College of Complexes
weekly free speech forum, since 1951, on social issues and current events
"The Playground for People Who Think"
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2901 West Addison St. (3600 north) Questions and Answers
$3 Tuition, food/drink purchase Rebuttals / Remarks 5 minutes each
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September 29th The Reborn McCarthyism Trend in the Anti-Trump
Meeting # 3,496 - activist Stanfield Smith
There are two movements against Trump's policies, one progressive and one McCarthyite and right wing. Progressives protest his exacerbation of US government's racist policies towards Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, immigrants, women, his ignoring the impact of climate change, policies in support of Israel, against Iran. Democratic and Republican party leaders and the corporate media are hostile towards Trump's moves towards dialogue with Russia. They manufacture a Russophobia to maintain the military-industrial complex and advance US imperial war aims in Syria, other countries, and against Russia. They also seek to shut down alternative news sources, such as RT, that counter the corporate media's disinformation about Syria, Iran, Venezuela. They seek to label and ultimately prosecute anti-war activists as simply agents of Russia, as they are doing with Julian Assange.
Progressives must be careful in the anti-Trump to combat the DNC/RNC corporate media anti-Trump propaganda, because if it is successful, it will be used against us.
October 6th Panel of Speakers
The Deep State from 3 Different Perspectives
Meeting # 3,497
1. Ellen Corley states "the NSA and CIA covert operations are now getting away with literally "revising history" in both domestic and foreign markets by the means of a variety of operations. I will be naming names of the Deep State actors, and present suggestions for how to prosecute them for State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD)s.”
2. Ted Aranda, who has spoken on several false flag operations, states that "the question of the Deep State gets at the heart of the true nature of our "representative governme nt." This type of political system is in fact an oligarchy, not a democracy."
3. Charles Paidock maintains that “People don’t know that federal employees are a 4th branch of the U.S. government, in many ways autonomous from the executive. They don't leave when presidents do, and watch presidents come and go. It is alleged that former President Obama is coordinating a deep state resistance to Trump.”
October 13th Report on a Trip to China
Trump’s Trade Wars and Challenges to Building Socialism
Meeting # 3,498 - John Bachtell, Communist Party USA
John Bachtell will share impressions from the visit by the Communist Party USA delegation to Shenzhen, Beijing, and Anhui province. John will address the implications of Trump's trade war, China's new economic and social reforms, foreign policy and building an ecological civilization.
October 20th The Solution to Chicago’s Gang Violence
Aldermanic Candidate (48th) David Earl Williams III
Meeting # 3,499 - "In the past, we’ve had politicians either turn a blind eye to the growing gang violence, or suggest we use military force (Federally or State) to quell such activities. There’s a more reasonable and cost effective solution to fix Chicago’s gang violence. To understand why people join gangs, you have to understand human motivation and need."
October 27th Good and Bad in Jordan Peterson
“one of the most effective voices against the extreme left”
Meeting # 3,500 – Dr. David Ramsay Steele
Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychology professor who has suddenly become a superstar of social media, with millions of followers, and one of the most effective voices against the extreme left. He represents both the intellectual reaction against political correctness and the death of the traditional media (newspapers and TV), whose dominant role in public debate has been taken over by sites like YouTube and Twitter.
Peterson is a psychology professor at the University of Toronto and until recently a clinical psychologist who counseled of clients for their personal problems. He wrote hundreds of professional articles which greatly influenced thinking in psychology, but until 2016 he was not well-known outside psychology.
In 2016 the Canadian government introduced a Bill called C-16, which sought to extend anti-discrimination law to gender. Peterson claimed that C-16 compelled the use of new gender terms for trans people according to their preferences, and Peterson argued that this is a dangerous violation of freedom of speech.
In September 2016, Peterson started putting out videos on YouTube, criticizing C-16 and political correctness in general. His popular book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was released in January 2018 and has sold millions of copies throughout the world, topping bestseller charts in the US, the UK, and Canada. Peterson receives hundreds of letters every week and the general gist of many of these letters is “You saved my life!”
Peterson’s ideas are drawn from psychology, political science, and the analysis of religious traditions. While he does not adhere to the tenets of any religion, Peterson defends religion as a provider of meaningful stories which help people in their lives.
Dr. David Ramsay Steele, author of Orwell Your Orwell, a study of George Orwell’s thought, will accurately explain Peterson’s thinking and separate the wheat from the chaff.
November 3rd The Chicago Chapter of The Climate Reality Project
Meeting # 3,501 - Natalie Lynn Lichtenbert
One of 80+ national Chapters, a nonpartisan group of local climate activists, comprised of trained Climate Reality Leaders working to support the international nonprofit’s mission of catalyzing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. We combat climate change by working to make the transition to a clean energy economy a priority on the federal, state and local level and rally around Climate Reality’s organizational priorities. Additionally, we launch local projects and initiatives as developed by Chapter members to accelerate climate action in our regional area.
November 10th Defeated Candidate Declares Higher Victory
Meeting # 3,502 - activist Moe Shanfield
November 17th Making Meaning by Interpreting Paintings
Meeting # 3,503 - Prof. Robert Lichtenbert, author of the recently published book "Making Meaning: Welcome to a Fulfilling and Joyful Life' - looks at the world of art as a potential source of meaning in our lives. He states that: "Art gives us in concrete, vivid and powerful forms broad truths about our lives as a whole, for examples, about human nature, the self, the good life and all values. We can know none of these by today's scientific method with its demands for scientific facts."
November 24th Debate:
Christmas Gift Spending Will Result in Extinction vs.
Capitalist "Productivism" Will Result in Prosperity for All
Meeting # 3,504 - Tim Bolger vs. Charles Paidock - with powerpoint presentations
December 1st Author of "Inside" about Organized Crime in Chicago and other Cities
Meeting # 3,505 - "Inside" by Scott M. Hoffman is an intriguing work detailing the internal workings of the Outfit, an organized crime family, which originated on the South Side of Chicago during prohibition and rose to power in the 1920s. The Outfit has been involved in a wide variety of criminal activities including gambling, loan-sharking, prostitution, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, labor racketeering, adult and child pornography, political corruption, and murder. The individuals and events in Inside are composites of real people and real events.
December 8th Compassion & Choices
Meetings # 3,506 - Compassion & Choices is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life, with 450,000 supporters nationwide.
December 15th Marc Loveless, Candidate for Chicago City Clerk
"Ideas that work to make this city better now"
Meetings # 3,507 -
Reform City Vehicle Sticker Program and other Fees.
Provide Quality of Life Report on all New Ordnances.
Commercial True Property Owners Registry.
Social Enterprise and Civic Investment initiative.
Empower Social Entrepreneurship and fertilize Mission Driven Ventures.
Promote Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Civil Liberties.
Promote accountability of fees and reduce penalties to improve quality of life.
December 22nd Open
Meeting # 3,508 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you
would like to speak at (312) 842-5036 office, (312) 714-7790 cell, or
December 29th Midwest Workers Association
Campaign to Stop the Shutoffs of utilities: gas, water, electricity
Meeting # 3,509
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