Economics

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The 2018 SUM STRATAGEM Vis an integral approach to art, activism and fundamental social change through a Nonviolent General Strike of social, political and economic noncooperation that the recent school teachers strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona have shown the way by demonstrating its effectiveness to a new generation of activists. It would begin on Monday, November 5, 2018 (right after the weekend of the November 3-4, Million Mask March to Washington D.C., and one day before the November 6th U.S. Congressional elections). This would be made possible by the Metamodernists (Integral Neo-Transcendentalists) unifying the 80 million New Progressives in America during a Cultural Creatives’ Convergence of the recent emergence of 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!
Much like the solar eclipse that Nat Turner’s supposedly saw as sign to commence the 1831 slave revolt in Virginia during August, so it began with Zevin Cruz’s witnessing the communal experience of the “2017 Great American Eclipse,” on August 21st that led to the announcement to create a “Community Convergence Institute (CCI)” to depolarize the nation. Months later Cruz’s unveiling of the 2018 SUM STRATAGEM V coincided with the Dec 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018, Integral “What Now?” Confer-ence in Denver, Colorado. Over the next six months work with the stakeholders and supporters of current social movements to unite most political third parties to form a “Grand Unified Alliance (GUA)” by signing the “Lead… Or Leave II” political pledge and ratifying a “Grand Unified Platform (GUP)”—a synthesis of overlapping Left-Right issues like getting money out of politics. Integration of proposed policies from the We The People’s 2009 Continental Congress’ “Articles of Freedom,” and the “99% Continental Congress’ 2.0 Declaration” to synthesize a final “Redress of Grievances Synthesis (RGS)” and convene a crowdsourced Constitutional Convention to draft and ratify new amendments to create “Crowdocracy” (www.crowd.ngo) / (www.everyoneintheworld.org), the next evolutionary leap of human governance.

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The Divest from the War Machine campaign is working to divest ourselves and our communities from weapons and war. There should be no profit in war and violence. The campaign combines organizing around cities & towns, universities & colleges, demanding Congressional representatives commit to stop taking money from weapons manufacturers, and corporate campaigns against huge investment firms that are making a killing on killing. Please join us to discuss the mechanisms of the campaign and how to start your own campaign, as well as other actions to rid our communities of ties to war. www.divestfromwarmachine.org

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As our demands grow bolder—true full employment, the rebuilding of the social safety net starting with Medicare for All, an overdue green and just transition—so will the naysayers’ inevitable refrain: “How will you pay for it?”

Developments in our understanding of monetary theory and the money system has, thankfully, illuminated a path forward out of the trap of austerity: when we understand how money actually works, we know that the obstacles to bold action at a national scale on jobs, healthcare, and climate are political, not economic. So what does a post-austerity left politics look like? How does an understanding of both public and private money creation inform our national visions and our local struggles? How do we shut down liberals who insist on talking about deficits? How do we exit from financialization and crushing levels of private debt? And, ultimately, what are the strategies needed to take on the over-mighty financial sector and turn the power of money creation to democratic social ends?

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This workshop will start with the history and origins of the US Empire from the second world war, until present. It will study all aspects of the world capitalist empire: economics, military, etc. and the ways to resist it.

Also it will discuss the features and characteristics of the contemporary state of the empire by examining the world system of capitalism that imposes its hegemony by waging overt and covert wars in the five continents. Review the history and function and damages that the US Imperialism has caused around the world.

Alternative models to counter capitalism will be discussed: Socialism, Libertarian Socialism, Anarchism, etc.
The study will also predict the future of the empire and its decline.

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The essential feature of CAPITALISM is macro-usury – the misuse of the money system. The U.S. monetary system is the mysteriously-public-private Federal Reserve, but what is not taught in our schools and media is the fact that our money is created by private commercial banks, not by our government. Paper currency and coin account for only about 3 percent of the U.S. money in circulation; the other 97 percent is created by private banks when they make loans to individuals, businesses, and governments. Banks create money simply by entering the loan amount into the borrower’s account. In effect, they create money out of thin air, then charge interest to the borrower. That interest is their profit – in other words they don’t have to work for their pay but, like parasites, they feed off all the rest of us working people. This is capitalism’s most essential feature and completely missing from the study and definition of capitalism.

Come hear from a group of monetary reformers who reside here in New York City. The panel will explain how the system works and how it creates wealth inequality, debt, poverty, ecological destruction, and corruption of our democracy by Big Money. This knowledge will strengthen the Left as a force for change.

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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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There are many definitions of "surplus value" on the left, perhaps too many. This debate/panel discussion will take a look at two approaches to the surplus created under capitalism. One version of surplus value comes to us from Marx and his law of value, while the other emerged from Jacques Lacan's return to Freud.

What is the relationship between Lacan and his followers psychoanalytic reinterpretation of Marx and Marx's original theory? Can one hold with both Marx and Lacan?

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Annual statistical values are found for the four branches of capital identified by Karl Marx. These are fixed asset devaluation, constant capital, variable capital, and surplus-value. The data source is the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. The industries are agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and mining. The range of years is 1948 through 2014 inclusive. The rate of exploitation is given; the Law of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall is given official statistical measure.

The accumulation of excess capital as defined by Marx is given statistical measure. The dynamics of the mortgage, student debt, auto loan, and credit card bubbles are explained, as is the growth of the military budget and federal debt. Financial crisis comparable to 2008 will occur at any time. The uncontrollable growth of excess capital presages the end of capitalism in the United States.

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Seymour Melman would have been 100 years old in 2017. We will examine his legacy in terms of his writing and activism, and discuss how to use his insights about political economy, manufacturing, the military economy and other topics in the light of the right-wing turn exemplified by Donald Trump. We will discuss the possibility of industrial policy from a working class perspective, including a large-scale infrastructure reconstruction program focusing on the needs of working people.

By “infrastructure” we mean more than simply physical construction of bridges but infrastructure in the sense of the backbones of our society- manufacturing, transportation, energy and information. These needs can be expressed as “design criteria”. Our vision means that the systems we support produce an environment that will replenish, not destroy our planet, and a manufacturing system that enhances skills and innovation, not one which degrades them. We are thinking about how to organize such a discussion and we thought that you might be interested in joining us in a discussion of the various aspects of a program of economic reconstruction - for example, an information system open and available to all; an energy system that is renewable not destructive; manufacturing that is productive and environmentally benign, designed for safety and skill; and a transportation system that serves to build a society, not destroy it.

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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.