The Burke-Paine Society’s mission includes establishing grassroots cross-partisan discussion groups and bringing people together to rebuild civil society. In Philadelphia, two grassroots discussion groups that share our goals and values have affiliated with Burke-Paine to further this national mission.
In December of 2015, Brian Bagzis started a MeetUp called Political Agnostics. It has grown to 275 members and currently meets in Center City at a coffee shop near Independence Hall. Brian does excellent work in researching every issue discussed at each biweekly MeetUp. This allows the discussion to center upon facts and for participants to come together around the facts, even when they disagree. Brian was a local pioneer in the cross-partisan discussion arena of Philadelphia. We are glad to welcome him as our partner.
In December of last year, John Rogers started a MeetUp called Intellectual Discussions in the Ardmore/Havertown/Bryn Mawr area near Philadelphia. In less than five months, his group has grown to 225 members. They meet weekly at a pub, and John has tried to offer topics that stimulate vigorous discussion in a relaxed, friendly environment. He attended the Burke-Paine Philadelphia salon on Monday, April 15th (Tax Day), on which Brian led an excellent cross-partisan discussion about tax policy. The next day John joined the Burke-Paine Society and chose to affiliate his group with us. We welcome John Rogers and are excited to grow the movement toward a civic renaissance with his help.