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Jan 22: Trump? or Gaza? or DeSantis?

When we last met several weeks ago (lots of holidays in between), we had planned to discuss Trump’s legal issues and their impact on his candidacy.

Another regular member of the group has suggested that we discuss the genocide allegations against Israel in connection with its activities in Gaza. Here’s his suggestion:

NYT/Stephens: The Genocide Charge

ICJ Case Files 1
ICJ Case Files 2
ICJ Case Files 3

With Ron DeSantis dropping out of the Republican primary race, my guess is that we’ll have plenty to discuss.

12/18: Speech and Discipline on Campus

Tomorrow, we’ll continue the discussion of free speech (and its limits) in the university environment, focusing in particular on students’ speech.

And on universities’ “codes of conduct” for students and the repercussions for violating them.

There has already been the beginnings of a discussion via email amongst last week’s participants; we’ll continue in person (and via Zoom) tomorrow.

10/2: Gambling in America

Last week’s discussion about college athletics has prompted a follow-up on the impact of gambling on sports, income inequality, and our society in general.

Although there are plenty of ways to approach this topic, here’s a link to get us started:

  • Who gains from gaming/gambling? Who loses?
  • Is gambling a “tax” (statistically speaking) on low-income people?
  • If so, should something be done to address that, or should individuals be free to pursue their own vices?
  • Are gaming revenues/taxes too tempting for politicians to refuse?
  • Does the ability gamble on sports activities taint the underlying sport?
    • How to avoid the temptation to “fix” matches?
    • Is there a difference (from a gambling perspective) between professional and amateur sports?
  • How do other societies that have been more open to gambling dealt with these potential issues?
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