NYC Junto Newsletter – Oct. 27, 2009

October 27, 2009

Contents
* NEW Junto’s meeting Nov 5, 2009
* Upcoming Junto meetings
* NEW Seth Lipsky in WSJ, press freedom & private property
* NEW Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian for NYC Mayor
* NEW “Rand & the World She Made” book signing in NY
* NEW Author “Ayn Rand & American Right” speaks in NY
* NEW Cato Forum, Rand authors Burns and Heller on web
* NEW Time magazine “Ayn Rand: Extremist or Visionary?”
* NEW About the book “Ayn Rand and the World She Made”
* NEW Gov. So. Carolina review Heller Rand bio, Newsweek
* NEW “Three Tweets for the Web” by Tyler Cowen
* NEW Rand & Daily Show by Diana Hsieh
* NEW Reason.tv’s eight-part series about Ayn Rand’s legacy
* NEW Smith Family Foundation: Two-Way Street for PBS
* NEW Rand as an inspiration in fashion
* NEW Watch satirists John Bird and John Fortune
* NEW Principles of a Free Society
* NEW New York City Ayn Rand Meetup
* Ayn Rand and NYC history tours
* NYC Junto on Facebook
* NYCjunto site
* NYCjunto-discuss list
* About this newsletter
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Junto is a group that shares information
and discusses current issues…
plus presents speakers to talk with us:
Seth Lipsky
“The Glint of Bedrock:
Some Constitutional Issues Sparkling for Today.”

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
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

Subway:
4, 5, 6, 7, S to Grand Central — 42nd St.
or
B, D, F, V, 7 to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave. at Bryant Park
or
A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 to Times Square — 42nd St.
or
Bus: M6, M7, M10, M27, M42, M104

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 every month,
at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, NYC,
between 5th and 6th Aves., near the Grand Central Terminal
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It’s possible Lipsky won’t be able to attend Junto at the last
moment.
If that happens he’ll be replaced by Amity Shlaes and he’ll
fill in for her in December.
“The Glint of Bedrock: Some Constitutional Issues
Sparkling for Today” will be about his new book, “The
Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide.”
It will be published Nov. 2 by Basic Books. But it’s in some
of the better book stores now.
Lipsky has been described in the Boston Globe as a
“legendary figure in contemporary journalism” and in
TheAtlantic.com as “the most interesting mind in journalism.”
He’s the founding editor of The New York Sun and of the
Forward, a former member of the editorial board of The
Wall Street Journal.
He’s a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia
Journalism School,
He was a private soldiers in the United States Army and
served in Vietnam as a combat correspondent of Pacific Stars
and Stripes.
He’s married to the writer Amity Shlaes (the Dec. Junto
speaker). They reside, with their four children, in New York.
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Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
DailySpeculations.com
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Come to Junto:
* Dec. 3, 2009, Amity Shlaes, author of “The Forgotten Man:
A New History of the Great Depression”.
amityshlaes.com
and
blogs.cfr.org/shlaes
* In 2010, Part 2: Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of
Philosophy at St. John’s U.
Showing the film “Billy Budd” with two Q&A’s related
to it’s demonstration of law, liberty and moral responsibility.
* Feb. 4, 2010, Ayn Rand’s 105th birthday celebration

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Seth Lipsky in WSJ, about press freedom and private property
On Oct. 21, The Wall Street Journal printed Lipsky’s
opinion piece “All the News That’s Fit to Subsidize; Even after
struggling at small papers, I believe the best protection for
press freedom lies in private property”
“…I’ve come to the view that the real protection of press
freedom is in the idea of private property. Press freedom in
Soviet Russia was lost precisely on this issue when…a proposal
was put on the table to restore the press freedom that had been
suspended on the first day of the Bolshevik revolution. Lenin
shouted it down with a diatribe about how that would mean
restoring to capitalists privately owned printing equipment,
paper supplies and ink….
“…I do mean to suggest that the best strategy to strengthen
the press would be to maximize protection of the right to
private property — and the right to competition. Subsidies are
the enemy of competition…
You can read his whole essay at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704597704574486242417039358.html

