This is a group to discuss current affairs - both national and international. Possible areas to discuss include current national policy options, economics, international affairs, and general political theory relevant to current times. The discussions could focus on a specific topic, discussion of a book, or magazine (e.g. Foreign Affairs) article.
Please be aware that we are a discussion group, not a political action group. All points of view are welcome.
There are two rules for this group:
1. Kindly refrain from posting ANY political or opinionated comment on the pages for this meetup. Bring your opinions to the meeting and you are free to state them there. The meetup web pages are for INFORMATIONAL ITEMS only. For example: how do I find the meetup, there are 7 copies available at the library, here is a link to the author's Ted talk, etc. No matter how innocuous you may think your opinions are, I receive "hate mail" about them, and some of these comments have actually discouraged people from joining the group. If you have any doubts about whether you should post, please err on the side of not posting. If you violate this, I will remove you from the group without any additional warning.
2. We are meeting at an eating establishment/coffee house. Please order a coffee or snack. It is polite to do so because we are using their facilities.
Two articles to read this time.
The article and response to it that became known as “Get a U-Haul” caused quite a stir. These articles appeared in the National Review. A change of pace from the left leaning material we often read.
Chaos in the Family, Chaos in the State: The White Working Class’s Dysfunction https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationalreview.com%2F2016%2F03%2Fdonald-trump-white-working-class-dysfunction-real-opportunity-needed-not-trump%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cb5a3ef75a4fb45f43d0108d67d70ed61%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636834321297594400&sdata=PPjDwuJ6014UKwCPWZ%2FqqR9IlrwHh8nHaoaYECmU7uM%3D&reserved=0
Please read The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu. Regardless of how the situation evolves between now and this meeting, the book has been well reviewed and should offer an interesting perspective.
Please read one or both of these books on national health care or “Medicare for all “ as it is often heard today. One book is pro national health care and traces how Obama made it happen and at what cost.This book is:
“Americas Bitter Pill” by Steven Brill
A companion book that takes a very different stance is: “The False Promise of Single-payer Health Care” by Sally C. Pipes.