Political Economy and the Current Crisis

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This panel will provide socialist perspectives on capitalism's ever-worsening ecological crisis. What is to be done -- both today and tomorrow -- and how are we to do it?
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Should the Democratic Socialists of America continue to support Democrats for office, or should they break from the Democratic Party and with others, help to form a new, viable third party completely free of the two party system? This forum is less of a debate and more of a panel discussion with DSA and Green Party member, Jabari Brisport; radical labour historian and North Star editorial board member, Mark Lause; and from the DSA National Political Committee, Dele Balogun.
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This workshop gives some of our leading activists with strategy and vision, a moment to publicly wax optimistically; build a vision for what it could be like into the future; what goals are attainable; what's holding back development and what kinds of support from the Left Community represented at this Conference could help advance their project's development.
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Panelists will pose the Henry George Theorem in terms of a picture of society battling within diametric poles of “democracy” and “capitalism.” Whereas the capitalist would maximize gain without concern for social and income inequality, the small “d” democrat would use government to assure that moral suasion and Constitutional rights put limits on capitalists maximizing their yields. Steve suggests an aspirational technique of letting free markets work will allow land value taxes to be quantified and made available for use by the community for all the services constituents need.
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Humanity is making significant strides in science and technology growing its ability to sustain a much bigger population than currently lives on the planet, liberating humans from menial labor through automation while making significant strides towards creating livable environments outside of our Mother Planet Earth and planning intergalactic colonization. However... here are some of the sub-humanization processes currently working full-throttle all around the globe: Growing income inequality, unemployment/underemployment, commercializing human life, health-sector cannibalism, corporate encroachment of natural resources, forces and ecological habitats, homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, PTSD, moral injury, child trafficking and abuse, sexual predation, terrorism, apartheid, state and police brutality, subverting democratic process, lobbyists negating the vote of the citizens, corrupting the justice system, narcotics trafficking, modern slave-trade, illegal immigration, war-mongering, weapons of mass misinformation and destruction, hate-mongering, race baiting are some of the phenomenological aspects of the pathogenies afflicting our society. These ailments threaten to shred the human fabric that holds all together into pieces in a species-lethal way. The above assessment echoes the arguably prophetic writings of 19th century independent thinker Henry George in his monumental work: Progress and Poverty (published 1879). Correct diagnosis of the insidious forces that cause and feed this spreading cancer while resisting policies that would reverse its growth and eventually heal it completely is needed, especially in an era when people seem to protest and demand policies that have the opposite effect from the one they desire. Solutions and strategies for efficient dialectic discourse and remedial political action will be openly discussed.
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Ill-perceived nefarious Globalized geopolitical agendas seem to be coming to a harsh conflict with local National States and local communities interests. The mythology behind the invisible hand of globalization creating a rising tide that would raise all boats has come to a rude awakening, with the palpable destruction of the middle/working classes with the simultaneous brutalization of impoverished native populations of resource rich yet cash poor countries forced into migration to the benefits of an infra-national rent-extraction elite which funnels its illicit rent profits into usurping national democracies by undoing election/referendum results while arm-twisting elected governments into fire-sales of National wealth, enslaving the national working class , while empowering global criminal narcotics and slave trafficking networks. Many otherwise well intentioned professional activists and career Politicians (mostly on the Left) are duped into euphemistically masqueraded elitist anti-human strategems: Killing human beings in the womb is subverted into a "Woman's undeniable human right to abortion"! "Spreading Democracy" is code-word for war-crimes, war-mongering and hate-peddling... "Open Border Immigration" is another code-word for enhanced human trafficking, enslavement of workers and sexual exploitation of women... "Pro-Social Welfare" is another masqueraded campaign to pour more public funds into the coffers of Rent-Seeking Real Estate Elites and Government contractors. In this panel we examine multiple aspects Global Geopolitical Economic arena and discuss the battle between Sovereign National Communities against Neo-Colonial, Neo-Imperial Globalized Rent-Seeking elites. Humanity is at the crossroads... one road leads to perennial globalized conflict while the other to an empowered bottom-up cooperative prosperity for all.
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Income Inequality is growing wider by the day while Social Ills keep ailing the global human polity amidst an unparalleled advancement of the technological and scientific frontier. We are being told that handouts to the poor, minimum wage, Unions, Taxing the Rich Lowering Taxes, Social Security, Universal Basic Income, Free Pre-K, Free College for All, Open Borders and unchecked immigration, Deficit Spending, Unlimited Government borrowing, Reintroducing the Gold Standard, Reforming the Federal Reserve, "Free" Trade or Protectionism, Regulated or Deregulated Markets, Protecting Private Property/Or its centralized appropriation are solutions to the problem. All these contradictory solutions are being touted by either side of the ruling elites and their parrots in Politics, Media and Academia as solutions to our Society's problems. Really? All these schemes have been applied in one form or another and seem to exacerbate the problem rather than solving it. In a battle with the Cancerous Viral effects of "Rent Seeking" behavior both the so called "Left" and the so called "Right" come in armed with band-aids... all the while playing useful idiots to the one and only real enemy of the Productive Classes i.e the Rent-Seekers (masqueraded as Financiers, Insurance Companies, Real Estate Owners). So what should the productive classes do? Come and join us in an eye-opening discussion and effective solutions against the progressive gangrene of the economic enslavement of Humanity and the Destruction of our Global Commons.
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Since the 1970s, capitalists strategies of neoliberalism combined with accelerating automation have had a devastating effect on working class organizations and communities. Through advancing workers control and the workers-owned cooperative enterprise, we begin to counter the class warfare strategies that have set us back. This panel examines strategies and practices that counter the neoliberal offensive.
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The right to health care is a critical component of a winning strategy for the Left. Getting rid of the for-profit system of insurance and implementing an improved, expanded Medicare for All program has never been more popular among the American people, and has a real chance of passage in several states in the near future. The presenters, all activists and advocates in this movement, will update Left Forum participants on our movement at both the national and state levels.
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Donald Trump announced goal for his administration- both during the campaign and at the start of his term- was to "drain the swamp". In the words of Steve Bannon this meant the "de-construction of the administrative state". Subsequently, the current administration has chosen a whole host of incompetent department heads in crucial sectors which helped to implement draconian measures, threatening the quality of U.S. life A panel of media professionals. activists and critics discuss the importance and role of Black media in the Trump era and the future impact of information technologies on the political landscape.