Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD)

                 Saturday, September 27, 2003
            Video: "To Invade or Not Invade"

                    By Jan Helfeld

You are invited to see and to critique Jan Helfeld's documentary,
"To Invade or Not Invade", on the Iraq War and our future foreign policy.
Does it make any difference to you whether we invade other countries? 
Can you continue to live just as well, regardless of how many countries
we invade militarily, and, regardless of why we invade them?  What was
the reasoning that supported the war on Iraq? What will be the consequences
of the war? And finally, the most important question: What principle
should we use to decide whether or not to invade other countries in the
future?  These are just some of the questions the video deals with.
Jan's video includes interviews with U.S. Congressmen, as well as former
administration officials (former CIA Director ), analysts and a member
of the press. You will see some intense reactions, you will get some
insights into our leaders mental processes, and you will see some
objectivist epistemology in action.

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.


Please join WMOD on Saturday, September 27.  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.

New essays by Robert Bidinotto:
"A Conflict of Values in the Arctic" and "Why Do They Hate Us?"  
Also, the latest news and commentary on environmentalism linked at:

Latest Ed Hudgins op-ed 
"15,000 Dead on the Altar of French Collectivism."
posted by Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) 


The Objectivist Center will host "A Meeting of Minds," a one-day 
conference in New York City. Date: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Place: American Management Association, 48th Street and Broadway.
Price: $125 regular, $75 student (Advance registration by Oct 17)
Speakers will include Alan Kors, David Kelley, and Susan McCloskey. 
Full program information will be available on the TOC website soon.
If you are interested in coming to the conference and will need hotel 
accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to make reservations now, 
since the NYC marathon will be taking place on Sunday, November 2, 
and hotel rooms are going quickly.
For more information, please visit http://www.ObjectivistCenter.org. 

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

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

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               WMOD Contact Information

  Dave Saum
  PO Box 8202
  Falls Church, VA 22041
    Email: DSaum AT infiltec DOT com
    Phone: (703) 820-7696
    Fax: (703) 671-9350
    Web: http://www.infiltec.com/wmod.htm

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