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Debriefing Socrates – Money and Values 

Should Money Buy EVERYthing? This was the question which propelled the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on June 14th, inspired by the new book on that subject by Harvard professor Michael Sandel. The participants explored the ethical issues raised by such current practices as paying students to get better grades, selling tickets to "free" …

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War, Money, and Socratic Highlights 

Can We Stop Wars? was the subject of the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on Friday, May 3rd -- and a prevailing view of the discussants was "Follow the money!" A conflict resolution practitioner with experience ranging from Israel/Palestine to the Philippines said, "All wars are really over economic interests." Another participant advised: "If …

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Taxes 101 

Hurray it's Tax  Season - Refund! Show me the money! I have been waiting for so long to reclaim the hundreds that have been pulled from every pay check from all three jobs. This year is different. For the first time I have had to owe taxes to the IRS. This has essentially altered my …

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Of Metal Boxes and Money Trees 

Intent on depositing a week’s worth of waitressing wages and tips, I was directed by the suited teller to a metal box in the entrance to my local bank. I was working that summer in an ice cream parlor, saving my hard-earned dollars for college, and I worried whether automation would prove a reliable substitute …

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