types of liberal activists who hold different progressive modes of thoughts and emphasis like: 1) Socioeconomic progressives; 2) Identity politics progressives; 3) Environmentalists; 4) Civil liberties progressives; 5) Spiritual progressives; and 6) Antiauthoritarians.

Finally, it’s fair to say that as the economic gap between the rich and poor widens in America (and in other Western democracies) a ripening for revolt will continue as it has for years, if not decades. Since the 2008 Obama Presidential “Change We Can Believe In” campaign, the 2009 Tea Party rebellion, the 2011 OWS occupations, the 2015 Black Lives Matter upheaval, the 2016 Sander’s “political revolution,” and the rightwing revolt of the Trump Triumph—all are major manifestations of the eruptive ebb and flow of populous uprisings swinging right and left and right again. The selection of Donald Trump has proven to be the biggest fuck you to “business-as-usual” in world history. As such, the 2016 presidential election has been described by many political pundits as the year of the outsider—the rejection election. Trump was referred to as political chemo to purge the status quo—a human Molotov cocktail flung at the corrupt system. Sander’s supporters were seen in a similar fashion—an anti-establishment eruption of an embittered electorate. According to the November 9th 2016 CBS Evening News broadcast, Hillary Clinton was a victim of both such populist movements—caught between two revolutions—one on the left with Obama and eight years later stung on the right by Trump. This unique Docu-Style Reality TV Series reflects the contemporary trends and current political, economic, social and cultural climate that has birthed multiple movements like: 1) “Pencils Down” Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes, 2) Never Again Movement (NAM), 3) the DACA Immigrant Rights/Sanctuary Movement, 4) the Women’s March (MeToo/Times Up) Movement, 5) The Resistance Movement, 6) The Anti-Fascist Movement (ANTIFA), 7) Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, 8) Community Rights Movement (CRM), 9) Moral Revival Mondays Movement and 10) the new Poor People’s Campaign derived from the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s shift from civil rights to the Economic Justice Movement begun in 1968. All leading many of us to conclude—the Rebels are on the Rise and the Establishment is on the Ropes! And “Guerrilla X Artivism” is just the vehicle to showcase solutions by inserting them into the American consciousness through popular culture for maximum exposure to the widest audience possible and thus, potentially increase citizen engagement in order to evolve our system of governance and elevate our society to the next evolutionary leap of human existence like a “Second Age of Enlightenment,” or what I like to refer to as the “Epic Era of Metamodernism.” Is this too much to expect from a reality TV show? Perhaps, but my past unconventional life experiences have always been about defying the odds and achieving some level of success. My approach to this epic endeavor will be no different but ultimately there is only one way to truly find out.

Contact Campaign Manager Email: zevinxcruz@gmail.com / Facebook: Zevin X. Cruz / Phone: (607) 835-6673

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Something remarkable is happening in the UK, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is, with the support of an energized grassroots base, articulating an economic platform that breaks with neoliberal orthodoxy to outline what an economy that works for the many, not the few, could look like. This new economics is grounded in "alternative models of ownership"—an innovative agenda that builds upwards from community wealth building frameworks for cooperative and municipally owned development at the city level to democratized large scale public ownership at the regional and national level.

This panel will discuss the origins of this platform (including the connections between Cleveland and Preston), the ongoing and accelerating efforts to implement it at the local level while Labour remains out of government (like Corbyn's new "community wealth building unit"), and what lessons the US Left can learn about how a popular economic agenda can be built to challenge the ownership patterns of corporate capitalism at all scales.

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Continuing from “Towards an Organized Tech Industry—Part One”, this panel will focus on the vision of what could be accomplished with more worker power in the industry, in terms of what tech workers should be organizing towards. We’ll sketch out alternatives to the current situation of how technological development is funded and organised, and outline how current struggles can tie into that larger vision.

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In this panel we would like to discuss the history and relevance of heterodox economics within the context of the development of the John Jay Economics Department. Presentations will focus on 1) the history of radical political economy in the U.S., 2) the history of the economics department at John Jay College, 3) the development of an alternative heterodox curriculum, 4) how to teach heterodox economics.