NYC Junto Newsletter – Feb. 21, 2016

February 21, 2016

NYC Junto Newsletter

written by Iris Bell on February 21, 2016


  • NEW Junto meeting Thursday, March 3
  • NEW Junto speakers through September 2016
  • NEW Unschoolers Platform Annual Conference, Feb.22-25
  • NEW Winning the War of Emotions, Tue., Feb. 23, 6:00pm
  • NEW NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:00pm
  • NEW The Way Out of Obamacare, Sally Pipes, Wed., Mar. 16
  • NEW Reason Papers, fall 2015 featuring intuitionism
  • NEW Reason Papers review: “Hamilton”: An Act of Justice
  • NEW Federalist review: “Hamilton” and America’s greatness
  • NEW “Hamilton” in 7 minutes, by Range a cappella
  • NEW Moses demolishes Harris’s denial of human volition
  • NEW IJ: Judge rejects challenges to school choice
  • NEW Clint Bolick, individual liberty on state Supreme Court
  • NEW NYC’s 9/11 memorial, an anti-monumental memorial
  • NEW Video shows development NYC skyline, 1500 to now
  • NEW Andy Bernstein’s manifesto American Capitalist Party
  • NEW Humorous/serious, musical introduction Objectivism
  • NEW Comedian at February Junto, Andrew Heaton
  • NEW Madisonian System: A republic if we can keep it
  • Free market and Objectivist local meetings, sites, podcasts
  • 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.

March 3, 2016, Thursday

Greg Rehmke
Economic freedom and its benefits

Admission free — no reservation necessary

We’ll socialize from 7:00pm to 7:30pm

7:30pm moderator, Victor Niederhoffer 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 at 8:00pm.
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.
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.

Greg Rehmke will speak about economic freedom and its benefits. He’s program director for Economic Thinking, educational non profit dedicated to teaching how economic freedom, property rights and the rule of law create progress and prosperity in American and around the world. Learn about them here.

He’s directed educational programs for high school, homeschool, and college students, and published articles on international and technology related topics. Rehmke has directed educational programs at the Center for the American Idea, The Reason Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education. Since the 1980s he’s published annual study guides and held workshops on the economics of annual high school debate topics.

Rehmke’s a speaker at student programs for Independent Institute, Mackinac Center, Houston World Affairs Council, and Institute for Economic Studies-Europe. He’s a member of Mackinac Center Board of Scholars and has written on environmental topics for PERC Reports, a newsletter of the Political Economy Research Center (renamed the Property and Environment Research Center) in Bozeman, Montana. He has written over 100 articles on public policy topics as well as published resource books, study guides and newsletters focused on the economic aspects of over 20 years of high school and homeschool debate topics.

He’s published articles in, The Freeman, Reason, MasterResource blog, and He’s coauthor “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics.” His site’s here.

  • Victor Niederhoffer will moderate.

Junto’s audio podcasts since May 2014 are here. Listen to the podcast of the February 4, 2016 Junto, Charles Murray interviewed on his book “By the People: Rebuilding liberty without permission” here.

* 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 here. Junto’s Twitter is here.

Junto’s founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site here. His Twitter is here.


Feel free to use the above text to promote Junto among free marketers, Objectivists and investors.


Come to Junto, meet these upcoming speakers:

April 7, 2016, Oxford-style debate: Paul Helmke and John Lott “In order to reduce its murder-rate, the U.S. needs more stringent gun-control laws.”

  • Helmke takes affirmative. Former president DC-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. His site is here.
  • Lott is author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” He spoke about it at Junto November 1999. His blog is here.
  • Gene Epstein will moderate.

May 5, 2016, Marty Lewinter, PhD Mathematics, MFA Music. The Joy and Utility of Mathematics. His book on math here.

  • Victor Niederhoffer will moderate.

June 2, 2016, Christopher Rothko interviewed about his book about his father, “Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out.” Book’s site here. Will feature images of Mark Rothko’s paintings.

  • Gene Epstein will moderate

July 7, 2016, Adrian Bejan, “The Physics of Life: The evolution of everything.” Read about this book here.

  • Victor Niederhoffer will moderate.

August 4, 2016, to be announced

  • Gene Epstein will moderate.

September 1, 2016, Andrew Bernstein, Heroes of Capitalism. His site.

  • Victor Niederhoffer will moderate.


Unschoolers Platform 1st Annual Conference, Feb.22-25

Speakers, funshops, family dance, family craft fair, vendor hall, 65,000 sq ft water park, meet ‘n’ greet, mom’s floaty gab and laugh, dad’s night owl hooskerdoo, hip teen quarters

Bringing folks together who support the choice to homeschool, unschool and/or life learn — enabling empowerment, celebrating the brilliance of the inner drive to learn what is essential for each individual to become their greatest self — no matter the age, no matter the stage. In Gurnee, Illinois, learn more here.


Winning the War of Emotions, Tue., Feb. 23, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Amos Schorr’s AFF NYC Happy Hour, a talk by sales guru Larry Sharpe on how to address the emotion that cements dogmatism in place so we can better engage in conversations about free markets with those who disagree with us. It’s a sales-based approach presented by veteran sales coach and Libertarian Party activist.

