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SAT Dec 20 – Solstice Pizza Party and Gift Exchange

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton are hosting the annual
Arizona Objectivists’ Solstice Party at their home on
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6 PM.
Note earlier start time.

DINNER:
The traditional Pizza ordered out for $5 per person.
There will also be holiday sweets for dessert and
non-alcoholic beverages. If you have special dietary needs or
would prefer an alcoholic beverage, please feel free to bring
what you require or desire, for yourself or to share.

GIFT EXCHANGE:
We will play a present guessing game to sharpen our logical
reasoning skills and get to know each other better. Please
bring a wrapped gift worth $20 or more which represents
something about yourself (but of course should be an object
that someone else might like). Before entering, place the gift
in a brown paper bag (at the door) and then give it to Lyman to be
put in the guest room. After dinner, we will draw numbers and begin
the present selection and analysis. Each gift will be opened, written
down on your list and analyzed. Once all gifts are opened, you
must finalize your guess at who gave each gift. Starting with the
first gift, the real giver reveals himself/herself and explains the
gift selection. Why, for example, he gave the CD and a
potato perched on a styrofoam couch. The person who gets the
most correct gets an additional gift from Jackie. Ayn Rand’s
Collective played this type of game at Christmas time. If you prefer
not to bring a gift, you can forego participation in the exchange but
may still assist in the guessing.

TOPIC:
Solstice Pizza Party & Gift Exchange

WHEN:
SATURDAY, December 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
A $5 contribution for pizza and a wrapped gift worth $20 or more.
In previous years gifts included books, food, CD’s, alcohol, DVD’s,
tools, candy, gift baskets.

Hope you can join us.

Happy Holidays,
Jackie Hazelton

SAT Sep 13 – Movie Atlas Shrugged Part 3

WHEN:
SATURDAY, September 13, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Atlas Shrugged Movie Part 3

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
The final installment of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Part 3 is opening on Friday, September 12. Lyman and I plan to see the movie at an afternoon showing at Harkins at the Tempe Marketplace on Saturday, September 13. The times have not yet been posted. I will send the start time of the movie in the reminder email. You are welcome to join us at the movie. We will pick up takeout dinner at the Tempe Marketplace Food Court and then head home to eat.

We will meet back at our home for eating and discussion at 7 PM.

If you can’t wait, see the movie in your area on Friday. You can still join us for discussion on Saturday.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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SAT Mar 15 – Objectivism for the Rest of Us

WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 15, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Objectivism for the Rest of Us
Proposed by Warren Van Egmond

LEADERS:
Jackie Hazelton & Warren Van Egmond

PREPARATION:
Make a list of the Basic Principles of Objectivism. The list should be longer than Rand’s Objectivism standing on one foot but much shorter than the books on the topic. No more than one page. For example, the Trader Principle and the Non-Initiation of Force Principle would be included. What else? I think this will assist in answering the question posed below by Warren, “What does Objectivism … have to say to us?”

DESCRIPTION:
Rand’s chief characters are larger-than-life figures. They exemplify her ideal of
the heroic individual, struggling against all obstacles to achieve the highest
goals of which human beings are capable — inventing new things, building
great companies, and generally living outsized lives.

But most of us are not like that. We are quite ordinary people, usually working
as employees of other people, small cogs in the machines of large companies,
or perhaps as heads of small businesses and individual enterprises.

So what does Objectivism and Rand’s writings have to say to us?
How should we be living our lives in the light of what Rand has to say in her
novels and in her other writings? How do the principles of Objectivism
exemplified by Rand’s superheroes apply to the rest of us?

In this discussion we shall remember some of the “minor characters” in
Rand’s novels, and how they behaved and reacted in the shadow of the
great lives that the heroic characters were living, then ask what this
has to say about how “ordinary people” can live as Objectivists in a
world built around the “superman.”

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Feb 22 – John Stossel on Ayn Rand and Business

NOTE: Meeting is on the 4th Saturday!

WHEN:
SATURDAY, February 22, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
John Stossel: Ayn Rand and Business
Video from the 2013 Atlas Summit (77 minutes)

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Stossel hosted a panel celebrating the ideas that Ayn Rand championed. In the candid conversation that followed, the panel of business leaders discussed the challenges of business success in today’s environment and the ways in which they have put the ideas of Objectivism to work.

Panelists: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI); Wall St. legend Victor Sperandeo; Jay Lapeyre, President of Laitram, LLC and Chair of ION Geophysical; Dan Leever, CEO of MacDermid Incorporated, and Jared Fuller, founder and CEO of Market Aces and tech entrépreneur.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Jan 18 – What Activities are Immoral? Recycling?

WHEN:

SATURDAY, January 18, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:

TOS Blog from 11/26/2013 Recycling Worthless Garbage is Immoral

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/blog/index.php/2013/11/recycling-worthless-garbage-is-immoral/?utm_source=TOS+Commentary+&+Announcements&utm_campaign=9df672b301-December_1_2013_Blog_Commentary12_1_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e1a126b97-9df672b301-315674357

LEADER:

Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

During my years of leading Objectivist discussion groups, I have heard various activities labeled as immoral such as smoking, overeating, being overweight, declaring bankruptcy, giving blood, watching TV, … and now the latest, recycling.

Quoting Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist ethics holds man’s life as the standard of value—and his own life as the ethical purpose of every individual man.” (VOS p. 25)  But wait you say, ethics only applies to your relation to other people.  If you were a Robinson Crusoe living alone on an island, you could eat as much fish and coconuts and be as fat as you wanted.  Not so says Ayn Rand, “You who prattle that morality is social and that man would need no morality on a desert island—it is on a desert island that he would need it most.  Let him try to claim, when there are no victims to pay for it, that a rock is a house, that sand is clothing, that food will drop into his mouth without cause or effort, that he will collect a harvest tomorrow by devouring his stock seed today—and reality will wipe him out, as he deserves; reality will show him that life is a value to be bought and that thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it.”

