Archive for July, 2008

Is Greed Good?

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This salon was recorded on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at the Buli Cafe on the Cedar Springs Strip in Dallas. The question today on The Buli Salon is a slippery one: Is Greed Good? This question was inspired by our last salon on the middle class. The entire economic engine of American capitalism requires the fuel of ever increasing consumption from its citizens. Increasing wealth by consuming and acquiring more and more things is powered by, yes, greed. Are the results of this greed imperiling our survival and happiness on Planet Earth? Is there a better ethic and organizing principal for sustainable human civilization? Joining RICK VANDERSLICE at the square table in the Library Nook are regular salon members: writer/blogger/poet RJ JACKSON; social/political observer ROY CALHOUN; activist/writer/podcaster JOHN SELIG.

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What’s Happening To The Middle Class?

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This salon was recorded on Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Dallas, around the square table in the Buli Cafe’s Library Nook. This is the age of increasing globalization. expanding world markets and big changes in the American middle class. Is our middle class shrinking? Most everyone sees and feels these changes, even economists, though they do differ on what direction the exit from this class most are taking, up or down. If our country was built on the idea or a strong middle class, believing it to be essential to maintaining democracy, what should we make of these changes? Isn’t America the richest, most successful society on the planet? If not, when did that change? Why has it changed? Joining RICK VANDERSLICE to consider these issues are 3 favorite, middle class, salon members: Writer/blogger/poet RJ JACKSON; social/political observer ROY CALHOUN; activist/writer/podcaster JOHN SELIG.

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Should America Abolish The Death Penalty ?

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This Buli Salon was recorded on Sunday, July 13, 2008 in the Library Nook of the Buli Cafe in Dallas. Today we debate the death penalty in the United States. With the close 5 to 4 decision from the Supreme Court, finding it to be cruel and unusual punishment to apply the death penalty to child rape convictions, unless the victim dies, our salon members consider the impact of this emotional ruling and consider the larger social and moral dimension of todays question: Should America Abolish The Death Penalty? Joining RICK VANDERSLICE are two regular salon members: writer and blogger RJ JACKSON and activist, writer, and podcaster JOHN SELIG. Also joining in for the first time is real estate executive THOMAS GARCIA.

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Considering The Essential Films

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This salon was recorded on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Dallas’ popular Buli Cafe on the Cedar Springs Strip. Today we’re Considering The Essential Films that everyone should see. All film lovers have their list and none would be exactly the same. Films, or movies, or flicks, are the most impactive art form of the past 100 years. They show us back to ourselves as we were, as we are, and as we might become. Joining RICK VANDERSLICE, around the square table in the Library Nook, are three film lovers and Buli Salon regulars: writer and blogger RJ JACKSON; cultural observer ROY CALHOUN; LARRY PARRIGIN, creator of Gaily Forward Toons on the web.

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