NYC Junto Newsletter – April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

NYC Junto Newsletter
written by Iris Bell on April 10, 2015

* Junto meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015
* NEW   Junto speakers through November 2015
* NEW   Austrian Economics, Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm
* NEW   Indonesia Rising, Atlas Network, Thu., April 16, 6:00pm 
* NEW   NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, April 25, 3:00pm
* NEW   Why GMOs Are Good, ARI, Wed., May 13, 7:00pm
* NEW   "Celebrate Self" hike, Sunday, May 17, 11:00am
* NEW   Conference on Climate Change, June 11 and 12
* NEW   Freedom Fest, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, July 8-11
* NEW   "Said in Silence" exhibit, until April 15
* NEW   Results of the March Junto debate
* NEW   Books sold by the debaters at the March Junto
* NEW   The Myth of High-Protein Diets by Dean Ornish
* NEW   Your life is worth an hour, pledge to talk with suicidal
* NEW   Transforming Wall Street, book about a new future
* NEW   Entrepreneur is American Girl Doll's girl of the year
* NEW   "Atlas Shrugged" to be a full blown TV series
* NEW   "Hamilton" play coming to Broadway + Noonan's rave
* NEW   Ayn Rand in The New Yorker magazine, March 2015
* NEW   Israel climbs ladder of economic freedom, prosperity
* NEW   Marsha Enright speaks on the Ethic of Trade
* NEW   Bronstein questions NRA support of gun ownership
* NEW   Ayaan Hirsi Ali "Heretic" for Muslim Reformation
* NEW   "Justice Thomas does it again!" says Hank Holzer
* NEW   Alan J Dlugash: essays for Junto folks, from his blog 
* NEW   Objectivism on benevolence, love and selfishness
* NEW   Hillsdale, great books, men, ideas with Larry Arnn 
* NEW   Ayn Rand is 110, after all these years, CNBC
* NEW   Section of the Berlin Wall in NYC to return
* NEW   Federalist Society spreads originalist view Constitution
* NEW   Free market & Objectivist local meetings, sites, podcasts
* Fred Cookinham's five Ayn Rand walking tours
* Read and post to Junto sites
* About Junto and this Junto newsletter

Junto focuses on free markets, Objectivism and investing.
It's a group that shares information, discusses current issues
and presents speakers.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Casey Mulligan
on his book
"Side Effects: The economic consequences of Obamacare"

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 he asks for
    other announcements and for people to introduce themselves.
* The speaker begins 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 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, 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 Junto meetings.

Casey Mulligan on his book "Side Effects: The economic 
consequences of Obamacare." 
    Spending on health care has grown faster than the economy. 
Millions pay a significant portion of their income so they and 
their families can access health care goods and services when 
needed. The share of the population without health insurance 
grew, at least in part because of rising health care costs.
    The Affordable Care Act of 2010, known as Obamacare, 
is a significant federal law intended to reduce the part of the 
population without health insurance. Many are tracking and 
interpreting the law's effect on premiums and enrollment, but 
few have assessed consequences for the wider economy.
    Businesses complain about the law's tax and regulatory 
burdens, while supporters say it will promote entrepreneurship 
and a "more rapid economic recovery."
   His book offers market analysis of the law, gauging various 
effects, identifying new ones and arriving at conclusions of net 
impact on employment, work hours, productivity and national 
income. It has facts and economic insights unnoticed by 
supporters and opponents.
    Arguments of the law's economic impact are about changes 
in tax rates (or labor market distortions), is it causing a net 
increase in tax rates or a net decreas?. 
    The book documents positive and negative tax effects, with 
special attention to distinguishing employment taxes from
income taxes. It reports small and large economic consequences, 
and on predictions for work hours and national income through 
2017. It says forecasters haven't acknowledged economic forces 
the law put in motion.
    Mulligan is a University of Chicago economist. His blog is 
"Supply and Demand (in that order):"

* Junto's audio podcasts since May 2014 at:
    Listen to the March 2015 debate Debate: Nina Teicholz 
and John Mackey "An animal foods/low-carb centered diet is 
unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant-based diet that excludes 
sugar and refined grain products"
* The Junto Forum, read and post:
* Visit Junto's site for information on current and past speakers,
    listen to podcasts, read previous newsletters and to sign up 
    for the Junto e-newsletter:
* Visit Junto on Facebook:
* Follow Junto on Twitter:
Junto's founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer.
    Visit his site:
Feel free to use the above text to promote Junto among
free marketers, Objectivists and investors.

