NYC Junto Newsletter – Jan. 26, 2008

January 26, 2008

* NEW Junto’s next meeting, February 7, 2008
* Upcoming Junto speakers through April 2008
* NEW New York City Ayn Rand MeetUp
* NEW Ayn Rand NYC history tours, starting Feb. 2
* NEW Benjamin Franklin, writer and printer exhibit
* NEW Objectivist writes of predatory legislating,
* NEW Greatest Anti-Poverty Program Ever Devised by Man
* 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:

Celebrating Ayn Rand’s 103rd birthday:
* 7:00pm A selection of Ayn Rand’s favorite music.
* 7:15pm Ayn Rand in a wide-ranging 1979 interview.
* 7:45pm Anne Heller tells interesting facts about Ayn Rand.
* Interview videos from The Objectivist History Project.
* Glenn Cripe: “Ayn Rand in the old Russia, and the New.”
* Birthday cake: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged 50th anniversary.

Thursday, February 7, 2008
This event begins promptly 7:00pm
and will continue to about 10:00pm

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

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

Celebrating Ayn Rand’s 103rd birthday

* 7:00pm A selection of Ayn Rand’s favorite music.
* 7:15pm Ayn Rand in a wide-ranging 1979 video interview.
* 7:45pm Anne Heller tells interesting facts about Ayn Rand
she’s found in her research for her upcoming
biography of Ayn Rand. She’s been interviewing
people who knew and worked with Ayn Rand,
* Interview video segments by Duncan Scott for “The
Objectivist History Project.”
You’ll see highlights of interview videos with
people such as Barbara Branden, who was an
associate of Ayn Rand’s for many years.
The Project’s interviews preserve, in the people’s
own words, the founding period of Objectivism.
The Project is being done with The Atlas Society:
Barbara Branden had planned to speak at this Junto but won’t
be able to be there. She expects to be at a Junto in the future.

* Glenn Cripe, Director, The Language of Liberty Institute
will present:
“Ayn Rand in the old Russia, and the New.”
He’ll tell of Ayn Rand’s life before she emigrated to the U.S.
He’ll show photos of her childhood home in St. Petersburg,
Russia and the pharmacy her father owned.
He’ll explain how Ayn Rand has returned to her native
country, in her native language, in books he helped translate,
print and distribute with his organization:
Learn of Objectivists/libertarians/freedom fighters he’s met
along the way. He’ll tell of the English-language camps he
conducts in Russia and Eastern Europe. There he teaches
entrepreneurship and free-market capitalism:

* The evening ends with the serving of the birthday cake
celebrating this remarkable woman and the 50th anniversary
of her novel, Atlas Shrugged.

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

* March. 6, 2008 — Greg Rehmke
He’s editor of
He’s directed educational programs at the Free Enterprise
Institute, The Reason Foundation and the Foundation for
Economic Education.

* April 5, 2008 — Lawrence McQuillan
He’s director of Business and Economic Studies and is a
Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Pacific Research
Institute in San Francisco.
His specialties are regulations, taxes, budget and
international economic issues. He edited the book “The
International Monetary Fund — Financial Medic to the World?”

New York City Ayn Rand Meetup this Sunday

Come to the meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:00pm.
Benny Pollak, moderator, announced Ayn Rand Meetup is
“the last Sunday of every month. Join our group of regular
Objectivists for a lively discussion on topics related to Ayn
Rand and Objectivist philosophy in general. If you are already
versed in the topic, want to learn or just want to spend an
intellectually stimulating afternoon, please join us. I hope to
see you all there.
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 the Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, FREE.
More about the Ayn Rand MeetUp:

Ayn Rand NYC history tours, starting on her actual birthday

Fred Cookinham does many 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.
Here’s some information about his Ayn Rand and
other NY area tours:

* Sat., Feb. 2, 2008, Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue:
Centennial-Plus-Three Birthday Tour!
For Ayn’s 103rd birthday: starts Lexington and 45th St.

