Session 20 on Wednesday 20th May 2015

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Downstairs (back bar) at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  2. Should Critical Thinking produce an academic paper on the political economy? (40 mins)
  3. Video: progress and publication. Next shoot? Next script - interest. Other ideas (45 mins)
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 19 on Wednesday 13th May 2015 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion - current news in context (35mins)
  2. Post election. Power to achieving things v how to impose your will - collaboration is key (40 mins)
  3. Speaking truth to power: Crit Think video planning and progress  (40 hour)
  4. Planning (5 mins)

 

Session 19 on Wednesday on 13th May 2015 – notes

  1. CISI – Wealth Management Forum debate: “This house believes that the economy no longer serves the interests ofthe majority and is heading for collapse. This house also believes thatthe cause is structural and so fiscal and monetary levers are insufficientto counter the threat to wealth and prosperity.”
    FOR: Clive Menzies, Chartered FCSI, Director - Fund Building Ltd
    AGAINST: Trevor Williams, Chief Economist, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

    Before the debate began, 29% of the audience voted for the motion, at the end 32%, a modest increase but interesting nonetheless.
    What is significant is that nearly a third of these professionals believe we're heading for economic meltdown, driven by a machine of which they are a part. In spite of this, they continue to do what they do because every incentive (monetary, physical and emotional) and their survival depends on remaining compliant - Fear.
    John Taylor Gatto. 5 hour The Ultimate History Lesson relates midway through – went to speak to someone at Harvard – who agreed Gatto is not the first to discover what's going on in education but said "there's no tenure in what you're doing". 2015 Constitutionalists have to get out there and do things. The website is not the most important thing although reference material is essential. Mary put up a great Democafe website in no time without saying anything until it was done. Russell Brand is a net positive force, in spite of his flirtation with the dark side – Trews Cafe – Keiser complementary currency (Trews cash card). "We all need to be Russell Brand"?. Too much emphasis on him. REvolution – extract. Shallowness of fame. Time will tell. People in the spotlight – need to step back. Responsible approach on most recent Max Keiser. David Graeber – bureacracy glues hierarchy; society and acts as impediment to change. Government – civil service. We should behave like the top of the pyramid. Anarchists – behave as normal. How bureaucracy appears. Market solution is not free because of the rules from the bureaucracy. WWII – ooprtunity for US to replace British Empire – UN, Bretton Woods, etc. Gold standard abandoned – financialisation. Bureaucracy – heirarchy. Analytical systems review – systems can change quickly. Expose the illegitimacy of the system – not the only way of ruling. Ministers. Bureacracy – a defensive wall between – creating paperwork. Time spent on nothing IS the economy. Computer desk and chair. Call centre staff. The paperwork in the economy.

  2. Video progress – Got the audio – 7 mins too much for one video – edited the first bit. Economic to do the filming in one hit. Helicopter sound. Marina in Chelsea Harbour - possible location. One Hyde Park. Revolutions – killing the elite but not the system. Making things – discussing things. Art (video) offers a structure to take things away from talking around the table. Use all the different ideas and develop it. Soundtrack with helicopter in the middle. Everyone is one of the people.

  3. In Eastern Europe everyone knows how the oligarchs became rich and powerful and what they were before. We have no memory of how the Queen, Rothschilds, Rockefellers and the Bushes became rich.

 

Session 18 on Wednesday 5th May 2015 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Downstairs (back bar) at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  2. Critical Thinking's purpose and future (40 mins)
    Aggregating knowledge and analysis; theory of political economy; interpreting events through the theory; communicating analysis to all audiences: Structural elite, middle classes, disadvantaged and disengaged; men/women, young/old, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
  3. Video concepts, etc. (45 mins)
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 18 on Wednesday on 6th May 2015 – notes

  1. No one wants change – everyone's frightened of change. More animosity within opposition than towards the establishment. Comfort in rhetoric? Getting to the roots of the problem – climate change. Information - world view. Art 1960s study – ideas not in the mainstream. Resurrecting free from experimental art from the 60s. No longer dangerous – tamed. Internet revolution. Reveals the ugly reality. Disappearing window of opportunity. Competing narratives layered to obscure truth. Tom Secker, James Corbett conversation. Conspiracy channel – Sky. Tom Secker – little information revealed. Left is owned. Trotsky's biography. Anthony Sutton – Lenin sealed train with gold. Isaac Deutscher. 3Volume biography of Trotsky: The Prophet Armed (1954), The Prophet Unarmed (1959) and The Prophet Outcast (1963).

  2. Twitter howto Janos – 5:30pm 13th May at home. Twitter on Evening standard

  3. Google advertising revenues cut - We are change and Corbett lost revenue. Proposer of change has the responsibility to make the case. Follow up is what? Playing on a tilted playing field. System ignores jurisprudence methodology. Words need to assault the unthinking – John Maynard Keynes. Ed Miliband – not charismatic but has Jewish and Muslim supporters. Ideological divide. Gerald Kaufman pushed to the background because of his being overtly Jewish?. RT program – book about guns. US focus. Copycat gun culture. Ubiquitous AK47. Terrorist weapon of choice - taints Russia but actually made elsewhere. Terrorists never have US guns or vehicles even though the US may arrange to supply weapons - they always supply no-US equipment.

  4. Martin Wolf, Paul Krugman – austerity doesn't work – ideological strategy. Anti-Keynesian and bad for the economy. QE – using Keynes as a pretext. Exponential. Video. Fibonacci series. Debate at CISI on May 13th - should be video recorded.

  5. Post election. Power to achieving things v how to impose your will. History of Scotland. Reformation links with France and Holland – Protestant Catholic division. Flipped.from heretics (Protestants) being persecuted to Catholics becoming the victimised minority.

Session 17 on Wednesday 29th April 2015

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion - current news in context (40mins)
  2. Speaking truth to power: Crit Think video run through script and trying the masks (1 hour)
    Listen to recorded dialogue and discuss how to proceed.
  3. Discussion and planning (20 mins)