NYC Junto Newsletter – Jan. 2014

January 25, 2014

Contents
* NEW  Junto meeting Feb. 6
* NEW  Ayn Rand's 109th birthday and capitalism
* Upcoming Junto speakers through May 2014
* NEW  Review of David Goldhill at the Jan. 2, 2014 Junto
* NEW  NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sun., Jan. 26, sense of life
* NEW  Celebrating Alexander Hamilton's achievements 
* NEW  Peter Thiel's fellowship for entrepreneurial spirit
* NEW  "Shark Tank" offers valuable business lessons
* NEW  Don't need equations to understand economics.
* NEW  Duncan Scott working with Rand on "We the Living" 
* NEW  Who wants to live free? Independent Institute seminars
* NEW  Why do 1.4 million Americans work at Walmart?
* NEW  "Atlas Shrugged part 3" began filming Jan 20
* NEW  How to save Detroit. Why not turn it into Hong Kong?
* NEW  "Downsizing the Federal Government" videos Cato
* NEW  Alex Epstein: We live on the cleanest, safest planet
* NEW  How a city grows: Retail in NY
* NEW  "Capitalism" question category "Jeopardy" TV show
* NEW  Broken state of health insurance prior to Obamacare 
* NEW  Lavabit's Ladar Levison talks "Atlas Shrugged"
* NEW  "Anthem" free course Ayn Rand Institute Campus 
* NEW  40 maps that explain the world, plus another 40 maps
* NEW  "Dear de Blasio, put down pitchfork, pick up shovel"
* NEW  Obama to Americans: You don't deserve to be free
* NEW  "Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America" Mark Levin
* NEW  Free market and Objectivist groups, sites and podcasts
* Read and post to the Junto sites
* NEW  About Junto and this Junto newsletter

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Junto is a group that shares information,
discusses current issues and presents speakers

Dr. Keith Smith
Free Market Medicine

Thursday, Feb. 6

Admission free -- no reservation necessary
* We'll socialize from 7:00pm to 7:30pm 
* 7:30pm moderator, Gene Epstein calls first for announcements 
    of things happening before the next Junto. Then other 
    announcements and for people introducing themselves.
* The speaker will begin promptly at 8:00pm. 
* Most speakers will present their thoughts in several sections. 
    Each section will have audience questions, discussions and 
    rebuttal of the speaker's points. 
* Discussions are intense but polite.
* The meeting will continue to 10:00pm or later.

General Society Library 
20 West 44 St., between 5th and 6th Aves., NYC
near the Grand Central Terminal

* Junto meets on the first Thursday of every month 
* Participation by all attendees is highly encouraged.
* 70 to 150 people attend most Juntos.

Keith Smith, anesthesiologist, will speak about Free Market 
Medicine. He's co-founder of the Surgery Center of OK, 
a for-profit which charges a fraction of what traditional 
hospitals charge.
    The site says: The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a 32,535 
square foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma 
City, owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top
surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma.
    The facility has been accredited by the AAAHC since 1998 
without interruption and has annually provided care to thousands 
of patients.
    If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan 
at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to 
take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on this site.
    If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your 
surgery, you should look here first. 
    Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will 
provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched. 
    Visit the site: www.SurgeryCenterOK.com

And here's the first paragraph of his article from last Nov.:
    "If I point a gun at my doctor, will he still care?" 
As more and more doctors shun Medicare and Medicaid, and 
threaten not to participate in ObamaCare, politicians talk of 
tying acceptance of these patients to the doctors' license to 
practice at all. For example, Kathleen Murphy, a Democrat 
running for the Virginia House of Delegates told a forum in 
Great Falls that she believes there should be a law forcing 
doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.
    Read the rest at: www.tiny.cc/drFreeMkt
I thank Lee Clifford for this link. She learned of it when she 
heard Smith on Peter Schiff's radio show. She visits Junto 
when she's in town.

