-Meeting 6 Karina Kraenzle

Wednesday April 18th 2018,  10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Karina writes:I have tried to centre the discussion on capitalism itself, both in relation to climate crisis as well as to many other issues.

1. Tim Swinehart: “Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Reclaim “the Commons” in the Curriculum  A short summary of how the theft of the commons has a long history associated with capitalism (and colonialism) and how that got us to where we are now in terms of climate crisis.

2. An explanation of Capitalism https://marketplace.regent-college.edu/ideas-media/business-economy/what-is- capitalism

3. Another explanation of capitalism https://fee.org/articles/what-is-capitalism-anyway/

4. A talk by Naomi Klein. In fact, in this keynote address to the San Miguel Writers Fest in 2017, she cleverly brings together her last three books, No Logo, (about marketing and branding), The Shock Doctrine (her book about disaster capitalism) and her latest book, This Changes Everything (about Climate change and capitalism) to form her analysis of the current state of affairs vis a vis capitalism, politics and climate change. It’s about an hour long, so make yourself a cup of tea and have a look HERE

5. For those of you who are interested in The Leap Manifesto, (referred to in the previous talk) here is the link: https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/

6. I’d also like to suggest the documentary Saving Capitalism (a bit over an hour long), based on the book by Robert Reich, public policy professor at Berkeley and former labour secretary to Clinton. It’s both interesting and entertaining, mainly focussed on the U.S. Available on Netflix. (N.B. Reich also hosts a fabulous podcast called Resistance Report, which gives context to current U.S. politics – and suggestions for citizen activism)

7. The link below is a brief synopsis of Thomas Picketty’s book Capital, which came out a couple of years ago, and made waves for its detailed (lots of charts and graphs) analysis of the history of capitalism, particularly focusing on wealth distribution and inequality. Its importance lies in its thorough quantitative analysis of data over long periods of time that proves what many people had already intuited. It’s a 700-page tome and requires a lot of commitment to read – hence, the synopsis. 🙂 https://hbr.org/2014/04/pikettys-capital-in-a-lot-less-than-696-pages

———

Responses:

Hello Karina; Sorry I can’t get to your talk April 18 10 am, but hope to be there by noon. I’ve read your link giving a summary of how the long history of the commons has been partitioned by the wealthy and powerful for capital gains by a few . The Canadian Continuing Non-profit Housing Co-operative Movement, very big in the 1970’s, was searching for an alternative legal structure. The main point of this alternative was not just that it was “nonprofit”, but that as a co-op legal entity (provincial legislation) all users were required to make decisions on the process of their housing from planning, development, design and property management. This paradigm shift to housing as a “process” rather than “commodity” challenged the status quo. In my committed experience it took extraordinary volunteer hours and constant co-op membership education, but many transferable skill were learned for improving other aspects of co-op member’s lives. I believe it was/is a unique model because of the legislative aspects, and because members were fully engaged in their housing as a process. Sandra Hawkins

Advertisements