NYC Junto Newsletter – April 3, 2011

April 3, 2011


  • Junto meeting April 7
  • Junto speakers through Dec. 2011
  • NYC Junto sites
  • NYCjunto-discuss list
  • About this newsletter

Junto is a group that shares information and discusses current issues… plus presents speakers to talk with us:

Greg Rehmke:
Global Cities vs. Nation-States for Free and Prosperous Societies

Thursday, April 7 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, bet. 5th and 6th Aves., NYC
near the Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, S to Grand Central — 42nd St.
or B, D, F, 7 to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave. at Bryant Park
or A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3 to Times Square — 42nd St.
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M42, M98, M101, M102, M104, Q32
Train: MTA Metro-North Railroad to Grand Central
Car: Some private parking facilities in the area. Parking on side streets is metered, limited to specific days and times.

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 are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite. Participation by all attendees is highly encouraged. Junto meets on the first Thursday of every month, at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, NYC, between 5th and 6th Aves., near Grand Central Terminal

“Global Cities vs. Nation-States for Free and Prosperous Societies”

Cities not states encourage associations, enrich society and grow the world economy. People gathering together in cities create gains from trade, gains from specialization and division of labor, and gains from cross-fertilizing society, technologies and enterprises. Successful cities need not be as big or as prosperous as New York City, Boston, London, Singapore or Tokyo, but they do require economic freedom to maneuver around entrenched elites.

Trade among charter cities and cross-border organizations enabled Europe’s two industrial revolutions. But war among nation-states destroyed much of Europe’s progress.

Today’s fast-growing global cities and advanced communication infrastructure are allowing hundreds of millions more to escape rural poverty, develop skills and add their enterprise to the world economy.

Charter cities notes:

Gregory F. Rehmke is program director for Economic Thinking and program consultant for the Foundation for Economic Education. He’s directed educational programs for high school, homeschool and college students for many years. Also programs for Reason Foundation, Center for the American Idea and the Foundation for Economic Education.

He’s worked with Institute for Humane Studies and Center for the American Idea. Since the 1980s he’s written over 100 articles on many subjects, resource books, study guides and newsletters focused the economic aspects of high school and homeschool debate topics. He speaks at student programs for Grassroot Institute and Independent Institute. His economics degree is from U. of Wash.

He’s a member of Mackinac Center Board of Scholars and has written on environmental topics for the newsletter of Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, MT.

He’s done presentations on various public policy issues. He’s done them on economic topics to teachers at workshops for U. Interscholastic League, Houston World Affairs Council, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and others. Since 2003 he’s spoken at Institute for Economic Studies – Europe Seminars for college students in Bulgaria and France. He’s had articles in, The Freeman, Reason. And is coauthor of “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics”.

He often posts on Victor Niederhoffer’s site. His March 10th post “Street Life in New York City and in Cities Around the World” is at: Some of his other posts at the same site:

    “On the 10 Most Hated Companies”
    “On Feasts and Famines”
    “Bacteria and Markets”
    “More on Dead Weight Loss”
    “Hidden Stab Wounds in Markets”
    “How Unemployment Benefits”

Read some of his other articles at his site:

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

Visit has other information such as past Junto speakers, though it isn’t up to date on events. Sign up there for Junto e-newsletter for upcoming speakers, events & information.

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 to Junto, upcoming speakers:

  • May 5, Douglas Rasmussen: prof. philosophy, St. John’s U. “Check Your Premises”, defenders of liberty grant their opponents a crucial premise, that the aim of government is to assist people in attaining their well-being. But what justifies this premise? Learn more about him at:
  • July 7, NEW DATE — Tyler Cowen: author of “Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World”
  • Sept. 1, Richard Epstein
  • Oct. 6, Janine R. Wedel: prof. public policy, George Mason U. Her most recent book, “Confronting Corruption, Building Accountability: Lessons from the World of International Development Advising”.
  • Nov. 3, Kathryn Schultz: author “Being Wrong”. What it means to be in error. Why people tend to assume they’re right about most everything. Error is a fundamental human condition and should be celebrated.
  • Dec. 1, David Friedman: prof. law, Santa Clara U., Liberty magazine contributing editor, anarcho-capitalist

  • Junto has a Meetup site with a short version of our schedule:
  • Junto’s regular site isn’t up to date yet, but will be active soon.
  • For now, this newsletter is the best place to learn of upcoming speakers.
  • Junto old site,, has links to past Junto speakers, kindred  events, organizations, publications and sites, plus Junto’s origin and Juntos reason for being.

NYCjunto-discuss list

Junto members can discuss Junto speakers, articles from other places and other topics of interest. You can read these posts at:

To post to this list you need to be a member of it. Become a member at: or send an email to:

About this NYC Junto newsletter

  • Iris Bell moderates and writes this e-newsletter.
  • Andy George helps with the sound system and supplies some music.
  • Don Slepian cares for the email list, sends out the newsletter.
  • We’re looking for volunteers to help with Junto publicity and to put fresh monthly information on the website.
  • Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
  • This newsletter comes out twice a month. You might receive an occasional extra email about a timely event.
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