Sign up with code junto for 50 percent saving, here.


NYC Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, February 28, 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 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 information here.


The Way Out of Obamacare, Sally C. Pipes, Wed., March 16

Penn Club of NY, 30 West 44 Street, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Atlas Network invites you to hear from healthcare expert Sally C. Pipes, president and CEO of Pacific Research Institute, an Atlas Network partner in San Francisco.

She’ll share her plan for health care reform which the next president can implement on Day One. She’s often on TV and radio, debating renowned figures, writing newspaper articles and her bi-weekly health care column for

The newest of her seven books “The Way Out of Obamacare” outlines a replacement plan to provide affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Americans.

Free. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks served at 6:00pm, presentation begins 6:30pm with introduction by president Manhattan Institute, Lawrence J. Mone. Register here.


Reason Papers, fall 2015 featuring symposium on intuitionism

Newest issue of Reason Papers with David Kaspar’s Intuitionism was announced by Carrie-Ann Biondi and her new co-editor-in-chief, Shawn Klein. Scroll down to Full Issue, to any of its 20 articles, to articles from previous issues, to Calls-for-Papers and more here.


Reason Papers review: “Hamilton”: An Act of Justice — in 2 Acts

By Anthony Capobianco “Every other founding father story gets told. Every other founding father gets to grow old.” By the time the audience hears these words — at the end of the Broadway show “Hamilton: An American Musical” — they have experienced joy, sorrow, pride, anger, and the life-giving values that made the United States the greatest country in world history…I want to emulate the best elements of Alexander Hamilton — in writing, thinking, and action — because heroes inspire, and this musical superlatively portrays heroism…In his 2004 biography, “Alexander Hamilton,” Ron Chernow succeeds in that challenge…Chernow’s biography inspired American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda to create this magnificent work, which is worthy of the subject and by far my favorite portrayal of my favorite founder. That is an act of justice….”

America was born out of the Enlightenment. One of the first things we can tell about [the musical] “Hamilton” is that this is a

distinctive historical era. Radical ideas, such as individualism, liberty, and the power of man’s reasoning mind, were being deployed to smash stale notions of monarchy, oppression, superstition, church-state authority, and conformity. Read the rest here.


The Federalist review: “Hamilton” and America’s greatness

By Rebecca Cusey …a history nerd’s dream: a detailed, passionate telling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution.

It sounds boring, but it is the opposite: passionate, vital, scrappy, like its subject. Also like its subject, “Hamilton” is a bit dangerous. Its opening line screams out the question: “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore…grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” The answer, of course, is America.

“In New York, you can be a new man,” the lyrics tell us. We have forgotten the miracle of a place where your background, your ancestry, your family history pale in comparison to your drive to grab opportunity. In New York, in America, no one cares who your daddy was. This particular bastard, orphan, son of a whore was lucky enough to find himself in a vibrant meritocracy where a man can get “a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self starter.”

If at this point you are objecting because you do or do not like Alexander Hamilton’s take on federalism, the National Bank, or some other issue, first of all, congratulations on being very well-educated and, secondly, you’re missing the point. It captures, so deftly, the feeling of America, the free-wheeling freedom that courses through every patriot. Read the rest here.


“Hamilton” in 7 minutes, by Range a cappella…here


Eyal Moses demolishes Sam Harris’s denial of human volition

Sam Harris is a “new atheist” like Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins. On some philosophical matters, pertaining to consciousness, Moses says he’s utterly wrong. Several people at Facebook’s Neo-Liberal Drawing Room pointed to Reason Papers July 2013 issue, where Moses explains what’s wrong with those ideas, read it here.


Institute for Justice: Judge rejects challenges to school choice

One of IJ’s most recent victories for parents and children benefiting from school choice is a sweeping decision in their case defending Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program.

After nearly 2 years of litigation, the court dismissed all of their opponents’ unfounded constitutional claims against the program, which benefits thousands of children. Courts across the country — including several state supreme courts and U.S. Supreme Court — have upheld every tax credit scholarship program that school choice opponents challenged. Read more here and here.


Clint Bolick defender individual liberty on state Supreme Court

Bolick is now on the Arizona Supreme Court, read about that here. He co-founded Institute for Justice, where he was VP, director litigation 1991 — 2004. He’s known for his aggressive litigation in defense of individual liberties and as a constitutional law scholar. He’d been VP litigation Goldwater Institute since 2007.

He’s the author of the Cato book, “David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary.” He makes the case that only a vigorous judiciary can enforce the limits on executive and legislative action. More about it here.


NYC’s 9/11 memorial as an anti-monumental memorial

I understand that many people appreciate the 9/11 memorial and that’s fine, I don’t want to upset them. But I don’t like the idea of the way it preserves the destruction rather than celebrating the heros or the creation of the city that’s being restored. Here’s an essay which names the problems I have with the memorial, “A Memorial to Forget,” read it here.

