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July 20th Meeting

From: Jeff
Sent on: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:56 PM
Our last meeting was very good! We focused on the concept that progress is marked by people treating one another with dignity and that governments are making laws to support this concept (though perhaps in some cases those laws are merely propaganda - the bad kind). Not too much disagreement in the group but perhaps only because we ran late and had to stop for the evening. It might have been interesting to discuss what treating others with dignity costs us and how much any of us are willing to pay.

Next Monday's discussion will be business ethics. As always, there are a myriad of avenues available from this starting point; perhaps most notably, differences between small businesses and global corporations. On the small business front, questions around ethics have to do with the responsibilities of the business to the community and the responsibilities of the community to the business. If you know of any business owners who'd be willing to show up and share their first-hand experience, we'd really appreciate their attendance.

On the global business side, there are all of the issues surrounding companies like Wal-Mart - reportedly responsible for pushing local businesses into bankruptcy, treating workers unfairly (or, at least with the minimum amount of fairness required by law). A pro - Wal-Mart show was featured on Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit". A youtube link appears below, one of three segments that comprise this 30-minute episode. Fair warning - the show contains profanity (as if the title wasn't enough of a warning), nudity, and "adult themes". The show is not aimed at kids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZfoNZd_HEk&feature=PlayList&p=314B12E74CD9C2D3&index=0

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