I've been thinking about our group. There are eight of
you now. I'd like to try something new.
Let's break up into smaller groups. Each group can work
together to present a broad point of view. But you can
also present the different opinions that are found
within your group. So you can still put forward your
individual points of view.
I would like Dee and Elijah to work together presenting
libertarianism. Fred and Diego will present
conservativism. Ann, John, and Vera will present a
modern social liberalism. Ayesha and Fred will present a
Catholic point of view. Fred is the only one of you in
two groups. I did hat because I know that he is a good
conservative but also a serious Catholic.
I know that there are differences between the people in
these groups. Dee and Elijah agree on some things and
disagree strongly on others. But, first of all, that
simply reflects the real world. Not all libertarians or
all conservatives or all liberals agree on everything.
In fact, they disagree among themselves on lots of
things. So we are simply reflecting the reality around
us. And, secondly, I have to admit that working together
in groups will make it easier to manage the discussion.
I am asking each group to organize their presentation so
as to include the following:
- Fundamental concepts
- Fundamental principles
- Major arguments supporting their
- Ideas about distributive justice and
- The application of your ideas to at
least one current problem such as poverty
While each group is making their presentation, you can
all jump in with questions and criticism. Just make sure
you don't go so far afield that the group can't finish