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Stillwater Critical Thinking Club

TOPIC: Securing a better future.

Forget global warming, superbugs, financial collapse, meteorites, peak oil... The largest threat to our society is that we are legally governed by the majority while the majority simply does not assume that responsibility!

You may think that to be a hyperbolical claim. Consider this. There is no example in human history of a large society flourishing without a strong functional government. If that isn’t enough, imagine trying to solve any of the serious threats we face as a society while governed by a system that is as dysfunctional as ours has become.

This talk will discuss how peoples natural tendency towards disengagement has been actively exploited in order to achieve political power. We will also discuss possibilities for creating systems to facilitate productive engagement.  I don’t know what kind of government we will have if “we the people” actually choose to accept the responsibility of self governance. I do know that our current path of disengagement is not sustainable.

SPEAKER:Wade Brezina
For nearly a quarter century Wade has been practicing a rare art form in the world of Information Technology. He has collaborated with entrepreneurs to create custom business systems that help those innovators realize their vision.

Wade strives to build systems that harness the tremendous power that is available when people work together with a clear understanding of what their actions are creating.  Ask the right questions, provide accurate answers, and make it easy for people to get information in and out of the system. It is amazing what can be accomplished.

Prior to this endeavor he worked as a marketing director for a Rural Electric Cooperative. In that position he worked to promote the use of geothermal energy, energy efficient building design, and demand management systems.

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  • Diane G. A.

    Nice presentation that led to a stimulating discussion.

    April 9, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Fascinating topic. Looking forward to a very interesting evening. Should I bring anything?

    March 26, 2013

    • Robert L.

      Just your critical thinking skills

      April 8, 2013

  • Vaughn K.

    Just too far for me to drive today--although this is a topic that sorely needs to be discussed!!!

    April 8, 2013

  • Chris

    Great topic, just too far to drive for me.

    April 7, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Will be there.

    April 7, 2013

  • Ruth T.

    John Traver

    April 5, 2013

  • Emme

    I'm sorry I cant make it.

    March 31, 2013

  • Wade B.

    Thanks for your comments! Both of your suggestions are interesting. Assuming either one of them is actually better than what we have now, it still requires that, a significant plurality at least, accept their responsibility for self governance and enact that system.

    March 26, 2013

  • Vaughn K.

    Stan--thanks for your input. I disagree, however, with putting "filters" on who gets selected for an assembly. For one thing, that would not give the assembly a truly demographically representative distribution and, second, the Democrats and Republicans have a political filtering process in place right now and just look at the boot-lickers and kowtowers we have as our "representatives" today. No, I disagree with the notion of a filtering process for political representatives, but we can probably discuss more of this when we meet in a couple of weeks. Best wishes!

    March 24, 2013

  • Stan H.

    "replace the two-party mafiaocracy"

    I agree with this. The ultimate purpose though I think is to better select for decision making people that are both capable and that have the common good in mind. A high percentage of us do not have those characteristics.

    Therefore we should add a filter mechanism in addition to the random selection of social security numbers -- that will sort out those that are not suitable. This based on the best current science and best practices of governing.

    March 23, 2013

  • Vaughn K.

    I'll try to make it.

    March 23, 2013

  • Vaughn K.

    I will try to make it. I am a firm believer in government by lottery (to replace the two-party mafiaocracy that now holds sway over the commonwealth). Simply use social security numbers to randomly select representatives and we, then, will have a truly demographically representative govt with 50% women, 15% blacks, 10% homosexuals, and 30% poor...etc. I believe the greatest fault with our present plutocratic system is that the poor are systematically excluded from holding office, and naturally they feel disenfranchised--and rightly so!!! This needs to change. Any thoughts on this?

    March 23, 2013

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