NYC Junto Newsletter – Nov. 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

* NEW Junto’s meeting Nov. 5, 2009
* Upcoming Junto meetings
* Seth Lipsky in WSJ, press freedom and private property
* Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian for NYC Mayor
* NEW “Rand & the World She Made” book signing in NY
* NEW On web, Cato event, Rand authors Burns and Heller
* NEW NYT Book Review of Rand bio, sr. ed. New Republic
* NYC Junto on Facebook
* 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:
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

4, 5, 6, 7, S to Grand Central — 42nd St.
B, D, F, V, 7 to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave. at Bryant Park
A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7 to Times Square — 42nd St.
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
The last Junto newsletter said Lipsky might not be able to
attend, but now we know he WILL be here on Thur.
“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 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 soldier 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.
Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
* Read about past Junto speakers and people who attend often.
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who might be interested in Junto.
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libertarians, Objectivists and investors.

Come to Junto:
* Dec. 3, 2009, Amity Shlaes, author of “The Forgotten Man:
A New History of the Great Depression”.
* Jan. 7, 2010 to be announced
* 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

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:

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:

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.
This is also an Ayn Rand Meetup.
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 which she learned in her research.

On the web, Cato event with Rand authors Burns and Heller
You can watch this event at:
“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.”

NYTimes Book Review of Rand bio, sr. ed senior editor TNR
The review of Anne Heller’s book on Ayn Rand was in this
past Sunday’s New York Times. It was by a senior editor at
The New Republic:
This review was on the cover of the Book Section. Even
though it isn’t a positive review, it probably helped the book
reach 71 on the Amazon’s and 110 on Barnes & Noble’s
best seller lists…as I write this.

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:
Would you like to volunteer to manage it? Respond to this
email to get more information.

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
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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
and the Ayn Rand birthday celebration.
Iris Bell moderates and writes this e-newsletter.
Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
Don Slepian care for the email list, sends out this newsletter.
We’re looking for volunteers to help with Junto publicity.
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