Weekly Free Speech Forum established Jan. 6, 1951
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
sustaining the academic tradition of  “One Fool at a Time”

Every Saturday at 5:00 PM CT 
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June 15th
A Short History of the Dialectic Materialism of Marxism,
and How It Reflects Reality
Meeting @ 3,771 - Sidney Cohen, long-time college regular
​"Dialectical materialism, a philosophical approach to reality derived from the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. For them, materialism meant that the material world has objective reality independent of mind or spirit and ideas arise only as products and reflections of material conditions."

June 22nd
The Climate Crisis: Capitalism 
or Human / Animal / Most Plants Survival?
Meeting # 3,772 - Kim Scipes, PhD, long-time political and labor activist 
The speaker states that: "Capitalism requires growth; growth requires energy, most energy is derived from fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases that are attacking the atmosphere around the planet, allowing more heat inside the atmosphere, and trapping this excess heat from escaping into space. End result: temperature of Earth keeps increasing; melting ice raising ocean levels, threatening infrastructure of coastal cities around the globe, causing additional migration; destroying coral reefs—the protector of the bottom of the aquamarine food chain on which one-third of humanity is dependent; generating more energy into hurricanes and typhoons; increasing drought in some places, increased precipitation in others; and threatening human health in short term, and extermination of humans, animals and most plants by turn of 22nd Century.

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now at 425 parts per million (ppm) according to NASA; until the year 1750, it never exceeded 300 ppm in 800,000 years!

Alternative visions are needed. Come listen and discuss."

Kim Scipes, PhD, is a long-time political and labor activist who has recently retired from Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana after 18 ½ years. He has published four books and over 265 articles across the US and in 11 countries around the world. He has also worked as a printing press worker, high school teacher, and office worker prior to getting his PhD at age 51 from University of Illinois at Chicago. His web site—with links to publications and climate crisis resources—can be found at https://www.pnw.edu/personal-faculty-pages/kim-scipes-ph-d . Dr. Scipes is working on a new book tentatively titled Combatting the Climate Crisis Through Transforming Trade Unions: A Global Working Person’s Manifesto.

June 29th
Project 2025: Unveiling the Right-Wing Blueprint for U.S. Governance
outlining specific actions to be taken within the first 180 days of the new, incoming Republican Administration
​Meeting # 3,773 - ED Spire
"Project 2025 is a plan outlining specific actions to be taken within the first 180 days of the new Republica Presidential Administration. These actions aim to provide swift relief to Americans affected by the Left’s policies.

Organized by the Heritage Foundation, Project 2025 has brought together 45+ right-of-center organizations that are ready to get into the business of restoring this country through the combination of the right policies and well-trained people.
In November 2016, American conservatives stood on the verge of greatness. The election of Donald Trump to the presidency was a triumph that offered the best chance to reverse the left’s incessant march of progress for its own sake. Many of the best accomplishments, though, happened only in the last year of the Trump administration, after our political appointees had finally figured out the policies and process of different agencies, and after the right personnel were finally in place.

The usual suspects in the permanent political class will be ready for the next conservative administration. Will we be ready for them? That’s where Project 2025 comes in."


July 6th, Special Independence Day Speakers / 2
Point Counter-Point Program
25 Mistakes Our Country has Made, and How to Correct Each One
25 Positive Inventions and Aspects of Our Country's Political Behavior
Anyone in Attendance Can Present Their Own
Meeting # 3,774 - Charles Paidock, historian vs. Peter Pero, 30 years a CoC member
Charles states that "Overall the United States has been administered fairly well, although there have been instances when we fell short of the mark.  The most obvious one is electing the wrong guy president, and not sending someone like Bernie Sanders to the White House,  I will focus instead on positions and policies in which we could have made the country an altogether better republic in which to live, but chose not to do so."

July 13th
Geoengineering and Chemtrails
Meeting # 3,775 - Matt Landman
"Through grassroots activism, film, interviews, and international summits, Matt Landman has gained recognition as a leader in 5G and geoengineering/chemtrail awareness activism. He presents unprecedented and view-changing information directly from official documentation and accepted research. He created the social change documentary Frankenskies, bringing awareness to ongoing atmospheric aerosol injections, chemtrails, weather modification programs and geoengineering. He has hosted a series of conferences, events and protests concerning the questions surrounding chemtrails and relentlessly continues to speak out against the ongoing lies in our skies. In 2018 he hosted the third Global Summit to Stop Geoengineering in Tucson Arizona, protesting the SCOPEX sky-dimming experiment, after which the experiment was placed on ongoing hiatus.

In addition, Matt continues to contest varied Telecom networks with efforts to help citizens locally fight the rollout of the dangerous and disputed 5G data network in their communities. He is currently working on a sequel film titled Frankenskies 2 : Climate Chains, which exposes the false narrative behind climate change and how weather modification programs combined with smart technology and media control will result in humanity's enslavement if gone unchecked. He is also leading a movement to protect humanity from harmful electromagnetic frequencies with his new project, EMF-shielded SPERO Protection Clothing."

Information  https://actualactivists.com/

Movie Frankenstein  https://www.frankenskiesthemovie.com/

EMF Protective Clothing  & Accessories  https://speroprotectionclothing.com/

July 20th
Green Breakdown: The Coming Renewable Energy Failure
Meeting # 3,776 - Steve Goreham, Speaker/Author/Researcher
Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. 

The speaker states that: "Cities, states, nations, industries, and businesses eagerly rush to transition from coal, natural gas, and oil to green energy. The world annually spends hundreds of billions of dollars on wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars, heat pumps, and biofuels. But the renewable energy transition is in trouble and headed for failure."