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Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian for NYC Mayor
Dobrian has been coming to Junto, telling us of his ideas
for the Mayor’s office.
“As Mayor, I will leave you alone. I will stand for the
restoration of personal liberty, and put an end to government
by people who feel that it’s their right and duty to dominate,
control, and disturb you. I’ll stand for your rights as an
individual, particularly your rights to govern yourself and
your property.”
He’ll be on Column 7 of the ballot.
You can visit his site at:
http://DobrianForMayor.com/

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Author of “Rand & the World She Made” book signing in NY
Anne C. Heller, author of “Ayn Rand and the World She
Made” will be at the Strand Book Store, 2nd floor, on Wed.,
Nov. 4, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
The Strand is at 828 Broadway, between12th and 13th
Streets, and between 4th Ave and University Place.
She’ll only sign books bought at the Strand that day.
The Strand site says: “Famous for her credo of
individualism and unbridled capitalism, novelist and
philosopher Ayn Rand never talked about her life as Alissa
Zinovievna Rosenbaum, an awkward and offbeat Russian
Jewish girl of startling intelligence.
“In this biography, Anne C. Heller is the first to fully
investigate and vigorously chronicle Rand’s willful life and
phenomenal and controversial achievements, from her arrival
in America at age 21 in 1926, to her work in Hollywood, and
her reign in New York as a cult figurehead.”
Anne has been at Junto several times, reporting on some
of the things about Rand that she learned in her research.

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Author of “Ayn Rand & the American Right” speaking in NY
Jennifer Burns, author of “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand
and the American Right”, will be speaking at two locations in
Manhattan:
* Mon., Nov. 9, 2009, 7:00pm, Barnes & Noble,
2289 Broadway at 82nd St.
* Tues., Nov. 10, 2009, 6:30pm, New York Public Library,
Mid-Manhattan, 455 Fifth Ave. at 40th St.
In Burns’ blog there are four essays: “In the Rand Archives.”
In Part 2: The edited letters and diaries she writes about:
“Perhaps no part of Rand’s legacy is more controversial
today than the editing of her letters and diaries.
“When the Estate of Ayn Rand released two huge volumes
of her letters and diaries in 1995 and 1997, Rand fans were
thrilled.
“It didn’t take long, however, for suspicions to surface.
Sifting through earlier published excerpts of Rand’s journals,
NYU scholar Chris Sciabarra discovered that the journals had
been edited.
“As I write in my forthcoming book, ‘After several years
working in Rand’s personal papers I can confirm Sciabarra’s
discovery: the published versions of Rand’s letters and diaries
have been significantly edited in ways that drastically reduce
their utility as historical sources.’ “…
This is from the part of her book I found most interesting.
It’s from her essay, on page 291. The distortion of Rand’s
words and thoughts is something I always disliked.
You can visit Burns site to read her blog entries, find links
to reviews of her books and many sites related to Rand and
Objectivism:
http://jenniferburns.org/

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Cato DC event of Rand authors Burns and Heller, on web
“Talking about Ayn Rand” by David Boaz
“Two new books about Ayn Rand are just hitting the
bookstores: ‘Ayn Rand and the World She Made’, by Anne
C. Heller, and ‘Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the
American Right’, by Jennifer Burns.
” ‘As Janet Maslin writes in the New York Times, reviewing
the two books, the 1970s were one Rand moment. This seems
to be another.’ Brian Doherty, historian of libertarianism,
agrees. Sales of ‘The Fountainhead’ are soaring in India. The
chairman of BB&T was inspired by her work to renounce
lending to eminent-domain projects and to spread her ideas
in schools and colleges. She’s being blamed for the financial
crisis on government TV, but the takeovers and bailouts have
caused sales of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to soar.
“Both the books are getting good reviews, though reviewers
have varying perspectives on the subject of the bios. Rand has
been denounced in the New Republic (yet again), and
defended against TNR’s criticisms by our own Will Wilkinson.
Embattled governor Mark Sanford declares her prophetic in
Newsweek. New York magazine calls her ‘Mrs. Logic,’ not
without irony. Caroline Baum of Bloomberg says Rand would
tell us to stop blaming capitalism for problems caused by
regulation and cronyism. Conor Friedersdorf can’t believe
how wrong Hendrik Hertzberg gets her in the New Yorker.
“Find out for yourself [this] Wednesday when Burns and
Heller speak at the Cato Book Forum, ‘The Life and Impact
of Ayn Rand.’ If you can’t get to Washington, watch it on
the web.”
You can go to this post for live links to all articles
mentioned here:
www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/10/23/talking-about-ayn-rand/
AND
See Burns and Heller speak at the Cato Book Forum: “The
Life and Impact of Ayn Rand”. Forums are broadcast live on
the web. This one will happen on Oct. 28th. It will be archived
24 to 48 hours after this event, then it will be available at:
www.cato.org/events/archive.html

