NYC Junto Newsletter – Nov. 16, 2007

November 16, 2007


* NEW Junto’s next meeting, December 6, 2007
* Upcoming Junto speakers through Feb. 2008
* NEW Barbara Branden video: Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged
* NEW New York City Ayn Rand MeetUp
* NEW The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History
* NEW The Ayn Rand Lexicon now free on the web
* NEW Ayn Rand: voluntary taxes “problem for distant future”
* 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:

Marsha Familaro Enright
talks about novelist James Clavell’s
frequent depiction of the
inevitable clash
Capitalism and Authoritarianism
in various cultures

Thursday, December 6, 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.
B, D, F, V to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave.
1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W to Times Square — 42nd St.

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.

** Marsha’s articles: James Clavell & other authors **
Marsha Familaro Enright will introduce us to the writer
James Clavell. He was a fabulously successful author of such
engrossing and thrilling, blockbuster novels as “Tai-Pan” and
He was one of the few contemporary writers who cast
businessmen as heroes.
She’ll tell you about his background, his role in Hollywood,
and his connection to Ayn Rand. You’ll learn about his literary
style, including his plots and characterization.
You can read an article Marsha wrote about James Clavell
in The New Individualist:
The editor of The New Individualist wrote:
“Many readers have enjoyed the profiles of authors Tom Wolfe:
and Cameron Hawley:
that Marsha Enright has written for past issues of The New
Individualist. This time, she introduces us to another of her
favorite writers: James Clavell, whose thrilling romantic novels
set in the Far East have beguiled millions.”
Marsha also had an article in The New Individualist about
the non-fiction children’s book “An Airplane Is Born”. It’s by
Ilana Dover, a Montessori teacher interested in Objectivism.
This is the first in Ilana’s planned series of books about heroes
for pre-school children:
Marsha’s series of articles profiling authors is a result of
her love of reading fiction (and her love of art in general), plus
psychology and philosophy. She has a strong natural tendency
to share beautiful, enjoyable and enlightening works with
others. It’s all related to her strong teaching inclination.
She’s always searching for engrossing, dramatic fiction.
When she finds a good book, in addition to enjoying the story,
she tends to analyze what’s so good about it, esthetically,
psychologically and philosophically.
The authors she’s written about particularly intrigued her.
Hawley and Clavell because they see that business can be an
heroic activity. And Wolfe because he’s in love with the culture
of the U.S. He sees it as a result of our individual freedom. He
might not put it that way, but Marsha thinks it accurately
describes the attitude she enjoys in his writing.
Marsha lives in Chicago, Illinois

** Articles on other subjects **
Among Marsha’s articles are “Montessori Often Begins With
Ayn Rand”, “The Habit of Hope”, “If Emotions Aren’t Tools
of Cognition…What Are They?”, “Foundations Study Guide
to Montessori Education”, “Why Man Needs Approval”,
“On the Evolutionary Neuropsychology of Music” and “The
Montessori Way”. You can read these articles at:

** Creating a Montessori elementary school **
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, became riveted
with the problems of education when she was a child. She
found herself in love with learning and school while
surrounded by other children who were miserable.
This was a mystery to her. She didn’t want such misery to
befall her future children. It led her on a life-long quest for
effective and enjoyable education.
During college, she discovered the ideas and methods of
Maria Montessori which presented ingenious, psychologically
effective means of creating a happy hotbed of learning for
young students.
In 1990 she founded Council Oak Montessori Elementary
School as a place for her own children to learn:
The school’s first class was 17 students. A few years later
the school had 75 students. It continues successfully to this
day with about 100 students ages three to fourteen years.
The October 2006 issue of Chicago Magazine named the
Council Oak Montessori Elementary School as one of the top
25 private elementary schools in Chicago.

