Readings for October 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on October 17th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Basic Universal Income

Articles to Discuss

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? By Andrew Flowers – The idea of a universal basic income is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money.

The Case Against a Basic Income BY DANIEL ZAMORA – A universal basic income would shore up the market. We need ideas that shrink it.

The Rich Already Have a UBI BY MATT BRUENIG – 10 percent of all national income is paid out to the 1 percent as capital income. Why not give it to all as a universal basic income?

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Readings for September 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on September 19th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

The readings this month center on the wide variety of Socialists and what they believe.

Socialism is Sharing

Articles to Discuss

What Is Democratic Socialism? BY NEAL MEYER – Everybody’s talking about democratic socialism these days. Here’s what you need to know about it.

What Do Socialists Mean By Socialism? BY TODD CHRETIEN – Conservatives are hopelessly confused by the revival of an old enemy: socialism. Not surprisingly, socialists are better at explaining what’s going on.

Readings for August 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on August 15th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

The readings this month center on what to do about elections, and what sort of party we should build. What does it do? How does an organization committed to revolution, not reform, compete within the framework of a system that is reformist by its very nature? What is the role of the party right here and now? What should be its organizing principles?

Voting Sticker

Articles to Discuss

The Ballot and the Break BY ERIC BLANC – Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party, the most successful labor party in US history, is rich in lessons for challenging the two-party system.

From Realignment to Reinforcement BY KIM MOODY – Leftists looking to take over the Democratic Party will confront even more roadblocks than in the past.

Revolutionaries, Elections and the Democrats BY TODD CHRETIEN – What Will Build a Revolutionary Socialist Movement?

Supplemental Reading

The U.S. Left in Transition BY JOE ALLEN

The Two Souls of Democratic Socialism BY KIM MOODY

Marxists and Elections BY PAUL D’AMATO

What Do We Do About Elections? BY BRIAN NOE

Readings for June 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on June 20th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

The Topic Is Palestine

Great March of Return

Read These Articles:

https://electronicintifada.net/content/future-nakba/24236

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/nakba-day-great-return-march-palestinian-liberation

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/great-return-march-nakba-palestine-resistance

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/12/jerusalem-israel-palestine-trump-saudi-arabia

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/09/carlos-rosa-chicago-bds-democratic-party

Readings for May 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on May 16th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Health Care is the subject.

X-Ray Cartoon

Here are our readings for this month.

Summoning the Future – RONAN BURTENSHAW – The story of the British National Health Service, one of the twentieth century’s great working-class achievements.

A Brief History of American Health Reform – COLIN GORDON – In order to win universal health care, we have to understand what — and who — we’re up against.

Cuba and Healthcare (PDF)

Readings for March 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on March 21st at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

West Virginia Teachers

West Virginia!

The Strike Is On – AN INTERVIEW WITH JAY O’NEAL- “We’re not going back to work until there’s solid proof that our demands are going to be met,” a teacher unionist on strike in West Virginia tells Jacobin.

Do-It-Yourself Class Struggle – BY KEVIN PROSEN – One lesson from the West Virginia teachers’ strike is clear: nobody is coming to save us. We’ll have to do it ourselves.

“It Was About the Insurance Fix” – BY MEAGAN DAY – West Virginia teachers are engaged in an inspiring illegal strike. They’re also showing why we desperately need Medicare for All.

West Virginia’s Militant Minority – BY ERIC BLANC – Without the bold initiative of a core of deeply rooted, radical teachers, there would have been no strike in West Virginia.

“There Is No Illegal Strike, Just an Unsuccessful One” – BY JOE BURNS – The West Virginia teacher strike represents a return to public worker unionism’s radical roots.