Upcoming Panel Discussion about Poverty at Fayetteville Library

Hello fellow Voluntaryists, and local activists of all sorts!

In case you have not yet heard, we at the Ozark Voluntaryist Network are holding a panel discussion on Corporatism and Structural Poverty on January 12th, 2018, from 1 pm to 4:45 pm, in the Walker room at the Fayetteville Arkansas Public Library. I will give a main talk, our panelists will respond and make points of their own, I’ll give a brief rejoinder and then after a short break we will still have up to 2 hours to field questions from our audience.

Our discussion will range from local activist projects intended to help the homeless and poor to the broader legal and economic environment that traps people in poverty in the U.S. and in the Ozarks. We’ll discuss the causes of poverty and how to overcome them. We’ll also discuss the differences between the existing economic system and one with freed markets, mutual aid and a wider distribution of economic power throughout the general populace.

Among the major topics I’ll cover in my talk will be:

  1. The cartelization of healthcare in the U.S. by government on the State, local and Federal level and how this has led to artificially high prices, lower availability of medical care and lower quality of care;
  2. How dependence on employer-provided health insurance, in conjunction with cartelization of the healthcare industry, causes “job-lock” and deprives the working class of the ability to bargain effectively with their employers or to become self-employed;
  3. How legislation from Taft-Hartley to “Right-to-Work” laws handicap workers by taking away their ability to bargain collectively;
  4. How licensing and zoning laws and other regulations create barriers to entry that effectively criminalize making a living and prevent the poor from improving their own lives;
  5. And how urban renewal, eminent domain, inflation of the U.S. dollar, the structure of government run “welfare” programs and the drug war all destabilize our lives and communities and take away our ability to organize effectively to solve the problems that face us as a society.

Panelists will discuss local efforts to help the homeless and poor in our area, how the Federal Reserve devalues U.S. currency, and anything else they want to talk about to help us find ways to alleviate poverty in our community.

We want to invite everyone who can make it to come see us and participate in the discussion! Help us spread the word, and we’ll start off 2018 with a hearty dose of community building. We want to help raise awareness of some of the problems we face as a society, and invite others to join us in direct action and activist projects through which we can attempt to solve them.

The State won’t solve our problems for us, we must solve them ourselves. Join us, and let’s get to work!

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