Every Saturday 6:00 PM
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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
The Next Open Date is
or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
If you would like to speak, or simply would like more information about the College of Complexes, contact the Program Coordinators
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Watch Videos of Previous Presentations
August 1st Meeting #282
Evolution: Theory Gaps and Inadequacies
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, an advocate of Intelligent Design, will discuss the present gaps and inadequacies concerning evolution (which is based on random phenomena - i.e. events without definite aim, direction, rule or method) that support his contention. Chris will argue and contend that our present day universe would be impossible without intelligent design.
August 15th Meeting #284
Religious Liberty vs. Religious Refusal
Rebecca Robertson (Legal and Policy Director, ACLU of Texas) will discuss how freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. It’s a freedom secured in both the U.S. and Texas constitutions. Under current law, religious liberty is carefully balanced with other important American values, such as fairness and equality. However, she will show how there are lawmakers throughout the country who are making blatant and repeated attempts to expand the protections for religious practice to include acts of discrimination. Rebecca will argue that Texans don’t need to pass more legislation to protect what is already protected, and we certainly can’t permit lawmakers to create a license to discriminate under the guise of religious liberty.
August 8th Meeting #283
A Hard Look at "Things"
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S.in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how America is on the wrong path and needs to change course. Jim will argue that the USA has weakened itself over the last 40 years with a series of bad decisions that has led to strengthening of our enemies and weakening of support for leadership, and that now the USA finds itself challenged for influence and supremacy by IS, Russia and China.. The first part of his talk will cover the mistakes. The second will address what to do about them.
August 22nd Meeting #285
The Austerity Deception
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London’s Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how Neo-cons in various countries have used austerity to effectively sabotage their economies to achieve ideological ends. Large cuts are needed to the state so that enterprise, which is hampered under the weight of costly regulations, can be allowed to flourish. State services are starved of funds so that their operations deteriorate, permitting private enterprise to take over and, naturally, provide better, cheaper outcomes. The results are, invariably, worse - more costly services staffed by the underpaid. Monopoly profits are the real objective of the Neo-cons for themselves and other "deserving rich". Competition mysteriously disappears as private oligopolies and cartels grow in wealth and influence. The poorest, and especially the undeserving poor, are castigated as sponging off the state - draining the efforts of hardworking families. Meanwhile, the Neo-con deregulated financial system crashes and had to be rescued by totally socialistic measures. No matter, the Neo-cons profit from contrived wars, while their countries are no longer able to pay their way in the world. John will show why the Greek nation has said “no” to austerity, and that it is time the western world in general woke up to the austerity deception, and put the Neo-cons out of business.
September 5th Meeting #287
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 is to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.
August 29th Meeting #286
How Demonization is Used in American Politics,
and What to do About It
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, will discuss how historically, America’s political system has used demonization as a tool to achieve its political goals, which are based on wage and peripheral issues such as fear, race, gender, and the gay community, used to polarize Americas’ voters. Calvin will show that this is not new, that it started with demonizing Irish, Polish, Italian and Chinese early in the history of the United States, and in fact a quota system was designed to reduce the number of persons from the preceding nations from immigrating to America. He will show how crime was alleged to stem from the Irish and Polish, and the Mafia from the Italians. Further, during the reconstruction period, African American newly freed slaves were a majority in South Carolina and Mississippi, which led to African Americans in these states being elected to many positions during this period. The demonization of African Americans began increasing with the Plessey v. Ferguson Decision (1896) and the removal of federal troops from the South. The recent language used by Dylan Roof: “You are raping our women and taking over our country”, was used to demonize African Americans then and now, which is not true, but rather white men raped African American women during and after slavery, without any punishment. The Dred Scott decision (1857) reflected Slaves having no rights to respect since Slaves were property. U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, a racist from South Carolina, fathered a daughter with an African American maid, while he manifested extreme racism as a Governor and U.S. Senator. Calvin will show how women have been demonized stemming from abortion issues, family planning debates, and denial of their Civil Rights; and how gay community members have been denied their civil rights guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. He will argue that this has created an environment where Republicans have won elections stemming from fear and bias by a segment of the white community, and that we can see this currently in the lack of respect given to president Obama. Calvin contends that Americans must transcend this demonization, if our representative democracy is to be realized in America. He concludes that we must see beyond wedge issues and demonization, asks the question: "What is Best for America?", and urges us to not be misled by divisive wedge issues.