U.S. Politics

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These days, our health and well-being are sorted through a profit-seeking financial complex that monitors and commodifies our lives. Our access to competent, affordable health care grows more precarious every day. Howard Waitzkin, along with the medical professionals, scholars, and activists who comprise the Working Group on Health Beyond Capitalism, will discuss just what's wrong with our medical system, how it got this way, and how their new book, "Health Care Under the Knife," contributes to a winning strategy for the left in moving toward a post-capitalist health-care system.
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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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NYC
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More than a year into the Trump/Pence regime, we see a continuation, deepening and worsening of the militarism of previous administrations. A much larger military budget along with an intensely aggressive strategy, including the threat of nuclear war, has been made evident in an increasing role for the armed forces in the government itself, in the air and on the ground – more air strikes via both conventional bombers and drones, from Afghanistan to Somalia. Drone strikes tripled in the first year of the Trump regime as opposed to the last year of the Obama administration. The relaxation of military rules of engagement lead to increased civilian deaths, even while the very definition of who is and who is not a “civilian” remains highly questionable. Our panel will also consider how to utilize various forms of protest and advertising to bring this information known only to a small segment of people in the US, to a wider spectrum of the population.
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The State of Connecticut passed legislation to allow LVT “pilot” implementation in selected cities. A powerful pushback from rentier interests have stalled the first proposed pilot; the Philadelphia-based Center for the Study of Economics is seeking cities with less powerful interests to allow the pilot to proceed. Panelists will speculate on how these lessons could inform a similar approach in Manhattan.
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Henry George is very clear on his preference that money be the responsibility of government, but since the days of Hamilton and despite President Jackson's efforts, private interests remain powerful forces in the control of money in the U.S. What would a money system designed to serve public interests look like? What is sovereign money? What role might local currencies and mutual credit exchange systems play? How should cryptocurrencies mesh with national currencies, or should they not?
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This event is all about audience participation, where the facilitator makes a comment about today’s political economy, identifies one way to look at it and encourages others to present another way. The other two panelists and the facilitator would field questions and clarify Henry George’s solution to the “primary wrong” in society, i.e., the theft of community wealth in constantly increasing land values. We may touch on the Georgist-Socialist collaboration that George foresaw where socialists latch onto the Georgist agenda as long as the socialist needs to, then move into a direction beyond his platform.
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NYC
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Charlie vs Goliath (www.charlievsgoliath.com) is an award winning documentary about a penniless former Catholic priest named Charlie Hardy who challenges the political establishment in the state of Wyoming. Known as the “Bernie Sanders of Wyoming,” Charlie spent eight years living in a cardboard shack in Venezuela before returning to his home state of Wyoming, where he ran for the US Senate on a platform of getting money out of politics. The film is a case study of what it’s like for an ordinary person without money to run for higher office in this country, but it also tells a bigger story about the value of fighting for what’s right no matter how bleak the circumstances. Q&A with the Director, Reed Lindsay, will follow the screening.
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NYC
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Psychiatrists James Gilligan, Robert Jay Lifton and Bandy Lee discuss the moral and civic "duty to warn" America of the symptoms and potential dangerousness of President Donald Trump. The urgent observations and questions of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? What are the potentially relevant diagnoses? supersedes professional neutrality and not discussing the issue at all.