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Time magazine “Ayn Rand: Extremist or Visionary?”
by Andrea Sachs, Time, 10/12/09
“…two excellent biographies have just been published:
‘Ayn Rand and the World She Made’, by Anne C. Heller
(Doubleday; 592 pages), is a comprehensive study, in
novelistic detail, of Rand’s personal life, and ‘Goddess of the
Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right’, by Jennifer Burns
(Oxford; 369 pages), leans more heavily on Rand’s theories
and politics….”
This is from:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1927269,00.html

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More about the book “Ayn Rand and the World She Made”
Read Anne C. Heller’s Twitters to get links to all the
reviews of her book “Ayn Rand and the World She Made”:
http://twitter.com/annecheller
This one of her Twitters: “Yesterday I visited with Sam
Tanenbaum about Ayn Rand. He’s a scholar and the editor of
the NY Times Book Review. Podcast to come”. Oct 23, 2009
And this is from “Ayn’s World” by Stephen Cox in
Liberty magazine:
“A new book expands our understanding of an intriguing
and perplexing writer….”
This interview with Heller goes with Cox’s article. In it we
learn this:
“….The reason I was given for not being able to work in the
ARI archives was that ARI had given Prof. Shoshana Milgram
exclusive use of the material for an unspecified period of time.
The Rand estate also blocked other means of gathering
information; for example, it refused permission for Curtis
Brown, the literary agency, to grant me access to its archives
about Rand at Columbia, where I could have found contracts
and business and literary correspondence post-1943.
I managed to construe some but not all of the important
missing information….
“…five out of seven of the well-known editors who saw
the proposal expressed interest in publishing the book. I don’t
think this would have happened ten years ago….”
The review and interview are at:
http://libertyunbound.com/article.php?id=420
Heller’s Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=147688424662
To come: is a link to Anne C. Heller on Diane Rehm’s
radio show.
And in another interview:
Question: What surprised you most?
Anne C. Heller: I was surprised by many things…by her
remarkable insight into the psychology of envy and
mediocrity, by her personal courage, and by her unfailing
ability to spot a flaw in any opposing argument. I was also
surprised to discover that many of her former followers,
though personally damaged by her temper and her moral
absolutism, remembered her as the most important and
beneficent person in their lives. They had been wounded
by her and yet loved her and were protective of her memory
and legend.
And you can ask Heller questions at:
http://doubleday.knopfdoubleday.com/2009/10/05/ask-anne-c-heller-a-question/

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Gov. So. Carolina reviews Heller’s Ayn Rand bio, in Newsweek
By Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, 11/2/09
“Atlas Hugged: Ayn Rand has drifted in and out of favor,
but she may be more relevant today than ever before”
“In my experience, people who’ve read Ayn Rand’s books
either love them or hate them. I’m one of the few who fall
somewhere in between. When I first read ‘The Fountainhead’
and ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in the 1980s, I was blown away. Those
books portray the power of the free individual in ways I had
never thought about before. Since then, I’ve grown more
critical of Rand’s outlook because it doesn’t include the human
needs we have for grace, love, faith, or any form of social
compact. Yet I still believe firmly that her books deserve
attention, and in that regard, Anne Heller’s ‘Ayn Rand and the
World She Made’ provides important and meaningful insight
into the evolution of Rand’s world view.
” ‘The Fountainhead’ is a stunning evocation of the
individual and what he can achieve when unhindered by
government or society. Howard Roark is an architect who cares
nothing about the world’s approval; his only concerns are his
integrity and the perfection of his designs. What strikes me as
still relevant is its central insight — that it isn’t ‘collective
action’ that makes this nation prosperous and secure; it’s the
initiative and creativity of the individual. The novel’s
‘second-handers,’ as Rand called them — the opportunistic
Peter Keating, who appropriates Roark’s architectural talent
for his own purposes, and Ellsworth Toohey, the journalist who
doesn’t know what to write until he knows what people want
to hear — symbolize a mindset that’s sadly familiar today….
“Over the past year, we’ve seen Washington try to solve all
our problems — chiefly by borrowing billions from future
generations — to little effect. In that sense, this is a very good
time for a Rand resurgence. She’s more relevant than ever.”
You can read all of this article at:
www.newsweek.com/id/219001