And we'll be celebrating:
Ayn Rand's 109th birthday and capitalism
    This Thursday Junto will be celebrating Rand's birthday, 
featuring Rand's statement: "The moral justification of
capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant 
with man's rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua 
man, and that its ruling principle is: justice."
    We'll also feature this quote: "The economic system that 
emerges when government is limited and individual rights are 
secured is capitalism" from the Ayn Rand Institute, by Yaron 
Brook and Don Watkins.
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* The Junto Forum, read & post here:www.tiny.cc/JuntoForum
* Visit Junto's site for information on current & past speakers,
    to read previous newsletters and to sign up for the Junto 
    e-newsletter: www.NYCjunto.com 
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* Follow Junto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NYCJunto
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Junto focuses on free markets, Objectivism and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. 
    Visit his site at: www.dailyspeculations.com
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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 
free marketers, Objectivists and investors.

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Come to Junto, meet these upcoming speakers:

* Mar. 6, Mark Skousen, speaking on Ben Franklin and his 
    libertarian critics. American Austrian School economist, 
    U. prof., author of 20+ books. Founder of FreedomFest, 
    the largest free minds conference. www.freedomfest.com

* April 3, Donald Smith investment adviser, speaking on 
    secrets of deep-value investing. Donald Smith & Co., Inc. 
    is a deep-value manager employing a strict bottom-up 
    approach. www.DonaldSmithAndCo.com

* May 1, William Easterly, NYU prof. econ., his forthcoming 
   book, "The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and 
   the Forgotten Rights of the Poor" www.williameasterly.org

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Review of presentation by David Goldhill, Jan. 2, 2014 Junto
    By Victor Niederhoffer 
Gave an interesting talk at the Junto last night based on his 
book "Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We 
Know about Health Care Is Wrong."
    He pointed out that cost controls don't work, that costs are 
skyrocketing to 15% of GNP versus 5% 50 years ago, that the 
Affordable Care Act won't necessarily increase the number 
of insured, that there is no relation between the amount spent 
on health care and life expectancy...
    Regrettably he missed the forest for the trees. He had no 
understanding that the basic problem is the monopoly nature 
of the medical system. 
    Things like the licensing of doctors, the restrictions on 
treatments, the unholy alliance between the FDA and the 
drug companies and hospitals, the lack of competition 
between doctors, and hundred of other violations of how 
the free market and competition has been abolished that 
are covered in such seminal articles as Reuben Kessel's on 
"Price Discrimination in Medicine": www.tiny.cc/PriceD 
    All the problems that he found were guaranteed to happen. 
Milton Friedman proposed a solution in "Capitalism and 
Freedom" starting with the abolition of licensing of doctor, 
and the restrictions on starting hospitals, and the treatments 
allowed by the various regulatory agencies....
    Read all of Victor's statement in the Junto Forum:
www.tiny.cc/VictorGoldhill

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NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sun., Jan. 26, 3:00pm, sense of life
    Bill Dunn will do a presentation on Ayn Rand's concept, 
sense of life. This was planned for Dec. but was moved to Jan.
    This is part of Ayn Rand's quote which she agreed to have 
placed in the "The Ayn Rand Lexicon": "A sense of life is 
a pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, 
subconsciously integrated appraisal of man and of existence. 
It sets the nature of a man's emotional responses and the 
essence of his character...."
    Read the rest of this quote and more of what Rand wrote
about the subject at: www.tiny.cc/SenseLife
    For what Barbara Branden has to say about a related subject, 
romantic love: www.tiny.cc/BBlove
    As always, we'll talk about Ayn Rand, her works, challenges, 
Objectivist life, options, associations and knowledge.
    Give and take, open to all, no charge, no reservations. 
It's on the last Sun. of each month.
    It's at The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 St., between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, mid-block on the north side
of 55th St., in Manhattan, free.
    There are usually one to two dozen people at each Meetup.
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."
    Get up-to-date info: www.aynRand.meetup.com/8

