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The American System

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June 1, 2017

June 2, 2017

Recalling Edward VIII, the Royal Who Posed as an Anti-Establishment Populist and Reigned as King of Great Britain in 1936: An Axis Sympathizer and Arch-Appeaser Who Enabled Hitler’s Daring March Into the Rhineland, Betrayed U.S. Code Secrets to Fascist Italy, Delivered an Infamous Radio Appeal for Appeasement in Spring 1939, Helped Guide the German Attack Through the Ardennes That Started the Rout of France in May 1940, and Encouraged the Terror Bombing of British Cities as the Path to Peace Even as He Proclaimed His Concern About Coal Miners; How He Was Forced to Abdicate

 

 

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.

 

Back on Track Towards Republican Collapse and Democratic Split: An Autopsy for the Old Two-Party System Amidst a Mass Extinction of Political Parties Across the World

Host/Sponsor: 
United Front Against Austerity
 
Room: 
1.83
 
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
 
Abstract: 
Nine years after the Panic of 2008, the coming of the Trump administration has finally detonated the greatest mass strike upsurge in US history, with over 5 million protesters in the streets on January 21, followed by months of continuous agitation. The opportunities now emerging are breathtaking, and require new methods. The Democratic ticket lost the 2016 election most of all because of the lack of mass traction economic demands, especially the absence of a program for 40 million new productive jobs. But the Resistance is hobbled by the residue of decades of marginalization, in particular the overwhelming stress on identity politics that can become a straitjacket when mass action is once again possible. Demands like Free College, Medicare for All, the $15 Minimum Wage, Halting Foreclosures, and full employment job creation – all paid for by Wall Street and the Fed -- can quickly become the basis for a united front capable of contending for political power in the years just ahead. Good strategy can also lead to the collapse of the racist and reactionary GOP as a national force, and a split among Democrats leaving the Wall Street faction isolated