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“Three Tweets for the Web: Welcome the new world
with open arms — and browsers” by Tyler Cowen
“The printed word is not dead. We are not about to see the
demise of the novel or the shuttering of all the bookstores, and
we won’t all end up on Twitter. But we are clearly in the midst
of a cultural transformation. For today’s younger people,
Google is more likely to provide a formative cultural
experience than ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ or ‘Catch-22’ or even
the Harry Potter novels. There is no question that books are
becoming less central to our cultural life.
“The relative decline of the book is part of a broader shift
toward short and to the point. Small cultural bits — written
words, music, video — have never been easier to record, store,
organize, and search, and thus they are a growing part of our
enjoyment and education. The classic 1960s rock album has
given way to the iTunes single. On YouTube, the most popular
videos are usually just a few minutes long, and even then
viewers may not watch them through to the end. At the
extreme, there are Web sites offering five-word movie and
song reviews, six-word memoirs (‘Not Quite What I Was
Planning’), seven-word wine reviews, and 50-word
minisagas….”
Tyler Cowen has spoken at Junto many times. He’s a
professor of economics at George Mason U. This essay is
adapted from his new book, “Create Your Own Economy:
The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World.
He blogs at www.marginalrevolution.com, and can be
followed on Twitter: tylercowen.” Reprinted from Autumn
2009 Wilson Quarterly:
You can read all of this essay at:
www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=wq.essay&essay_id=555218

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Rand & Daily Show by Diana Hsieh: Noodle Food, 11/16/09
“Last night, Jennifer Burns — author of the new book
‘Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right’ —
was interviewed on The Daily Show. Honestly, I was
expecting something awful, but I was pleasantly surprised.
“The interview was remarkably good until Jon Stewart said,
‘it’s almost as if [Ayn Rand] would have a totalitarian state of
individualists.’ Sigh. However, that was the worst of it.
Stewart was seriously interested in the right’s appropriation of
Ayn Rand when convenient, then ignoring other ideas like her
atheism. (I’m glad he pointed that out!) In attempting to
critique the philosophy as elitist, Stewart said, ‘Objectivism
works really well for extraordinary people.’ While Objectivism
is not elitist — and Burns did a reasonably good job of
defending Ayn Rand against that charge — that strikes me as
praising with faint damnation. At least, it’s great PR. If more
extraordinary people read Ayn Rand and become advocates
of her ideas, I won’t complain!
“More of all though, Jon Stewart took Ayn Rand seriously —
far more so than I expected. He knew something about her
ideas, and he did not treat her as an object of ridicule.
“Consider this near-final exchange:
Stewart: “[Ayn Rand was] an incredibly impressive person.
Sheer force of will to drive this entire framework. But in some
ways, her body of work is a refutation of the society that she
wants. Because I don’t think everyone, no matter what, could
attain and accomplish what she did.”
Burns: “Right, well she was creating ideals, things to aspire
to. That’s really what people take from her — this vision of
‘I can be the hero of my own life. I can aspire to be like John
Galt or Howard Roark or Dagny Taggart.’ That’s what she
wanted.”
Stewart: “She wrote ‘The Secret’!”
Burns: “She sort of did. There is a lot of self-help and
spiritual energy in these books, and a lot of people take that
from her.”
Stewart: “And a lot of dirty, dirty, dirty sex.”
Burns: “This is true.”
Stewart (slyly): “Oh, I’ve read”.
Hsieh ends with: “That’s the kind of interview that will
intrigue people about Ayn Rand’s ideas. Given what might
have happened in that interview, I count it as a huge win.”
This Noodle Food site offers “A daily dose of philosophical
food for your noodle!” It also offers “Rationally Selfish Radio”
and “Explore Atlas Shrugged”.
Watch the Burns interview on The Daily Show at:
www.dianahsieh.com/blog/2009/10/ayn-rand-on-daily-show.shtml