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Celebrating Alexander Hamilton's achievements on his birthday
    By Robert Begley, who's often at Junto, in the 
Objective Standard's Blog. Here are a few of its highlights:
    Hamilton, one of America's greatest statesmen, was born 
Jan. 11, 1757. 
    He became George Washington's most able and trusted aid 
during the Revolutionary War....At Yorktown he commanded 
an infantry, eluded enemy fire, captured soldiers, and helped 
force the British to surrender.
    Hamilton wrote most of the Federalist Papers, which ensured 
ratification of the Constitution....demonstrat[ing] the advantages 
of a central government with built-in checks to prevent abuses 
of power.
    Hamilton served as first Treasury Secretary and stabilized the 
economy....[he] spearheaded the establishment of a gold-based 
dollar, ensured that the war debt was paid...
    Hamilton helped shape Washington's foreign policy based 
on American self-interest. [He] advised Washington on the 
Neutrality Proclamation, which declared that America would 
not become entangled in foreign affairs...Hamilton advocated 
a paid military, founded the U.S. Coast Guard, and introduced 
a bill to establish West Point Military Academy.
    Hamilton opposed slavery. He grew up in the slave-based 
Caribbean and was disgusted with the brutality & rights violations 
he observed. He wanted slavery eradicated....in 1785 Hamilton 
formed the NY Manumission Society, an organization dedicated 
to abolishing slavery in NY and instrumental in doing so.... 
    Read all of this article at: www.tiny.cc/RobtAH

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Peter Thiel's fellowship cultivates the entrepreneurial spirit
    By Robert Begley, who's often at Junto, in the 
Objective Standard's Blog. Here's how it begins:    
     Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal in 1999 and sold it to eBay 
for $1.5 billion in 2002, knows something about entrepreneurship. 
Among other things, he knows that entrepreneurs do not always 
need a college degree to succeed -- for example, Steve Jobs, 
Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Ralph Lauren, and Mark Zuckerberg 
dropped out of college -- and he knows that the skills necessary 
for successful entrepreneurship can be learned by engaging 
directly in business.
    Toward cultivating these skills in entrepreneur-minded youth, 
Thiel launched a fellowship program a few years ago, with 
some radical initiatives. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
    "One highly scrutinized foundation initiative, known as the 
20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, asks potentially college-bound 
teens and undergraduates to reconsider higher education and 
drop out -- at least for a time -- to learn by doing, especially 
by forming companies with a change-the-world objective...."
    Read the rest at: www.tiny.cc/RobtThiel

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"Shark Tank" offers valuable business lessons
    By Naomi Schaefer Riley 
...If you want to be reminded of why American business is one 
of our country's greatest assets, not something to bemoan...
[watch]"Shark Tank." 
    The ABC show, now in its 4th season, may seem just another 
silly reality program, a chance for megalomaniac billionaire 
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to insult little people 
coming to him for a handout. In fact, it's one of the most 
informative and optimistic shows on network TV.
    Entrepreneurs stand before five sharks -- some combination 
of Cuban; real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; QVC's Lori 
Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; FUBU founder 
Daymond John, and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary -- pitch 
the idea for their company and then offer the sharks a share of 
it in return for some investment.
    Economist Todd Bucholz says that this is actually a pretty 
good approximation of what goes on when entrepreneurs meet 
with venture capitalists. In fact, he says: "Take two people who 
have an idea to start a business -- people with similar education, 
background and networking capabilities. If one of them watches 
'Shark Tank' for 6 months and the other watches 'American Idol,'
then "the former will have a clear advantage."
    Read the rest at: www.tiny.cc/businessShark

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Don't need equations to understand economics.
    "No Statistics, No Mischief: A Modest Proposal for the New 
Fed Chairman" by Andrew Ferguson, Jan. 22, 2014
    Sir John Cowperthwaite, Hong Kong financial secretary 
1961-71 was a humanist in a field that had fallen victim to 
social science. "...I have no great confidence that Chairman 
Yellen will follow his lead -- even if I advise her to do so....
    "But Cowperthwaite didn't believe it. Stripped of his numbers 
an economist would have to resort to the old home truths about 
how the world works: If you tax something you get less of it; 
as a general rule an individual manages his own affairs better 
than his neighbor can; it's rude to be bossy; the number of 
problems that resolve themselves if only you wait long enough 
is far larger than the number of problems solved by mucking 
around in them. And the cure is often worse than the disease:
    "In the long run, the aggregate of the decisions of individual 
businessmen, exercising individual judgment in a free economy, 
even if often mistaken, is likely to do less harm than the
centralized decisions of a Government; and certainly the 
harm is likely to be counteracted faster.
    "Somehow the most successful practical economist of the 
twentieth century knew this was true, and he didn't have to 
work out a single equation."
    This was in the Wall Street Journal's Notable & Quotable, 
from the Weekly Standard: www.tiny.cc/NoStats