Come to Junto, meet these upcoming speakers:

June 4    Janine Wedel on her book "Unaccountable: How elite 
power brokers corrupt our finances, freedom, and security"
professor in the School of Policy, Government and International 
Affairs at George Mason University:

July 2    Christopher Preble, "Wars of Choice vs. Wars of 
Necessity" Cato VP defense and foreign policy studies
Biography:   His blog:

August 6    Tyler Cowen, economics professor George Mason 
University, director Mercatus Center. He's spoken at Junto more
than any other speaker. He blogs daily:

September 3    Adrian Bejan inventor of constructal law. 
Speaks on his book, "Design in Nature: How the constructal law 
governs evolution in biology, physics, technology, and social 
organizations:"   Article about his rhinking, 
A Mystery of Golden Ratio Explained:

October 1    Victor Niederhoffer on new principles of 
speculation, with his collaborator Ayaka Kinoshita singer, 
songwriter from Japan:

November 5    Richard A. Epstein spoke at Junto Sept. 2011 
and April 1997. Law professor NY University, adjunct scholar 
Cato, senior fellow Hoover Institution, senior lecturer University 
Chicago Law School. Legal Affairs poll: one of the 20 most 
influential legal thinkers. His tweets:

NYC Austrian Economics Meetup, Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm
    Do you follow and share the opinions of Peter Schiff, Jim 
Rogers, Jim Rickards, Doug Casey, Simon Black, etc.? 
    Would you enjoy a casual conversation with other 
New Yorkers who share the same opinions? Come grab a drink 
once a month to share thoughts, stories, and opinions with 
like-minded New Yorkers. No agenda. Just good company.
    Woodrow's, 43 Murray Street:

Indonesia Rising - Fighting for freedom 
in the fourth most populous nation of the world
    Atlas Network talk, Thursday, April 16, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, 
New York City location to be announced, FREE
    250 million people on more than thousand islands. Discussion 
of the fight for freedom by Rainer Heufers, managing director 
of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies. It says only civil,
political and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. 
    He's also founder/managing director of SIAP Solutions,
Singapore-based training and consulting firm. He's senior 
fellow Atlas Network.     RSVP:

NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, April 25, 3:00pm
    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 Sunday of each month.
    It's at The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, mid-block on the north side
of 55th Street, in Manhattan, free.
    There are about 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:

"Why GMOs Are Good" a talk by Amanda Maxham
    Ayn Rand Institute lecture, Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm
Despite the perception that organic and non-GMO foods are 
the healthy option for you and your family, the truth is that the 
technology of genetic engineering has been improving the food 
we eat -- making it safer, more nutritious and plentiful -- for 
more than twenty years. 
    As the public continues to be misinformed by activists and 
environmental groups, the world continues to lose out on 
life-changing food improvements. She'll explain the campaign 
of fear surrounding bio-engineered foods.
    Her essay "What GMO labels really tell us:"
Wednesday, May 13, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, off 34th St.
Reception 7:00pm, lecture and Q&A 7:30pm, light refreshment
    You can take the discussion online: #ARIonTour.
This is eighth in the Ayn Rand Institute's 10 lecture series -- 
The Road to a Free Society: ARI on Tour. Each is on the 
second Wednesday of the month, each is in the same location.
    Students FREE, others $10. Pay online, at door, cash, credit 
card, phone: 949-222-6550 ext. 204

NY Heroes "Celebrate Self" hike, Sunday, May 17, 11:00am
    Spring, biannual hike, till 5:00pm at Storm King State Park, 
US 9W, Cornwall on Hudson, NY.
    Origin of NY Heroes Society and Celebrate Self is in Andrew
Bernstein's novel "Heart of a Pagan:"
    Begins north of West Point, at historical marker "Freedom 
Road," goes up to the mountain top. Views of Catskills, Hudson 
River, Breakneck Ridge, etc, with socializing during lunch. 
    In the spirit of celebrating self, purposeful, productive life, 
successes and gains...everyone is encouraged to give a short 
speech to share their personal goals and year's achievements.
    The hike takes 3 to 4 hours. Afterwards dinner will be at 
a local place. Information and registration:

International Conference on Climate Change, June 11 and 12
    Heartland Institute's DC conference explores with members of 
Congress and staff: Is it time for Congress to take a fresh look at 
climate science, economic impacts of past and current laws, and 
explore better science-based policies for energy & the environment? 
    Join scores of scientists, economists and policy experts at this
event, with 5 keynote addresses, 6 panel discussions, 5 award for 
achievement in climate sciences. More info:

