Colorado Libertarians Message Board › Outside the Box: Authors' receptions in Louisville
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Books, books, books, as far as the eye can see, but there are also Colorado authors up close and personal. This summer, Second Chance Books in Louisville will be hosting a series of authors' receptions, starting May 14. Every second Thursday through the summer, you will have an opportunity to meet and talk to authors from Boulder County and greater metro Denver.
The first author, who will be here May 14, from 5-7 pm, got his view of the world working in an element few, if any of us, will every be exposed to -- the upper echelons of the oil industry. As a legal counsel for Exxon, Jim got a front row seat to the late 70's gasoline shortages, with a full overview of who did what to who when, and the circumstances that conspired to leave the rest of us sitting endlessly in lines at gas stations. This experience changed his views forever on how things work, how they should work, and why we keep shooting ourselves in the foot when it comes to energy independence.
One of the results of his experiences is the book "Common Sense in the 21st Century" which gives a solid overview (with some hard facts that don't often get reported) of how our economy functions and the legislative choices that make it dysfunctional, some results of which we are dealing with today.
If you are interested in energy issues, here's the place you can ask the questions you always wanted to ask, even if it's "why do oil companies do what they do?" and "why weren't there alternative energy efforts much earlier (hint: they were there)?" Jim's book is a practical guide to understanding how logic, commerce, and common sense get caught up in politics, twisted past recognition, and why the results are never what we expect.
Jim is a firm believer that corporate welfare is a mistake, that linking politics to commerce creates more problems than it fixes, (often problems far more intractable than the ones they were meant to correct) and in letting the checks and balances (that most of us aren't even aware of) of competition operate independently, when companies have to compete without benefit of legislation.
Sometimes to get the lay of the land, getting up as high as possible is the best bet. Jim has spent time in those places where few of us will ever get to go, and has a unique overview. His perspective helps us to see, even if we don't agree, how all the pieces fit together and what works and what doesn't to truly lead our country to energy independence.
Please join us from 5-7 for munchies and wide-ranging discussion.
Jim Remmert, Author, "Common Sense for the 21st Century"
5:00- 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Second Chance Books
1055 Courtesy Rd
Refreshments will be served