Hour 1: OPEN DISCUSSION on Back to Basics: Freedom
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Over the past several decades, America has been operating under a more limited definition of freedom. Katrina vanden Heuvel, in her article in the Washington Post entitled, A New Definition of Freedom in America (June 9, 2015), writes “As historian Eric Foner has shown, freedom has always been a contested concept in the United States. In different eras, it has taken on different meanings. For the founders, it meant freedom from political autocracy, and from royalists with special privileges from the crown.”
“At the start of World War II, Roosevelt rallied Americans to the noble cause of the ‘four freedoms’–freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”
Launched under the Reagan administration, today’s more conservative definition of freedom “…is centered in markets, free from government interference. The entrepreneur, not the citizen, is the central actor. Government is the threat; the best thing it can do is to get out of the way…conservatives argue that freedom entails privatization, deregulation, limiting government’s reach and capacity.”
This conservative definition of freedom, unfortunately, has resulted in an economy that serves the privileged, allowing those with the resources to stack the game in their favor to protect their privileges.
As vanden Heuvel states, “If we are to protect our freedoms, citizens must mobilize to take back government from the few, to clean out the corruption, and to curb the oppressive power of the modern-day economic royalists…we must return to expanding and defending the four freedoms: protecting our freedom of speech and our liberties in the face of a national security state…; protecting our freedom of religion by strengthening the separation of church and state; expanding freedom of want by lifting the floor under workers, insuring every child a healthy start, providing free educaiton from pre-K to college, rebuilding the United States and putting people to work; and strengthening freedom from fear by returning to defending our citizens, not policing the world.”
Join Barb and John as they discuss Back to Basics: Freedom.
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Hour 2: Joseph E. Meyer
In today’s volatile investment community, we all need to be confident of obtaining the most accurate information possible in order to make some very critical financial decisions. We find this valuable information by locating the most experienced individuals in their particular fields of expertise. In the field of financial services, there are few who compare with the level of professional experience of Joseph Meyer.
For nearly four decades, he has been personally and professionally involved with the U.S. financial industry. He has literally helped thousands find their ways through the maze of questions that can arise in an ever-changing financial environment.
Tonight Joseph will discuss such topics as the situation in Greece and how it will affect our markets; whether the spike in volatility puts the bull market at risk; the “China Syndrome” and whether the U.S. can “quit” China; the effects of the Labor Deparment adding millions more to eligibility for overtime; the false sense of security of having plenty of jobs, but needing jobs that actually pay more; and arbitration and mediation.
Joseph Meyer entered the brokerage industry in the early 1970s as a broker/dealer trainee with the firm Edwards and Hanley, a member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He was employed by a number of top NYSE firms, and was also a professional insurance agent with Bankers Life and Casualty Company. He became a self-employed stock market stategist and professional equity trader and went on to become a registered investment advisor. In 1989, Meyer developed his management-consulting firm Meyer and Associates.
Meyer is an “Industry Arbitrator” with the National Association of Security Dealers and with the NYSE. The National Association of Securities Dealers approved him as an NASD Regulation Approved Mediator in 1997. The NYSE followed and approved him as a mediator within their forum, and he continues to serve to this day. In this capacity, he has served as a panel chairman on some of the largest and most complex securities law cases.
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Hour 3: Joseph Dylan Leske
Joining the show during the final hour is a member of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Joseph Dylan Leske. Joseph will be discussing the impact of stigma on mental illness/health as well as public policy in regards to mental health.
In today’s society, all too many people feel worse about seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist than they do about visiting their doctor. In addition, many people feel ashamed or embarrassed about needing help for depression or anxiety, leading to feelings of diminished self-esteem and possible loss of social opportunities.
Unfortunately, the media has played a large role in misrepresenting people with mental illness–portraying them as dangerous, lazy, or “weak.” People with mental illness are no more likely to have negative traits than those without an illness.
These misrepresentations have also led to misconceptions about treatment. Someone struggling with cancer is encouraged to see an oncologist and possibly do chemotherapy, radiation, or alternative treatments, with time off from work or school to heal. But when it’s depression, anxiety, bipolar, or some other form of mental illness, most times people are forced to try to get better on their own, without professional help or treatment or time off from work or school. We appear to have a double standard when it comes to illness and health in America, and it’s time to destigmatize mental health!
Joseph Leske discovered his political side when he moved to Fort Collins from Grand Junction, Colorado. While living in Fort Collins, Joseph has had many interests and opportunities which make him the person he is today. He volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins for more than five years and, as of January 2015, currently serves on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fort Collins, where he is Chair of the Government Relations Committee.
In May, Joseph graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in History. Although he has many governmental interests, Joseph is most interested in public policy, especially in regards to mental health.
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