w Meetings are held at Extra Billy's Smokehouse at 1110 Alverser Dr, Midlothian VA 23113
The primary activity of each meeting will be the review of some written work applying Objectivist principles to aspects of modern culture. Our method is to "chew" a particular essay -- to review, to discuss, to increase the depth of our understanding of the principles and observations it contains.
While our topics are selected to interest those who are familiar with Objectivism, anyone interested in the philosophy is welcome, as are their questions.
In 2012 historian Niall Ferguson published a small book with the title "The Great Degeneration - How Institutions Decay and Economies Die." In it he cites four "black boxes" (his term) of Western Civilization: Democracy, Capitalism, Rule of Law, and Civil Society. His discussion of these nebulous concepts is primarily focused on how they have deteriorated as time progresses, yielding societies that have less of each.
Our discussion for November will focus on the rule of law: What it means in Objectivist terms and what institutions might preserve it from degeneration.
I have prepared an introduction, but suggestions and further observations are the object of the discussion.
Suggestions are always welcome for other aspects or applications of Objectivism to be discussed in future meetings.