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Donald Trump, the man who some see as the President and who others see as an illegitimate usurper, has declared a national emergency in order to get money to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico. At this event, we will consider multiple questions: 1) In general, what do you think should be the criteria for something to be considered a national emergency? 2) At this specific time, is the lack of a wall across the southern border a national emergency? 3) What political process should be in place in order for an emergency to be declared? Should it be just the president? Should it require congressional authorization? 4) When an emergency is declared (assuming that it meets your standards for 1 through 3), what extra power should the executive branch have, so that the emergency is dealt with and the negative impacts are mitigated so as to protect the people from harm? A side note is that although some people don't see Trump as legitimate, it is nonetheless acknowledged that he wields the levers of power, which is a matter of fact whether it is legitimate or not. Some of these considerations, however, don't specifically have to do with Trump in particular, but with the process for declaring and mitigating national emergencies regardless of who wields the power of the executive branch.
Many object to gentrification, saying it raises housing prices, displaces existing residents, destroys those neighborhoods, etc. On the other side, gentrification often brings more income into a neighborhood, integrates racially segregated neighborhoods (isn't that a good thing?), and brings more city services to that neighborhood, often lowering crime and improving the quality of life. In most issues, there is both good and bad. Let's discuss the pros and cons of this and ways to circumvent the cons. Along with this, we can segue to where are the communities of the future headed and where should they be headed. What is the ideal neighborhood? As our meetups have had extensive attendance lately, this is simultaneous to the other meet up to give separate options for members to attend - with more manageable numbers. https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/06/21/in-praise-of-gentrification?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/inpraiseofgentrificationurbanmyths https://www.economist.com/united-states/2015/02/19/bring-on-the-hipsters http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/new-report-analyzes-new-york-citys-gentrifying-neighborhoods-and-finds-dram
Personal Identity is a very complicated thing. How we identify ourselves often determines our behavior and who we consider to be in our in-group vs. not one of our kind. We identify ourselves in a variety of ways. Dimensions of identity include ones gender, race, family, ancestry, city, state, nation, ideology, party, religion, among others. Perhaps we could all identify ourselves as broadly and inclusively as possible and then we would all be just humans. Perhaps we could even take it further and we could all be living conscious beings. So what's your identity and who do you consider to in your in-group and who is not in your in-group?