Occupy Salon: Economic Inequality in Silicon Valley

Occupy Salon

From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein's famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.

This salon is ongoing on a weekly basis, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. This will be a space for all community members, Politically Inspired book clubbers, and Occupiers to come together to get to know one another, engage in meaningful dialogue, learn collaboratively, and create a shared vision for the future. Each week may have a different theme, question, or reading that we wish to discuss together. 


What is a salon?

A salon is a gathering of people from living rooms to bookstores, they ar held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase knowledge through conversation.

These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.

Salons were at 'the very heart of the philosophic community' and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In the past, present, and future!

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  • Cleese

    To Meghan: Found the accurate quote by Plato on laws: "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
    Another quote by Plato that may interest you and others is "The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles." This is a possible early reference to the establishment of a middle class, though Plato was aiming more at how all members of a city should live comfortibly and not live beyond their basic needs. As a result, greed and poor governance will not exist. Cheers!

    February 27, 2013

  • Pamela L.

    Hi Cleese, thanks for your insight - sorry I didn't get a chance to reply. I also don't see an option for PM on the MeetUp app but looking fwd to tomorrow's discussion.

    February 25, 2013

    • Cleese

      Hi Pam, no worries. Was sad that you had to leave early last night. Was hoping to hear more of what you had to say regarding inequalities. Perhaps in the future, we will have the chance to turn our email chats into in-person chats. Take care.

      1 · February 27, 2013

  • Cleese

    To Robert Hegland: per our chat about GDP, here's the book I was talking about http://www.amazon.com/Alternatives-Economic-Globalization-Better-Possible/dp/1576753034 Called "Alternatives to Economic Globalization" is the accumulation of 5 years of research that was sent to the International Forum of Globalization. Among the many proposals they include, one that the authors proposed was changing from GDP to GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator) which includes into the calculation environmental damages, non-market transactions, negative adjustments for unemployment, etc. Hope you enjoy it.

    February 27, 2013

  • Pamela L.

    Great accompaniment to Book Club. :) I love being able to engage, share and discuss important issues of the day in a positive environment.

    February 27, 2013

  • Meghan

    Red rock=yes!
    8:30 is fine!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Pamela L.

    I have to leave at 8:30. Is that ok?

    February 25, 2013

  • Pamela L.

    This one is at Red Rock, right? :)

    February 13, 2013

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