We will be discussing how Objectivists should judge what is moral and what is immoral.

WHERE:

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:

Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Nov 16 – Stossel on Atlas Shrugged and the Struggle for Liberty

WHEN:

SATURDAY, November 16, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:

John Stossel and Guests: Atlas Shrugged and the Struggle for Liberty

Video of interview (77 minutes)

LEADER:

Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

At the 2012 Atlas Summit, an annual event produced by The Atlas Society, broadcast journalist and author John Stossel, host of the weekly FoxBusiness show Stossel, interviewed three leaders in the liberty movement and asked them how Atlas Shrugged had inspired their own struggle for liberty.

Grover Norquist, indefatigable head of Americans for Tax Reform and Reason founder Robert Poole, Jr. were interviewed by Stossel, along with Alexander McCobin, head of Students for Liberty.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Oct 19 – David Mayer on Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 2

WHEN:

SATURDAY, October 19, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:

Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 2

Video of talk by David Mayer (61 minutes)

LEADER:

Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

Has the U.S. Presidency effectively become an “absolute monarch” in the modern era as the Presidential powers have expanded far beyond the scope envisioned by the Constitution’s framers? In this two-part talk law professor and author David N. Mayer shows how far we have departed from the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally-limited presidency, perhaps realizing during the 20th century Thomas Jefferson’s fear that the Chief Executive would become essentially an “elective monarch,” with unbounded powers.

In this video, Part 2, Mayer communicates that what the modern record of Presidents, both Democratic and Republican, shows over the past 100 years or so, is that the office has in many respects been transformed into what Thomas Jefferson most feared, a tyrannical executive, in effect, an elective monarch–someone who acts as if he is not bound by the “chains of the Constitution.”

Mayer discusses several types of abuse of power enacted by modern Presidents from both parties. He also discusses the Supreme Court decision on “Obamacare.” (The Court’s decision was delivered the day before Part 1 of Mayer’s presentation.)

BIO:

David N. Mayer is a professor of law and history at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches courses in constitutional history.  Mayer has a PhD in History from the University of Virginia.  He returned to academic life after a law practice in Washington, DC.  He has written books The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (Constitutionalism and Democracy), published in 1995 and Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right in 2011.  See http://law.capital.edu/FacultyBio.aspx?ID=22633

WHERE:

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home

480-516-3281

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QUESTIONS:

Jackie Hazelton

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SAT Sept 21 – David Mayer on Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 1

WHEN:

SATURDAY, September 21, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:

Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 1

Video of talk by David Mayer (59 minutes)

LEADER:

Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

Has the U.S. Presidency effectively become an “absolute monarch” in the modern era as the Presidential powers have expanded far beyond the scope envisioned by the Constitution’s framers? In this two-part talk law professor and author David N. Mayer shows how far we have departed from the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally-limited presidency, perhaps realizing during the 20th century Thomas Jefferson’s fear that the Chief Executive would become essentially an “elective monarch,” with unbounded powers.

In Part 1, David surveys the early history of the Presidency and what the framers of the Constitution designed the office to be. He also looks at how the early presidents (through most of the 19th century) actually excercised their power. Using Thomas Jefferson’s presidency as a model, Part one also discusses the key limits the Constitution places on presidential powers – or, as Jefferson understood it, how the president is “bound by the chains of the Constitution.”

BIO:

David N. Mayer is a professor of law and history at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches courses in constitutional history.  Mayer has a PhD in History from the University of Virginia.  He returned to academic life after a law practice in Washington, DC.  He has written books The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (Constitutionalism and Democracy), published in 1995 and Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right in 2011.  See http://law.capital.edu/FacultyBio.aspx?ID=22633

WHERE:

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home

480-516-3281

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QUESTIONS:

Jackie Hazelton

(c) 480-516-3281

(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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SAT AUG 17 – Movie If You Could Only Cook

If you plan to attend next Saturday but have not yet RSVPed, please do so by replying to this email.  Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
SATURDAY, August 17, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Movie “If You Could Only Cook”

LEADER:
Jim Kirk

DESCRIPTION:
Jim writes, for our meeting on August 17th we will be trying something new. Earlier this year I saw the 1935 film, “If You Could Only Cook.” The movie is a light-hearted romantic comedy, the sort sometimes called a screwball comedy. The leading actors are Herbert Marshall as the president of an automobile corporation, Jean Arthur as an unemployed young woman, and, as a charming gangster, the young handsome Leo Carillo (those of us who are older remember Carillo from 1950’s television as the older portly Pancho in ‘The Cisco Kid’).

What I found interesting about the movie is that as I watched it, some of the characters and situations began to remind me of characters and situations from Ayn Rand’s fiction. However, in my IMDb research I have found no connection whatever between Rand and anyone involved with this movie.

We will watch the movie and then we can discuss what each of us sees there, if anything. I won’t give any examples so everyone can watch without any bias coming from me.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Jun 15 – Memoir 50 Years of Reading Rand and Studying Objectivism

WHEN:
SATURDAY, June 15, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
50 Years of Reading Rand and Studying Objectivism–A Personal Memoir
and a few things I’ve learned along the way

SPEAKER:
Bill Perry

DESCRIPTION:
Bill Perry first discovered The Fountainhead in a bookstore a little over 50 years ago.  He has been reading Ayn Rand novels and non-fiction as well as other writings about her philosophy ever since.  He will recount some personal history and discuss some of the most important things he has learned over the years.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
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BRING:
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