Contents * NEW Junto meeting July 5th PLEASE NOTE: there are many changes in the Junto meeting * Upcoming Junto speakers through November * NEW John Allison, of Ayn Rand Inst., interim CEO Cato Inst. * NEW Ayn Rand continually popular in India * NEW The right to drink AND sell soda * NEW Film exposes the U.N. and is fun besides * NEW Atlas Shrugged Part 2 filmed its last scenes May 16 * NEW New York City Ayn Rand Meetup June 24 * NEW Atlas Shrugged Reading Group, a chapter a month * NEW Three events with free market & Objectivist speakers: * NEW The Atlas Summit The Atlas Society June 29--July 1 * NEW Ayn Rand Inst., Conference, June 30--July 8 * NEW FreedomFest, Las Vegas, July 11--14 * Ayn Rand walking tours, 2012 * NYCjunto-discuss list * About this newsletter ************************************************** Junto is a group that shares information and discusses current issues... plus presents speakers to talk with us: Tyler Cowen The Path Out of the Great Stagnation? Thursday, July 5th Admission Free -- No reservation necessary * We'll socialize from 7:00pm. NOTE, many changes here: * People who want to make an announcement or introduce themselves should sign up on the sheet at the entrance table. * At 7:30pm the moderator, Gene Epstein, will call on people who signed up, in order. Each person will have up to 4 minutes to make their announcement, including taking comments and questions about it from the audience. * The speaker will begin promptly at 8:00pm. The talk will be about 45 minutes, uninterrupted. People in the audience should take notes for questions and discussion afterward. * At about 8:45pm the questions and discussions will begin. Anyone in the audience can have 4 minutes for a discussion or rebuttal of the speaker's points. * The meeting will continue to about 10:00pm. General Society Library, 20 West 44 St., between 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 44 St., NYC, between 5th and 6th Aves., near Grand Central Terminal Tyler Cowen writes many times a day at the blog he shares with Alex Tabarrok: MarginalRevolution.com He's professor of economics George Mason U. and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice. He's also general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason U. and Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason U. A dedicated writer and translator of economic ideas who often delves into the economics of culture, Tyler has published dozens of books, reviews and articles. His most recent book is "An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies." Another recent one is "The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better." Some of his other recent books include "Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World" and "Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist." He co-authored textbook series from Worth Publishers: "Modern Principles of Economics, Modern Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics." He contributes weekly to The New York Times Sunday Magazine, monthly to the NY Times Economic View and occasionally to Money. He's on the advisory boards of both Wilson Quarterly and American Interest. He's also author of "Good & Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding," "Markets and Culture Voices: Liberty vs. Power in the Lives of the Mexican Amate Painters," "Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures," "What Price Fame?" and "In Praise of Commercial Culture." He co-authored "Explorations in the New Monetary Economics." He's edited many works including "Public Goods and Market Failures," "Economic Welfare" and "New Theories of Market Failure." His "Ethnic Dining Guide to Washington, DC" is at: bit.ly/ethnicG There are many articles about and by him at: tiny.cc/TylerC ————————————————————————— Visit Junto's site for information on current and past speakers, read previous newsletters, to sign up for the Junto e-newsletter: NYCjunto.com Visit Junto on Facebook: on.fb.me/JuntoNYC ————————————————————————— Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism and investing. Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at: DailySpeculations.com ************************************************** 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, meet these upcoming speakers: * August 2, Gary Jason, businessman, philosophy teacher and writer. Senior editor of online magazine Liberty, formerly the paper magazine Liberty: LibertyUnbound.com He's author of the forthcoming book "Dangerous Thoughts." Read more by and about him at: ProfGaryJason.com * September 1, Richard Kostelanetz is a writer and artist. He often attends Junto. He's been a contributing/advisory editor of many arts journals, the author of many books, among them "Political Essays" and "More On Innovative Music(ian)s" Visit his site: tiny.cc/rKosti * October 4, Gary Hoover, read his bio: tiny.cc/HooverBio * Nov. 1, Greg Rehmke, program director Economic Thinking, programs for high