Join us for our most important Meetup ever as we tackle the controversial topic of being a Control Freak with a frank discussion on "Is Authoritarianism Destroying America?" In a country where seemingly more and more political decisions involve controlling people's pocketbooks and property (including one's health care); in an ever-increasing political environment where there are fewer and fewer effective limitations on the size, power, and scope of government; where there is increasingly more and more authoritarian regulations and controls in the (formerly) private workplace; where most institutions of so-called "higher learning" are hotbeds for mainstream intolerance (despite vociferous claims to the contrary) and ultra-zealous, rigid "political correctness"; and with American's individual political values seem to be increasingly less independent and freedom-oriented and more co-dependent, autocratic, and control-oriented (as voted for by tens and tens of millions of Americans), how is this affecting America? And in a country where it seems the mass media eloquently frames almost all political debate along authoritarian lines: supporting, promulgating, and reinforcing the dogmatic values of authoritarianism, including comparing their political opponents to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, how has this affected the average American's view of the world? And in a country of increasing interpersonal relationships involving self-absorbed, passive-aggressive, and co-dependent entanglements, how is this all affecting Americans and America?
At this Meetup we will discuss how authoritarianism (i.e., self-defeating, deceitful/manipulative control) affects our lives, our workplaces, our schools, our relationships, and the impact of such on humanity. We will discuss this topic along the lines of irrational fear-based motives and the consequences of such on our individual lives and on America.
Some issues we will discuss include:
>What is the nature and root cause of authoritarianism?
>What are the types of control/manipulations people foist upon others?
>How does the mass media shape mainstream authoritarian thought?
>How does authoritarianism affect people individually and globally?
>How can people live a less-controlling/manipulative, more rational/philosophical life?
For the purposes of this Meetup, the term "Freedom" will be used in a context of free choice, as well as in accordance, and wholly compatible, with all human virtues: self-respect, self-reliance, self-direction, self-responsibility, rationality, etc. Whereas the term "Authoritarian" will be used in a context of uninitiated political force as well as in accordance, and wholly compatible, with all human dysfunctions: self-alienation, manipulative control, disrespect, irresponsibility, dependency, irrationality, etc. "Destroy" will refer to causing irreparable harm.
>What is Co-dependency?
>Traffic Cameras check for speed, insurance, tax debts, seatbelts, and tailgating:
>All Republicans depicted with Hitler mustaches at a recent political "Insanity" rally:
APPROXIMATE MEETUP ITINERARY
5:30pm Member Introductions and Assumptions
6pm Discussion (Evidence, Causality, Contradictions, Ethics, Antithesis, Analogies, etc.)
7:30pm Conclusion and Member Final Remarks
8pm End Meetup
Please read Steve C's "12 Guidelines for Harmonious Discussions and Truth-Seeking" (below) PRIOR to attending the event. Please note that these "guidelines" exist to facilitate the discussion, not impede it, and are based on years of experience at Meetup discussions. View the guidelines at: