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Economic Justice & Real-World Problems - The Debt Debate

My name is Chris and I'm a long-time member of Deep Thinkers. Todd has graciously offered us the chance to host and mediate a discussion on topics that we feel strongly enough about to host.

I recently attended a Philosophy meetup in Santa Monica regarding various Economic Justice theories. The theories can be generally be grouped into Egalitarian and Libertarian but there is quite a range of options and each has their criticisms. Overall, I couldn't help be struck by how these various philosophies help describe the differences in how our politicians and ourselves are looking at the debt debate in DC.

I will send out the main reference I'm using as background material from the Standford Encyclopedia in Philosophy. I strongly urge you to read it and therefore have a better basis for our actual discussion which is to look at the various government programs that are causing so much contention.

I know I've learned quite a bit from looking at the problem in this way, and at the least, we'll have an invigorating discussion as usual.

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  • Raymond F.

    Although the meet up wasn't always right on target (my fault too), it was meaningful and kept my attention for the most part. I was a little ill and also had to leave early for another meeting, sorry.

    July 27, 2011

  • Gary H

    I found the conversation so thoughtful and probing I stayed till nearly 10:30 PM.

    July 25, 2011

  • Doug N.

    Great group of people!....not my favorite topic so far....maybe that's because I have so much debt :)

    July 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Chris for organizing the meeting.

    July 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fascinating discussion and is always interesting to hear how and what other people think. For me, personally, it became too political and not enough about philosophy. The "subject" always did seem to me that it might go that direction and was not as interesting to me as other subjects we have covered.
    Having said that, it was great seeing everyone, and I will always be there if I can make it.

    July 24, 2011

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