Topics 2017

January 2:  Are we paying too high a price to prevent terrorism?

Jan 9:  The coming tidal wave of elderly prisoners.

Jan 16: White male privilege – How real, how important?

Jan: 23: What will be President Trump’s top priorities?

Jan 30:  Turkey – The future or the end of moderate Islamism?

Feb 6 :  Have America’s Elites Failed Us?

Feb 13: What is going right in the USA these days?

Feb 20:  Should Democrats Cooperate With or Resist Trump?

Feb 27:  What Is Religion’s Proper Role in Politics?

Mar 6: Will U.S. Global Leadership Slip Away?

Mar 13:  The Misuses of “Pop Economics.”   \

Mar 20:  Which Beliefs Have You Changed Since You Were Young?

Mar 27: What Is a Fair Burden of Taxation?

Apr 3:  Which Moral Standards for Judging Historical Figures?

Apr 10:  Jewishness: Faith, Ethnicity, Nation, Other?

Apr 17:  Is America Fascism Possible?

Apr 24: The Constitution: Too Democratic Or Not Democratic Enough?

May 1:  Is a Powerful Global Far-Right Wing Movement Emerging?

May 8:  Why is American culture so violent?

May 15: Who runs San Diego and for whose benefit?

May 22:  Reparations for African-Americans?

May 29:  Is encouraging healthy lifestyles and good parenting the government’s business?

June 5: Does foreign aid work?

June 12: Lessons of the 6 Day War.

June 19: What should we be nostalgic for?

June 26: Sanctuary cities: Legal, moral?

July 3: What does the United States stand for?

July 10: Is technology ruining our attention spans?

July 17: Is urban v. rural becoming America’s worst political divide?

July 24:  Our criminal justice system’s purpose – Punishment, revenge, rehab?

July 31: Is the future African?

Aug 7: Does History have a direction/goal?

Aug 14: Can California resist the Trump/GOP agenda?

Aug 21: A new American Nationalism?

Aug 28: What do today’s movies/TV shows say about our society?

Sept 4:  Are corporate monopolies hurting our economy?

Sept 11:  Time to rethink the U.S.-Saudi alliance?

Sept 18: Does big money really control U.S. politics?

Sept 25: What is “fair trade” and should we have it?

October 2:  Social Security reform.

October 9: Are we near the end of paper currency?

October 16:  What is the legacy of the 1980s?

October 23: Is it hard to be a man these days?

October 30: North Korea: Now what?

Nov 6: Do we really have a democracy?

Nov 13: Lessons of the Vietnam War.

Nov 20: Prosperity Gospel – Why does it appeal to so many Americans?

Nov 27: Is the American diet unhealthy?

Dec 4: Has the “paranoid style” taken over American politics?

Dec 11: Is a “Third Way” between capitalism and socialism viable?

Dec 18: How is the decline of religiosity changing the USA?

Dec 25:  No mtg – Merry Christmas.

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