Oligarchical Ideologies in Crisis: Cultural Populism, Dark Enlightenment, Nihilism, and Liberalism

Host/Sponsor: 
Tax Wall Street Party
Room: 
1.83
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Abstract: 
The Alt-Right expected Brexit and the Trump presidency to trigger a triumphant march of cultural populism across Europa and America. But cultural populists have fallen short in Austria, the Netherlands, and France, and are struggling in Germany and Italy. Melenchon showed in the first round of the French election that vigorous leftist economic populism can defeat reactionary cultural populism. A resurgence of militant nihilism is clearly observable from Russia to Washington DC. In the US, the pro-Wall Street liberalism of the Democratic Party is increasingly discredited. As Anton Erkelenz saw in Weimar Germany in 1931, the struggle against fascist ideology must be waged on the level of ideas, but ultimately requires the victory of full employment and rising standards of living over deflation and austerity.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Daniela
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Walls
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Tax Wall Street Party
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Daniela Walls is an American political activist. She is only the second woman in US history to found a political party in the United States. She is currently active in the Washington DC area. Her specialty is creating alternatives to the bankrupt two party system and breaking the power of Wall Street.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Webster
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Tarpley
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
United Front Against Austerity
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
An activist, organizer, and philosopher of history, Tarpley first became widely known for his book George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), a masterpiece of research which is still a must read. His interest in economics is reflected in Surviving the Cataclysm: Your Guide Through the Worst Financial Crisis in Human History. He is also the author of Against Oligarchy, a collection of essays.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Gregory
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Edwards
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Tax Wall Street Party
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Gregory Edwards has been Transportation Adviser for the Tax Wall Street Party since January 2015. Passionate about transportation's role in an advanced society, he has promoted use of modern technologies to solve current infrastructure shortcomings. Gregory believes funding for 21st century infrastructure projects can be achieved through taxation of Wall Street and credit issued by the Federal Reserve.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Roland
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Yanez
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Indivisible of Montgomery County, Maryland
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Roland Yanez worked for several years as a free speech organizer in Miami, Florida. He is currently based in the Washington DC suburbs where he coordinates united front cooperation and political education among the new groups which have emerged after the November 2016 election. As an author, blogger, activist, and independent journalist, he is an advocate for the American system of political economy. You can find him on Twitter @R_A_Yanez.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Webster
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Tarpley
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
United Front Against Austerity
 

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