NYC Junto Newsletter – Jan. 4, 2010

January 4, 2010

* NEW Junto’s meeting Jan 7, 2010
* Upcoming Junto meetings
* NEW Stossel on Atlas Shrugged
* NEW Internet course on America Constitutional Law, Jan. 17
* NEW NYCjunto website isn’t up to date
* NYC Junto on Facebook
* NYCjunto-discuss list
* About this newsletter
Junto is a group that shares information
and discusses current issues…
plus presents speakers to talk with us:
Tom DiLorenzo,
about his book
“Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy
Betrayed the American Revolution–
and What It Means for Americans Today”

Thursday, Jan.7, 2010
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
Tom DiLorenzo will speak about his book “Hamilton’s Curse:
How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American
Revolution–and What It Means for Americans Today”
It came out in paperback on Dec. 8, 2009. It’s also in
hardbound and Kindle.
Two of the most influential figures in American history.
Two opposing political philosophies. Two radically different
visions for America.
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were without
question two of the most important Founding Fathers. They
were also the fiercest of rivals.
Of these two political titans, it is Jefferson — the revered
author of the Declaration of Independence and our third
president — who is better remembered today.
But in fact it is — a legacy that has subverted the
Constitution and transformed the federal government into the
very leviathan state that our forefathers fought against in the
American Revolution.
How did we go from the Jeffersonian ideal of limited
government to the bloated imperialist system of Hamilton’s
Acclaimed economic historian Thomas J. DiLorenzo
provides the troubling answer in “Hamilton’s Curse”.
DiLorenzo reveals how Hamilton, first as a delegate to the
Constitutional Convention and later as the nation’s first and
most influential treasury secretary, masterfully promoted an
agenda of nationalist glory and interventionist economics —
core beliefs that did not die with Hamilton in his fatal duel
with Aaron Burr.
Carried on through his political heirs, the Hamiltonian
* Wrested control into the hands of the federal government by
inventing the myth of the Constitution’s “implied powers”
* Established the imperial presidency (Hamilton himself
proposed a permanent president — in other words, a king)
* Devised a national banking system that imposes boom-and-
bust cycles on the American economy
* Saddled Americans with a massive national debt and
oppressive taxation
* Inflated the role of the federal courts in order to eviscerate
individual liberties and state sovereignty
* Pushed economic policies that lined the pockets of the
wealthy and created a government system built on graft,
spoils, and patronage
* Transformed state governments from Jeffersonian bulwarks
of liberty to beggars for federal crumbs
By debunking the Hamiltonian myths perpetuated in recent
admiring biographies, DiLorenzo exposes an uncomfortable
truth: The American people are no longer the masters of their
government but its servants.
Only by restoring a system based on Jeffersonian ideals can
Hamilton’s curse be lifted, at last.

“What Hamilton Has Wrought”, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
The current economic crisis is the inevitable consequence
of what I call Hamilton’s Curse in my new book of that name.
It is the legacy of Alexander Hamilton and his political,
economic, and constitutional philosophy. As George Will once
wrote, Americans are fond of quoting Jefferson, but we live in
Hamilton’s country….
Read the rest of this essay at:

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola
College in Maryland and the author of “The Real Lincoln;
Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know
about Dishonest Abe” and “How Capitalism Saved America”.
He’s a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He’s
the author or co-author of ten books, on subjects such as
antitrust, group-interest politics, and interventionism generally.
At his site you’ll find his daily article archive, his literature
archive, media (both audio and video) archive and his books :
You can read other essays by Thomas J. DiLorenzo at:
and at:
Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
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Come to Junto:
* Feb. 4, 2010, Ayn Rand’s 105th birthday celebration
* March 4, 2010, Greg Rehmke
* April 1, 2010, Ed Hudgins
* May 6, 2010, Alex Tabarrok
* Nov. 4, 2010, Amity Shlaes, author of “The Forgotten Man:
A New History of the Great Depression”. and
* Month to be announced, 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.