school, homeschool and college. Visit his site: tiny.cc/gRehmke NEW______________________________________________ John Allison, friend of Ayn Rand Inst., interim CEO Cato Inst. * National Journal reports: The Cato Institute and famed Republican donors Charles and David Koch are set to settle their legal dispute over control of the libertarian think tank, ending a high-profile spat that split the conservative movement.... Staffers will be briefed Monday on the settlement by Cato Chairman Bob Levy and John Allison, a prominent libertarian and former BB&T chief executive office, who mediated the negotiations... This is from: tiny.cc/AllisonCato * Lew Rockwell wrote "The interim CEO, John Allison, will conduct a nationwide search for a new president." This is from: tiny.cc/AllisonCEO * The Economic Policy Journal reports: First names surfacing to replace Ed Crane, says a friend, Darcy Olsen [president, CEO Goldwater Inst., state research & litigation center for conservative policy] or Veronique de Rugy [senior research fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason U.] This is from: tiny.cc/replaceCrane NEW______________________________________________ Ayn Rand continually popular in India "Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand--the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism. "A marginal, and often derided literary figure in many other countries, Rand is a perennial presence on Indian bestseller lists and regularly name-checked on the 'favourite author' list of influential Indians--from company CEOs to Bollywood stars.... " 'Her books are about idealism, heroism and corruption-- issues that are of particular interest to the young of India,' [said Novelist Shobhaa De]." Read the whole article at: bit.ly/ARindia NEW______________________________________________ The right to drink AND sell soda This is one of the very few essays where someone wrote about rights being violated by Bloomberg's plan. It's in The Independent Institute's blog, by Anthony Gregory: "Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban sugary drinks that exceed 16oz in New York....Some say the obesity epidemic, fueled by soft drink consumption...is worth combating through these dramatic means.... "No one is talking about rights. What has become of this society? If this very proposal isn't unAmerican, perhaps what it means to be American has lost all its connotations of independence and freedom.... But even this essay only talks about the consumer's right to buy a large soda. It doesn't mention the shop or restaurant owner's right to sell what he wants. You can read this post at: tiny.cc/rightsSoda NEW______________________________________________ Film exposes the U.N. and is fun besides Two friends have seen and recommend this film. From the "U.N. Me" site: In a film that exposes the incompetence and corruption at the heart of the United Nations, filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a harrowing, yet often hilarious, trip through the farcical world of the United Nations. Horowitz exposes how an organization created to ennoble mankind actually enables chaos and global discord. As disturbing as the picture painted by "U.N. Me" may be, Horowitz manages to keep us laughing throughout the film. And just when you’re left shaking your head at one outrage or another exposed in "U.N. Me," Horowitz reliably enters with comic relief. You can watch the trailer here: tiny.cc/UNme You can buy it on YouTube and Amazon or watch it on demand through most cable systems. This film was made with the help of the The Moving Picture Institute, "Promoting Freedom through Film." It was founded by human rights advocate Thor Halvorssen: tiny.cc/mpiFilms NEW______________________________________________ Atlas Shrugged Part 2 filmed its last scenes May 16 These included scenes from James Taggart's wedding where Francisco delivers his "money speech" to Hank Rearden: "You say money is the root of all evil, but have you ever asked yourself--what is the root of money?" Here's a report on it from The Atlas Society: bit.ly/Atlas2wrap NEW______________________________________________ New York City Ayn Rand Meetup June 24 Come join us on Sunday, 3:00pm. As always, we'll 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. 