December 10th Meeting #344
Capitalism vs. Socialism
Virginia Prodan, Author, Attorney with Alliance Defense Fund and founder of the Virginia Prodan Law Firm, with a background defending churches and individuals against Romania's religious and human rights persecution during the communist regime of dictator Nicolas Ceausescu, also a speaker for Texas Eagle Forum, will discuss her fight to protect human and religious rights, being exiled from Romania as an immigrant, and successfully rebuilding her life as an attorney in the United States. From her experience she will argue that socialism is a false ideology contrary to the American capitalism system (which promotes free-market and individual freedom), while the socialist system replaces the free market with government control and eradicates private property, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, religious rights, and national self determination. Virginia will argue that socialism is against wealth, that it confiscates and distributes its citizens wealth destroying productivity and individual self-worth, and that in the name of promoting "fair share", "justice", and "equality", it turns most people equally into poor people, while the elite leaders enjoy a lavish lifestyle. She will point out other things and conclude that today, America is on a path to lose its freedom, that we need to avoid having socialism destroy capitalism, as in her view, socialism is spreading in America like a horrible sickness, and it's time for those who experienced socialism to speak up. Virginia speaks more about this subject In her new book - Saving My Assassin - Tyndale House Publishers- www.virginiaprodanbooks.com, which she will have available for purchase.
January 7th Meeting #346
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To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
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as a destroyer of American prosperity. Paul argues that the clash of these two points of view constituted the premier economic issue of the American Gold Century from 1871-1971. He shows: IN GOLD WE TRUST: AMERICA’S GREAT PANACEA will explore the impact of gold when it was the basis of the American monetary system. Prominent gold advocates such as William Howard Taft and William McKinley played their role while the leading lights of the anti-gold group, including William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, and William Randolph Hearst, anathematized gold. Even L. Frank Baum’s WIZARD OF OZ will be presented as an example of the strong western anti-gold bias which informed and even dominated Democratic Party political platforms for 100 years. Paul argues that America’s Golden Rules “those who have the gold, rule”, or “whoever has the gold makes the rules” will take new meaning in the context of the country’s great gold obsession. He will raise and answer the question: “Did gold bring life and vitality to America or did it devastate America?” Paul will conclude answering: “Is gold backed money a terrible idea?”
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December 17th Meeting #345
In Gold We Trust: America’s Great Panacea
Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities, Mountain View College, will discuss how a belief that gold-backed money would give America prosperity has been one of the most enduring panaceas in American political and economic life. He will show how America’s guardians of the gold gospel preached that the foundation of good government was the gold standard believing it to be the answer to all that ailed America. Paul will show that these believers in gold as a golden holy grail were sure that instituting a gold standard was essential to the economic and business viability of the country. Yet he notes there were others who despised the gold standard