Freedon Fest, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, July 8-11
    Debates with Steve Forbes, John Mackey, Paul Krugman 
and John Stossel. Speakers include John Allison, Yaron Brook, 
Doug Casey, Dinesh D'Souza, George Gilder, Charles Murray, 
Robert Poole, Michael Shermer, Peter Thiel. Over 200 speakers 
and exhibitors, dozens of debates, panels and breakout sessions. 
Over 1,000 people have signed up:

"Said in Silence" exhibit by Hisako Kobayashi, until April 15
    Her paintings have been displayed at Junto. She's the wife of 
Junto moderator, Gene Epstein. See her work:
    At Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13 Street.
Monday through Thursday noon to 6:00pm, 
Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm
    "Painting sound" is an abstract concept...Abstract Expressionism. 
Several of her canvases feature layer upon layer of grey oil paint 
stippled with tiny cracks or fissures. These monochromatic fields 
seem to embody the equilibrium & balance of a long-time meditator. 

Books sold by the debaters at the March Junto
    From the John Mackey table:
Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
The End of Dieting by Joel Fuhrman
The Eat to Live Cookbook by Joel Fuhrman
The Starch Solution by John McDougall
The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook by John McDougall
The Low-Carb Fraud by T. Colin Campbell
    and from Nina Teicholz: The Big Fat Surprise: 
Why butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet 

The Myth of High-Protein Diets by Dean Ornish
    Last month I linked to March Junto debater Nina Teicholz's 
op-ed in NY Times. This month, here's the other side's op-ed. 
Dr. Ornish's position is much like John Mackay's, 
    This op-ed was that day's Times #1 most read, most emailed, 
most Tweeted and most Facebooked item:

Results of the March Junto debate
    The resolution people voted on was: An animal foods/low-carb 
centered diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant-based 
diet that excludes sugar & refined grain products. 
Voted before debate: For 37.4%  Against 45.2%  Undecided 17.4%
Voted after debate: For 41.0%  Against 46.6%  Undecided 12.4%
Change after debate: For +3.6%  Against +1.4%  Undecided -5.0%
Mackey defending the resolution won. Increase in the percent 
voting For was 3.6% vs. an increase of 1.4% voting Against.
    This is the way winners are decided by debating groups on 
both sides of the Atlantic. The majority of people in the room 
were against the resolution both before and after the debate. 
The winner had a higher percentage of people change their vote. 
    There were 200 people in the audience but not all voted.

Your life is worth an hour, pledge to talk with the suicidal
     Announced from the podium at the most recent Junto.
This page is not a helpline. It says: This is a pledge I've made 
to my Facebook friends. "The purpose of this page is to encourage 
YOU to make the same pledge to YOURS, and to provide a place 
where people who are contemplating killing themselves can find 
out which of THEIR friends are willing to talk...."

Transforming Wall Street: A conscious path for a new future
    by Kim Ann Curtin, who announced her book at Junto.
She says: Conscious Capitalists from Wall Street to Main Street 
are revolutionizing wealth creation -- are you among them? 
    When did capitalism and making money become bad things? 
Where do you draw the line between making a living and 
greed? Can you work on Wall Street without selling your soul? 
    In this book, she challenges the established narrative of 
self-interest and greed that has informed so much of the 
coverage around Wall Street and sets out an optimistic and 
positive vision for the future of America's financial heart.
    This book offers insight, intelligence and experience from 
50 leading Wall Street luminaries, a panel of academic experts
and a wide-ranging group of Teachers of Consciousness. 
    Whether you're avidly capitalistic, angry at Wall Street, 
or simply seeking to balance wealth with meaning, this book 
provides a roadmap to a more conscious existence. With 
supporting evidence -- integrity really does breed success.
    Read preface, contents and introduction:
She writes, " I do defend Ayn Rand and interview John Allison
in the first part of the book."      

Entrepreneur is the American Girl Doll for 2015 girl of the year
    University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneurship worked with the 
American Girl company to ensure the back story rings true as a 
for a girl, the rewards and challenges of starting her own business.
    "...we found that the theme around entrepreneurship...ranked 
high among girls and moms....we see a lot from 
girls when we feature a girl entrepreneur in our...magazine..."
    This tells of the 9-year-old girl who wants to open her own 
bakery after spending the summer in Paris.

"Atlas Shrugged" to be a full blown TV series
    John Aglialoro, producer of 3-part film "Atlas Shrugged" 
made a trip to Hollywood and met with interested major players.
    There will be more info as it progresses.