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: AynRand.meetup.com/8 NEW______________________________________________ Atlas Shrugged Reading Group, a chapter a month New York Objectivist Society, July 15, third Sun. every month 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Bryant Park, behind the library between 42 St. and 40 St. The group will meet by the statue of Bryant on the east end of the park. The discussion will be of Part 2, Chapter 5, "Account Overdrawn." There's a $5 fee, proceeds go to Ayn Rand Institute's book project which gives free books to schools. This Reading Group has only one rule--you can't integrate or refer to material in the text that hasn't been covered yet by the present discussion. Read about it here: tiny.cc/AtlasRead NEW______________________________________________ Three June and July events with many free market and Objectivist speakers: NEW______________________________________________ The Atlas Summit event by The Atlas Society June 29--July 1 "Either-Or: Atlas Shrugged and the Future of Individualism" Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C Ed Hudgins, "Atlas Shrugged and the World Today" Harmon Kaslow & John Aglialoro, "Inside Atlas Shrugged Part 2" John Stossel, interviews, Grover Norquist, Congressman Allen West. Gary Johnson presidential candidate, Robert Poole, co-founder Reason Foundation Stephen Hicks, "Public Policy, Objectivism, and Entrepreneurship" David Kelley, "The Experience of Free Will" Joel Wade, "Self-Acceptance, Self-Improvement, and Dealing with Life as It Is" Marsha Enright, "The Problem of 'Selfishness" Steve Davis, "SpaceX and Future of Private Spaceflight" Ziad Abdelnour, "Economic Warfare" William R Thomas, career, goodwill and trust as values in Atlas Shrugged Aaron Day, "Atlas Should Shrug Now!" Alexander R. Cohen, "Morality of Insider Trading" Anne Wortham, "Sociology in The Fountainhead" Robert L. Bradley, Jr., "Political Capitalism: Warnings & Reality" and "Milton Friedman and Liberty" Donald Luskin, "I am John Galt: The Dangerous Fight for Freedom Today" David N. Mayer, 2-part, "Restoring the Constitutional Presidency" Roger Donway and Greg Reyes, "The Backdated Options Rich-Hunt" Fred Seddon, Plato's Meno Glenn Fletcher, "The Philosophy of Albert Einstein" Guillermo Pineda, 2-part, "The History of Capitalism" John Enright, video his recent comedy, "Wild Flowers" Amanda Hall, "What Cupid Can Contribute to a Culture of Liberty" Learn more about this event at: tiny.cc/TASseminar NEW______________________________________________ Ayn Rand Inst., Objectivist Summer Conference, June 30--July 8 Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, Calif. Leonard Peikoff, Q&A Tara Smith, "A Culture's Sense of Life--and Lessons for Cultural Change" Don Watkins, "Changing the Debate: How to Move from an Entitlement State to a Free Market" Yaron Brook and Peter Schwartz, "The State of Our Political Culture" C. Bradley Thompson, "The New Abolitionism: On Separating School and State" Peter Schwartz, "How to Dissuade an Altruist" Dana Berliner, Deborah Simpson, Steve Simpson, moderator Larry Salzman, "Strategic Constitutional Litigation" Paul Beard, Yaron Brook, Peter LePort, Richard E. Ralston, moderator Steve Simpson, "Legal Challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" Shoshana Milgram, "Fifty Years Since the First Objectivist Periodical: Objectivism as a Philosophy for Living on Earth" Tara Smith, " 'And I Mean It'--Taking Ideas Seriously" Learn more about this event at: tiny.cc/ariSeminar NEW______________________________________________ FreedomFest, Las Vegas, July 11--14 Free minds meet to celebrate "great books, great ideas, and great thinkers" David Boaz, Cato Institute Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights Douglas Casey, author, international investor and entrepreneur Bert Dohmen, "China: Crisis or Opportunity?" Dinesh D’Souza, "2016: Obama's America" Erick Erickson, "Every Man a King” Steve Forbes, "How to Find Freedom in an Unfree World: How the 2012 Election Will Make a Difference" Robert Frank, "Wall Street on Trial" Nick Gillespie, "Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America" G. Edward Griffin, "The Federal Reserve--Why the Creature Must Be Slain and How to Do It" Mark Victor Hansen, "How 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' Became the World's Most Successful Inspirational Brand" Robert Hockett, "Wall Street on Trial" Frank Holmes, CEO and CIO, U.S. Global investors Funds Kennedy, "Wall Street on Trial" Matt Kibbe, "Hostile Takeover" Robert Kiyosaki, "Be The Fed: Gaining Your Unfair Advantage in an Unfair System" Edward Klein, "The Amateur: An Insider's View of Barack Obama in the White House" John Mackey, "Living Healthy, Wealthy and Wise to 100: the Whole Foods Way" Stephen Moore, editorial page writer, Wall Street Journal Charles Murray, "Coming Apart: Is the Welfare State Destroying the Middle Class" Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, "A Government of Waste and Lawlessness" Grover Norquist, "The Story Behind the Anti-Tax Pledge: How to Fight Washington--and Win" Senator Rand Paul, "Can a Libertarian Make a Difference in Washington? My Fights with the TSA, EPA, IRS & Other Federal Agencies" Rick Rule, Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd Peter Schiff, "Why the Dollar is Doomed: What's the Next Crisis?" Mark Skousen, economist, professor, producer FreedomFest Joel Stern, "Dangers Ahead in China and New Opportunity in Emerging Markets" Frank Trotter, President, EverBank Direct Matt Welch, "Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America" Tom Woods, "The Bubble: Who Caused It. Who Called