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Duncan Scott recalls working with Ayn Rand on "We the Living" 
    This video has his reflections on worked with her, editing this 
Italian movie made of her first novel. Human beings struggling 
for freedom in a world and a time of tyranny. Watch it at:
www.tiny.cc/DuncanRand

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Who wants to live free? The Independent Institute seminars
    Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars for Students, 2014
To learn the ethical and economic principles of individual 
liberty, open markets and free societies from some of the top 
minds in economics, history, law and public policy. Discuss
these ideas with other students from across the country.
    Speakers include these Junto speakers, Gregory Rehmke 
and Robert Higgs.
    They'll learn to better understand real-world issues they'll 
encounter. July 14 through 18, deadline March 31. College: 
Denver, CO and Berkeley, CA -- high school: Oakland, CA.
    One is free, others pay and scholarship. If you have a friend, 
child or grand kid who could benefit from it, send them this: 
www.tiny.cc/indSeminar

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Why do 1.4 million Americans work at Walmart & more trying?
    By Doug Altner, analyst Ayn Rand Center, in Forbes.com
Observe any hiring center for a new Walmart and you will see 
thousands of individuals eager to become a Walmart associate....
"They are huge, so I know there is a huge amount of opportunity."
    Read it at: www.tiny.cc/WalmartJobs

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"Atlas Shrugged part 3" began filming Jan 20
    Galt is Kristoffer Polaha who was in "Devil's Knot" with 
Reese Witherspoon, on CW TV's "Ringer "& "Life Unexpected" 
and in upcoming Fox show "Backstrom," starring Rainn Wilson.
    Dagny Taggart is Laura Regan, who was in "Unbreakable"
with Bruce Willis and in AMC TV's "Mad Men."
    Industrialist Hank Rearden is Rob Morrow who was Don 
Eppes on TV's "Numb3rs" and Dr. Joel Fleischman in TV's
"Northern Exposure" which got him 3 Golden Globes .
    Ragnar Danneskjold, modern-day pirate is Eric Allan Kramer.
    Francisco d'Anconia, entrepreneur with a reputation as a
playboy is Joaquim de Almeida, Portuguese actor on TV's 
"Once Upon a Time," "The Mentalist" and "Revolution."
    Co-producer Harmon Kaslow said casting Galt was 
particularly important this time since the role is crucial part 3,
but was hardly seen in the first two parts.
    "As soon as Kris walked in the room and said, 'Hello,' we 
knew we found him. Kris is John Galt." Kaslow said.
    Director James Maner has directed series TV's: "On Record -- 
The Soundtrack of Our Lives" and "Nash Bridges." He won 
24 Cleo Awards for his decade of commercials.
    Cinematographer Gale Tattersall is known for TV's 
"House M.D," Tom Hank's "From Earth to the Moon" and 
other TV series and films.
    Part 3 is planned for a Sept. release, when attention will be 
on the midterm elections.
    For more cast info: www.tiny.cc/AtlasCast
See the set of Hammond Grocery Market in Galt's Gulch:
www.tiny.cc/AtlasSets

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How to save Detroit. Why not turn it into Hong Kong?
    By P.J. O'Rourke, Wall Street Journal 
...I know how to fix Detroit, because it reminds me of another 
favorite place, Hong Kong.....
    Hong Kong's per capita GDP is among the highest in the 
world. But it was once a worse mess than Detroit. Devastated by 
Japanese occupation, the British colony's population had 
declined from 1.6 million in 1941 to 600,000 by 1945. Then, 
after the 1949 communist victory on the mainland, a million 
refugees arrived. Most of them were penniless....
    ...Hong Kong had the good fortune to get John (later Sir John)
Cowperthwaite, a young official sent out to push the colony's 
economy toward recovery. "I did very little," he once said. "All 
I did was to try to prevent some of the things that might undo it."
    Such as taxes. Even now, Hong Kong has no sales tax; no 
VAT; no taxes on capital gains, interest income or earnings
outside Hong Kong; no import or export duties; and a top 
personal income-tax rate of 15%.
    Cowperthwaite was financial secretary from 1961 to 1971, 
Hong Kong's period of fastest economic growth. Sir John, 
however, wouldn't allow collection of economic statistics 
for fear they'd lead to political meddling. Some statistics 
nonetheless: During Cowperthwaite's tenure, Hong Kong's 
exports grew by an average of 13.8% a year, industrial wages 
doubled and the number of households in extreme poverty 
shrank from half to 16%.... 
    Read the rest at: www.tiny.cc/PJhongKong

