"The world does not get better or worse. It just gets older." -Harold Bloom
A changing world brings many challenges along with many opportunities. On one hand, we endure a sluggish economy, but on the other, we witness improving conditions for men's book clubs across the nation, and quite possibly the globe. Discussion of The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria, I thought, was stimulating on a number of levels. First, we heard accounts of experiences in China by members of the Dude Squad; then, we applied ideas from the book to our own lives asking how this knowledge will effect our voting behavior, our day-to-day living and our sense of security. Finally, we concluded that China's rise to power is inevitable and we did what any self-respecting group of Americans would do under the circumstances: consume some good, old-fashioned American pie with ice cream and call it a night. I want to thank Brent Christensen for flawlessly executing a top-notch Dude Squad gathering as well as all of those dudes who contributed to the discussion: Jim, Brian, Billy, Troy, Scott, David and Brent. Next month's meeting is tentatively set for Aug. 11th at 7:30 at Richard Norman's house. We will be discussing Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.