LJDC June Book and Film Recommendations

This Month’s Book and Movie Recommendation
By Marcia Bookstein

Why You Should Be A Socialist
by Nathan J. Robinson
All Points Books (December 10, 2019)336 pages

I finished Capital in the 21st Century on Wednesday the 13th, at 11:03 a.m.  I celebrated in my head–it took three and a half years, and what a slog!  If you’re into equations and minutiae this would be the book for you. Instead I would suggest Why YOU Should Be a Socialist, by Nathan Robinson, founder and editor of Current Affairs. I’ve always loved his articles in The Guardian, and adore his nerdiness and English accent, but his ideas and writing are clear and engaging.  

But why bring up both books in one paragraph? Thomas Piketty makes it a point of saying why growing wealth inequality is bad and may bring on a bloody revolution, and, yes, he does use those words. And wealth inequality has a habit of just keep on growing until it is stopped, and usually it has to be stopped violently as the people with vast wealth are not about to give it up because we ask nicely. Robinson takes a different tack by telling us, first of all, we are probably already socialists, and that society will be better and we will be happier if we just admit this to ourselves and work towards a society that works for everyone. It is more worthwhile to see the destitute among us, get angry, and do something to change it than to pretend that it doesn’t exist or that it can’t be helped.

Right now I’m reading about the exercise he did with his friends and Current Affairs readers on what would make this country a utopia. People came up with the strangest suggestions, but we are invited to think outside the box. For instance, “As many butterflies and parrots in the average city as there currently are pigeons.”  Or, “glass-bottomed airplanes.” He invites us to imagine our own utopia. Mine would be, “The life, thinking, and music of Beethoven would be studied in every high school.” He also tells us what socialism is not: The Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, of course. And he explains why.

But mostly I recommend this book because it is an immensely fun read, highly engaging and entertaining, and you will, as you read, relish your own intelligence by noticing that your thoughts are reinforced and clarified.


Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Directed by Justin Pemberton
Written by Thomas Piketty (based on the book by), Matthew Metcalfe (adapted by)
1h 43min | Documentary
So the moment I finished the book Capital in the 21st Century they come out with the movie! It’s called, Capital in the 21st Century, and it’s highly recommended. Yes, it’s all there, even some of the graphs!  And Thomas Piketty speaks in French with English subtitles, so he can actually be understood!  There is original footage from both World Wars, plus movie footage that gives you a picture of what wealth looked like through the ages. The movie was released by a New Zealand company and is available for twelve dollars for five days of viewing, since it was expected to be shown in theaters. Well worth it!
Enjoy your sequester!

LJDC General Meeting – June

Hello La Jolla Democratic Club Members,
Hope all is healthy and well with you and all members of your family and friends. It is exciting to be alive at this particular time in history for we will see whether the Democrats win in November. If not, our country is condemned to four more years of filling the swamp, threatening our Democracy and ignoring the Climate Emergency, which has the potential to be much worse than the current pandemic. — Derek Casady, LJDC President



The La Jolla Democratic Club will meet via Zoom at 2 pm on Sunday, June 14th to consider endorsements of: Barbara Bry or Todd Gloria, for San Diego mayor;  Chris Ward or Sara Davis for 78th Assembly District, which includes La Jolla; and Will Moore or Joe LaCava for City Council, District 1, which includes La Jolla; and Sabrina Bazzo or Stephen Groce for School Board candidates for District A.

The candidates will speak on the Zoom meeting and will answer question before members cast their votes. A candidate must receive 66% of the votes cast in order to be endorsed by the club.

Club members must have paid their 2020 club dues to be qualified to vote at the Zoom meeting, and the deadline for paying dues via mail is a June 9th postmarked, and June 13th for electronic payments through the LJDC Paypal account via the LJDC membership page.
Members who pay their dues after these dates will not be qualified to vote in this endorsement round.

Follow the directions below to join the Zoom meeting.
Questions or comments please call 858-457-0246 or email Derek at dcasady@outlook.com
Hope to see you on Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm.

LJDC April Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendation

climate emergency

Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth
by Margaret Klein Salamon
New Society Publishers (April 21, 2020) 160 pages
Face the truth of climate change, accept your fears, and become the hero that humanity needs.
Facing the Climate Emergency gives people the tools to confront the climate emergency, face their negative emotions, and channel them into protecting humanity and the natural world.
As the climate crisis accelerates toward the collapse of civilization and the natural world, people everywhere are feeling deep pain about ecological destruction and their role in it. Yet we are often paralyzed by fear. Help is at hand. More

LJDC General Meeting – May

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

May 2020

Hello La Jolla Democratic Club Members, Hope all is healthy and well with each and every one of you in this very challenging time.

I’m writing to let you know the LJDC Executive Board voted to hold a Zoom meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club on this Sunday, May 3rd at 2pm.

The purpose of the meeting will be to hear members’ pandemic experiences, discuss local and national politics, share information that members have that other members could benefit from, consider the proposed Biden cabinet suggested by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and most of all have the fun of seeing each other in these trying times.

