By Arizona Slim
Wow. Just wow.
That’s the official Arizona Slim reaction to the first-ever Naked Capitalism meetup in Tucson.
And, let me tell you something about Tucson: This can be a funny place. I scheduled that meetup for a Friday evening, and I wasn’t sure if anyone would come. After all, it isn’t like there’s a shortage of other things to do here.
Well, the first meeter-upper rolled in around 5 pm. Others soon followed.
How many people attended? I stopped counting at 17.
Where did they come from? Most were from Tucson, but we also had visitors from Prescott, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho.
Any famous NC-ers? Yes, indeed-y! Our meetup was graced by none other than Jim Haygood. Yes, that Jim Haygood. And he’s just as baffled by those lofty tech stock valuations as the rest of us.
What else did we talk about? The same things we thrash around on the blog! Like the ineptitude of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders and his well-attended rallies here in Arizona. The attack on public education. Demexit was another popular theme, but then one participant spoke up and said he was doing the opposite. To the point of getting active at the Democratic Party precinct level.
Then there was the guy who issued a challenge: What were WE doing to reduce massive inequality? Hmmm, thought the group, shouldn’t we be electing better representatives?
Bzzzzt! Wrong answer!
In years past, our fellow meeter-upper had been among the founders of a food co-op in Arizona and a land trust in Pennsylvania. Big projects that aren’t built for private profit. That’s the heart of his challenge.
Now, I suspect that some people came into our meetup and couldn’t find us. My apologies for only making one little sign. I’ll bring more next time.
And, yes, there will be a next time!