Reminder: February 11 Meeting of Las Vegas Futurists
- Hi everyone:
On Friday February 11, our very own local Las Vegas Futurist, Elain
Baran will lead a discussion on the book: The Future of Freedom
written by Fareed Zakaria.
In his thought-provoking exploration of democracy and how it relates
to liberty, Fareed Zakaria provides background for the continuing
examination of how democratic ideals are exercised, promulgated, and
disseminated as well as offering insights and interpretations of many
situations in the world today. This wide-ranging book covers
everything from the history of "the West" and how democracy evolved
from a foundation of increasing liberty starting in the Dark Ages to
the Islamic Exception, the power of economics and the "Death of
Authority". While examining the various factors that have
contributed to our current state, Mr. Zakaria does not lose sight of
the more overriding concern - he calls for a restoration of the
balance between liberty and democracy and shows how liberal democracy
has to be made effective and relevant for today.
Our discussion will cover not only the ideas presented by Mr.
Zakaria, but create an opening for bridging into an exploration of
the economic, political, geo-political and social ideas presented by
Michael Novak ("The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism"), Thomas Barnett
("The Pentagon's New Roadmap"), Thomas Stewart ("Intellectual
Capital"), Dinesh D'Souza ("What's So Great About America") and John
Micklethwait and Adrian Woolridge ("A Future Perfect").
Las Vegas Futurists Meetings are held at Borders Bookstore on 2190 N.
Rainbow Blvd Las Vegas on the second Fridays of every month from
7:00pm to 9:00 pm. The meetings are followed by a dinner and more
discussion at a local restaurant. The homepage for the Las Vegas
Futurists is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lvfuturists.