"Hamilton" play to Broadway July 13th, plus Peggy Noonan rave
    Learn of Hamilton's place in the history of the U.S. from the 
creator of this show in under 7 minutes:
    Watch the first song in the play. It's Aaron Burr telling 
Hamilton's life story in under 4-1/2 minutes:
    Peggy Noonan's rave op-ed: "How to Stage a Revolution: 
And why all the presidential candidates ought to see 'Hamilton' "
    I saw "Hamilton" the other day. It is a masterpiece....
There is nothing like it on the New York stage, and never has 
been. I got choked up so often...The man in his 20s who
accompanied me also got misty...the cast, which has been 
performing the musical since January, came out for their bows, 
and three of the major players had tears glistening in their eyes....
    Why did they weep? Why was everyone so moved? Because it
hits your heart hard when you witness human excellence. Because 
the true tale of how an illegitimate, lowborn orphan from the 
West Indies went on to become an inventor of America is a heck 
of a story. And because it is surprising yet perfect that that story 
is told in a hip-hop/rap/rhythm-and-blues/jazz/ballad musical 
whose sound is pure 2015 yet utterly appropriate to the tale.
    Imagine this. Small theater, lights down, and suddenly 
elegant, beautiful young artists in 18th-century garb come out 
and create a world....(You haven't lived until you've heard a 
rap face-off over which fiscal and banking policy is best for 
a rising 18th-century nation.)...
    ...[It] marks multicolored America seizing U.S. history and 
making it its own, and producing in the process a work not of all 
colors but of a universal American color...:
Ayn Rand in The New Yorker magazine, March 2015
    This is from the article "Ayn Rand comes to U.N.C."
...a call to revive the Great Books model of humanities education: 
literature and philosophy as a source of eternal truths, dating 
back to Plato, passing through John Locke, and perfected by 
Ayn Rand and the libertarian economist Friedrich Hayek.... 
    ...programs dedicated to "the morality of capitalism," 
62 public and private colleges and universities. Many of these 
programs, which are often housed within business schools or 
economics or political science departments, were funded over 
the past fifteen years by North Carolina-based BB&T Bank,
under its former president John Allison...CEO, Cato Institute. 
    In a 2012 statement, Allison explained that he funded the 
programs to "retake the universities" from "statist/collectivist 
ideas." He also noted that training students in the morality of 
capitalism is 'clearly in our shareholders' long-term best interest."
    The Cato Institute recently hosted a forum...C. Bradley 
Thompson (Junto speaker), the director of the BB&T-funded 
Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University. 
Thompson was eager to emphasize the role that donor-funded 
teaching programs like his play in the conservative movement. 
"I meet too many very smart businessmen and women who are 
giving millions of dollars every year to political candidates, 
and I have to ask the question 'How has that worked out for 
you?'..."hasn't worked out very well at all' "

Israel climbs ladder of economic freedom and prosperity
    ...Israel was a quasi-socialist society with a centrally 
managed economy with mediocre performance, despite its 
highly educated and highly skilled workforce....according 
to Independent Institute senior fellow John C. Goodman.
    "In recent years Israel has become a center for entrepreneurship, 
innovation and capitalist spirit," Goodman writes in Forbes. 
"Israel's transformation to a market economy was led by 
government efforts to sell off state-owned companies, 
deregulate markets, and reduce state spending."
    ...Over the past 5 years, Israel's move toward private property 
and deregulation has pushed it into the ranks of the "mostly free,"
according to a recent index of economic freedom. ranks as 
the 33rd freest -- but its improvements promise widespread 
economic benefits throughout the population. Goodman 
continues, "Here is what everyone needs to understand about 
free markets and people at the bottom of the income ladder: 
capitalism is really good for poor people."

Fiat Argentina has Marsha Enright speak on the Ethic of Trade
    Marsha, Junto speaker, president The Reason, Individualism, 
Freedom Institute spoke in March, hosted by Fiat Argentina 
in Buenos Aires. 
    She talked of the deep good business people create through
their ethic of trade, yet, how little moral credit they get for it. 
She outlined key economic and ethical misconceptions that
drive resentment towards business, wealth and capitalism.
    The talk's part of Fundacion Para Responsibilidad Intellectual
education of Latin American business people about ideas 
shaping culture and governments. To help them move to reason, 
individualism and freedom.  About the talk: 

