We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I always felt that these gatherings of concerned world-citizens, instead of being held in fancy hotels in first world places should be held in the places of concern. Want a meeting about Haiti? Have it in Haiti. Discussing Venezuela? Caracas should still have some hotels left. Even Erbil, Kurdistan has a number of nice properties for holding conferences.