POWER and POLITICS (2)

Vivek
                      NandaThis new way of learning for iU3A uses a Massive Open Online Course called “Power and Politics in Today’s World” by Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University. This ranges from the euphoria that accompanied the collapse of communism in the late 1980s to the politics of fear and resentment that has overtaken much of the world since 2016, focusing on how did we get from there to here, what comes next and what could lead us to better politics? Members watch two video lectures at home, and then meet to discuss them (online currently).

Group Coordinator: Vivek Nanda (please click this link to contact)
When

On the first and third Fridays of the month (August and December to be confirmed) starting promptly at 2.30pm, and ending at 4.30pm or earlier, until July 2021.
Where

While you are at home via your computer, smart phone, or tablet, or when possible in an accessible private room in an Islington public building

Overview

elephant in the roomThis friendly and welcoming group discusses Power & Politics together, sharing different perspectives and priorities, to enrich the learning experience of all in a sociable and enjoyable way. For our third Friday monthly meetings, the outline structure of the Yale course is here. The Yale essay questions (for iU3A discussion, not essays) for the course can be found here. Our additional online meetings are on the first Friday monthly from May 2020, at 14:30, to discuss issues not covered by Prof. Shapiro, which we call 'Power and Politics in Tomorrow’s World.' Discussion themes proposed and agreed by Group Members are here, and the resources recommended by Group Members to support these meetings can be found here.




Next Month's Meetings
On Friday 5 June 2020 at 2.30pm, we’ll meet online; members will make five minute presentations on, “Where and how could we live when we’re older, with a focus on ‘Alternatives to Care Homes’” before discussing ideas and options together.

On Friday 19 June 2020 at 2.30pm, we’ll meet online to discuss Prof Shapiro’s Lectures 8 & 9:

In Lecture 8: Privatizing Government I: Utilities, Eminent Domain, and Local Government, Prof. Shapiro discusses what is privatization and what are its consequences? In this lecture, Prof. Shapiro helps us to answer these two questions. He maps out varieties of privatization, revisits Neoliberalism & the Washington Consensus, and discusses the politics, law and economics of eminent domain; and the political, economic and social effects of privatizing local government. This lecture can be found here. The optional readings for this lecture can be found here.

In Lecture 9: Privatizing Government II: Prisons and the Military, Prof. Shapiro discusses the privatization of two core government functions, providing military and prisons. He talks about host nation trucking in Afghanistan and provides background on the emergence of U.S. private prisons before he draws useful comparisons between the military and prison industries on how we should think about the consequences of privatization in both areas. This lecture can be found here. The optional readings for this lecture can be found here.
 
Our Past Meetings
At the end of our online meeting in April 2020, members agreed that we’d like more opportunities to discuss issues not covered by Professor Shapiro in this series of lectures, as the Covid-19 crisis has increased the scope of this more than we first discussed. These discussion meetings are identified as “Power and Politics in Tomorrow’s World” and we agreed to hold these extra meetings on the first Friday of each month from May 2020.

Thank you to members who joined us online for the first of these extra meetings of ‘Power and Politics in Tomorrow’s World’ on 1st May 2020 and made interesting suggestions (“Five Minute Fixes”) for subjects for these extra meetings. The main themes that emerged during this discussion can be found here. Members agreed that as well as continuing our iU3A Power and Politics in Today’s World course, which follow Professor Shapiro’s Yale University videos, we will continue to hold these extra meetings online each month, until further notice.

So far, our previous meetings of Power and Politics in Today’s World have discussed Professor Shapiro’s Yale University video lectures as follows:

-       Lecture 7: Shifting Goalposts: The Anti-Tax Movement which can be found here, and the optional readings for this lecture can be found here.

-       Lecture 6: Reorienting the Left: New Democrats, New Labour, and Europe’s Social Democrats, is here and optional readings for Lecture 6 can be found here.

-       Lecture 5: The Resurgent Right in the West, which can be found here and optional readings are here.

-       Power and Politics in Today’s World — Office Hours 1, in which Prof. Shapiro and his teaching assistant (Christina Seyfried) answer questions about the collapse of communism and its aftermath. This video can be found here.

-       Lecture 4: Fusing Capitalist Economics with Communist Politics: China and Vietnam, which can be found here. The optional readings for Lecture 4 are here.

-       Lecture 3: Advent of a Unipolar World: NATO and EU Expansion. The video is here. The optional readings are here.

-       Lecture 2: 'From Soviet Communism to Russian Gangster Capitalism' which can be found here. The optional readings for this lecture can be found here. The iU3A slides used at the start of the meeting can be found here.

-       Lecture 1: Introduction to Power and Politics in Today’s World video is here. The iU3A slides used at the start of the meeting can be found here.


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