Occupy Wall Street

Continuing in our discussion of timely topics, the group voted to do Occupy Wall Street. I think our attempt at organizing the discussion into subtopics was helpful, so I'll try to break this topic up as well. Feel free to suggest other subtopics and readings to go along with them (books or internet links).

While we get into some great debates, the primary focus of our group is learning about the issues, and being exposed to viewpoints we normally would never consider. We try to keep the discussion respectful, encourage devil's advocates, and stay on topic. 

First, here's the occupy wall street wikipedia page.

Subtopics:

-income distribution and possible taxes (robin hood tax http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/10/30/The-Tax-Plan-That-Occupy-Wall-Street-Loves.aspx#page1

-influence of money / corporations on politics

-bank regulation

-upward mobility (the American dream that anyone can become rich): http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/06/zakaria-fix-education-restore-social-mobility/?hpt=hp_c2

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't go for a few reasons. The conversation on the website before the meeting didn't interest me at all. It got a bit annoying.
    Manuel's is a bit too far to drive, but mostly I'm too sensitive to the smoke that has seeped into every atom that makes up that place.
    Hope to see you guys next month.
    May the holidays bring you laughter and love.
    Eddie

    December 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it! Looking forward to the next meeting...any of the top 4 topics being discussed for next time would be interesting.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall enjoyed it, a nice group of people. Looking forward to the next one!

    December 6, 2011

  • Scott D.

    intense but informative

    December 6, 2011

  • Jay W.

    The purpose of the group is not to convince others of your opinion. It is to learn about the nuances of the arguments and the facts.

    December 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    just noticed the new location, too out of my way...will catch everyone next time! have fun :)

    December 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since there will be an Occupy Atlanta General Assembly at 7:00pm in Woodruff Park the evening of this meet up, people interested in "learning about the issues, and being exposed to viewpoints we normally would never consider" may wish to participate. That would set the stage for running the meet up at Manuel's in the same format as an Occupy GA -thus experiencing the consensus process at the heart of Occupy.
    Tell me and I'll forget.
    Show me and I'll remember.
    Involve me and I'll understand.

    December 1, 2011

  • Jay W.

    I have been at meetup groups at that location that I do know that they do not have one. Any electronics that a meetup group has are provided by that meetup group.

    November 29, 2011

  • Jay W.

    Manuel's Tavern has good food and is a good place for group meetings. I drive down from Alpharetta for the "Science Tavern" meetup every couple of months.

    November 29, 2011

  • Scott D.

    To aid in learning, I thought it'd be good to start the meeting off with a few minutes of interesting facts. Feel free to post things here or email me and I'll try to compile and send out the info before the meetup. Specific facts or graphs will be easier than links or whole articles. In other news, I'd love to hear any suggestions for alternate meeting places, preferably with food and a separate room.

    November 28, 2011

  • Jay W.

    It is not possiable to divide the group into "pro vs con" before we answer the basic question of what is the occupy movement. I look foreward to discussing this question at the meeting. If all people who RSVP yes come, we will likely have to divide into 2 tables with 2 separate discussions or else there will not be enough time for everyone to be a part of the discussion.

    November 28, 2011

  • Scott D.

    Wow, we've got a lot of people signed up for this one! Historically, the RSVPs are not accurate, but if it is this time, it may be harder to hear & speak. Jay asked Jason's to turn down their music, but we may need to split into different groups, or have some 'talking stick'. Suggestions for format, or maybe even a different place?

    Bill, I'm curious as well how much 9/11 denial has to do with OWS, especially about any surveys that discuss this. The 2nd question is definitely relevant.

    November 23, 2011

  • Scott D.

    Please keep comments respectful, and as much as possible, on the topic of Occupy Wall Street. A message board is also available for other topics.

    November 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also would love to talk about the American Dream, and what that even means to each of us.

    November 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do think the protests are a good tool - it is getting people talking about issues we normally would not talk about in mixed company. At first I was a little confused since there seemed to a lack of message, but I think in my head at least it's morphed into standing for the change each of us wants to see. I would prefer to go back to more bank regulation, a simplified tax code with less loopholes and write-offs at all levels, and a redesign of our Congress with term limits.

    November 21, 2011

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