Domesticating Capitalism: October 24, 2013

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Etcetera will be up and running again this month!  We have a new location (CoWharf, on the second floor of 140 East Front Street – where the magic shop used to be)* and a new night of the week this fall (because of Halloween and Thanksgiving, we are meeting on the second to last Thursday each month – October 24 and November 21).  

However, the time (7-9), the after-party discussion (at The Brew, perhaps?), the format (a topical presentation followed by Q &A) and the goals and vision of etcetera are the same as they have always been:

   Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates’ maxim:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Our goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse,  and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues.  Our ultimate goal is to bring moral and/or philosophical clarity to our culture, our world, and our very existence.

This month, Steve Ruble will be addressing the topic “Domesticating Capitalism.” Some of you know Steve already; for those of you who don’t, here is a brief biography.

Steve Ruble is a Traverse City native. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a dual major in philosophy and computer science, and he currently works as a software developer here in TC.  As you might expect from a philosophy major, Steve spends a lot of his free time reading, blogging, and attending Etcetera and Pub Theology.  As Steve himself will tell you, he is not an expert in economics or political science.  He does, however, know how to put the critical thinking skills of his philosophy background to good use. When he began to research the cause of the housing collapse in 2008, he found a surprising amount of disagreement between economic experts. In spite of his best efforts to figure out which economic experts are reliable guides, Steve wryly notes that he still doesn’t understand (or have much confidence in) the technical side of this dismal science. Nonetheless, there is much to be learned from the many different voices that talk about our economy.

I have talked with Steve at length on this topic, and I can assure you he will be bringing a thoroughly researched and thought-provoking view on the causes of and solutions for economic disparity. You may or may not agree, but you will be informed and engaged – and that’s the goal of etcetera!

See you at CoWharf on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00!


* The CoWharf was envisioned by the Traverse Area Coworking Enthusiasts Group and founded by Kirsten and Bradley Matson in 2012. 

About Anthony Weber

Anthony is one of the founders of Etcetera. For more info, look for his bio and links under the 'About' tab.