October 29th Meeting #339
On Family and Civilization
Ken Sauter, BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon, MBA Letourneau University, raises the question: “What is the source of society’s problems?" He advises that we can point to criminals, various groups with unhealthy agendas, war, and any number of other problems that threaten our civilization. Ken makes the point that every societal problem begins with a family problem. He will go over the history of families, how civilization developed, how government developed, and how families built civilization. Ken will show how lack of family support creates criminals and other angry people who end up destroying society. He will make the point that children are the most precious resource of any civilization, and they must be protected and nurtured for civilization to thrive. Ken argues that it is when children are abused and used for someone else's purpose that dysfunctional families develop, bringing about anger, criminal behavior, and ultimately the destruction of society. He contends that there is a pattern that must be followed for society to be healthy and develop a highly functioning civilization, and will do his best to present that pattern.
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To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
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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.
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November 19th Meeting #342
On Changing Yourself Before
You Try to Change the World
John Edmonson, longtime educator and Clinical Communicator for nonprofit, current Project Manager for Vascular Management Associates (a for-profit company, with a very important objective to prevent surgery and heart disease through good nutrition and stress reduction), will discuss how so many people with good intentions try to make change, and how many fail or actually end up causing great harm. He will argue that to really know how to change the world we must first know how to change ourselves. John will show that policies and procedures are important, but not as important as personal growth. He will ask and answer why we work so hard and don’t see a difference? And John will show that when we don’t put our personal growth first, not only are we slowing down change, but in many cases we create great harm. He concludes succinctly that to change the world, we must first change ourselves.
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 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?”
November 5th Meeting #340
Sleeping Giant II
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 deliver a second and concluding presentation on how populist uprisings came into being both here and in the UK. Part I detailed the role the GOP played in this. Part II details the role of the Democratic Party. Both have advanced policies of globalized free trade and deregulation that have done great damage. He will show that the role played by Democrats involved not just buying into free trade, but also into the notion that reinvention of self, rather than collective political action would promote the general welfare. In short Jim argues that Democrats abandoned their base and are now paying the price for having done so.