Felix Bronstein article questions NRA support of gun ownership
    ...the usual suspects continue to demonize individual gun 
owners and the NRA [National Rifle Association], you don't
have to be a rabid hoplophobe to question the NRA....
    The NRA also supported one of the very first and most
important federal gun control measures, the National Firearms 
Act of 1934. NRA continued its support for gun control by
supporting the Federal Firearms Act of 1938. (I am using the 
term "gun control" as shorthand for any measures, including 
legislation, that would control the people by infringing upon 
their individual rights to keep and bear arms.)...:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali book "Heretic" calls for Muslim Reformation
    Continuing her journey from a deeply religious Islamic 
upbringing to a post at Harvard, she says this is the only way 
to end terrorism, warfare, repression of women and minorities.
    Today's 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided a minority of 
extremists, a majority of observant but peaceable Muslims and 
a few dissidents risking their lives questioning their own religion. 
    But there's only one Islam and some of its key teachings --
such as the duty to wage holy war -- are incompatible with the 
values of a free society. 
    For centuries it's seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But 
Hirsi Ali believes a Muslim Reformation -- a revision of Islamic 
doctrine to reconcile religion with modernity -- may have begun. 
    The Arab Spring may seem a political failure. But its 
challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness 
by Muslim women to think freely and to speak out.
    Challenging the jihadists, she identifies five key changes to
bring Islam out of the 7th century and into the 21st. 
    She calls on the Western world to end appeasement of Islamists. 
"Islam is not a religion of peace," she writes. It's Muslim reformers 
who need our backing, not the opponents of free speech.
   "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now" offers an 
answer to the world's number one problem:

"Justice Thomas does it again!" says Hank Holzer, lawyer
    ... [Obama's] powerful Regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, 
a "Regulatory" control freak who actually wishes to institute 
behavioral conditioning of American citizens (presumably via 
B. F. Skinner's famous Behavioral Psychology method) in order 
to "cognitively infiltrate" activist groups that pose "false 
conspiracy theories" about the government -- ponder the 
scope of that!" 
    Hank recommends this essay in American Thinker, March 20, 
"A little-noted masterpiece of constitutional scholarship by
Justice Thomas" by Mark J. Fitzgibbons:
    Everything you really need to know about the Constitution 
(and that's barely an exaggeration) -- why it is structured the 
way it is, what led to it, its purposes -- is found in pages 2 - 12 
of the March 9 concurring opinion by Justice Thomas in the 
Department of Transportation v Association of American 
Railroads case. Although it received little media attention, 
Justice Thomas has provided us a masterpiece of constitutional 
thinking, explaining why "administrative law" -- the practice 
of delegating to bureaucrats the making and enforcement of 
rules with the force of law – is so profoundly unconstitutional.
    You could spend years reading history books, the Federalist 
Papers, and case law, but you won't find a better explanation
of the essence of our Constitution. If you understand what's
in these few pages, you understand why we have the 
Constitution, why it is structured the way it is, and why 
it is essential to the American experiment.
    Pay attention to his words and the words of others he cites -- 
arbitrary, unilateral, etc. Justice Thomas describes the dangers 
that the Constitution was written to prohibit, and he traces the 
roots of those dangers to abuses of the English "rule of law" on 
which the Constitution was based, but perfected in America to 
address those abuses. The Constitution corrected several flaws 
of the English system including limiting the authority of the 
legislative branch by placing the Constitution – this written 
law of the land – over all three branches of government.
    As to our system of administrative law, we may often wonder 
how unelected bureaucrats got all sorts power to regulate us.  
Citing not only James Madison, John Locke, Sir William 
Blackstone and Montesquieu, but also modern legal scholar 
Professor Philip Hamburger and his brilliant book, "Is 
Administrative Law Unlawful?", Justice Thomas shows America 
is back to the problems that the Constitution was written to 
prohibit by writing a mini-treatise on the Constitution itself.
    Read the rest at:

Alan J Dlugash: Two of his essays for Junto folks, from his blog 
    Alan, often at Junto, suggests these which he wrote:
* Obama's proposals are the opposite of "tax reform"
* Obamanomics: capital gains hikes and the economy:
    Both of these:  Others:

Objectivism on benevolence and love in relation to selfishness
    Hear Yaron Brook's Show "What does it mean to be selfish?"
He talks about the nature and morality of selfishness. The 
definition of selfishness; the superficial "selfishness" of Bernie 
Madoff, selfishness and benevolence, objectivity, rationality.
Happiness and why Objectivism is a philosophy of love.
    Listen here:

