Julian Assange: Hero or Villain?

Honolulu Coffee Company

1800 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 · Honolulu, HI

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We will be at one of the two long tables on the makai side of the main room.

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Julian Assange became a hero to some and a villain to others as the Founder of Wikileaks, and is an outspoken proponent of both information transparency and market libertarianism. After seven years of political asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, he now sits in a British jail and is facing a range of charges in two other nations (the United States and Sweden). This seems like an appropriate time to analyze his basic contentions … what are his touchstones, philosophically, and what--if anything--do the consequences of his actions teach us?

This group is committed to "practical" philosophy: We will begin each session by discussing a current topic of interest ... immigration, gun control, race, etc., etc ... and will tease out the moral and ethical issues that arise from that topic.

Then, over a cup or two of good coffee, we will challenge each other to see how our personal opinions relate to the larger world view and understanding of life that each of us brings to the table. The goal is not necessarily to persuade others to adopt our point of view. Rather, we seek to clarify our own thinking and in doing so, arrive at a deeper understanding of the world around us.

All views, religious beliefs and political opinions are welcome and respected here....so please don't hesitate to join us. However, we do ask everyone to keep the discussion respectful. We are a friendly group!

No prior education or experience needed ... anyone who looks around and asks "why?" is engaged in philosophy. Join us!