Advocates Environmental Common Sense regarding 
Economic Trends
Sustainable Development
Corporate Environmental Policy
Climate Change

Books Written:  https://www.stevegoreham.com/books/
Climatism! Science, Common, Sense, and the 21st Century’s Hottest Topic (New Lenox Books, 2010)
The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism (New Lenox Books, 2012)
Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development (New Lenox Books, 2017)
Green Breakdown: The Coming Renewable Energy Failure (New Lenox Books, 2023)

Information:  https://www.stevegoreham.com/

July 27th
Payback: Adopting a New Social Contract, and a 
New System to Pay for It
Why the Top 1% Must Invest in the Rest and How It Can Renew America
Meeting # 3,777 - T. Allen Moon, Author and Lawyer
The speaker states that he will discuss the need for America to adopt -

 (1) a new social contract in which all able-bodied workers under 70 will be guaranteed a job, if the private sector is unable to provide one, that pays a living wage; that all American workers be entitled, as a matter of law, to a decent retirement, adequate health care for themselves and their families, and sufficient post-secondary education to enable them and their children to realize their potential; and 

(2) a new system of taxation to pay for the new social contract. Allen will also provide a PDF of a Q&A, together with his book Payback to explain his reasoning.

PDF of a Q&A:  http://www.collegeofcomplexes.org/Payback_Queations_and_answers.pdf

A Copy of the Book:  
PAYBACK Why the Top 1% Must Invest in the Rest and How It Can Renew America


August 3rd
How the Mind is our Superpower and Tips for Turbocharging It 
Meeting # 3,778 - Tom O'Donnell returns
Young man offers advice to the faculty and students of the College of Complexes on how to improve their intelligence, so we can use improved thinking to get good results and make the world a better place...

Recommendation: People learn new, powerful knowledge proven true by evidence, use it to think critically and take action to improve the health, financial and safety side of life to increase happiness.

August 10th
Mark Rice
Candidate for U.S. Congress IL 8th District
(vs. Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi)
Intends to apply a “Liberty Litmus Test” to Legislation and Policies
Meeting # 3,779 -
The speaker states that: “The American Dream, our freedoms and our future are my biggest concerns right now and I intend to be an Illinois-centric representative in D.C., working on restoring our economy, our security and our Constitutional Rights, particularly attacks on our freedom of speech and religion….Middle class Americans are fed up and getting drained mentally and financially by a government intent on operating without reform or spending constraints…My work in Congress will be to embrace free and open markets, reject Communism and with your support, restore “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”…for ALL Americans!”

In Congress, these will be my priorities:
Restore and Strengthen the Middle Class
Crackdown on Government Waste and Corruption
Apply a “Liberty Litmus Test” to Legislation and Policies
Safety and Security at Home
Peace through Strength Around the World

Campaign website  https://rice4congress.com/ 
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MarkRiceForCongressIL8/ 

August 17th
Chad Koppie
Candidate for US Congress, IL 7th District
(vs, Danny Davis, Democrat)
Meeting # 3,780 – speaking in-person
Chad Koppie is a lifetime farmer. He grew up on a family farm that encompassed 4,000 acres in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. He continued farming in his adult life and currently lives on an 80 acre farm and currently rents 600 acres that he still farms.
“Chad Koppie is one of those rare honest men that will stand firm on principle - He'll stand and fight for the average American, not the priveledged class.”
The speaker states that: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

"Being a farmer is all about good sense and a no-nonsense way of looking at the world. It means that you work the soil and you make things grow. You provide for your family. And you share the richness of what the world brings you to others. That's Chad Koppie's no-nonsense way of looking at the world too.

If you're looking for an establishment career politician that will say one thing now to get elected then do another once he's in office, then Chad Koppie is not your man."

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August 24th
a one-of-a-kind organization that fosters independence and connection for low-income seniors in Chicago
Meeting # 3,781 - Gail Schechter, Executive Director
​"H.O.M.E. is committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly. Our unique set of programs help seniors remain independent & part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living in addition to a variety of citywide support services"

"Each year we provide over 2,500 shopping trips to low-income seniors of 28 buildings, concentrated on the South and West sides of Chicago" 

Mission, Vision, and Values


August 31st
Seeking Special Labor Day Speaker 
on unions
Meeting # 3,782 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at 
cpaidock@hotmail.com or (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell


September 7, 21, 28
Seeking Special Labor Day Speaker on unions
Meeting # 3,783+ contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at 
cpaidock@hotmail.com or (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell

September 14th
Ashley Ramos
Candidate for US Congress, IL 2nd District
(vs, Robin Kelly, Democrat)
Meeting # 3,784 -
"District 2 of Illinois is facing problems that have been ignored, including illegal immigration, homelessness, human trafficking, gang violence, substance abuse, crimes with no accountability, and the outright erosion of liberty and rights of the people in the district."

Policy Positions  

Pro-Liberty and Pro-Limited Government
Pro-2nd Amendment

Pro-Free Markets
Capitalism works. Crony capitalism must be addressed head on and squashed. Free markets mean anyone and everyone can participate in the system to earn a living and provide for their families. We must not fall for the Socialist and Marxist Communist gimmick that sells the notion the government will take care of you! No. The government does a horrible job of taking care of people. The government is there to protect our rights, and often it seems (based on how politically charged and corrupt is has become because of lobbyists and special interest groups,) if they can't even do that correctly, we cannot trust they will take care of the people. It is up to us to keep government in check too. 

Pro-School Choice
Pro-Strong Border Security
Pro-Voter IDs and Election Integrity
Pro-Medical Freedom
Pro-Term Limits
Pro-Law Enforcement

Campaign website  https://www.electashleyramos.com/
Campaign Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ElectAshleyRamos/

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August 31
September 7, 21, 28
Seeking Special Labor Day Speaker 
on unions
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if you would like to speak at 
(312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790