Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD)

                   September 7, 1999   

           "The Politics of Postmodernism"

                  by Dr. Stephen Hicks 

     Despite continuous failure in theory and practice, socialism
continues to have a strong hold on the academic mind.  It has, however,
mutated into a number of forms, the most virulent being the currently
trendy movement called "postmodernism."  In this talk, Professor Hicks
will discuss postmodernism's political origins in socialist thought,
and how it evolved as a rhetorical strategy to undermine liberal
capitalism and as a defense mechanism against facing up to socialism's
disastrous historical record.  

     Dr. Stephen Hicks is Associate Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Philosophy at Rockford College, a liberal arts college in
Illinois.  At Rockford College he is also Director of the college's
Honors Program in Liberal Arts, a "great books" program that teaches
the intellectual history of Western civilization. 

     He is co-editor with David Kelley of Readings for Logical Analysis,
now in its second edition.  He has published in The Wall Street Journal,
Reader's Digest, the Baltimore Sun, as well as in academic journals. 
Stephen has been Visiting Professor at Georgetown University in Washington,
D.C., a Visiting Fellow at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center in
Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
in Washington, D.C.  He is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for
Objectivist Studies and is writing a book on postmodernism. 

                When and Where is the WMOD Meeting?

     Please join WMOD on Tuesday, September 7.  NOTE that this
is NOT our usual third Wednesday meeting date.  Anyone who is
interested in rational discussion of Ayn Rand's ideas is welcome.
Note that our meeting location is Metro accessible.  You can
either join us for drinks at 6:30 with dinner at 7 PM and/or for
the talk (free) at 8:15 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 after
6:00 PM.  Due to construction you may have to go down the ramp to the
underground level.  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 Wednesday 9/7 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.


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               WMOD Contact Information

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  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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