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Tuition, Subsidies, and Hazlitt’s Lesson

Tuition, Subsidies, and Hazlitt’s Lesson by Taylor Pace As of 2015 the National Student Debt reached $1.3 trillion with the average student loan debt at about $29,000. Many former college students are discovering it is difficult to pay back such

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The Real Meaning of “Democratic Socialism”

The Real Meaning of “Democratic Socialism” by Jack Enright 2016 marks an increasingly divisive year in the realm of electoral politics. The candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have energized their respective parties, with Trump only recently losing his significant

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School Choice? Pfft, we need Public Cafeterias!

School Choice?  Pfft, we need Public Cafeterias! by Carsten Hood The public school system is rife with problems, but Americans have long grown accustomed to those problems.  Unfortunately, the education market is not structured to reflect people’s real choices and

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Houston, We Have a Pothole Problem

Houston, We Have a Pothole Problem The Solution? The Sharing Economy. by Noelle Mandell I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fill of talk about potholes. Whether it’s in the political arena or simply your friend lamenting as

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Stop Whining About Young People: A Young Person Responds

Stop Whining About Young People: A Young Person Responds by Noel Jett There’s a lot of junk out there about how “kids these days” are the dumbest, rudest, laziest generation ever.  I’m here to take the best of it and

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald by Jack Enright It wouldn’t be a stretch to consider the 2016 election cycle as being defined by Donald Trump. The real estate mogul has consistently stolen the spotlight from candidates

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School Sucks: Why We Should Think Outside the Classroom and Embrace Non-Traditional Education

School Sucks: Why We Should Think Outside the Classroom and Embrace Non-Traditional Education by Carsten Hood Feeling somewhat disrespectful, since I haven’t been paying attention for most of class, I take a moment to glance up from my laptop. The professor

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance by Hank Kersten The only large-scale LGBT activism event I’ve ever gone to was Dallas Pride this past fall. It was wonderfully wild and easily one of the best events I’ve been to in my life.

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The Refugee Crisis: A Call For Open Borders

The Refugee Crisis: A Call For Open Borders by Brittney Little Since March of 2011, almost 9 million Syrians have been left with no choice but to flee their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. Over 3

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Millennials Have a Chance to End Wars

Millennials Have a Chance to End Wars by Adam Hopson Last month, the Texas Millennial Institute held a summit for millennials to discuss the abhorrent frequency and reasons our country finds itself in war. I cannot think of a better issue

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Austin! Have you been looking for an opportunity to get together with a group to critically examine philosophical texts? Well, here's your chance. We are hosting Socratic Happy Hours to discuss readings that relate to your life.

Join us over drinks and casual discussion over George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language." This essay, dating back to 1946, will likely give some insight into problems we're still facing today.

Sable will be leading us through the essay, socratic seminar style. Participants will join for an hour long discussion where we address open-ended questions based on the text, listen to each others comments and respond thoughtfully, and walk away with a better understanding of the topic at hand as well as connecting more with those who attend.

Is political speech and writing the "defense of the indefensible"? Does it make lies sound truthful and murder respectable? How can we counter what's going on and help strive for sincerity in language? We'll find out together on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm. (Brew and Brew is particularly busy this month, so we shifted our date from the normaly first Thursday meeting). Your first drink will be on us! Please help us spread the word.

*This event is open to anyone interested in having conducive dialogue about the essay at hand and those that agree to come prepared to engage on the text. Please read the text beforehand; there's a link to it in the "discussion" section, and we'll provide hard copies in person.
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Socratic Happy Hour: Politics & the English Language

November 15, 2017, 7:30pm - November 15, 2017, 9:30pm

Austin! Have you been looking for an opportunity to get together with a group to critically examine philosophical texts? Well, here's your chance. We are hosting Socratic Happy Hours to discuss readings that relate to your life. Join us over drinks and casual discussion over George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language." This essay, dating back to 1946, will likely give some insight into problems we're still facing today. Sable will be leading us through the essay, socratic seminar style. Participants will join for an hour long discussion where we address open-ended questions based on the text, listen to each others comments and respond thoughtfully, and walk away with a better understanding of the topic at hand as well as connecting more with those who attend. Is political speech and writing the "defense of the indefensible"? Does it make lies sound truthful and murder respectable? How can we counter what's going on and help strive for sincerity in language? We'll find out together on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm. (Brew and Brew is particularly busy this month, so we shifted our date from the normaly first Thursday meeting). Your first drink will be on us! Please help us spread the word. *This event is open to anyone interested in having conducive dialogue about the essay at hand and those that agree to come prepared to engage on the text. Please read the text beforehand; there's a link to it in the "discussion" section, and we'll provide hard copies in person.

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