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Reason.tv’s eight-part series about Ayn Rand’s legacy
Reason.tv will be debuting “Radicals for Capitalism”,
an eight-part series about the enduring power of
Ayn Rand’s legacy.
From Nov. 2 through Nov. 12, Reason will explain Rand’s
resurgence as capitalism is under siege.
This new Reason.tv video series on Rand’s work and
influence will have interviews with Nathaniel Branden,
Barbara Branden, Bob Poole, Klausner, Machan, Zader
and others. They’ll also look at Rand’s cultural cachet
from “Mad Men” to “The Simpsons.”
Here’s the promo trailer:
http://reason.org/news/show/1008645.html

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Smith Family Foundation presents: Two-Way Street
This is from the Foundation “It’s a new, nationally
syndicated PBS talk show that will feature an exciting
interactive element: YOU!
“The premise of Two-Way Street is that, unlike most policy
programs where the communication is only one-way
(panelists talking to the audience), here the studio audience
can question the panelists.
“That’s where you come in! We’d like to invite you and
your guests to be a part of one of our upcoming programs:
“Bring our Troops Home? Should the US Close
its Military Bases Around the World?”
AND
“Quality Journalism is Dying”
Thur., Oct. 29, arrival time: “Military” 2:15pm
Thur., Oct. 29, arrival time: “Journalism” 6:15pm
“In Midtown Manhattan, details sent with confirmation
If you’d like to attend the show forward your name, your
guest’s name, email address, phone number, organization or
affiliation (if you have one) to:
audience@twowaystreet
Seating is limited, so please RSVP with your full name and
contact info as soon as possible:
“Also, if you’d like to share your thoughts on the topic with
us, ask an advance question, or send us a link to your webcam
video in advance, feel free to include these with your RSVP
ASAP. Audience input WILL be a part of the program.
“After we receive your RSVP we will provide you with the
precise location and other details. Get those concise, clever
questions ready, and we’ll see you ‘on set’!”
Two-Way Street Production Staff

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Rand as an inspiration in fashion
The Daily Beast reports on Rand and the fashion world.
“Honestly, it’s a broad inspiration that I get from her,” said
Los Angeles designer Kimberly Ovitz. ‘I don’t design a piece
and say, ‘This embodies Ayn Rand.’ She’s influenced me as
a person, and that comes out in my designs.’ Ovitz, a Brown
graduate and the daughter of CAA-cofounder Michael,
discovered Rand three years ago, on the recommendation
of a friend. Rand’s ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’ is her favorite
work. ‘The Fountainhead is about the story. That’s Rand using
fiction to get her ideas across. [Selfishness] just gets right to
the point.”
Gallery of Ayn Rand-Inspired Fashion:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-18/ayn-rand-power-dressing/#gallery=806;page=1
“…Rand seems to be on everyone’s bee-stung lips these
days.
“Designers Shipley & Halmos drew inspiration from Rand’s
philosophy for their fall 2009 collection, which they called
The Individual as an homage. They quoted ‘The Fountainhead’
in their show’s invitation (‘Life must be a straight line of
motion from goal to further goal.’) and sent models marching
down a zigzagged runway to emphasize their unwillingness
to be swayed. ‘For anyone in a creative business to read that
book, it can only be an incredible sense of inspiration, a sense
of empowerment, a sense of purpose,’ says Sam Shipley.
‘That’s kind of what she’s all about.’
“Ralph Lauren declared Rand his favorite writer (along with
Ernest Hemingway) in a recent interview with Vanity Fair and
a host of Indian designers have avowed their admiration as
well. One, Ritu Beri, told an Indian newspaper that as of
September, she’d read ‘The Fountainhead’ ‘almost 50 times.’
Another, Krishnu Mehta, also counts the book as her favorite,
saying it was ‘written brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.’ This
summer, a photo assistant for Elle urged readers to pick up a
copy of Rand’s ‘Anthem’, a dystopian novella written from the
perspective of fictional narrator ‘Equality 7-2521,’ a citizen in
some future socialist hellscape. ‘It’s a short read,’ she wrote,
‘perfect for an end-of-summer day at the beach exercising
your free will.’…”
You can read all of this article at:
http://bit.ly/VK82J