Follow the directions below to join the Zoom meeting.
Anyone with questions or comments please call me at 858-457-0246 or email me at dcasady@outlook.com
Thank you, stay well and hope to see you this Sunday, May 3rd at 2pm.

Derek Casady, LJDC President

LJDC – MArch Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendations
The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America, by Charlotte Alter
Viking (February 18, 2020) 368 pages
A new generation is stepping up. There are now twenty-six millennials in Congress–a fivefold increase gained in the 2018 midterms alone. They are governing Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils, and serving in state legislatures. They are acting urgently on climate change (because they are going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they are utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). More

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Moveby Sonia Shah
Bloomsbury Publishing (June 2, 2020) 400 Pages
A prize-winning journalist upends our centuries-long assumptions about migration through science, history, and reporting–predicting its lifesaving power in the face of climate change.
The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet’s migration patterns as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict and waves of anxiety across the Western world. More

LJDC General Meeting – March

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, March 8, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

The Program: Super Tuesday Review and DiscussionA Discussion of the March 3rd Primary Election results by members of the La Jolla Democratic Club and a panel of experts headed by Cody Petterson, a member of LJDC, President of Democrats for Environmental Action, a member of the Democratic Central Committee and a member of the steering committee of the San Diego Sierra Club. Also on the panel will be Fred Rogers, political chairman of the San Diego Sierra Club and Central Committee member and John Mattes, attorney and former reporter for San Diego Channel 5 television, In addition to the Primary discussion there will be a look ahead at the future  of the Democratic Presidential Primary. Bring your thoughts and observations on the results of Tuesday’s Primary election. We will delve into a discussion on candidates, delegates, the convention, polls and potential VPs. Who got what and how many, and what that means coming down the road as we head into the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin mid July 13-16, 2020. The number of delegates needed for the nomination is 1,990, while the total number of delegates will be 3,979.
Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037 Map

LJDC January 2020 – Book and Movie Recommendations

This Month’s Book and Movie Recommendations

The Great Hackby Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim 
If you’d rather not think about how your life is locked in a dystopian web of your own data, don’t watch the new Netflix documentary *The Great Hack*.
But if you want to see, really see the way data tracking, harvesting, and targeting takes the strands of information we generate and ties them around us until we are smothered by governments and companies, then don’t miss the film, which premieres today on the streaming platform and in theaters. Ostensibly, it tells the story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but even if you know that sordid tale already, the film is worth a look. It uses the scandal as a framework to illustrate the data mining structures and algorithms that are undermining individual liberty and democratic society, one Facebook like and meme at a time. More


The Three Dimensions of Freedom, by Billy Bragg
Faber & Faber Social (August 13, 2019) 96 Pages

We live in a world where strongman politics are rising; neo-liberalism has hollowed out political parties; and corporations have undermined democracy. Ordinary voters feel helpless to effect change, resulting in outbreaks of populist anger, and traditional platforms for debate are losing their viability as readers source information online. In this short and vital polemic, progressive thinker and activist Billy Bragg argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, we can never truly be free. He shows us that Freedom requires three dimensions to function: Liberty, Equality, and Accountability – and the result is a three dimensional space in which freedom can be exercised by all. More

General Meeting LJDC

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, January 12, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

Bird Brains,
Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends 

Presented by LJDC member Budd Titlow 

It will be a beautiful photographic slide presentation of Budd’s personal story of his love of birds and will offer insights taken from Budd’s forty years of work as a professional wildlife biologist, certified wetlands scientist, international award-winning nature photographer, writer and national workshop and field trip leader. He has conducted more than one hundred surveys of wild bird habitats and breeding bird populations throughout the United States. Anyone who loves nature and the outdoors will enjoy this program. Budd lives with his wife, Debby, on the back side of Mt. Soledad in Pacific Beach.

Also we will discuss our Club’s participation in the upcoming MLK Parade on January 19th. See details below. 

Thank you to all who contribute (or would like to) such hard work in keeping our wonderful club vibrant, relevant and running smoothly! — Derek Casady

Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037 Map

LJDC November 2019 – Book and Movie Recommendations

This Month’s Book and Movie Recommendations

Film by Benedikt Erlingsson
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
One World; First Edition edition
(September 24, 2019) 416 Pages
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. A Nation Book Review

LJDC Monthly Meeting – November 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

PROGRAM: Endorsements –  Members will consider endorsing candidates in one or all of the following races, as time permits, U.S. Congress, 52nd District, San Diego Mayor and 78 State Assembly District. We plan to endorse for the San Diego City Council District 1 at the LJDC Holiday Party on December 15, 2019.

Annual Elections for the LJDC Offices of President, Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will be held at the La Jolla Democratic Club’s meeting on November 10, 2019. Although most current officers would like to continue, there might be openings available, and anyone interested in running for office is welcome to do so. If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned positions, please contact Paula (Chair, Nominations Committee) with your request. huldra500@hotmail.com
All nominees will receive full consideration, and if two or more desire the same office, we will conduct a secret ballot at our meeting. Thank you to all who contribute (or would like to) such hard work in keeping our wonderful club vibrant, relevant and running smoothly!

Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037