NYC Junto Newsletter – July 21, 2008

July 21, 2008

* NEW Junto’s next meeting August 7, 2008
* NEW Upcoming Junto speakers through Oct. 2008
* NEW Biography: “Ayn Rand and the World She Made”
* NEW Cato publication’s synopsis free
* NEW Ayn Rand Institute has two new websites
* NEW Objectivist & 2nd Amendment–U.S. Supreme Court
* NEW Jim Powell’s new book on slavery
* NEW NYC Ayn Rand Meetup July 27, Sunday
* NEW 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:

Cathy Luchetti
will speak about
“Birds on Toast:
Life, Love, and True Adventure in the Frontier West”

Thursday, August 7, 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.
Junto has a meeting on the first Thursday of the month,
always at the General Society Library

Cathy Luchetti has written fresh and revealing accounts of
early life on the western frontier. Her western books are
“Women of the West”, “Under God’s Spell”, “Home on the
Range”, “I Do! Courtship, Love, and Marriage on the
American Frontier”, “Men of the West”, “Children of the
West” and “Medicine Women: The History of Early
American Women Doctors.”
Each story, accompanied by archival images, reveals the
hardships and joys of pioneer life.
In “Birds on Toast”, folkways and foodways are
humorously tweaked, or poignantly presented, giving
a complete overview of pioneer life.
In the words of young emigrant Keturah Penton, “These
wer the days that tried men’s souls and body too and womens
constitutions. they worked the mussel on and it was their to
You can visit her site at:

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

* September 4, 2008 — Greg Rehmke
Program director for Economic Thinking
and the editor of

* October 2, 2008 — Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
Founder and chairman of Vision-In-Action and
president and creative director of the Vision-In-Action
Leadership Institute
He will be speaking about “Creating a Culture of
Responsibility: Principle and Practice of Responsibility
as Applied to Personal Life and Business.”
He’s a Buddhist philosopher-scholar who incorporates
Objectivist/libertarian philosophy in his political
philosophy and business consulting.
You can visit his website at:
You can read his essay “Higher Individualism” which
deals with individualism from a spiritual, in
contradistinction to secular, perspective:
Some of his signature essays are at:

Biography coming: “Ayn Rand and the World She Made”
Anne Heller, who has spoken at Junto several times, has
announced that her biography of Miss Rand will be published
on February 17, 2009. The publisher is Nan A. Talese.
You can order your copy on Amazon right now:

Cato publication’s synopsis free
You can get a synopsis of “Regulation”, an important Cato
publication emailed to you free. You can get free samples of it
and many other Cato publications at:
The full list is
* “Regulation” and “Cato Journal” magazines: receive
a synopsis of each new issue of “Regulation” and/or
“Cato Journal” when they’re published seven times per year.
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of the morning’s top headlines from the country’s major
newspapers, complete with links to Cato Institute research
related to each topic.
* “Upcoming at Cato”: this bi-monthly newsletter provides
updated information on all events presented by the
Cato Institute.
* “Cato Today”: a comprehensive email updated each day
with the latest information on Cato events, publications,
commentaries, podcasts, Congressional testimony and
policy papers.
* “E-Update”: this is a monthly e-mail with links to recent
Cato policy studies, books, and other publications, as well as
news about upcoming events of interest.
* “Economic Development Bulletin”: a periodic bulletin on
growth and economic development topics of relevance to poor
countries around the world.
* “TechKnowledge”: this periodic newsletter provides news
and commentary on developments in the information policy,
information technology,and telecommunications sectors of the
American economy.
* “Healthy Competition”: this periodic newsletter features
health policy news, commentary and resources from a
free-market perspective.

Ayn Rand Institute has two new websites
The Ayn Rand Institute has completely redesigned its
website at:
It has many new pages of written, audio and video content.
Its second new site is for its new public policy and media
center being created in Washington, DC: The Ayn Rand Center
for Individual Rights.
The Center promotes the philosophical case for individual
rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the public policy and
business communities, the media, the general public and
elected officials and their staffs.
The Center’s website has topic categories that make it
easier to find commentaries and materials by Ayn Rand and
other authors.
The brick and mortor center will open later this year, but
the website is open now:

Objectivist brings 2nd Amendment to U.S. Supreme Court
Robert A. Levy, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at
the Cato Institute said: “By the way, I’m not a member of any
of those pro-gun groups,” he said. “I don’t travel in those
circles. My interest is in vindicating the Constitution.”
And at Cato he says: “On June 26, 2008, the Court
rediscovered the Second Amendment. More than five years
after six Washington, D.C. residents challenged the city’s
32-year-old ban on all functional firearms in the home, the
Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller that the law is
“Heller is merely the opening salvo in a series of litigations
that will ultimately resolve what weapons and persons can be
regulated and what restrictions are permissible. But because of
Thursday’s decision, the prospects for reviving the original
meaning of the Second Amendment are now substantially
This is from:
He’s a senior fellow in constitutional studies and a member
of the board of directors at the Cato Institute, which he joined
in 1997 after 25 years in business. He has been on the board
of The Objectivist Center.
He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the
Federalist Society and the George Mason U. School of Law.
He founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major
provider of financial information and software, and was its
CEO until 1991. From 1997 until 2004, Levy was an adjunct
professor of law at Georgetown U.
You can also read more about the case at:

Jim Powell new book is available:
“How the West Abolished Slavery: Greatest Emancipations”
Jim Powell, moderator of Junto for many years, has
announced his newest book:
“For thousands of years, slavery went unchallenged in
principle. Then in a single century, slavery was abolished
and more than seven million slaves were freed. The scope and
speed of this transformation makes it one of the most amazing
feats in modern history.”
“Greatest Emancipations” tells this story, focusing on
the areas where slavery was the most entrenched: Haiti, the
British Caribbean, the United States, Cuba and Brazil which
accounted for the vast majority of slaves in the west
Powell takes readers from the beginnings of the abolitionist
movement through the battles, the final victory of emancipation,
and the impact of its aftermath.
It reveals the tremendous influence that slavery’s eradication
had on individual societies in the west, and underscores the
key role played by peaceful antislavery strategies.
He’s been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute since 1988.
Some of his other books are “FDR’s Folly”, “Bully Boy”, “The
Triumph of Liberty” and “Wilson’s War”.
It came out June 27, 2008 and it on sale at Amazon and
other book shops. It’s a Palgrave Macmillan book.

New York City Ayn Rand Meetup
Come on Sunday, July 27, 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 Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, in Manhattan, free.
For those particularly interested in social gatherings see the
message board under the Objectivist Social Gatherings posted
and maintained by Lou Esposito.
Benny Pollack, Ayn Rand Meetup organizer says:
“Join our group of regular objectivists for a lively discussion
on topics related to Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy
in general.
“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. I hope to see you all there.”
The Ayn Rand Meetup is on the last Sunday of each month.
Learn more about it at:

Ayn Rand and NYC history tours
Fred 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 2008 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 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.
Don Slepian care for the email list, 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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