Economics

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Learning objectives for the Economic Track Curriculum:

1.-  Understanding that the issues are not  just about money and greed, but rather the political and economic system.

2.-  Carefully understanding the issues tol allow us to give a better response (organizing model).

3.-  Why the response needs to come from the people that are affected by the problem.

Topics:

1.-  A system that is as politically dependable as well as $$ dependable:  Explain in depth the concept of capitalism, that is not only about money, but also requires a strong political structure, that allows, supports and guarantees the “proper functioning”.

2.- Profit comes from exploitation: Explain the basic rule of capitalism that generating profit necessitates the use of exploitation.  Wealth is accumulated through owning the means of production.  (Capitalism 4 points description with diagram and personal questions)

3.- Evolution of the exploitation: From slavery to “low skill” jobs,  including new technology and automation.

4.- Incentives of capitalism vs community (use value and exchange value): Use the explanation of the use value and exchange value as a way to explain the incentives of capitalism that are based on profit and not in community.  And those incentives also support inequality.

5.– The role of government and social services/programs on capitalism: How the whole system creates inequality by using social services and programs as pacifiers, rather than dealing with the roots of the problems .

6.- More than a moral question: Understanding that is not only necessary to make the rich people feel bad and show them that they are doing something wrong, but that the real problem is the system and the structure that allows, needs and demands, to create profit.  So even when one corporation wants to “treat their workers right,” the structure doesn’t allow the company to make less profit and therefore the corporation can’t exist.  Or it may create a “new market”, like organic food or the “social responsible market”, that is not meant to be in the reach of everyone.

7.- Reforms in the capitalism model:  When the government makes reforms to deal with poverty, one of the best examples is the healthcare reform.  Historical examples (New Deal)

8.- Organizing as a response:  We don’t have all the answers, but we know that organizing to build a social movement that can push for real structural change, and we can use the housing campaign and the healthcare campaign as an example.