Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD)

                 Saturday, December 7, 2002
              Debate on War with the Iraq

              Jan Helfeld and Michelle F Cohen 

Our country is on the brink of war.  Going to war is a momentous decision. 
When is it morally correct to go to war? Is going to war with Iraq now 
consistent with  Objectivist principles? Should we go to war with Iraq? 
Michelle F. Cohen and Jan Helfeld will debate the proposition: "The US
should invade Iraq militarily now and forcefully remove Saddam from
power." Michelle will argue the affirmative and Jan will argue the
negative. There will be ample opportunity at the end of the debate for
questions and comments. 

Jan Helfeld is an attorney who is now active in property development
and TV  interviewing.  He is attempting to introduce the Socratic technique 
in the field of public policy interviewing.  He has produced the following 
three documentaries, The Proper Function of Government; the Media Against 
Business and the Socratic Technique including interviews of many U.S. 
senators, U.S. Congressman, and high-profile TV journalists like Mike 
Wallace, Ted Kopple, Cokie Roberts and others. Jan sponsors a weekly
Objectivist discussion group and a monthly Socrates cafe meeting. You
can contact him at JanHelfeld@aol.com. 

Michelle Fram-Cohen holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from SUNY at
Binghamton.  She has been interested in Objectivism since the late 1970's.
Michelle gave a previous WMOD talk comparing Aristotle's and Nietzsche's
Influence on Rand, and she gave a talk on Victor Hugo's novel "Ninety Three"
at the TOC Summer Seminar in 2001.  You can reach her at


Please join WMOD on Saturday, December 7.  Anyone who is
interested in rational discussion of Ayn Rand's ideas is welcome.
There will be a $2 charge for the talk if you are not having 
dinner. Note that our meeting location is Metro accessible.  You can
either join us for drinks at 5:30 or for dinner at 6:00 PM or for
the talk at 7:00 PM at the Hunan Palace in Rosslyn, VA
just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  The street address is
1812 North Moore Street.  If you come by Metro, get off at the
Rosslyn Metro Exit and the Hunan Palace is only a few feet away.
Take the street exit on N. Moore Street (across street from Roy
Rogers/Burger King), go out of Metro and take a left, and the
Palace is a few feet down N. Moore Street.  If you drive, there is
a parking garage (Allstate) next door to the Palace that is free
weekends, or weekdays after 6:00 PM.  There will be a $15 fixed price
dinner (including tax and tip), or you can order from the menu. 
Please RSVP to WMOD at (703) 820-7696 before noon on the day of
the meeting so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to
set up and how many to expect for dinner.  For more information,
call the Hunan Palace at (703) 528-8188, or call David Saum
at (703) 820-7696 (W) or (703) 671-5119 (H).  

                  FUTURE MEETINGS

WMOD meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each
month.  We are always looking for new stimulating meeting topics
related to Objectivism.  Please contact WMOD if you have
suggestions for meeting topics and locations, or if you can
volunteer some time to arrange meetings.


Weekly on Thursdays: Objectivist discussion group meeting  at
7:00PM at La Madelaine Restaurant - Baileys Crossroads,  at the
corner of Route # 7 and Columbia Pike next to Borders Books.
Contact Jan Helfeld: JanHelfeld@aol.com

First Monday of every month: Socrates Cafe philosophic discussion group
meeting, at 7:00PM at Borders Books at Bailey's Crossroads, VA
Contact Jan Helfeld: JanHelfeld@aol.com

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               WMOD Contact Information

  Dave Saum
  PO Box 8007
  Falls Church, VA 22041
    Email: DSaum at infiltec.com
    Phone: (703) 820-7696
    Fax: (703) 671-9350
    Web: http://www.infiltec.com/wmod.htm

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