Discussion Group Issues
Bill Schrader Pavilion
8 March 2017
12 noon to 13:30
C D E B A
A – Does humanity have a future beyond Earth? (see following page.)
B – “Does the mainstream media [New York Times, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, PBS, CBC, BBC] have a liberal, or anti-conservative bias? This is a much deeper question than is the media anti Trump or anti GOP or pro Dems”. (Rick)
C – After a political upheaval, your new representative in the legislature is proposing a change to the tax code. Your country already has achieved full government-provided health care, cradle-to-grave. The changes are simple. All estates of unmarried people will be taxed at 100% . Trusts to support minor or disabled children are permitted and there will be no gift tax. It’s essentially “give it away while you’re alive or lose it”. Are you horrified or willing to consider this move on the merits? (Mac)
D – “Trump Promised to Bend Congress to His Will—but Is Congress Taming Trump Instead?” An Atlantic article argues that Congress is mostly limiting Trump’s policies, sometimes with his help. Agree?
E – Because Trump’s populist pose assigns less value to economic expertise, while also creating the conditions under which it’s most likely to be needed, both conservative and liberal economists are scared. You too – econ wise?
REMEMBER PHILOSOPHY @ 10:30
see previous post 7 days ago
Question !: Does humanity have a future beyond Earth?
“I think it’s a dangerous delusion to envisage mass emigration from Earth. There’s nowhere else in the solar system that’s as comfortable as even the top of Everest or the South Pole. We must address the world’s problems here. Nevertheless, I’d guess that by the next century, there will be groups of privately funded adventurers living on Mars and thereafter perhaps elsewhere in the solar system. We should surely wish these pioneer settlers good luck in using all the cyborg techniques and biotech to adapt to alien environments. Within a few centuries they will have become a new species: the posthuman era will have begun. Travel beyond the solar system is an enterprise for posthumans—organic or inorganic.”
—Martin Rees, British cosmologist and astrophysicist
This long article gives an interesting, if incomplete IMHO, rationale for Trump’s win. Recommended.