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Watch satirists John Bird and John Fortune
on the boom and bust, the bankers and the bonuses.
Bremner, Bird and Fortune is an award-winning satirical
British television programme produced by Vera Productions
for Channel Four, uniting the longstanding satirical team of
John Bird and John Fortune (“the Two Johns”) with the
satirical impressionist Rory Bremner.
You can watch them at Financial Times:
www.ft.com/cms/4fe40d1a-07b4-11dd-a922-0000779fd2ac.html?_i_referralObject=10664514&fromSearch=n

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Principles of a Free Society
New from the Ayn Rand Institute and the Ayn Rand Center
for Individual Rights.
Principles of a Free Society is a new site that presents
Ayn Rand’s explanation of what makes individuals and
societies truly free.
What makes a society free? What does it mean for an
individual to be free — free to pursue his rights to life, liberty,
property and the pursuit of happiness? Just how free are we
in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”? And most
importantly, what must we now do to achieve the type of free
society that our Founding Fathers envisioned? What did they
miss that we must now fight for?
Explore these pages to learn Ayn Rand’s answers to these
and many other questions. Learn more about the principles
necessary for a truly free society:
* A free society requires a
limited government
* that enacts and enforces
objective laws
* for the sole purpose of protecting
individual rights
A free society is one where the government does not
interfere (by penalty or reward) in thought, production
or trade. A free society requires a separation of:
* Church and State
* Science and State
* Education and State
* Economics and State
Read all of this at:
http://principlesofafreesociety.com/

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New York City Ayn Rand Meetup
Come on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 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 St., 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:
http://AynRand.meetup.com/8

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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’s often at Junto.
You’ll find his 2009 tour schedule at:
http://centurywalkingtours.com
New 2009 tour: “Kensico Cemetery” See the graves of
Ayn Rand, Danny Kaye, Rachmaninoff, Tommy Dorsey and
others, flowers or the fall colors, in Westchester County’s
beautiful hills.
Highlights of 2008 and early 2009:
* Fred gave a special “Ayn Rand and Free Market Tour” to the
Mont Pelerin Society.
* You can hear Fred give his “Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue” tour
on BBC’s Radio 4 “The Right Stuff” on their site. It aired
11/11/2008.
* His 2005 book, “The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist
Future World”, continues to generate attention in the
Objectivist blogosphere.
* He did a talk and book signing at the Queens County
Libertarian and Objectivist Party chapters.
* His 2006 interview on “Hardfire”– Ayn Rand Revealed,
continues to generate online hits. It’s for sale on Amazon and
many other places.
Fred answers questions about Ayn Rand’s life, loves,
philosophy, works, and influence. What are the differences
between helping a person and sacrificing for someone? When
is “volunteering” not voluntary?
Fred is interviewed by Joseph Dobrian, then Chair of the
Manhattan Libertarian Party.
You can watch part of it at:
http://vodpod.com/watch/1243981-hardfire-ayn-rand-revealed-frederick-cookinham-joseph-dobrian

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NYC Junto on Facebook
At the April 2009 Junto Michael Hussey told us he’d
created a Facebook page for NYC Junto. He encourages
people to join.
The public URL for the group: www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=58008241953
Would you like to volunteer to manage it? Respond to this
email to get more information.

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Visit the Junto site at: NYCjunto.com
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:
www.nycjunto.com/exchange.htm
* Junto’s origin and reason for being

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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:
groups.yahoo.com/group/nycjunto-discuss/
To post to this list you need to be a member of it.
To become a member visit:
groups.yahoo.com/group/nycjunto-discuss/
or send an email to:
NYCjunto-discuss-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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About this NYC Junto newsletter
Susan Rowe comes up with promotion ideas for the Junto
and the Ayn Rand birthday celebration.
Iris Bell moderates and writes this e-newsletter.
Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
Don Slepian cares 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:
dailyspeculations.com
This newsletter comes out twice a month. You might receive
an occasional extra email about a timely event.
To subscribe to this newsletter put “Junto list” in the subject
line and email your name and preferred email address to:
juntolist@trustedfuture.com
To unsubscribe put “Junto unsubscribe” in the subject line
and email your name and email address to:
juntolist@trustedfuture.com
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