Hillsdale Dialogues, great books, men, ideas with Larry Arnn, 
     Arnn, president Hillsdale College, is a teacher who enjoys
teaching and his subjects, makes learning fun and memorable.
      Subject such as: "American Principles," "Foreign Affairs 
and Separation of Powers," "Israel, Iran, and Senator Cotton's
Letter." In NYC he's often on radio on Friday, during 7:00pm
to 10:00pm at AM970. Or online anytime:

Ayn Rand is 110, still in your face after all these years, CNBC
    "Modern-day capitalism has no shortage of heavyweight 
scholars -- names such as Milton Friedman, Adam Smith, Friedrich 
von Hayek and Murray Rothbard are among the most prominent 
names that surface among free market thinkers. Yet the person 
most frequently evoked by proponents and detractors alike was 
neither a trained economist nor a traditional businessperson.
    "Ayn Rand, author, thinker and political lightning rod, would 
have turned 110 years old this week [February 2nd]. More than
three decades after her death, she remains one of the most 
influential defenders of the free market...."

Section of the Berlin Wall in NYC to return
    The NY Times reported on April 9th that the Wall will return.
Since 1990, a year after the Wall fell, it's been in the plaza on 
53rd Street, at the corner entrance of 520 Madison Avenue. 
Last September, without notice, it disappeared.
    A generation ago, in Berlin, citizens attacked the Wall with
sledgehammers. Today, in a New Jersey warehouse, conservators 
are reattaching flakes of paint to the Wall with daubs of adhesive 
so tiny they must be applied by syringe.
    This 20-foot section of the Berlin Wall which once separated 
West from East, is now under nearly surgical care.
    The graffiti on it can still alarm a viewer with its anger. It's
only on its free, western side. No one but security guards could 
get anywhere near the Wall in East Berlin, not across the 
"death strip" which was fenced, mined, trenched, patrolled 
by attack dogs and watched from sentry towers. 
    The barrier divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Around 5,000 
people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated 
death toll of 136 to over 200. Its purpose was to keep people 
from escaping the Communist part of the city into the free side. 
    Before the Wall went up, 3.5 million East Germans defected, 
many crossing over this border from East Berlin into West Berlin, 
    The Wall will return to NYC by midsummer. It'll be in the lobby, 
protected from weather but on public view.

Federalist Society spreads the originalist view of Constitution
    Review by John O. McGinnis of book by Amanda Hollis-
Brusk. In the early 1980s, a handful of students at Yale and
the University of Chicago created a small organization as a 
counterweight to what they saw as the monolithic left-liberal 
outlook of the legal academy. Today the Federalist Society has 
chapters at almost every American law school and counts more 
than 40,000 lawyers among its members.
    ...the society has become a powerful transmission belt for 
moving conservative and libertarian ideas into the legal mainstream....
     Members of the society filed amicus briefs, which were in turn 
sifted by Supreme Court clerks, some of whom fell within the 
Federalist Society's "political epistemic community." Justice
Antonin Scalia prominently cited such materials in District of 
Columbia v. Heller (2008), holding decisively in favor of the 
individual right to bear arms....[the author] drawing on speeches, 
briefs and articles -- tracks a similar arc of influence in rulings on 
campaign finance, state sovereignty and the Commerce Clause....
    Read all of this review at:

Free market and Objectivist local meetings, sites and podcasts

*** Groups which meet in Manhattan ***
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Institute for Justice --
JayTaylor newsletter--
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News Sandwich from Amy Peikoff --
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The Objective Standard's Blog --
Objectivism Online --
Powell History --
Real Clear Politics --
Rebirth of Reason --
The Savvy Street --
Sense of Life Objectivists --
taxPOLItix by Alan J Dlugash --
Tracinski at The Federalist  --
The Tracinski Letter --

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    Listen to shows live or at any time. Most are on iTunes.
If you're listening live, join by commenting or asking questions
by phone, email, in a chat room, tweeting, etc. 

* "The Yaron Brook Show"  Weekly, this radical for capitalism 
discusses news, culture and politics from the principled 
perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. 
    Yaron, president Ayn Rand Institute, co-author of "Free Market 
Revolution: How Ayn Rand's ideas can end big government."    
    He suggests movies and novels, you never know what 
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    Your questions or comments in the chat room, tweet or phone
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* "The Peikoff podcasts"  Alternate weeks have 
Leonard Peikoff, philosopher, Ayn Rand's intellectual heir
Yaron Brook, president Ayn Rand Institute.
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not technical philosophy or practical politics.
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Podcasts available by topic, single questions or full episodes:

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