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"Downsizing the Federal Government" five videos from Cato
    The federal government is massive, wasteful and growing 
larger every year. It's time for downsizing. That's the message 
of Cato Institute's new project. It features a 5 videos: downsize 
the departments of agriculture, education, energy, labor, and 
health and human services. Watch: www.tiny.cc/shrinkFedGov

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Alex Epstein: We live on the cleanest, safest planet in history
    On Stossel Epstein, who spoke at Junto, is pres. Center for 
Industrial Progress. www.industrialprogress.com 
    He told Stossel of the importance of fossil fuels. He always 
makes the moral case for fossil fuels. 
    This video clip is only 3-3/4 min.: www.tiny.cc/AlexFossel

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How a city grows: Retail in NY
    Trace the origins of the most aggressive retail deals in the 
last dozen years in Manhattan's high-profile shopping districts, 
most lead back to six family businesses, most with a dozen or
fewer employees.
    The highest retail rents in the world, with the exception 
of a district in Honk Kong, have one thing in common: the 
landlords are members of this Syrian Jewish community.
    They make headlines in the real estate press almost daily, 
making fortunes for themselves and others. 
    Rivals complain these companies are paying too much for 
properties, but they see possibilities in underused retail spaces, 
rebuilding them and finding the right retailer. They are creating 
value others don't see.
    Among their tenants are Prada, American Girl Place, Apple,
Sephora, American Eagle Outfitters, Armani, Whole Foods, 
Uniqlo, Express and Valentino.
    Unusual in landlords, they understand retail. Most are sons
of fathers who had or still have businesses in the clothing field. 
They came to the N.Y.C. from Syria in the early 1900s.
    You can read about them: www.tiny.cc/LandLords

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"Capitalism" was a question category on "Jeopardy" TV show
    Lee Clifford reports that "Ayn Rand" was the answer to a 
question about "Capitalism the Unknown Ideal" on Jan. 17th. 
    Thanks Lee, who's at Junto when she's in town.

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Broken state of health insurance prior to ObamaCare 
    Jan. 21, by Rituparna Basu, analyst at the Ayn Rand Institute, 
report on the Pacific Research Inst. site.
    The health insurance system in U.S. is plagued with  problems, 
such as continually rising premiums and the difficulty of finding 
coverage. The Obama administration's diagnosis of the situation 
was clear: health insurance companies have too much freedom. 
The solution, therefore, is for the government to restrict this 
freedom, through ObamaCare.
    Many assume that the health insurance industry before was 
an essentially free industry. This report challenges that.
    A survey of some of the major controls reveals that health 
insurance was already one of the most government-controlled 
industries in America. This is the context in which we must
assess the causes of our problems in health insurance.
    Contrary to proponents of further intervention, evidence in 
this paper suggests that gov't regulation plays a major role in 
the poor state of health insurance. We must be willing to 
entertain the possibility that our diagnosis is mistaken: the 
patient's illness stems not from too much freedom but from 
too many controls.
    Download the report: www.tiny.cc/insBefore
I learned about this report from Amy Peikoff's podcast with the
author. Listen to the interview: www.tiny.cc/healthThen

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Lavabit's Ladar Levison talks "Atlas Shrugged"
    From the Atlas Society. Founder of Lavabit (the email 
service provider Edward Snowden used), and founding member 
of Dark Mail Alliance, speaks about his shuttering of Lavabit. 
    This is an excerpt from a soon-to-be-published long interview 
with Levison where he talks about "Atlas Shrugged:"
www.tiny.cc/AtlasDarkMail