John Stossel’s TV show on Atlas Shrugged on Fox Business
On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, the Fox Business Network will
air the episode of “Stossel” that will be about Ayn Rand’s novel
“Atlas Shrugged”. The focus will be that things in the novel
seem to be happening in real life and happening today.
It will be on at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, repeating Fridays at
10:00pm, opposite his old program, “20/20”, with more repeats
over the weekend.
If you’re in the New York area and you’d like to join his
audience on 48th St. and 6th Ave., please e-mail him at:
The show on Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” has been
announced two other weeks. I hope it comes on this time
Stossel hopes people will watch and tell him what he’s
doing wrong or right:

Internet audio course on America Constitutional Law
for tea party and other American patriots begins Jan. 17
Henry Mark Holzer, Professor Emeritus Brooklyn Law School
“Like many other Americans, I am deeply concerned about our
nation’s future.
“In the face of…woeful ignorance, the Constitution of the
U.S. is under an unprecedented attack by Barack Obama and
his runaway Democrat Party, aided and abetted by the
complicit mainstream media.
“Yet with a few notable exceptions there is hardly any
knowledgeable defense of our founding document to be found
anywhere. Not on radio or television. Not in the press. Not at
the grassroots. Certainly not in academia. Nor, sadly, among
most Republicans, Conservatives and even libertarians. Most
of the Media’s “instant,” pontificating constitutional experts,
especially those on national TV, do more harm than good
because they spread disinformation that is neither
knowledgeable nor principled.
“While many ‘tea party’ activists and other patriots are
valiantly trying to fight for core constitutional values, they’re
disarmed because they’ve been taught little about American
constitutional law. The fact is that everyone fighting for
America today, in order to defend the Constitution, must
know the answers to numerous crucial questions.
“Examples of crucial questions
* Can Congress constitutionally require Americans to buy
medical insurance?
* Did Congress lack the constitutional power to give a
lame-duck, unelected treasury secretary unchecked and
unsupervised power to dispense a trillion dollars of
taxpayer money?
* Does Obama have the constitutional power to appoint
unaccountable “czars” to rule over virtually every aspect
of our lives?
“The answers to these other questions about America’s
Constitution will determine much about the future of the
United States of our nation.
“Those who are committed to fighting for that future must
acquire a basic understanding of the Constitution’s origins and
birth, its written text, the manner in which it has been
deliberately violated, and the consequences of how it
has been misinterpreted by collectivists and statists.
“Because of the importance of this struggle, I’ve put aside
most of my writing and legal work to offer — strictly as a pro
bono personal undertaking — an Internet course consisting of
10 lectures on American constitutional law. You can learn who
I am and why I’m doing this at
“If you agree that it’s essential for laypersons — especially
Conservatives, libertarians and Independents — to understand
basic American constitutional law, let others know, including
the press.
“Many years ago, one of my clients and friends – the
author Ayn Rand – asked me a rhetorical question: ‘If we
don’t fight for this country, who will?’
“I gave the same answer to Rand as I do now: ‘I will!’
Lectures and schedule
“The recorded course – a two-hour lecture each week for
10 consecutive weeks – will be available downloadable free
of charge at: or
“I’ll be delivering the lectures on Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14,
21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21. Each lecture will available on those sites
a few days after it’s given and will remain there indefinitely.
“No cost to download this audio course
There’s no cost to get this course in its recorded/downloaded
form. But, because it’s a recording, you won’t be able to
ask questions.
Participate in the live course
“A maximum of 23 people will be able to hear the course live,
and to ask questions. You’ll be able to do this by downloading
free software from Skype and using an inexpensive, off-the-
shelf headset/microphone. This interactive computer-based
system is at:
“I’ll be delivering the lectures live on Sunday evenings, from
6:00pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time
“This interactive participation is $250 per person. This will
help defray costs of the free course. To be one of the 23 people
to listen to the lectures live and to be able to ask questions, go
to this site for details:
“To ask questions (but not about Skype) and to get more
information about this course and future courses, register at:
“For complete information about this course:
“I’m offering this course in the hope that public education in
U.S. Constitutional law will aid in our fight to rescue our
nation from those who are destroying it”.
Sign up now to have a chance to become more confident
next time you defend the Constitution, in a conversation, in
a letter to the editor or on a tea party sign.

Junto’s website isn’t up to date
This newsletter is the place to get information on upcoming
speakers. The Junto site has been another place for that but it’s
having technical difficulties which will require some time
to fix.
You can still visit the site at:
On it you’ll find:
* Links to past Junto speakers.
* Kindred events, organizations, publications and sites
* Details about many people who attend regularly at:
* Junto’s origin and reason for being

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:
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email to get more information.

NYCjunto-discuss list
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About this NYC Junto newsletter
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and the Ayn Rand birthday celebration.
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