Every 6 weeks we have a forum in which we select 2 topics from our list of 15 – 20. We meet Sunday afternoons for 3 hours. Our list of forum topics continues to expand. Listed below are topics we’ve either covered or will cover in the future.
SPIRITUALITY AND CAPITALISM
How is spirituality used and abused by capitalism? To what extent can it be used to lessen alienation?
PSYCHOLOGY AND CAPITALISM
In what ways is psychology used to support capitalism?
If there were a socialist psychology, what would it look like?
What are the factors that lead to over-consumption under capitalism? Topics will include advertising, planned obsolescence and the creation of needs out of wants.
THE SIZE OF THE HUMAN POPULATION – TO WHAT EXTENT IS THERE A PROBLEM?
THE PLACE AND MISPLACE OF NATIONALISM UNDER CAPITALISM
On the one hand nationalism can be used to defend nation-states against globalization of capitalism. Left wing movements and right wing movements have used nationalism during its two hundred twenty year history. What criteria do we use to make judgments about it?
PROPAGANDA IN CAPITALISM – HOW IT WORKS AND HOW SUCCESSFUL IS IT?
FAME AND CELEBRITY UNDER CAPITALISM
Most people are very identified with sports figures, movie stars, musicians or even all three. How do we make sense of this identification? How can we move beyond being cynical about it, and capture the positive moment in it and join people where they are?
WORLD GEOPOLITICAL FORMATIONS – WHO’S ALIGNING WITH WHOM?
Looking at geopolitics nation-state by nation-state is like playing checkers. Understanding geopolitics as alignments of three to five states is like playing chess, as Brzezinski might say. What are the criteria used for nation-states to form and sustain alliances?
CAPITALISM AND THE ENERGY CRISIS
To what extent are capitalists in control of the use of oil, coal, water and natural gas on this planet? Are they incompetent and shortsighted or is this intentional?
Is there a relationship between investment in finance capital and energy depletion?
CAPITALISM AND GLOBAL WARMING
Where in the world will the impact of global warming hit worst?
Are world leaders flying blind or have they thought this through?
What are the time-line and regional projections for extreme global warming impact on the US?
RACISM AND CAPITALISM
In what ways is capitalism using race not just among the working class but also in high politics, such as with Obama?
Ferguson and capitalism.
ALIENATION IN SERVICE INDUSTRIES
In what ways is white-collar service and professional work similar and different from industrial and assembly line work?
SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF SUBORDINATION
What are the mechanisms by which people accept their subordination and do not rebel?
What are the conditions under which people are likely to rebel?
IMPACT OF CAPITALISM ON GLOBAL EPIDEMICS
How are epidemics like Ebola treated in 3rd world countries and continents like West Africa – and what is the reason for that treatment?
How do capitalism and economic development leading to globalization transform regional epidemics to global epidemics?
Are epidemics in 3rd world countries a product of colonialism and imperialist oppression?
IMPERIALISM AND THE PACIFIC PIVOT
What is the US government’s Pacific Pivot plan and will the US determination to secure US hegemony in the region lead to war with China?
What is the TPP’s (Trans-Pacific Partnership) economic agenda?
What part does Hong Kong’s play in the Pacific Pivot – Japan?
RADICAL STRATEGIES AND TACTICS
What are anarchists’ tactics at Ferguson (Oakland) and beyond and what do we think of them?
Competing degree of militancy and the place and misplace of it in this movement.
What does a radical practice look like?
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF ORGANIZING PEOPLE
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPY AGENCIES AND CAPITALISTS