Last month Public Banking Institute founder Ellen Brown published an article calling for a universal basic income funded by a process similar to quantitative easing. We're joined by Ellen and also by basic income advocate and philosopher Jason Burke Murphy to discuss this proposal and the unprecedented intensity of the demand for basic income, partly spurred by the failures of capitalism during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ellen Brown's article is at ellenbrown.com, PBI is publicbankinginstitute.org and Jason Burke Murphy helps run usbig.net and and basicincome.org.
Journalist comrade and DSA member Jaya Sundaresh (@shutupjaya) visits Solidarity House to remind folks not to marginalize newcomers just because they haven't read all the books you have, and discusses organizing offline and on, in pandemics and after them. Her thread on name-dropping and book-shaming is at https://twitter.com/shutupjaya/status/1252798566227234817?s=19 and her newsletter, which you should subscribe to, is jayatime.substack.com.
KC and Matt discuss two significant body horror films from the 1980s as metaphors of capitalist devaluation of life.
Adriel vs the Oligarchs 19: We’re in a Dystopian Sci Fi Novel So Let’s Take it Over, or Heavier Shoes (w/@showusyourwork)
Economic collapse, sci fi, socialism, utopias and dystopias, mutual aid, the future of the Democratic Party, reform vs revolution as a false dichotomy, and more. Plus a (non)tech tip on asking for what you need in social media production. Follow our guest at @ShowUsYourWork, and join socialist organizations and mutual aid networks now.
Former forensic death investigators KC Vernon and Amanda Pittman discuss the political economy of death.
Adriel Hampton and Ricci Sergienko interview Mark Paul of Data for Progress on the need for --and popularity of-- a $2 trillion Green Stimulus bill. Also: Voices by Action Sprout, a product to help populate activists' Facebook organizational pages with relevant political content.
More on the Green Stimulus at https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/3/24/voters-want-green-stimulus
Cowboys on the Commons #17 — Pandemic Imperialism: U.S. starves Iran & Bombs Iraq during Covid-19 crises (featuring Kathy Kelly)
We discuss U.S. bombings of Iraq and talk with Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence about stepped-up sanctions in Iran and their devastating effects on a country besieged by Covid-19. Also: Matt's notes from Chapters 1 & 2 of No Shortcuts by Jane McAlevey.
Adriel & Matt talk to Ricci about Bernie's influence on organizing, the Sunrise movement's viral moment last year confronting Sen. Dianne Feinstein, how various companies are responding to the pandemic, class divisions in the new accelerated automation, and the emergence of class consciousness in the crisis.
What we're reading: Organizing 2.0 goes remote: https://conference.organizing20.org/
Amazon hiring 100,000 new employees: https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/amazon-opening-100000-new-roles
Adriel & Matt discuss scarcity & shortages under capitalism, misinformation, the potential of tech when freed from corruption & greed, & much more in the context of the current pandemic.
Our citations: Covid-19 & communitarianism: https://www.wired.com/story/to-fight-covid-19-curb-the-spread-of-germs-and-rumors/
Google tells employees to work from home-- https://www.businessinsider.com/google-recommends-emea-employees-work-home-coronavirus-2020-3
Amazon & paid sick leave-- https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/11/21175538/amazon-coronavirus-paid-sick-leave-all-employees-relief-fundYouTube monetization controversy-- https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/11/21174212/youtube-coronavirus-monetization-ads-susan-wojcicki-sensitive-subject-phil-defranco
Threats to privacy paved with good intent--https://www.cnet.com/news/why-your-privacy-could-be-threatened-by-a-bill-to-protect-children/
Clearview AI is terrible
"The conspiracies are coming from inside the house" -- https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/internet-conspiracies-are-coming-inside-country/607645/
Matt invites debate coach Malcom Gordon into the commune for a discussion of the March 15 primary debate. We've got it all: the low bar for Biden, the media construction of electability, Biden's lies and his concessions to Bernie on policy, and where each candidate came up short on centering the voices of the oppressed. Plus some deeper analysis on who won the climate change debate. Please support our work at patreon.com/solidarityhouse.