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Free Markets
Jeff Seward

Presentation at Friendly House by Jeff Seward.. Free market fanatics often exaggerate their virtues and all but ignore their potential problems. Progressives often underestimate the virtues of markets but strangely may also underestimate their vices. This lecture explores the virtues of markets as proclaimed by economists like Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, and Friedrich von Hayek but also the vices of markets with radical views of Robin Hahnel. Is there a way to harness the virtues of markets while minimizing their negative effects? Jeff Seward has been a Political Science professor and TV politics reporter, and has presented often to HGP.

The Artist and His Work
Jerry Dickason

Presentation  by Jerry Dickason. Why do I paint? What is it about painting that keeps me painting? All art is problem-solving. I have a curious itch to create that begs to be expressed. Mark-making touches that volatile, internal spot that spurs me on to wonder how to solve a notion of fulfillment. Jerry started studying art after retiring in 2002. In 2007 he began painting in academic and private artists studios.

Unpopular Positions
Doug Matheson

Presentation at Friendly House titled, “Fiddling or Being Willing to Advocate for Unpopular Positions -- a look at a key root of the fact/alternative fact phenomenon.“ Doug Matheson considers what happens when we give ourselves permission to believe whatever we want to believe, and then expect to be respected and to not be challenged. Matheson grew up a missionary kid in India. He spent more than a decade trying to reconcile evidence with his beliefs. When he was 37, he “encountered the straw that broke the camel’s back” and then quietly left the faith.

Understanding the 2023 Hamas-Israel War
Joel Beinin

Presentation at Friendly House. Are Hamas equivalent to Nazis, ISIS, or “human animals” as Israeli leaders have asserted in explaining Hamas’s mass slaughter of Israeli civilians on October 7, 2023? Has Israel inflicted collective punishment on the people of the Gaza Strip after Hamas won a democratic election for the in 2006? Joel Beinin was Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University until retiring in 2019. Joel and his wife lived in Israel from 1970 to 1973. His parents, brother, and sister emigrated to Israel in 1973. His brother’s daughter and her husband were members of Kibbutz Nir Oz when it was attacked on Oct. 7. They have been taken hostage.