Join Justin Tucker, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Illinois, as he speaks to the College of Complexes about why the LP is still in the best position to break the old party duopoly. He will also explain the party's principles, history, and how you can join America's third-largest political party.
Zen and the Art of Non-Conflict
Meeting # 3,620 -
College regular Michael Kazanjian will tell us how nation states do not have to go to war. He maintains that by military-diplomacy ergonomics, designed around soft power, will make a difference and bring about a peaceful world without hard power war.
Soft power is defined as: civil affairs teams working local people to secure and restore social structures including education, religion, recreation, infrastructure, healthcare, transportation, government, utilities, and so on.
Hard power is defined as: guns, bombs, combat aircraft, the traditional, conventional military but also nuclear weapons, and involves combat as a means to victory by military personnel.
Cuban Health Care / Panel of Speakers
Chicago Cuba Coalition
Meeting # 3,621
In the news:
"Communist island nation could become the world’s smallest country to develop not just one, but multiple coronavirus vaccines."
Carelia Drake; Cuban primary care doctor for 22 years, medical brigade volunteer to to Haiti, as well as Namibia and Venezuela, solidarity and anti-imperialist activist, Coalición Chicago En Solidaridad Con Latino America
Julie Wolenski; Occupational Therapist, Chicago Cuba Coalition, participant in international brigade to Cuba
Harvey McArthur; Chicago Cuba Coalition, participant in international brigade to Cuba
Access to health care is considered a fundamental human right in Cuba, guaranteed in the Cuban Constitution. The right to health care was an important accomplishment of the 1959 revolution. Millions of workers and peasants, led by Fidel Castro and the July 26thmovement, began a new historical chapter that prioritized human life and dignity. In this revolutionary spirit, literacy was eliminated and national attention was given to improving living standards for all. Over the years, the Cuban healthcare system has been internationally recognized for the quality of care provided and the achievements in both scientific development and world health care indicators (ie. infant mortality 4.9/1000). Cuban healthcare is free to all and is organized through the public health system that prioritizes prevention and health promotion. Because of this history and the ongoing mobilization of its people, Cuba has demonstrated a well-organized public health response to the Covid19 pandemic (infection rate in Cuba is 50+ times lower than in the US, fatality rate in Cuba is 85+ times lower than in the US). And Cuba’s world leadership in response to the pandemic, does not stop at the border. In the period March to early December 2020, Cuba has sent 53 brigades of health workers to 40+ countries, in addition to those already working in 58 countries. Cuba is an example of international solidarity and as former UN Secretary General Bank Ki Moon stated, it serves as “a model for many countries”.
Libertarian Party Statement of Principles:
"We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market."