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NYC Junto Newsletter – Feb. 17, 2008 — nycjunto.org

NYC Junto Newsletter – Feb. 17, 2008

February 17, 2008

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* NEW Junto’s next meeting, March 6, 2008
* NEW Upcoming Junto speakers through May 2008
* NEW Should US Reduce or Increase Immigration? Feb. 20
* NEW NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Feb. 24
* NEW Report on the upcoming “Atlas Shrugged” movie
* NEW Ayn Rand 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:

Society vs. The State:
Why Migration Drives Economic Growth
The Strange History of Immigration Policy:
Eugenics, Economics & Environmentalism
by Gregory Rehmke

Thursday, March 6, 2008
Admission Free No reservation necessary

* 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.

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.

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

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.

Gregory Rehmke will present the general historical and
economic arguments that freedom of movement, like freedom
of trade, drive economic progress and have played a major
role in various economic turnarounds through history.
He’ll explore and also discuss current problems with illegal
He has various notes and links about immigration at:
Some of his presentation will refer to material on:
But, he doesn’t agree with all positions and analysis here.

Biography: Gregory F. Rehmke is Program Director for
Economic Thinking & Editor of
He’s directed educational programs for high school,
homeschool and college students for many years. He’s directed
educational programs at the Center for the American Idea, The
Reason Foundation & the Foundation for Economic Education.
Since the 1980s he’s published articles and given talks on
the economics of various public policy issues.
His degree in Economics is from the U. of Washington. He’s
worked with the Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane
Studies, the Center for the American Idea, and the Foundation
for Economic Education.
He also directs student programs for the Grassroot Institute
and consults on student programs for the Foundation for
Economic Education.
He’s a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars,
has written on environmental topics for PERC Reports, a
newsletter of the Political Economy Research Center (renamed
the Property and Environment Research Center) Bozeman, MT.
He’s written over 100 articles on public policy topics as well
as published resource books, study guides and newsletters
focused on the economic aspects of over twenty years of high
school and homeschool debate topics.
He’s given presentations on economic topics to teachers at
workshops for various organizations, including the University
Interscholastic League, Houston World Affairs Council, Center
for the American Idea, and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank
(where he did not discuss the Fed’s unfortunate role expanding
the money supply and fueling inflation).
Since 2003 he’s been a speaker at Institute for Economic
Studies-Europe Seminars for college students in Bulgaria and
France. He’s published articles in The Freeman, Reason,
DailySpeculations.com and TechCentralStation.com.
He’s assisted with writing and editing of the forthcoming
“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics”.

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

* April 3, 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?”

* May 1, 2008 — Ed Hudgins,
The Atlas Society, Executive Director

“Should the US Reduce or Increase the Rate of Immigration?”

The Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation
presents the above discussion.
Wed., Feb. 20, 2008, 6:30pm, begins promptly.
Donnell Public Library, 20 West 53 St., bet. 5th & 6th Aves.
Free and open to the public

Tamar Jacoby, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Tamar writes extensively on immigration and citizenship
and is the author of “Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New
Immigrants and What It Means To Be American”. A leading
voice in the media and elsewhere in favor of immigration
reform, she works to organize the center-right behind reform
proposals taking shape in Washington.

Jack Martin, Director of Special Projects,
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
Jack, who joined FAIR in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat
with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S.
Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies
of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV,
and talk radio experience is extensive, including in Spanish.

Moderator: Julian Morris, Executive Director,
International Policy Network

Co-Sponsors: Manhattan Institute, International Policy Network,
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR),
The Smith Family Foundation
There’s widespread agreement that current US immigration
policy is not working. But there is little agreement about the
This debate will feature two protagonists with diametrically
opposing views. Tamar Jacoby supports more legal immigration.
Meanwhile, Jack Martin believes that the rate of immigration
should be reduced. Who is right? Come along and decide for
yourself. Better than that — participate!
For more information contact Dawn Steeves at
RSVP for this event at: Thesmithfamilyfoundation.org

NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Feb. 24

Come to the meeting on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00pm.
Benny Pollak, moderator, announced the Ayn Rand Meetup:
Join our group of regular Objectivists for a lively discussion on
topics related to Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy in general.
This month, our old friend Jay Friedenberg will be lead a
discussion in “Cognitive Science and Objectivism”.
Jay is chairperson of the Department of Psychology at
Manhattan College, specializing in cognitive science. He will
lead a discussion on how cognitive science, especially on how
the research done in the last 40 years, relate to Objectivism.
Please join us. If you are already versed in the topic, want
to learn or just want to spend an intellectually stimulating
afternoon, please come.
It’s at the Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, FREE.
You’ll find more about the Ayn Rand Meetup:

Report on the upcoming “Atlas Shrugged” movie

This was read at the NYC Junto celebration of Ayn Rand’s
103rd birthday.
It’s from a Feb. 5, 2008 interview done specifically for the
Junto event, with John Aglialoro, executive producer of the
forthcoming “Atlas Shrugged” movie.

Is Angelina Jolie firmly committed to the project?
YES, she is. Here is what she told us: “Dagny Taggart is the
most relatable character to me of all the extensive literature
I have ever read.”

What other actors, if any, have committed to the project?
We have had discussions with Russell Crowe to play the
part of Hank Rearden. He’s read the script. He’s very much
in demand so we’ll have to see if he likes the script enough
to fit this project in.

Who is John Galt?
He’ll probably be played by an unknown.

The music of Rand’s character, Richard Halley, plays an
important part in the novel. What are your plans for music?
I’m looking for an epic musical composition, the sort that
contributed so much to films like “Out of Africa,” “The Natural,”
and “Titanic”. I hope Lionsgate [the production and distribution
company] will come up with something truly powerful.

Is there a cameo for Patricia Neal?
I am glad you reminded me. It would be nice to work that in.

[These are answers to several questions:]
It will be one movie, lasting roughly 2-1?2 hours. Filming
will begin in the fourth quarter of 2008 or first quarter of 2009.
It may open about the Fall of 2009.

Do you think the final script will adequately convey the
message of Rand’s book?
The essence of the message will be there. We can’t include
every detail from the book. We want people to be driven to the
book by the movie. In fact, when we do the DVD we want to
include something on the disc to promote the book.

Who will get screenwriting credits?
James V. Hart did the first script. Then Randall Wallace
took it over and added a lot to it. Then our director, Vadim
Perelman, did a lot of writing. So those three will have writing
credit. The script is excellent. I’m going to try to get a credit
for David Kelley [of the Atlas Society, in D.C.] as either a
writer or an assistant producer. He has been integral in helping
with the philosophic judgments in approving the script, and
keeping true to the Objectivist view of the message of the novel.

Is the story set in the 1950s, in the time when the book was
It will be set in modern-day American. And it will be in
color. The budget is $70 million.

Ayn Rand NYC history tours

Fred Cookinham does many 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 where you’ll find information about his Ayn Rand
and other NY area tours:

These are the 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 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 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 Cementary:
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.

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

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Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
Malcolm Handte writes the minutes.
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