Aristos, An Online Review of the Arts, is co-produced by Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi, who’ve been to Junto many times. In the current issue Torres wrote about this above “provocative essay on the 9/11 Memorial by one of America’s foremost architecture and art critics.” Torres published his own letter which links to memorials which honor “event, ideals, or people of a historic, exemplary, or heroic character.” Read it here.


Video shows development of NYC skyline, 1500 to now

This video plays on the walls of the elevator going to the top of 1 World Trade Center, next to the 9/11 Memorial. Watching this saves you the $32 cost of visiting the Observatory, plus you can pause and/or replay this video, here.


Andy Bernstein’s manifesto for American Capitalist Party

Bernstein gave “Introduction to Objectivism” at Junto last year and will be back this September. These are some highlights of the manifesto: We stand for reason, for individual rights, for limited Constitutional government, and for laissez-faire capitalism. We uphold…the inalienable right of each individual to his or her own life, mind, and the pursuit of his or her own happiness — and we recognize that man’s reasoning mind is the primary instrument by means of which to promote human life….

We are, consequently, the only political party consistently dedicated to the flourishing of human life on earth….We consistently and universally uphold the moral-political principle of individual rights. Read it all here.


Humorous and serious, musical introduction to Objectivism

This YouTube is Robin Field’s 60 minute philosophical oratorio, Reason in Rhyme from the 1970s. It includes a history of philosophy, here. Information about Field and this piece, also known as Three Questions: A Philosophical Oratorio, is here. And more information about Field and his other works is here.


Comedian at February Junto, Andrew Heato

He’s libertarian humor was enjoyed by the audience. His business card has him labeled as Professionally Clever. See videos of more of his humor on his site.


The Madisonian System: A republic if we can keep it

From Cato’s Letter, winter 2016, Jonathan Turley writes: …A lot of people misunderstand the separation of powers as a protection, somehow, of the institutional powers of the three branches. That’s not how the Framers viewed it. The Framers viewed the separation of power as a protection of liberty. Why? Because they viewed the concentration of power as the existential danger for any free nation….

…Thomas Jefferson said, “We give them those powers only which are necessary to execute the laws (and administer the government).” When the president becomes a legislator, he becomes a government unto himself. For this reason, what the president is doing is not one of the dangers the Framers were concerned about; it is the danger the Framers were concerned about… Read all of this article here.


Free market and Objectivist local meetings, sites and podcasts

Groups which meet in Manhattan

Sites to visit

*** Internet podcasts, all free ***

These are mainly weekly “radio” shows you can hear online, on your computer, phone, pad, etc. 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” two shows weekly.

This radical for capitalism discusses news, culture and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Each show ends with suggestions of movies, music and/or novels. Your questions or comments welcome in chat room, tweet or phone. Listen to any show any time, they began January 2015.

Live Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:00pm eastern here.

Live Saturday, on Chicago radio AM560 The Answer and online, 5:00pm to 6:00pm eastern here.

  • “Philosophy in action” Diana Heish Brickell answered questions from listeners, applying rational principles to challenges of real life. There are no new shows but plenty of the old ones to enjoy. Listen any time here.
  • Hillsdale Dialogues, a survey of great books, great men and great ideas. Larry Arnn, president Hillsdale College, on Hugh Hewitt Show. Arnn is a teacher who enjoys teaching and his subjects, he makes learning fun and memorable. On radio in NYC he’s often on Fridays, a short segment during 9:00pm to 10:00pm eastern, on AM970 The Answer. Listen online any time here.
  • “Don’t let it go…unheard” Amy Peikoff is a radical for capitalism and free speech, hosting a show discussing news, politics, law and culture from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy Objectivism.
    • Live Tuesday and Friday, 11:00pm to 1:00am eastern
    • Listen live or any time here.
  • “The Peikoff podcasts” Alternate weeks have Leonard Peikoff, philosopher, Ayn Rand’s intellectual heir or Yaron Brook, president Ayn Rand Institute.

Leonard answers questions on Rand’s philosophy Objectivism, human relationships, career, moral issues — not technical philosophy or practical politics. Yaron answers questions on politics, economics, foreign policy. Podcasts are available by topic, single questions, full episodes, here.

Read and post to Junto sites

  • Read and post to the Forum here.
  • Read and post to Junto-discuss list: Discuss Junto speakers and other topics. To post you need to be a member. Sign up or read here.
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About Junto and this Junto newsletter

  • Our founder, host and moderator of odd numbered month’s Juntos is Victor Niederhoffer. His site is dedicated to the scientific method, free markets, deflating ballyhoo, creating value and laughter; a forum for us to use our meager abilities to make the world of specinvestments a better place. Visit his site here.
  • Gene Epstein moderates even numbered month’s Juntos. He’s economics editor and books editor Barron’s, weekly business magazine, author “Econospinning: How to read between the lines when the media manipulate the numbers.”
  • Iris Bell writes this e-newsletter, designs Junto handouts and is a freelance graphic designer. She was Ayn Rand’s and Nathaniel Branden Institute’s graphic designer.
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