It. What's Next" Learn more about this event: tiny.cc/freedomFest _________________________________________________ Ayn Rand walking tours, 2012 Fred Cookinham has five different Ayn Rand walking tours: tiny.cc/TourRand Some dates are scheduled in advance but all are available on request Ayn Rand's Park Ave., EVERY Wed., plus Nov. and on request Where Rand lived and held her salons. Scenes from "Atlas Shrugged." Where Rand learned about architecture from Ely Jacques Kahn, in his own masterpiece Art Deco building. Meet on NE corner on east 42nd St. at Vanderbilt Ave. Grand Central Terminal's SW entrance. Subway stops: Grand Central 1-1/2 hour tour EVERY Wednesday through September 26 at 6:15pm November 4, Sunday at 11:00am November 24, Saturday at 11:00am Tour also available on request. Skyscrapers of "The Fountainhead" July 7 and on request The changing styles in architecture -- from Beaux Arts to Art Deco to International Style -- that form the background to the story of Roark's struggle. Was Roark Wright? -- the real-life models for Rand's characters. Meet at Number 1 Broadway, at Battery Place. Subway stops: Bowling Green 2-1/2 hour tour, starts at 11:00am July 7, Saturday Tour also available on request. "Atlas Shrugged" starting in Nov. and on request See places Rand researched and fictionalized in her novel, around and in Grand Central Terminal. Meet on the SE corner of Park Ave. at E. 50th St. Outside the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. Subway stops: Number 6 to E. 51st St. or Grand Central. 1-1/2 hour tour, starts at 11:00am November 17, Saturday November 18, Sunday Tour also available on request. Ayn Rand Fifth Avenue, on request only Art and architecture in the glamour shopping district of the Twentieth Century world. Central Park South, Rockefeller Center, the Stork Club, and where Random House published "Atlas Shrugged." Where Rand bought her paintings, clothes, and fancy dinners. Meet at the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle. Subway stop: Columbus Circle. 2-1/2 hour tour, starts at 11:00am Tour available on request only. Ayn Rand on Broadway, on request only Skyscrapers, newspapers, Broadway and books. DeMille, Hellman, and where Alan Greenspan played sax. Where "The Night of January 16th," "The Unconquered," and "Think Twice" were produced. Isabel Paterson at the Herald Tribune. Patricia Neal, the Shuberts, the Gershwins, and of course more Art Deco. Meet on the NE corner of Broadway and W. 49th St. 2-1/2 hour tour, starts at 11:00am Tour available on request only. All scheduled tours are $20, $15 for those over 65, except where noted. Private tours are available on request for $30 a person. To arrange for your private tour or for more information, call Fred at home: 718-397-9019 or on his cell: 917-607-9019 or email him: fcookinham [at] juno.com "Fred is a kind of poet and street professor...." Anne Heller, "New York Observer" 2/9/04, author of "Ayn Rand and the World She Made." "Fred's a valuable asset in NYC. I encourage those who live here or who visit, to take advantage of his research, knowledge and ability to communicate. His perspectives on American history, libertarianism, and Objectivism as well as his appreciation of the arts integrate many interesting facts and influences on our culture." Lee Clifford, Junto attendee Fred Cookinham's walking tours keep getting better, because he never stops researching. He's often at Junto and Ayn Rand Meetups. At least once a year he does a reading from Rand at Junto. Highlights of previous years * Fred gave special "Ayn Rand and Free Market Tour" for Mont Pelerin Society. * Hear Fred give "Ayn Rand's Park Ave" on BBC's Radio 4 "The Right Stuff" on their site. * His interview on "Hardfire" Ayn Rand Revealed, at Amazon and other places. Answers questions on Rand's life, loves, philosophy, works and influence. Differences between helping a person and sacrificing, when's "volunteering" not voluntary? Fred's interviewer then Chair Manhattan Libertarian Party, Joseph Dobrian. Watch part: bit.ly/ARfred ————————————————————————— NYCjunto-discuss list Junto members can discuss Junto speakers, articles from other places and other topics of interest. You can read these posts at: yhoo.it/JuntoP To post to this list you need to be a member of it. Become a member at: yhoo.it/JuntoD or send an email to: NYCjuntoemail@example.com ————————————————————————— About Junto * Gene Epstein moderates Junto * Iris Bell writes this e-newsletter * Oleg Atbashian created NYCjunto.com. He also sends out this e-newsletter and cares for its email list. * Andy George helps with the sound system and supplies the music. * We're looking for volunteers to help with Junto publicity. * Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at: DailySpeculations.com * This e-newsletter comes out twice a month. You might get 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ————————————————————————— END
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