Domesticating Capitalism: Suggested Resources

October 24, 2013 in slideshow


Domesticating Capitalism: October 24, 2013

October 3, 2013 in slideshow

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. 

The “Occupy” Recap

June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thanks, everyone, for helping to make last night’s etcetera meeting an excellent one.  Brandon Everest, Matt Zymanski, and Carey Waldie - we appreciate what you brought to the meeting.  As always, we couldn’t do it without the generosity of  the Good Work Collective, and we wouldn’t go away quite as satisfied without Aroma’s fantastic coffee.

If you weren’t able to be there, the video should be up in a couple days (thanks, Scott Smith).  We don’t have printed texts from last night, but we do have a couple quotes from the speakers.  To read more, and to make the experience interactive, go to our Facebook page (just click the icon on the right side of the page).  A number of discussions have already started – feel free to join in! Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Good Intentions

May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

In preparation for this month’s meeting on May 31st,  (Topic: “If Occupy is the answer, what was the question?”) I  just finished Good Intentions: Nine Hot Button Issues Viewed Through The Eyes of Faith.  This book is written by Charles M. North, an  economics professor at Baylor University, and  Bob Smietana, an award-winning journalist.  The official blurb notes:

This is the work of an economist and a religion journalist who have little interest in making decisions for other people. Instead they attempt to… make sense of nine hot-button issues that affect us all…Good Intentions suggests that it is possible to do good in economic matters if we begin with the right assumptions (and begin to ask the right questions).   Read the rest of this entry →