These are the other Ayn Rand tours:
* Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue: starts Lexington and 45th St.
Where Rand lived and held her salons. Scenes from
Atlas Shrugged. Where Rand learned about architecture from
Ely Jacques Kahn, in his own masterpiece Art Deco building.
* Skyscrapers of the Fountainhead: starts at Battery Place.
The changing styles in architecture — from Beaux Arts to
Art Deco to International Style — that form the background to
the story of Roark’s struggle. Was Roark Wright? — the
real-life models for Rand’s characters.
* Ayn Rand on Broadway: starts Broadway and 49th St.
Skyscrapers, newspapers, Broadway and books. DeMille,
Hellman and where Alan Greenspan played sax. Where Ayn
Rand’s three plays were produced: The Night of January 16th,
The Unconquered and Think Twice. Isabel Paterson at the
Herald Tribune. Patricia Neal, the Shuberts, the Gershwins,
and of course more Art Deco.
* Ayn Rand’s Fifth Avenue: starts at Columbus Circle.
Art and architecture in the glamour shopping district of the
20th Century world. Central Park South, Rockefeller Center,
Stork Club, where Random House published Atlas Shrugged.
Where Rand bought her paintings, clothes and fancy dinners.
* New tour: Ayn Rand’s grave — Kensico Cementery:
starts in Grand Central, a train to Valhalla. See fall colors, the
graves of Ayn Rand, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Tommy Dorsey,
Lou Gehrig, Danny Kaye and others.

Benjamin Franklin, writer and printer exhibit

Final day Sat., Feb. 2, 2008, at the
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th St., NYC, bet. Park & Madison
Mon. through Sat., 10am to 5pm, FREE

The NYC Junto is partly patterened after Dr. Franklin’s Junto.
At the time of his death Franklin was well known around
the world as a scientist and a diplomat, however, he chose to
be remembered as simply, Benjamin Franklin, Printer.
His success as a printer and writer have been comparatively
overlooked aspects of his life.
The exhibit has more than eighty items divided into three
main sections, the first focusing on Franklin’s career as a
printer, the next on his writing, and the final section devoted
to his Autobiography, an international best-seller and the most
widely-published autobiography of all time.

An Objectivist writes of predatory legislating in

Yaron Brook, managing director of BH Equity Research and
executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute wrote about the
subprime problems:
…Federal Reserve’s policy of creating artificially low
interest rates, which encouraged financial institutions to lend
out more money for mortgages than they otherwise would have
— and which helped artificially bid up housing prices and fed
the fervor that buying a home at any price is a can’t-miss
investment that all Americans should make. The government’s
promotion of home-buying was a recipe for irresponsibility —
and that’s exactly what it produced. …
…Why is the knee-jerk response to the subprime defaults to
blame business first? Because of the common belief that the
cause of any and all economic problems is unrestrained profit-
seeking by businessmen. Most Americans believe, on some
level, that the profit motive is morally tainted, if not outright
immoral; thus, the safest political response to subprime
problems is to intimidate all businessmen in the mortgage
industry with vague prohibitions and big punishments. …

The Greatest Anti-Poverty Program Ever Devised by Man

This article was in the New York Sun. It’s by Lawrence
Kudlow, who has spoken at Junto. It’s his answer to Bill Gates’
attack on capitalism

…For all his do-good preaching, Gates is ignoring the global
spread of free-market capitalism that has successfully lifted
hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into the
middle class over the last decade. Think China. Think India.
Think Eastern Europe. (Maybe even think France under
Nicolas Sarkozy.) Gates wants business leaders to dedicate
more time to fighting poverty. But the reality is that economic
freedom is the best path to prosperity. Period. …

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About this NYC Junto newsletter

Susan Rowe comes up with promotion ideas for the Junto.
Iris Bell, moderator, writes this e-newsletter.
Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
Malcolm Handte writes the minutes.
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