Discussion Group Issues Bill Schrader Pavilion 4 November, 2015 12 noon to 13:30

Discussion Group Issues

Bill Schrader Pavilion

4 November, 2015

12 noon to 13:30

A – China has announced a “Two Child” program.  Good idea?  Was the one child program wrong, or did it help in its time?  Does the program signal more Democracy?

B – Canada overwhelmingly rejected Harper.  In part, this was driven by the realization that he was Americanizing Canadian politics.  This article argues that Harper’s changes cannot be undone.  Is it right?  Does it matter?

C – Probably my fault, but we are a word-bound group and seldom stray from verbal topics.  So for variety, should we consider the arts?  (Using the broadest possible definition, the US census bureau estimated an annual value for arts of about $280 billion for 2012.)  But, I don’t want us to treat arts as economics; instead how do you value the arts?  Why are they always thought of a a sign of humanity?

D – Valiant Chemicals tactic of buying patents for “orphan drugs and raising their price rapaciously” may or may not be legal, but it is disruptive.  Should their be any limits on a companies right to set prices?

E – Be aware that the next Greece is Portugal! Europe looks shakier every day – think Euro governance issues, refugee neighbours, UK intransigence, etc. etc.  Is it worth saving, or was it a bad idea?


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