Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] America in 2050

From: James T.
Sent on: Thursday, October 1, 2009 11:33 AM
I read the essay by David Beers
who is associated with the Center for the Study of Market Processes
which is partially funded by Koch Industries
Koch Industries also funds Jim Inhofe
Jim Inhofe is a global warming denier and the congress critter who invited Michael Crichton
to testify in Congress.  Michael Crichton is my favorite author of science fiction novels and a global
warming denier but is obviously not qualified as an expert on global warming.  He was invited to
provide a photo op so that the corporate media could promote propaganda and legislation favorable
to the energy corporations.
My guess is that David Beers is a shill for the corporations.    His essay seems to ignore the 700
pound gorilla in the room, ie, that there has been a substantial transfer of wealth from the grunts at
the bottom to the fat cats at the top.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff
Sent: Tuesday, September 29,[masked]:16 PM
Subject: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] America in 2050

Pretty good discussion last night. The US Census tells us that one in five of us will be 65 or older in 2050 and that the US will have no ethnic majority (although white folks will comprise the largest minority). The group suggested that the US' economy may not fare well against the future powerhouses of India and China, primarily because we're not great at long-term planning and we've become a service-sector society. The most prevalent opinion was that the US will need to simplify and re-discover happiness (rather than our instant gratification culture). If national attitudes mirror those of Monday' night's participants, I think that Thoreau's book Walden is gonna return to the New York Times' best seller list.

Next week we revisit the topic that got this group started - where is the line between personal freedom and social responsibility. The twist is that one cannot be responsible unless one is free. David Beers wrote a compelling essay in 1989 on this topic - you can find it at Stay tuned for more...

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