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"Anthem" free course from Ayn Rand Institute Campus 
    This course on Ayn Rand's novella answers to these 
questions and many more:
*How did Ayn Rand's childhood experiences influence her 
    writing of "Anthem?"
* Why did Ayn Rand choose to write "Anthem" in the form 
     of the main character's journal?
* How does "Anthem" compare to other dystopian novels, such
    as "1984" and "Brave New World?"
Learn about and take this course here: www.tiny.cc/ARanthem

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40 maps that explain the world, plus another 40 maps
    I learned about this site from Robert Tracinski's Daily Debate.
Maps can be powerful tools for understanding the world and 
how it works. These are some examples:
    A political map of the world, circa 200 A.D.
    Where people are the most and least welcoming to foreigners
    The world's major writing systems
    The best and worst places to be born
    World map of major religions
    The countries where people are the most and least emotional
See them all at: www.tiny.cc/FisherMaps

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"Dear de Blasio, put down the pitchfork and pick up a shovel"
    Jim Epstein, son of the Junto moderator, has this essay in
The Daily Beast, it ends with: 
    "De Blasio and his supporters made clear at the inaugural 
ceremony how profoundly they misunderstand the real 
implications of income inequality and how to best serve 
New York's poorest residents. In a powerful rebuke to de 
Blasio's Two Cities message, Harvard professor Ed Glaeser 
argued in a recent essay that the close intermingling of rich '
and poor is "a defining feature of a remarkable city." 
    From a policy standpoint, what's most important is that 
the poor who live in cities (which attract, don't "make" people
poor) have an opportunity to improve their lot. 
    Mayors should champion policies that combat the many 
forces that undermine the poor, such as effective crime fighting 
tactics and allowing charters to provide an alternative to failed 
neighborhood schools.
    Read all of it: www.tiny.cc/ToMayor

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Obama to Americans: You don't deserve to be free
    By Harry Binswanger, Ayn Rand Center for Individual 
Rights, in www.Forbes.com
    President Obama's Kansas speech is a remarkable document. 
In calling for more government controls, more taxation, more 
collectivism...
    The only thing that the market doesn't take care of is 
anti-market acts: acts that initiate physical force. That's why 
we need government: to wield retaliatory force to defend 
individual rights.
    Radicals for capitalism would, as the Declaration of 
Independence says, use government only "to secure these 
rights" -- the rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of 
happiness. (Yes, I added "property" in there -- property rights 
are inseparable from the other three.)
    That's the political philosophy on which Obama is trying to 
hang the blame for the recent financial crisis and every other 
social ill. But ask yourself, are we few radical capitalists in 
charge? Have radical capitalists been in charge at any time 
in the last, oh, say 100 years?
    Read all of this article at: www.tiny.cc/HarryObama
Thanks to Ed Thompson for pointing this out. He often 
attends Junto.

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"Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America" by Mark R. Levin
    Chapter 1, The Tyranny of Utopia
Read this chapter free, it begins:
    Tyranny, broadly defined, is the use of power to dehumanize 
the individual and delegitimize his nature. Political utopianism 
is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even 
paradisiacal governing ideology. There are, of course, unlimited 
utopian constructs, for the mind is capable of infinite fantasies. 
But there are common themes. The fantasies take the form of 
grand social plans or experiments, the impracticability and 
impossibility of which, in small ways and large, lead to the 
individual's subjugation. 
    Read the rest of this first chapter: www.tiny.cc/MarkBook

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Free market and Objectivist groups, sites and podcasts

*** Groups which meet in Manhattan ***
Ayn Rand NY Tours -- www.tiny.cc/ToursRand
Gotham Tea Party -- www.tiny.cc/GothamTea
Manhattan Libertarian Party -- www.manhattanLP.org
NYC Ayn Rand Meetup -- www.meetup.com/AynRand-8
NYC Junto -- www.nycjunto.org
NY Objectivists/NY Heroes -- www.tiny.cc/NYheroesObj