** Creating the College of the United States **
As Marsha’s expertise in education grew, so did her concern
and discontent with higher education.
She saw more and more students graduating from college
unequipped to think for themselves. They lacked important
knowledge and life skills, as well as the most basic
understanding of what is necessary for a fully free society.
Frighteningly, these included many students from the “best”
universities in the U.S. such as Harvard, the University of
Chicago, and Stanford.
She was alarmed at the problems and unhappiness caused
by these developments, as well as the threat they pose for
civil society.
Marsha had considerable knowledge about effective means
of education. She understood the fearful grip collectivism has
in all forms of higher education.
She was convinced the country needed a new college,
dedicated to reason, individualism and a fully free society.
She’s the developed the College and has team members. It’s
scheduled to open September 2009.
You can read about the College of the United States and
the team members here:

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

* 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.

Barbara Branden video on Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged.

Hear and see Barbara Branden’s talk during the
50th anniversary celebration of “Atlas Shrugged”.
These are her personal recollections of Ayn Rand’s struggle,
her achievement and the depth of her disappointment at the
lack of support for her, after the expected critical response
to her novel.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The event was sponsored by The Atlas Society:

New York City Ayn Rand Meetup

Come to the meeting this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3:00pm.
Talk with us 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 Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, free.
For those particularly interested in social gatherings see the
message board under the Objectivist Social Gatherings posted
and maintained by Lou Esposito.
More about the Ayn Rand MeetUp:

The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History

This isn’t an Objectivist history moneylending but only an
Objectivist could have written it. It’s by Dr. Yaron Brook,
president of the Ayn Rand Institute.
This essay explains why there are two word for the same
act: “Although the term ‘usury’ is widely taken to mean
‘excessive interest’ (which is never defined) or illegal interest,
the actual definition of the term is, as the Oxford English
Dictionary specifies: “The fact or practice of lending money
at interest.”
“From Jewish pogroms where the main purpose was to
destroy the records of debt, to the vilification of the House
of Rothschild, to the jailing of American financiers;
moneylenders have been targets of philosophers, theologians,
journalists, economists, playwrights, legislators, and
the masses.”
This fall 2007 essay by Yaron Brook is partially based on
and an updated version of his lecture “Money-Lending:
Its History and Philosophy,” which he gave at the Second
Renaissance Conference in Anaheim, CA on July 2001.

The Ayn Rand Lexicon available free on the Web

The Ayn Rand Lexicon is available in its entirety, free of
charge, on the web. It began under Ayn Rand’s personal
supervision. It’s edited by Harry Binswanger, with an
introduction by Leonard Peikoff.
It presents all the key ideas of Ayn Rand’s philosophy
organized alphabetically by topic. It has a conceptual index
and extensive cross-references:
A best-selling novelist, and world-renowned philosopher,
Ayn Rand defined a full system of thought–from epistemology
to aesthetics.
Her writing is so extensive and the range of issues she
covers so enormous that if you’re interested in finding her
discussions of a given topic you might have to search through
many sources to locate relevant passages.
Through excerpts culled from Ayn Rand’s many articles,
lectures, and books, this work presents the Objectivist view
on some 400 topics in philosophy, politics, art, economics and
It’s both an introduction for newcomers and a comprehensive
source for readers already familiar with Objectivist ideas. It’s
a guide to her philosophy of reason, self-interest, and
laissez-faire capitalism–the philosophy dramatized in her
novels “The Fountainhead”, “We the Living” and
“Atlas Shrugged”.

Ayn Rand on voluntary taxation “problem for a distant future”

Many people have been writing and talking lately about
Rand’s position on taxes. This is what she said in her 1964
interview in Playboy:
“In principle, I believe that taxation should be voluntary,
like everything else. But how one would implement this is a
very complex question. I can only suggest certain methods,
but I would not attempt to insist on them as a definitive
answer. A government lottery, for instance, used in many
countries in Europe, is one good method of voluntary taxation.
There are others. Taxes should be voluntary contributions for
the proper governmental services which people do need and
therefore would be and should be willing to pay for–as they
pay for insurance. But, of course, this is a problem for a
distant future, for the time when men will establish a fully
free social system. It would be the last, not the first, reform
to advocate.”

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.
His walking tours keep getting better, because his research
never stops. He often attends Junto.
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.
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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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