FORTHCOMING DATES 2019 (including regular meetings, updated each week* or month**)
** Wednesday 24th April 2019: The City of Westminster Cogers will continue to hold its meeting, as always, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7-9.15pm, upstairs in The Plumber’s Arms pub, 14 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LN, about 200 yards from Victoria Station. All are most welcome to come along and to speak: www.cogers.org
** Wednesday 24th April 2019: Breaking the Frame (New Lucas Plan) Reading Group: The fourth in our series on Mike Cooley. The reading group is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm in the lobby at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG (there are sofas in a quiet area outside the bar where we can meet) – please contact Dave King for confirmation.
* Friday 26th April 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: usually in corridor next to Cafe: If you can’t find us, call John: 07950 996418 • Occupy London • Economics Working Group • www.co-operativesocialism.org
* Sunday 28th April 2019, 6-8pm: Meetup, 4th Sunday of the month, at Speaker’s Corner, hosted by Janos Abel, From “Something New Must Emerge” – details of next meeting follow.
* Monday 29th April 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: usually in corridor next to Cafe: If you can’t find us, call John: 07950 996418 • Occupy London • Economics Working Group • www.co-operativesocialism.org
* Monday 29th April 2019: – 5-7pm (free) – Towards a Communalist Approach • Hosted by Kyle Farren, the organiser and co-organiser of the London Communalism Meetup • Informal meetings, to which all are welcome t Communalism, popular assemblies, and direct democracy in London • Discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern • For the first half of each meeting, internal education, reading a work and discussing it, like The Next Revolution or Utopia for Realists. For the second half, discussion of projects, like how to introduce a basic income to the UK or save the NHS. Venue: Caffe Forum, 146 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4SZ: map. See also: https://cocreativelearning.org/index.php/CoCreative_Learning: • Contact via Meetup.
* Tuesday 30th April 2019: Free Critical Thinking: 7pm-9pm, London School of Mosaic, Basement Studio No 73-96, Ludham House, Southampton Road, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground and Belsize Park tube): See Daily Pickings: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy and in pithy summary – “Hierarchy, theft of the Commons and Usury are the fundamental drivers of poverty, wars, environmental destruction and the enslavement of humanity. Once we understand that, we’re on the road to recovering humanity.” See also our sister website: https://cocreativelearning.org/index.php/CoCreative_Learning
Wednesday 1st May 2019 – 7-9pm – Positive Money Hammersmith: Interest Rates Reconsidered. At the heart of modern economic theory is the concept of interest rates being used to control the economy by striking a balance between growth and inflation. It is a concept that is so well entrenched that few would challenge its validity but when the policy is matched against outcome its track record is disappointing to say the least. Low interest rate policy has failed to stimulate the post-crash economies of Japan and Europe and the marginal success in the UK and USA has more to do with Quantitative easing. This is not its only failure when high interest rates were used to squeeze out inflation in 1980’s Britain it remained stubbornly high. As a theory it is not fit for purpose and we should be looking for alternatives. This talk will present an alternative where inflation, growth and interest rates are linked but not as commonly assumed. Not by interest rates balancing growth and inflation but rather as a means of controlling the money supply that in turn has a knock on effect on them. This alternative comes about by small tweaks to current economic theory but it then can be used to explain why cheap money policies have not worked in Europe or Japan and the failure of that monetarist experiment in Britain along with underlying inflation, stagnation, hyperinflation, bubbles and the success of forward guidance. This explanation of money creation may differ slightly from that proposed by Positive Money but the outcomes are much the same. Banks with an almost unlimited ability to create money, asset bubbles and financial inequality. Artie Lees is an engineer in the utilities sector. The talk will be followed by a discussion where everyone is invited to express their views. We’re a friendly group attended by a good mix of regulars and first timers. Venue: Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, W6 0DT. There is an optional £4 donation towards the venue cost.
** Monday 6th May 2019: Sylvan Debating Club: Our next meeting will be held on first Monday of the month as always, back in our usual venue – the Old Bank of England tavern, 194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT – starting at 7pm. Nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Temple. The Motion to be debated is “This House believes that much more housing needs to be built on Green Belt land”. The Proposer and the Opposer remain to be announced.
Wednesday 8th May: Positive Money Tower Hamlets: Mike Flood on Critical Information: https://www.criticalinformation.org.uk/about – Venue: Minerva Community Centre, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9EH. Please come along and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too: https://positivemoney.org/localgroup/london-tower-hamlets/
** Wednesday 8th May 2019: The Great Dunmow Society of Cogers will be holding its second Wednesday of the month meeting, from 7.30pm, in its regular venue The Maltings, Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1BG. If you have any questions, please call 01371 879870. All are most welcome and will be able to speak: www.cogers.org
** Monday 13th May 2019: The City of London Society of Cogers, meets on the second Monday of the month, 7pm-9.15pm, in the Old Bank of England tavern, 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, next to the Law Courts. All are most welcome to attend and to speak: www.cogers.org
Thursday 16th May 2019: New City Agenda: 9.00am-10.15am: EVENT: Sir John Kingman’s Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council: Sir John Kingman, Chair of the IRFRC and Chair, Legal and General: Chaired by Lord Sharkey: Committee Room 14, House of Commons. To register please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Monday 20th May 2019: – 6-8pm – Towards a Communalist Approach • Hosted by Kyle Farren, the organiser and co-organiser of the London Communalism Meetup • Informal meetings, to which all are welcome free of charge, to discuss Communalism, popular assemblies, and direct democracy in London • Discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern • For the first half of each meeting, internal education, reading a work aloud and discussing it, like The Next Revolution or Utopia for Realists. For the second half, discussion of projects, like how to introduce a basic income to the UK or save the NHS. • Third Monday of each month in 2019 • In the Reading Room, Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH – map: Contact via Meetup Page.
**Tuesday 21st May 2019: Ware Society of Cogers be holding its third Tuesday meeting, from 8pm, in its regular venue – The Brewery Tap, 83 High St, Ware SG12 9AD – a 5-7 minute walk from Ware train station. All are most welcome and will be able to speak: www.cogers.org