NYC Junto Newsletter – Sept. 21, 2007

September 21, 2007


  • NEW  Junto’s next meeting, October 4, 2007
  • Upcoming Junto speakers through Feb. 2008
  • Atlas Shrugged – Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Atlas Society
  • NEW  New York City Ayn Rand Meetup, Sept. 30
  • NEW  Learn about Objectivism in articles online
  • NEW  Ayn Rand’s 1964 “Playboy” interview is online.
  • Henry Gifford’s tour of a building he helped design
  • Ayn Rand and NYC history tours
  • NYCjunto site
  • NYCJunto-discuss list
  • About this Newsletter

Junto is a group that shares information and discusses current issues…
plus presents speakers to talk with us:

Robert P. Murphy,
adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute
author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Capitalism”.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8:00pm
doors open 7:00pm, general discussion from ABOUT 7:30pm

General Society Library
20 West 44th Street, NYC
between 5th and 6th Avenues
near the Grand Central Terminal

4, 5, 6, 7, S, to Grand Central — 42nd St.
or B, D, F, V to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave.
or 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W to Times Square — 42nd St.

No Admission Free          No reservation necessary

Please note:
Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Junto’s invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite. Participation by all attendees is highly encouraged.

  • We’ll socialize from 7:00pm.
  • The meeting begins at ABOUT 7:30pm with a discussion of current issues and events.
  • The featured speaker is introduced at ABOUT 8:00pm.
  • The meeting will continue to ABOUT 10:00pm.

Junto will be at the General Society Library on the first Thursday of every month.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism, and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:

Robert P. Murphy’s talk will focus on areas where the free market leads to outcomes that most people say they want, even though these same people probably think government needs to provide regulation to achieve the outcome.

For example, the free market penalizes discriminatory business practices and encourages stewardship of natural resources.

Controversial practices such as outsourcing and hostile takeovers are actually good for the consumer and make most Americans richer.

He’s an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is the author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Capitalism”.


  • Read about past Junto speakers and people who attend often.
  • Sign up to get the Junto e-newsletter.

Please email the above text to your freedom loving friends who might be interested in Junto. Feel free to use the above text to promote Junto among libertarians, Objectivists and investors.

Come hear these speakers at Junto:

  • November 1, 2007 – Robert Higgs, editor of The Independent Review. His latest book is “Depression, War, and Cold War: Studies in Political Economy”.
  • December 6, 2007 – Marsha Familaro Enright, has been an educator, psychotherapist and writer for many years.
  • January 3, 2008 – Linda Russell sings and describes the history of 1700s and 1800s with patriotic and political songs.
  • February 7, 2008 – Ayn Rand 103, a celebration of the philosopher of capitalism and its virtues.


Atlas Shrugged – Celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary
Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2007,  celebrate the golden anniversary of Ayn Rand’s masterpiece, “Atlas Shrugged”.
Sponsored by The Atlas Society and the Cato Institute Fifty years ago, Ayn Rand published Atlas Shrugged and inspired millions of readers. This book, her masterpiece, has motivated individuals to pursue their own individual happiness and achieve the best within themselves, while it influenced philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics.

The book also created the Objectivist movement. Join The Atlas Society and the Cato Institute in a day-long conference and gala banquet.

Keynote speakers:

  • John Stossel, ABC News 20/20
  • Charles Murray, author and philosopher

Among the featured speakers and panelists are:

  • Rob Bradley, President, Institute for Energy Research
  • Edward Crane, The Cato Institute: Atlas and the Fight for Freedom
  • Mimi Gladstein, author of “Atlas Shrugged: A Reader’s Companion”
  • Anne Heller, author of an upcoming biography on Ayn Rand
  • Edward Hudgins, Executive Director, The Atlas Society
  • David Kelley, Founder and Senior Fellow, The Atlas Society
  • Tibor Machan, Professor, Chapman University, and author
  • David Mayer, Professor of Law and History, Columbia U.
  • Fred Smith, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Ed Snider, chairman, Comcast Spectacor: Atlas and the Entrepreneur
  • William Thomas, The Atlas Society: Atlas and Loving Life
  • Edward Younkins, Professor of Economics, Wheeling Jesuit College
  • Nathaniel Branden
  • Barbara Branden

For more information call 202-296-7263.


New York City Ayn Rand Meetup, September 30

Come on Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 3:00pm
Talk about Ayn Rand, her works, Objectivist life, challenges, options, associations and knowledge. Give and take, open to all, no charge, no reservations.
It’s at the Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, free.
More about the Ayn Rand Meetup:


Learn about Objectivism in short articles online

These articles offer a relatively fast way to learn about Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. This four part series was published in the “The New Statesman” from Sept. 17th to 20th, 2007: “Objectivism. A philosophy for living?” by Onkar Ghate

PART ONE: Why Ayn Rand advocated the virtue of selfishness and what she meant:

PART TWO: The Selfish Life:

PART THREE: The Roots of Objectivism:

PART FOUR: Objectivism’s Appeal and its Demands:

Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He specializes in Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and teaches philosophy in ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center. He also serves as a writer, editor and media representative for the Institute. Dr. Ghate received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1998 from the University of Calgary.


Ayn Rand’s 1964 “Playboy” interview is online

Reading this interview is another fast way to get an overview of Rand’s ideas and her philosophy, Objectivism:
The interviewer is Alvin Toffler, years before he wrote his book “Future Shock”.


Henry Gifford’s tour of a building he helped design

Henry, who often attends Junto, designs Mechanical Systems… boilers that heat building efficiently and such. You’re invited on a free tour an apartment house designed by architect Chris Benedict, with the Mechanical Systems by Henry.
It was built for cost of a normal building. It’s ConEd bills for heat and hot water are 15% of an average NY building. It’s cost for heating the common areas are 50% of the average NY building.

Meet the designers, hear about the budgets, design and construction challenges. Learn about the innovative construction details anyone can use to add quality without adding cost.

I’ve been on tours of this building during the earlier stages of construction. They weres fun and exciting. Learn about innovation from the inside, from the creators.

Sat. Oct. 6, 2007 — 10am through 11:30am and
Sun. Oct. 7, 2007 — 10am through 2pm

On Sun. there’s a slide show at 10am and it repeats at noon.
228 East Third St., between Avenues B and C
East Village, Manhattan
No reservations required    FREE

Ayn Rand and NYC history tours

Fred Cookinham does a series of tours related to both Ayn Rand’s life in New York and her writing about the city. He does other tours about the history of NYC. His walking tours keep getting better, because his research never stops. He often attends Junto meetings. You’ll find his 2007 tour schedule at:

Visit the Junto site at:

On this Junto site you’ll find:

  • Links to Junto speakers.
  • Kindred events, organizations, publications and sites
  • Details about many people who attend regularly at:
  • Junto’s origin and reason for being

NYCJunto-discuss list

Junto members can discuss Junto speakers, articles from other places and other topics of interest on the NYCJunto-discuss list.

You can read these posts at:
To post to this list you need to be a member of it.
To become a member visit: send an email to:

About this NYC Junto newsletter

  • Susan Rowe writes the Junto newspaper ads.
  • Iris Bell, moderator, designs the ads & writes this e-newsletter.
  • Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
  • Malcolm Handte writes the minutes.
  • Don Slepian takes care of the email list and sends out this newsletter.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with Junto publicity.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:

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