*** Sites to visit ***
Aristos: An Online Review of the Arts -- www.aristos.org
"Atlas" in your life -- www.Fountainheadinstitute.com
Ayn Rand Institute -- www.AynRand.org
Ayn Rand Lexicon -- www.AynRandLexicon.com
Bastiat Institute -- www.Bastiatinstitute.org
Center for Industrial Progress -- www.tiny.cc/indProgress
Cato Institute -- www.cato.org
Daily Debate, Tracinski's hightlights of Real Clear Politics -- 
    www.tiny.cc/DailyDebateT
education blog -- www.LiberatingEducation.blogspot.com
Forum for Ayn Rand fans -- www.forums.4aynRandFans.com
Powell history courses -- www.HistoryAtOurHouse.com
Institute for Justice -- www.ij.org
Liberty Magazine -- www.tiny.cc/LibertyMag
Ludwig Von Mises Institute -- www.mises.org
News Sandwich -- www.tiny.cc/NewsS 
Objectivism Online -- www.objectivismOnline.com
Powell History -- www.tiny.cc/PowellHistory 
Real Clear Politics -- www.RealClearPolitics.com
Rebirth of Reason -- www.RebirthOfReason.com
Sense of Life Objectivists -- www.soloPassion.com
The Atlasphere -- www.theAtlasphere.com
The Atlas Society -- www.AtlasSociety.org
The College of the United States -- www.rifinst.org
The Objective Standard -- www.theObjectiveStandard.com
The Objective Standard's Blog -- www.tiny.cc/blogTOS
The Tracinski Letter -- www.tracinskiLetter.com

*** Internet podcasts, all free ***
These are mainly weekly "radio" shows you can hear online.
    Listen to any show live or at any time. Some are on iTunes.
If you're listening live, join by commenting or asking questions 
by phone, email, in a chat room, tweeting, etc.  

* "Objectively Speaking" (The Arshak and Andy Show)
Arshak Benlian and Andrew Bernstein discusse current events 
and timeless themes related to politics and culture from the 
perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism:
    Live Tues. 8:00pm to 9:00pm eastern time
www.tiny.cc/ArshakAndy

* " 'Atlas Shrugged' Out Loud" Arshak Benlian's detailed, 
scene by scene, study of Ayn Rand's epic novel. 
    Live Sun. 9:00am to 10:00am eastern time
www.tiny.cc/StudyAtlas

* "Don't let it go unheard" Amy Peikoff's discussion 
of news and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand's 
philosophy Objectivism. 
    Bosch Fawstin, illusWriter is usually on the show. Visit his 
site to see his clever and dramatic work: www.tiny.cc/BoschF
    Robert Begley, a Junto regular, often calls in live. 
    Live Fri. 3:00pm to 5:00pm eastern time
www.tiny.cc/AmyP

* "Philosophy in Action" Diana Heish answer questions on 
positive change in Islam, self-esteem and appearance, rational 
suicide, deep-down atheism and more. 
    Live Sun. Q&As: 11:00am eastern time
    Live Wed. Interviews: 9:00pm eastern time
www.tiny.cc/DianaH

* "The Peikoff Podcasts" 
Alternate weeks have Leonard Peikoff, philosopher, 
Ayn Rand's intellectual heir 
    or 
Yaron Brook, CEO, Ayn Rand Institute.
    Leonard answers questions about Ayn Rand's philosophy 
Objectivism. He focuses on human relationships, career, moral 
issues -- not technical philosophy or practical politics. 
    Yaron answers questions on politics, economics, 
foreign policy.
    Podcasts available by topic, single questions or full episodes. 
www.tiny.cc/PeikoffBrook

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Fred Cookinham's five Ayn Rand walking tours
* "Atlas Shrugged"
* Ayn Rand's Park Ave. 
* Skyscrapers of ''The Fountainhead'' 
* Ayn Rand on Broadway
* Ayn Rand Fifth Ave.     
www.tiny.cc/ToursRand
    Scheduled tours $20, over 65 yr. old $15. Private tours $30. 
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's tours get better because he never stops researching. 
''What I have learned from a lifetime of studying Ayn Rand."
    He's often at Junto and Ayn Rand Meetups. He gave his 
''Ayn Rand and Free Market Tour'' for Mont Pelerin Society. 

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